the best orthopedic shoes for women

The Best Orthopedic Shoes For Women in 2018

When you force your feet into an ill-fitting pair of shoes, your body doesn’t recognize that your shoes look fantastic. It just knows that you’ve given your feet an environment that makes it hard for the bones and muscles to carry your whole body weight on average 5,000 to 10,000 steps a day. 

Luckily, you don’t have to choose between style and comfort anymore. That may have been the case fifty years ago when orthopedic was synonymous with ‘ugly,’ or ‘medical.’

But In the last few decades the orthopedic shoes have undergone a makeover, and now you can get any style to suit your taste. Many of the best orthopedic walking shoes for women provide both heel and arch support, as well as plenty of room for toes to spread — helping to correct the natural shape of the foot. 

They also come in a far more diverse range of sizes than the usual retail industry so whether you walk for utility, fun, or sport, you can find the right type of shoe to provide the support you need. 

This being said…

What Should You Look For in Orthopedic Shoes?

We know it’s essential to wear supportive well-fitting shoes. In fact, one of the reasons why people develop foot or toe deformity, feet injuries, extremely wide bunions — is in great part due to wearing uncomfortable shoes. 

So it’s about time you start looking for better options because as you get older, parts of your body begin to break down and it will come to a point where you have to search for orthopedic shoes. 

Anyway. Proper orthopedic shoes have three distinguishable features:

– They have torsionally strong, well-rockered midsoles and outsoles that help you walk upright and well-balanced. Now, in order to know this, the sole should not bend easily and be round.

– They should have a removable sock liner to accommodate for custom orthotics.

– They should exist in a variety of widths to ensure it fits a variety of foot shapes, from the least wide to the widest of feet, and for people with wide bunions.

– And last but not least, a firm heel counter that goes hand in hand with your doctor’s recommendation. 

The goal here is that you remain as mobile and pain-free as possible, which you can’t be with a pair of Converse All-Stars. (I love mine’s by the way)

The Best Orthopedic Shoes For Women

Behold… In the next couple of paragraphs, I will share with you the shoes, I believe, are some of the best orthopedic shoes for women. 

But first I will resume this list for you in a short table before going into more detail — in case you’re interested in knowing what makes these shoes an awesome pick. 

Shoe Name

Cheapest Place

Rating

Orthofeet Shoes For Women

4.3/5

Vionic Women’s Kea Orthotic Trainers

4.3/5

ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 6 R-Shoes

4.5/5

Propet Women's Travelactiv Sneaker

4.4/5

Orthofeet Women's Coral Sneakers

4.2/5

Orthofeet Tahoe Shoes For Women

Amazon Reviews
4.3/5

If you spend plenty of time on your feet, you’ll find these Orthofeet shoes to be a very pleasant surprise. Starting with the premium insole that provides an anatomical arch support and cushioning heel pad that gradually adapts to your foot with each step you take. 

Both are elements that enhance your comfort and serve as a pillow to alleviate your pain, down from your smallest toe… up to your beautiful ankles, and like most of us, your cracking knees. Such can be attested in plenty of reviews found on Amazon. 

The top voted review is a nurse who claims to have tried numerous top-rated shoes before finally finding what she considers to be “her new shoes of choice”. 

These Orthofeet shoes are also equipped with an air cushioned sole that was bio-mechanically engineered to alleviate stress from your joints and re-calibrate your stability for a better foot motion… 

Its soft and well-conceived upper layer takes away any pressure from wide bunions or hammer toes, giving your feet space to breath (and freedom move).

Although frankly, looking at the different reviews (or critics), this may not be the case for some people. 

People who have wide, high arched and over supinated supinated feet, combined with bilateral plantar fasciitis might find the shoes a bit too tight around the edges. Which over time might become a painful experience — but I’m sure that isn’t the case for most people as 71% of buyers say these shoes fit as expected.

Other stellar reviews point to this shoes as being “miracle” shoes. People with aching heels and bunions found that their pain diminished… and eventually disappeared after years of trying literally every solution. 

If you want to try these shoes out but are feeling dubious about which size you should order, you can always use Amazon’s Questions and Answers system to have your questions answered by the sellers themselves. 

I personally feel you should give them try given how these shoes have proven to be an absolute surprise for people with legitimate feet issues.

Vionic Women’s Kea Orthotic Trainers

Amazon Reviews
4.3/5

Want shoes recommended by an American celebrity doctor? Well, these Vionic Trainers have been recommended by Andrew Weil, a powerful name in the Integrative Medicine Education, or at least that’s what the company claims. 

One thing you need to account for when getting this pair, is that unlike Skechers, the fabric of this shoe is tightly woven and does not stretch. So it holds its shape to give your feet the comfortable and firm support they need.

Unfortunately, for people with high-arches or if you need support due to fallen arches or plantar fasciitis, these shoes might not live up to your expectations. 

You also need to be careful if you’re allergic to latex, as you can’t use this shoes without wearing long socks, otherwise your feet will bleed, as the inside label is made of latex. 

Being these “slip on” sneakers, they’re the type of shoes you can quickly put on and go pick up some groceries or hit Disneyland for a short, fun weekend in Paris. These are shoes you’ll either love or hate — though I have to say… most people love them. 

These shoes are also perfect to wear at home, which if you’re one to do plenty of household chores, you might want to to experience the comfort casual slippers or flip flops can’t give you. 

All in all, these are comfy day-to-day shoes that allow you to freely wiggle your toes, which delivers the right amount of freedom you need if you find yourself with any form of toe/foot condition.

ASICS Women's Gel-Venture 6 R-Shoes

Amazon Reviews
4.5/5

Got flat feet and a painful dose of plantar fasciitis? Asics got you covered. 

While these don’t look as neutral as regular walking shoes, these Asics have plenty of colours to give you a more casual look — and not a “let’s go running” type of look.

You can walk or run using these shoes without worrying about the lack of specialised comfort for each activity. Unlike the previous Vionic shoes, these are actually perfect for people with high-arches, providing a great underfoot feel, as well as great traction on uneven terrain. 

Another positive aspect (which Is a no-brainer for orthopedic shoes), is that the sockline is removable, allowing you to insert your own custom orthotic instead.

The Rearfoot Gel Technology within the shoes also protects your feet from the impact caused while running (or walking), also making for a smoother mid-stance transition. These Asics also provide plenty of room in the toe box, give your toes plenty of room to breath and move — which might not necessarily be a good thing for everyone, as it might feel “too” loose. 

If you’re wondering if these are durable enough and befitting for someone who stands 10 hours on their feet (day in and day out)… a lot of reviews mention how comfortable these shoes are even with prolonged use, and how their shoes that last years even with frequent usage.

Although not my cup of tea, I do recommend you try these shoes (and brand) out, as they’ve been pretty reliable over the years within the shoe industry.

Propet Women's Travelactiv Sneaker

Amazon Reviews
4.4/5

Propet is a growing brand that focus on stability and support. Its variety in shoe size and how that size corresponds to each person’s demand is a dream come true. 

Yes! You too, person with very wide bunions. 

If you have narrow or wide feet, you’ll feel alleviated  by knowing Propet sells Narrow, Wide, Extra Wide, and Extra Extra Wide shoes. Which is exactly what goes on with this specific pair as well. 

With the extra-cushioning insoles built to maximize comfort along with the upper layer carefully designed to fit, perform and look like everyday shoes you’d love to wear — these Propet’s are a well-conceived idea put into practice to deliver the much needed support your feet need.

Apparently, they also accommodate custom orthotics, at least according to what other buyers report. (There’s no indication of removable insoles within the product description, but buyers/reviewers claim that they are indeed removable.)

These are definitely shoes you can bring along for long trips and be amazed at how comfortable and painless they are even after a long day of walking. 

This said… they do hit the nail on the head when it comes to comfort, support, and classiness — but they don’t appear to be the most durable shoes in the industry, as they wear out after 10-12 months of frequent use (which is a positive or negative aspect depending on the type of shoes you’ve been wearing thus far). 

I personally feel like that’s too short of a time. But durability aside, these shoes live up the expectations when it comes to comfort and helping people cope with issues like plantar fasciitis, wide bunions, and other painful conditions that tend to restrict our life as we get older.

Orthofeet Women's Coral Sneakers

Amazon Reviews
4.2/5

Orthofeet seem to be quite bold when they claim that their orthotic soles have excellent support and unmatched cushioning. Which doesn’t sound very “bold” when you have a look at what people are actually saying.

The Ergonomic Stride design of these shoes is what creates the soothing walking experience they’re getting known for. This well-thought out design softens the impact of every step and reduces the pressure under the heel — which consequently alleviates plantar fasciitis (or heel) pain.

Every Orthofeet shoe comes with orthotic insoles. In fact, aside from the anatomical orthotic insole, the guys and girls at Orthofeet also send you an extra insole that helps prevent slippage — an insole you’re supposed to place under the main insole.

You’re also free to use your custom insole, if you prefer. 

Furthermore, these shoes are also proven to be an effective solution for people with hammer toes. One reviewer claims to have tried different toe separators; shoe inserts; sandals; and a pair of these Orthofeet shoes has been the only thing that has worked so far… allowing her to walk to the grocery shop and back, and even run on a treadmill. 

This said, these are shoes you will want to order if you’re really having a hard time coping with plantar fasciitis and other foot deformities — or just for the sake of preventing those injuries in the future. 

As far as drawbacks go, you’d probably not want to use them on a slippery terrain, as they’re not very slip resistant. Additionally, and like the aforementioned Propet’s, a few reviews shine light on its lack of durability and use of cheap materials in the construction of the outer sole. 

Another negative aspect that threw me off was their refund policy. Although they do have a return policy, you need to pay for the shipping costs — which sounds silly. Therefore, if you’re planning to order one’s, ensure you’re getting the right size.

Conclusion

What I found out pretty quickly about the different variety of shoes available in the market, is that there isn’t ONE perfect shoe. Every shoe has its drawbacks.

There are only shoes that manage to give people more of what they need (and want) in an “ALMOST complete package”. Some might be super comfortable but they might lack in terms of durability, others might be super durable but they’re the ugliest pair you’ve ever seen.

Anyway… If you’re suffering from any foot issue, give one of these a try, I’m convinced one of them will give you the peace you need. 

The most important thing to look for are shoes that can sooth the pain you’re currently feeling… so that you can actually enjoy life!

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