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Best Non-Orthopedic Shoes for Hammertoes [7 Chic Solutions]
Few foot problems ruin the fit and feel of a shoe like a pesky hammertoe. It refuses to lay flat and insists on bumping up against the top of a shoe causing irritation of the toe knuckle (and often creates a thick callous on the ball of foot). Whether caused by genetics, ill-fitting shoes, injury or arthritis, hammertoes require special treatment (if not surgery, then toe caps, toe pads and an accommodating pair of shoes). I’ve experienced worsening hammertoes over the last few years, so I understand the discomfort! Let me help you find the best shoes for hammertoes that look good and feel good. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment here or on our Facebook page).
The synthetic brushed nubuck upper and soft fabric lining of the Clark’s Cloudsteppers Sillian Paz is forgiving of misshapen toes, whether from bunions or hammertoes. The rest of the shoe is a treat too. An OrthoLite® footbed offers top-notch cushioning, and it’s removable should you need to use a custom orthotic. Elastic side panels provide snug fit. Available in whole and half sizes 5-10, 11, 12; medium and wide widths from Zappos, ClarksUSA.com, and Amazon. Check out the entire Cloudsteppers collection here.
A newer closed-toe addition to the Fitflop family, the Uberknit ballerina earns rave reviews from both bunion and hammertoe sufferers. The lightweight knit upper stretches to accommodate vertical and horizontal toe bumps and is a breeze to slip-on and off. Best for medium to wide width feet, the Fitflop Uberknit Ballerina offers moderate arch support and heel-to-toe cushioning. I’ve read that the style runs large, so you may want to order down a half size. Find a pair at Fitflop.com, Zappos, Amazon and Nordstrom.
Let’s include an ankle boot in our best shoes for hammertoes category since fall is upon us. I took notice of the Rockport Cobb Hill Nicole bootie when repeated online reviews mention its ability to conform to hammertoes–no abrasion, no irritation. I attribute this to the distressed leather upper with soft fabric lining.
A Zappos customer reviews the Nicole bootie:
I have bunions and hammertoes, so of course I have a hard time finding shoes – these are very comfortable – wide enough so my bunions don’t hurt and the bottoms are rubber, so they are cushiony to walk in – great boots, and they look cute – finally can wear something more stylish.
The Rockport Cobb Hill collection specializes in designing shoes with comfort footbeds, moderate arch support, shock-absorbing outsoles, and roomier toe boxes. Find the Nicole ankle boot in sizes 6-11, three widths from Zappos, Rockport.com, Shoes.com and Amazon.
While we’re on the subject, here’s another great ankle boot (it’s water-resistant!) that won’t irritate hammertoes–the Bussola Cai. A soft and slightly stretchy microfiber upper and foot-friendly toe box shape create a happy environment for bunions and hammertoes. Available at BussolaStyle.com, Amazon, and Shoemall. Don’t worry if the boot is named Cai, California, Coimbra or Calista–they’re all the same boot!
For an office-appropriate dress shoe, consider Hotter’s dress shoe collection. Based in the UK with delivery to the US, Hotter continues to win over women with less than perfect feet. Their foot-friendly forefoot shape allows for toes to spread up and out while the footbed provides good support and stellar cushioning. The Donna (above) is Hotter’s most popular pump, and we’re over moon for the Vanity boots featured below–the style, the zipper, the colors…so gorgeous. Prefer a flat, loafer or oxford? Hotter’s got you covered. See their whole collection here (many styles come in extra wide widths).
If you’ve wanted to try Hotter shoes, now is the time as they’re offering a great deal: 40% off your first order with free shipping and returns–just use code HOT40.
Ecco Incise Urban Slip-on
The Ecco Incise Urban slip-on shows us that stretch fabric can be modern and chic. A removable contoured insole offers moderate arch support and lightweight PU outsole absorbs shock. Available in euro sizes 36-41 from Ecco.com, Shoes.com, Nordstrom, Zappos, The Walking Company and Amazon.
Other great shoes for hammertoes: Altra Escalante (running/fitness shoe), Arcopedico LS (read my review of this wonderful knit sneaker), Aetrex Berries (boots and shoes with stretch uppers and supportive footbeds), Abeo Smart shoes (some have stretch uppers with customizable orthotics included), Bernie Mev shoes with woven uppers.