Best Shoes for Bunions

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Stylish Shoes for Bunions | Part 1

Stylish Footwear for Bunions

Sure, there’s the high and wide toe box of the Dansko, the soft leather uppers of Naot and the allover orthopedic goodness of Finn Comfort, but I’ve heard you, younger readers. You have early bunion onset and can’t bear to settle for footwear that may age you by two decades or more. Let’s get started with five options for you.

  1. Top photo: Bussola Coimbra ankle boot. With on-trend colors of cabernet and coal and a pleated vamp, the Bussola Coimbra features a soft microsuede upper with rounded toe and a cushioned removable insole. This is a fairly new style for Bussola with no online reviews, but the company is known for designing foot-friendly shoes and boots with wide toe boxes. $84.95 at with free shipping, $84.95 at Shoemall with special offers and free shipping, $84.95 at Amazon, $84.95 at Nordstrom, free shipping and returns.
  2. Middle photo, left: Fly London Yama. I read at least eight reviews stating this style by Fly London works for bunions with its round and somewhat wide toe box. The Yama features a 2 1/2″ rubber wedge heel with a 3/4″ platform. $136-245 at Amazon with free shipping, $199.95 at Nordstrom, free shipping and returns.
  3. Middle photo, right: Cobb Hill Bethany “army glam” boot. Available for a third season due to its popularity, the Cobb Hill Bethany now comes in gorgeous shades of teal and dark green plus neutrals like gray and stone. I own these in two colors and wear them straight through fall into winter. I love the secure fit of a lace-up boot, plus the Bethany’s wider toe box and soft leather accommodates my bunions well. The EVA foam cushioned and moderate arch support makes the Bethany a pleasure to wear all day. The textile sweater-like lining adds an extra layer of warmth. $160 at Zappos, $130-160 at Amazon, $159.95 at Shoebuy with special offers.
  4. Bottom photo, left: Cordani Mara.  Cordani footwear is made for city walking–chic yet sturdy, keeping all-day comfort in mind. The curved line of the Mara’s sole provides a “rocker” effect which helps to propel the foot forward alleviating pressure on the forefoot (and bunions). $74-124 at, $225 at Nordstrom.
  5. Bottom photo, right: Clark’s Cloudsteppers Sillian Jetay: Cloud Steppers is a new line from Clark’s featuring OrthoLite® cushioned footbeds, textile uppers, soft fabric linings and lightweight EVA soles. Available in wide widths. $69 at Zappos.

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17 Responses to Stylish Shoes for Bunions | Part 1

  1. Jackie says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  2. Vera says:

    Ageist much? Why assume that older women want to clomp around in ugly unattractive shoes, because nobody sells us anything else. Do you think we lose all fashion sense and want to wear horrid shoes, it happens around the time we switch to dressing like toddlers again in pull up pants in pastel colors.

    Half of all women end up with bunions from wearing the wrong width cheap tight leather shoes. If you look at any Sears Roebuck catalog from 100 years ago you will see that almost all the shoes were made of soft kid leather and came in 5 widths because geez, people actually walked.

    No way do ALL younger people have medium width feet. Women are a lot heftier at younger ages then we were back in the day so why no shoes that come in multi widths or decent leather. Those shoes you suggest are so unfeminine you may as well wear men’s stuff and be done with it. Clark’s are ugly, clunky and cheaply made in third world countries and the army Glam boots, why not just get the real thing.

    • Leah says:

      Jeepers, Vera, I think you might just have made Kirsten’s point about the younger/older women’s esthetic.
      If you don’t like the suggestions, you can just move along. No screeds necessary.

  3. Peggy says:

    Hi Kirsten. Thank you for sharing. Always enjoy hearing your recommendations and seeing which ones appeal to me. Keep up the great work…

  4. Barbie Saleh says:

    need more ideas. Women with bunions look for sites like this.

  5. Jo Ann Chalik says:

    Hello!!! So glad I came across your site. If you have any other shoe links for woman with bunions please email me (if possible).

    Thank you thank you,
    Jo Ann

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  7. Diane Okura says:

    Hi, I don’t have bunions, but I do have wide feet and your suggestions helped me. I bookmarked several pairs of the shoes you mentioned and am hoping for success. I actually ordered the Bussola boot you suggested. Thank you!


  8. Liz Horton says:

    Great site. Thanks for the suggestions. I am in my 50’s, have a wide toe box and narrow heel. I have bunions from years of corporate heel wearing and like most people, I like to be comfortable and stylish. Brands that work for me are Dansko, Naot, Josef Seibel, Ecco. I also have La Canadienne boots that have a higher heel but surprising comfy because the fabric “gives”. Also some Aquatalia, Cole Haan with Nike Air soles and Donald Pliner (older styles) seemed to fit also. I usually shop at Nordstrom, Zappos and the Walking Company. Keep the ideas coming. We can all learn from each other. Here’s to Happy Feet! :))

  9. Tess says:

    I’m sure these shoes do the job so far as comfort but good looking they are not. When is someone going to design comfortable shoes for women that don’t look like they belong on a garden knome?

  10. Nicole says:

    Hi All,
    I completely get the ugly issue with shoes that are frankly the best option for people with bunion, but I don’t’ want to wear them either. I have large bunions on both feet due to genetics and compounded by the fact I wore shitty shoes with narrow toe boxes thought out my 20s. I’ve been to a few surgeons and they all say I definitely need surgery but I’m holding off as long as I can- when those ugly shoes become my only option it will be time. 🙂
    I’m always on the hunt for good looking shoes that won’t be to wide at the heel and wide enough in the toebox, here are some that I’ve bought over the last year that fit great and don’t hurt:

    Lucky Brand Emmie: $59 at Zappos:

    I LOVE these!! I own them in black and tan. My bunions kinda pop out under the toe strap but they are SOOO comfortable, I walked around in these all day at the San Diego Zoo. You can also find these at Nordstrom
    Korkease: $145
    and these:

    LifeStride Parigi – Bought them in red and wide width $59.99

    EasySpirit Brenley Booty- bought them in wide width: $39

    I’ll update this thread as I find/buy more. 🙂

  11. Lola says:

    Nicole..thank you. Please continue to update your thread. I am reading it and researching your suggestions for my own needs and taste.

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