When it comes to shoes, form follows function, as comfort and support are the priority when you are trekking across the city to work or lunch. This is especially true if you have high arches, as finding the right shoes can be challenging. If you have dainty, high arches, fret not—you will not be condemned to wearing sneakers with orthotics all summer long. You can enjoy this season’s hottest shoe trends. It’s just a matter of looking for some key characteristics like rigidity, padding around the ankle, a well-cushioned footbed, and space around the toes so you can move them freely.
These components in a shoe will keep you walking comfortably all day, from coffee to shopping to a late lunch with friends. Keep reading for the best shoes for high arches.
Loafers: These shoes have far more shock absorption than a mule, don’t bend easily, and have more support around the ankle which are all characteristics for the best shoes for high arches. Plus, a classic loafer is the perfect way to dress up a summer look when you’re headed into the office.
Slingback Block Heels: A perfect complement to any flowing skirt or tailored pant, a slingback with a block heel provides everything you need to walk comfortably, such as ankle straps for ankle support, a low heel (preferably less than one and a half inches) for reduced tension on your foot, and a wider box toe so your toes can wiggle around.
Birkenstock-esque: This shoe trend provides good shock absorption and arch support and is basically orthopedic footwear as a fashion statement.
Wedges: Instead of high heels over three inches, opt for a cute wedge that not only pairs perfectly with boyfriend jeans or a sundress but will also provide more balance and support. Whether you need something close-toed, a timeless sandal or a trendy mule, you can find it in wedge form. Plus, they’re way easier to walk in than heels, but still give you height.
Sneakers: Sneakers are an obvious choice for comfort and support, and luckily they’re also a long-standing fashion trend. Whether it’s a fashion sneaker or a more traditional Nike Running shoe, these will provide absorption and cushioning for arch support.
Ankle Boots: Available in bright colors, funky hardware, and modern textures. You can find a boot with bold hardware to substitute your summer jewelry stack, or add a pop of color to your go-to all-black ensemble with a bright pink or metallic boot.