Best women’s shoes for flat feet

All women want to look good, but people with low arches or flat feet can’t wear all types of shoes. High heels are particularly difficult as they require a strong arch to be able to wear them.

There is a difference between flat feet and a low arch. If your foot is not naturally flat, but was deformed into a fallen arch, it may be fixed by wearing proper footwear!

Current research suggests that walking barefoot is particularly good for your feet. Walking barefoot activates additional lower-leg muscles and helps support your body weight. Same studies have shown that wearing foot supporting orthotics and inserts will also selectively activate foot muscles and help you support and even rebuild the arch.

If you have a low arch and feel discomfort it, is advisable to start with the lowest possible arch support and build it up gradually. Start wearing footwear with the lowest arch support and raise it gradually after several weeks. This is important in order for your feet to adjust and help you acclimatize to the feeling of wearing orthotics.

We recommend to split the period of building up the arch in 3 stages where you gradually raise your arch support until it’s middle or high and feels good.

Warning: this is not professional medical advice. Talk with your doctor or trainer to get professional help.

Stage 1. Low support

  1. The first thing we recommend you start with right now is to stop wearing shoes at home. Walk barefoot as much as possible. This will help strengthen your foot naturally. Remember that insoles and orthotics will activate only some of the muscles. The other ones will be activated during walking barefoot. The stronger your muscles, the better the result and the healthier is your body and feet.
  2. Throw out your flats. Flat shoes are very bad for your feet. If you like flat shoes you should at least choose the more comfortable ones with arch supports.
  3. Start wearing arch support to adjust the foot. You should try different insoles first. Samurai insoles or soft suede insoles are very good for beginners. There is also Barefootscience that has designed special adjustable strengthening insoles with many different arch support types.
    Orthotics for Flat Feet by Samurai Insoles- Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spur, and Pronation Relief Guaranteed! Simply Use Our Arch Support Shoe Insert in most Mens or Womens Shoes/Boots
  4. Start looking at the right shoes. As you are starting a journey of strengthening your feet you should choose footwear accordingly. Same as for kids open toe sandals, flip-flops and shoes with enough room for the inserts are best a this stage.

Here we have chosen some of the best shoes for beginners with flat feet:

ProductWidest sizePriceFeaturesOverall score
Skechers Cali Women's Meditation Slingback Yoga Flip-Flop Skechers Cali Women's Meditation Slingback Yoga Flip-Flop M$12.89 - $59.00 Soft memory foam sinks around the foot offering some natural support. Open toe shoes will help strengthen your feet muscles.4,6
Propet Women's Breeze Walker Sandal Propet Women's Breeze Walker Sandal 4E$16.99 - $81.76 Comfy shoes for wide flat feet. They don't offer much support, but three adjustable straps will make them a perfect fit. 4,3
Clarks Women's CloudSteppers Sillian Jetay Flat Clarks Women's CloudSteppers Sillian Jetay Flat C/D$25.99 - $117.95 Open top and stretchy width make this shoe comfortable. Removable inserts will let you improve arch support gradually without the need to buy new shoes.4,2

Stage 2. Normal support

When your feet have adjusted to some support you may gradually introduce a higher arch support and a low heel.

ProductWidest sizePriceFeaturesOverall score
Clarks Women's Leisa Cacti Slide Sandal Clarks Women's Leisa Cacti Slide Sandal C/D$39.48 - $152.00 Comfortable sandals with a low heel.4,7
Clarks Women's Recent Dutchess Ballet Flat Clarks Women's Recent Dutchess Ballet Flat M-Roomy shoe with good arch support. Open top give plenty of room for extra inserts.4,4
Propet Women's Tour Walker Strap Sneaker Propet Women's Tour Walker Strap Sneaker C/D$15.04 - $83.9 Walking shoe with a low arch.4,3

Stage 3. Full arch support

Your feet feel great with a little support you have introduced in previous steps. Now it’s time to give them even more boost and adjust for full arch support. Orthopedic shoes are good for people who have feet problems already. You don’t need to wear special footwear if you don’t have pain. Although you may choose footwear that have similar qualities: a low heel, wide and open in the toe area, arch support and room for orthotics.

ProductWidest sizePriceFeaturesOverall score
ASICS Women's GEL-Venture 5 Running Shoe ASICS Women's GEL-Venture 5 Running Shoe C/D$46.70 - $145.91 Comfortable running shoe with a good support for wide flat feet.4,4
Rockport Cobb Hill Women's Aubrey Dress Pump Rockport Cobb Hill Women's Aubrey Dress Pump C/D$73.99 - $110.00 Dressy pump with arch support and a low heel.4,5
Vionic Unisex Wave Toe Post Sandal Vionic Unisex Wave Toe Post Sandal M$37.53 - $74.95 Shoes with a very good arch support.4,3

If you can’t find shoes with good support try footwear with a lot of room and different insoles. Here are some of the best and most popular insoles on the market:

ProductPriceOverall score
Powerstep Pinnacle Premium Orthotic Shoe Insoles Powerstep Pinnacle Premium Orthotic Shoe Insoles $20.98 - $122.18 4,6
Superfeet Premium Shoe Insoles Superfeet Premium Shoe Insoles $39.95 - $78.50 4,4
Sof Sole Airr Orthotic Performance Insole Sof Sole Airr Orthotic Performance Insole $20.00 - $31.45 4,3

Thе shoe thаt is selected should bе dеѕіgnеd іn ѕuсh a wау that thеу will bе able tо provide gооd stability and suрроrt of mіddlе portion оf fооt. Thе реrѕоn саn рrоtесt thеіr flаt fооt frоm vаrіоuѕ kіndѕ of sudden fоrсеѕ that асt оn them such аѕ impacts, jоltѕ, аnd mаnу оthеrѕ. The material ѕhоuld bе selected in such a mаnnеr; іt wіll be possible tо acquire a реrfесt fіt wіth a fеw elastic effects tо ensure аn optimum fіt.

Stісk tо сrоѕѕ trаіnіng ѕhоеѕ іf you hаvе flаt fееt. They hаvе lоtѕ of еxсеllеnt сuѕhіоnіng аnd ѕuрроrt on thе sides іn the fоrm оf an extra full, аѕ wеll аѕ thісk outsole. It’s exactly whаt уоu nееd fоr уоur ѕеnѕіtіvе аrсhеѕ.

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