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Vionic Sandals Offer Enhanced Arch Support – See Our Top Picks!

No matter your style aesthetic, there is a pair of Vionic sandals for you! Heralded for their terrific support and on-trend designs, Vionic sandals come in breezy flip-flops to fashionable platform wedges. We love how Vionic continues to listen to their audience and adjust their sizing–many styles can be found in sizes up to 12 and wide widths. Here are our favorite Vionic sandals:

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Vionic Tide II

1. Vionic Tide 2:  Developed ten years ago by a podiatrist, Vionic (once called Orthaheel) footwear caught on quickly with those suffering from plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, knee problems and other structural problems of the lower leg and foot.. We love the iconic Tide 2 sandal. The arch and heel support are unsurpassed–they even carry the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) seal of acceptance. Read a review of these terrific Vionic sandals by our friend, Anne.

Find the Vionic Tide in sizes 5-12 (fits both medium and wide feet) for $64.95 from, Zappos, Amazon,  The Vionic High Tide is a platform version of the Tide sandal. Find it in medium and wide widths from 

Vionic Sandals - Vionic Tawny

Vionic Tawny. Photo:

2. The Vionic Tawny is a customer favorites with scads of five-star reviews. In fact, women with bunions find that these Vionic sandals don’t irritate the sides of the forefoot (and are available in wide width if even more room is needed).  A sturdy 3″ wedge heel with a 1″ platform to even out the toe-to-heel slope. A deep heel cup keeps the heel in place so it won’t slide forward. We love how the midsole matches the suede uppers. Find the Vionic Tawny in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths for $149.95 from Zappos, and Amazon.

Vionic Sandals - Randi

Vionic Randi

If you aren’t crazy about the flip-flop styling of the Tide, try these Vionic sandals with two adjustable straps at the forefoot and instep. The Randi features the same orthotic support as the Tide with deep heel cup and enhanced arch support.

Available in sizes 5-12, medium and wide widths for $89.95 from, Zappos, and Amazon.

Vionic Sandals - Malorie

Vionic Malorie

Vionic sandals have come a long way from orthopedic flip-flops to modern, chic wedges. The Malorie platform wedge offers arch support, deep heel cup for stability and stretch goring along the instep strap. Find this lovely sandal in sizes 5-12, medium and wide widths for $149.95 from, Amazon, Zappos and DSW.

Vionic Sandals - Ariel

Vionic Ariel. Photo: Vionic Shoes

Espadrilles are back in a big way, and how nice to find a comfortable one! The Vionic Ariel features a jute-wrapped 3″ wedge with a 1″ platform. Daisy perforations add interest to the forefoot strap. Available in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths for $149.95 from Zappos, and

Do you have a favorite pair of Vionic sandals? Leave us a comment and let us know which style and how it fits/feels!

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20 Responses to Vionic Sandals Offer Enhanced Arch Support – See Our Top Picks!

  1. Nancy says:

    I am very anxious to see what your readers say about Orthaheel. It difficult for me to believe that something this inexpensive (within the world of comfort shoes) has the arch support/cushioning for severe PF. Also I thought fit flops were not good for problem feet. Not trying to sound negative…I am just so tired of buying and returning shoes that that don’t work I want the real scoop on these from people who also have severe P. Fascilitis like I do. The only shoes I have been able to wear is New Balance motion control athletic shoes, Ziera (FABULOUS arch support & stylish but very difficult to find in the midwest) and maybe Finn Comfort if I had them in Wide…Pretty sad options I know. Thank you in advance for any information anyone can offer.

  2. admin says:


    Have you heard of Waldlaufer shoes at They’re German-made with excellent arch support. Perhaps similar to Ziera? I like this style:

  3. admin says:


    Look at this discussion on my Facebook page from readers with PF:

  4. cedar says:

    I agree that the Orthaheel arch support is aggressive. Takes a little getting used to, maybe because I don’t really need such aggressive support. Well made and I’ve had mine a few years; they look like new.
    My OluKai sandals (thong type) are a bit comfier, still with great arch support. I wear them to travel to/from Hawaii often, and then wear Teva Mush thongs most of the time while there. (which results in achey plantar fascitis symptoms sometimes)

  5. Theresa says:

    I’ve had PF for 6 years and for the first 2 it was SEVERE. I had to be very aggressive with treatment to avoid the surgery the doctor mentioned. NO going barefoot at any time. Even wore arch support flip flops in the shower and only shoes with arch support or orthotics. I thought I would have to give up my flip flops but the doctor said they were actually ok as long as they had enough arch support. It’s been a struggle, but now my PF is so much better. My all time favorite shoes so far are Earthies. Also the Orthaheel, some Dansko, Olukai flip flops and Abeo (for both shoes and flip flops) Naot and Mephisto. The struggle now is always trying to find cute shoes that have arch support, and so far the cutest that also give me the most comfort are Earthies.

  6. Theresa says:

    I agree! I like my Orthaheels but my Olukais are THE most comfortable flip flop for me. They even got approval from my doctor. He said he liked how
    much arch support were in them.

  7. Theresa says:

    I have a question for PF people. Have any of you ever heard if Fit Flop brand is ok for PF? My doctor said he had not heard anything about them and was not familiar with the brand. Some sales associates in the shoe departments say yes, and others say no. I was temped to get a pair but then decided not to out of fear they would make the PF flare up. Anyone have any knowledge about them to share?

  8. cedar says:

    Have you looked over at

    I think Dr. McCarthy likes them if they have a back strap.
    I didn’t find the brand very comfy, returned a pair of athletic shoes, but I have a friend who loves them.

    Good luck!

  9. Leah M. says:

    I have the black VIONIC Tide 2 flip flops and I LOVE them! They are my go-to sandal, besides my Birkenstocks. I have bunions, flat feet and overpronation and these are so comfortable. I definitely notice that my feet feel much less tired and sore when I wear them. And yes, great arch support. I have yet to wear them walking long distance but I believe they would be comfortable say to wear to a theme park or something.

  10. Devna says:

    Kristen, do you know (or does anyone else know) of a flip-flop type sandal like Orthaheel/Vionic that fits a narrow foot? I love and need the arch support of Orthaheel but they are too wide for my narrow foot. Wish they came in different widths like Birkenstock. Would appreciate any help you could provide finding a flip-flop with arch support for a narrow foot. And thanks for a great website!

  11. admin says:


    How about a Birkenstock in a narrow? Most styles come in narrow, which fits a medium width too, but is adjustable. Great support and cute styles like the Gizeh and Mayari.

  12. Laura says:

    I’m looking for a comfortable sandal to wear sightseeing this summer, which means LOTS of walking. I have PF, bunions, hammertoes and wear an orthotic, but I wear Birkenstocks comfortably, so a sandal like the Vionic sounds good. Any other suggestions? Thanks. I love this blog SO MUCH.

  13. Devna says:

    I do have several pairs of Birkenstocks which I love. But I am looking for a flip-flop for narrow feet with arch support with rubber insoles as well as rubber soles on bottom. I want to be able to wear them at the beach or in the rain. So if anyone knows of such a flip-flop, I’d greatly appreciate your sharing the info. Birkenstock cork soles don’t take wetness too well. Thank you! And a big thank you to Kristen!

  14. Kim says:

    Great to see these affordable options tho I have decided to save on other items so to ensure I could spend what’s necessary on good footwear. But this post shows you can find affordable shoes that work for problem feet, etc. and on a side note- I follow several blogs about fashion, skin care, and other personal interests. Never have I found an author as engaged with their readers as Ms Kirsten- always going up and above to help her readers that post and write in. How refreshing and endearing to have someone actively seek out responses to readers – and these responses truly make a difference in the quality of people’s lives and their health. Her recommendations for back pain alleviating shoes changed my life- sounds dramatic yes 🙂 but they truly did so now I always check here when I or a family member with feet or back problems need a specific shoe. Thank u again for all your work!

  15. Theresa says:

    Have you tried Oulakai? I have average to narrow feet and the Oulakai might work for you from your description.

  16. Kirsten says:

    What a sweet comment. Thank you, Kim.

  17. Lydia Leizman says:

    What a find this website is! In my struggles with flat feet, and my constant search for shoes/sandals that do not cause me fatigue and or pain, I have discovered the following:
    Vionic sandals, though I don’t always love the materials, do have cute styles, and give great support. If ordering online, you might find that you need to go down a size than normal. Some of you are asking about FitFlop: I have been wearing their sandals and boots for several years. In fact, on days that my sciatica flares up, I wear the Fitflops, and my back actually feels better within an hour or so.

    I have one pair of Abeo Post sandals, where the arch support is quite “aggressive.” I wonder whether anyone here has tried them, or even Abeo Neutral, and what you think. Thank you!

  18. agatha says:

    Does anyone have thoughts of custom orthotics vs shoes with good arch support such as vionic? Technically i think nothing is better for your foot than a custom orthotic. But realistically, I wonder how a custom orthotic really performs in a shoe it was never customized for. I’ve had custom orthotics in the past but they always seemed to either lift a bit or I could feel where they ended since they are not the full length of the shoe.

  19. A says:

    Your feet sound similar to mine. Drew Shoes have sandals that are comfortable on their own but some accommodate custom orthotics, too.

  20. A says:

    Custom orthotics have worked the best for me, mine are full length and very thick in the arch (flat feet, over pronation, severe arthritis that’s caused some deformity.) I’m not shilling for the company but Drew Shoes have been the best for accommodating my orthotics, their shoes have a lot of depth. A shoe store in my town carries them and I find more styles on Zappos. New Balance motion control work well with my orthotics, too.

    This blog is awesome! Thanks to you guys, I actually found cute boots last fall from Rockport Cobb Hill.

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