Best Shoes for High Arches Reviewed for Comfort
Shopping for shoes can be one of the most stressful ventures. Sizings systems are a nightmare, there are always too many or too little options, and then there’s the price point. And if you have a certain orthopedic condition?
Well, you have a whole new set of problems on top of everything else. One of the most common orthopedic problems American’s face is pes cavus, or as it’s known in layman’s terms, high arches. Even though 20% of Americans suffer from high arches, it’s still extremely difficult to find affordable, supportive, and comfortable shoes. Never fear, reader. We here at Nicershoes.com have scoured the internet and online stores to bring you a comprehensive list of the 10 best shoes for high arches.
- Skechers Performance Men's Go Walk 2
- Shock-absorbing GOimpulse sensors.
- OrthoLite anti-odor lining.
- Engineered stability mesh side panels
- Vionic Women's Walker Classic Shoes
- Shock-absorbing EVA mid-sole.
- Full grain leather and mesh upper.
- Polyester upper lining and sock liner.
- Vionic Unisex Wave Toe Post Sandal
- Neoprene mesh and linning.
- Woven toe post in a thong sandal style.
- EVA insole.
Now, this list isn’t just comfy walking shoes. We wanted to give you a wide range of shoes to choose from to fit every facet of your busy life. Therefore, this list contains athletic shoes, sandals, casual shoes, and even some water shoes. It’s not like foot pain and discomfort takes a beach break, right? So though these shoes are radically different in style and purpose, they each provide ample support and comfort for high arches.
10 Best Shoes for High Arches
1. Skechers Performance Go Walk 2
The best feature of the Skechers Performance Men's Go Walk 2 is the incredible odor and moisture fighting power of OrthoLite. The anti-microbial insole prevents the growth of odor-causing bacteria by naturally wicking away sweat, thus keeping your feet cool and fresh. Not only will your feet stay dry and comfortable, but the OrthoLite technology also prevents orthopedic issues like athlete's foot and other foot fungi.
GOimpulse Sensors with Shock Absorption
All along the bottoms of the Skechers Performance Men's Go Walk 2 are specially designed GOimpulse sensors. These sensors align with pressure points along the foot and take the brunt of the impact from the ground off of your feet's most sensitive points. This level of shock absorption is especially great for those with high arches because it relieves the extra tension placed on the front metatarsals with each footfall.
Cost and Value:
The Skechers Performance Men's Go Walk 2 can a low to mid-priced shoe depending on the size and style you wish to purchase. Fortunately, most of the styles offered rest on the low end of our threshold, making this shoe both the top rated and one of the cheapest shoes on this list. And for such an affordable price, none of the amazing features are left out. This shoe comes equipt with not only superior shock absorption and comfort, but it also fights orthopedic ailments like athletes foots with the super light, antimicrobial infused insole.
- OrthoLite Technology that fights odor, foot fungus, and sweat.
- Superior shock absorption that targets specific points in the feet with GOimpulse sensors.
- Specially engineered stretch mesh for stability and comfort for all-day activity.
- Practically weightless thanks to innovative design and lightweight materials for a smooth, natural walk.
- This shoe is designed for casual, everyday activity and isn’t suitable for training or intense usage.
2. Vionic Walker Classic
With a contoured arch and a heel cup, the insole of the Vionic Women’s Walker Classic Shoe molds to your foot. By keeping constant support on your arch and heel, the Orthaheel technology brings stability back into your gait and strand. This technology and contoured footbed actually improve your stride overall for healthier activity in every step.
Bacteria Resistance Footbed
Bacteria and odor-fighting technology is always a plus for any shoe. What makes the bacteria-fighting power of this shoe so incredible is that Vionic used cutting-edge biomedical research to improve the bacteria-killing agent of their shoes. This medical advancement rapidly kills bacteria colonies as they form, minimizing the chance of odor and infection after long days.
Cost and Value:
The Vionic Women's Walker Classic Shoe is a mildly priced shoe that, on average, is more expensive than the Skechers Performance Men's Go Walk 2. While this shoe is more expensive, it offers biomedical enhancements and has been specially designed by podiatrists for high arches. The Vionic Women’s Walker Classic Shoe also offers slip resistance and Orthaheel technology for a stable, stride improving experience that creates healthy walking habits.
- APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of approval for safety and innovation.
- Specially designed Orthaheel footbed corrects your stride by supporting the heel and arch.
- Slip-resistant technology keeps you stable in all terrains and weather conditions.
- Bacteria treated removable orthotic fights off odor and rash causing mycobacteria.
- The sole is very rigid for high arches. If you don’t have high arches, you might find this shoe uncomfortable.
3. Alegria Paloma Flat
The wedge design along with the lifted toe box creates a Rocking outsole that rolls pressure right off the front metatarsals. This action also relieves pressure from high arches while providing ample support for hours and hours. Coupled with the Anatomically Correct footbed, the Rocking outsole also improves and corrects the wearer’s gait with each step.
Anatomically Correct Footbed
The Anatomically Correct Footbed follows the natural contours of your feet and supports every inch of your foot. By molding to your foot, your heels and arches experience constant support for long wear. The Anatomically Correct Footbed also improves your gait by redistributing your weight more evenly all over the bottom of your foot.
Cost and Value:
The Alegria Women’s Paloma Flat, though a rather spectacular shoe, is on the high side of our price range. While it can vary from medium to high price based on style and size, it averages on the higher side of the spectrum. Though this shoe is more expensive both the Vionic Women's Walker Classic Shoe and the Skechers Performance Men's Go Walk 2, Algeria is revered for its comfort and commitment to the average worker. This shoe isn’t only designed for those who desperately crave extra support, but also those who need that constant support while working long hours. So, if you’re willing to spend a little extra for an amazingly comfortable and supportive shoe, look no further than the Alegria Women’s Paloma Flat.
- Natural grain and ultra-soft Nappa leather that’s both stylish and easy to clean.
- All materials are assembled and manufactured in the USA.
- Rocker outsole compounded with the wedge style creates a supportive and gait correcting experience.
- The large toe box allows the metatarsals can wiggle freely and breathe.
- Comes with a removable footbed for full customization with each individual.
- The Alegria Women’s Paloma Flat runs small, so consult the sizing chart or go up a size when ordering.
- This shoe takes a while to break in and the process could be painful for some.
4. Ryka Influence
The shoe itself is extremely flexible thanks to Flex Foil Technology. This technology gives the shoe flexibility to move with your foot naturally while maintaining a rigid enough structure to offer ample support. This makes it perfect for intense training on tacks, courts, or asphalt because the shoe will morph to the terrain as easily as it morphs to you.
The insole is made up of multiple layers of fabric and sponge in what is called Direct-Fuse Layers. These Direct-Fuse Layers disperse the shock of footfalls and your body weight over the entirety of the foot rather than just the forefoot and heel. This relieves pain in high arches and keeps you feeling comfortable for those long, active days.
Cost and Value:
RYKA Women’s Influence Cross Training Shoe comes in on the low end of our price range. Being one of the least expensive shoes on this list, you’d expect a skimp on quality. And you’d be severely wrong. Though this shoe is cheaper than most on this list, the RYKa Women’s Influence Cross Training Shoe includes a dual insole for maximum comfort, a flex-foil hat provides superb breathability and a multi-directional traction pattern for optimal stability.
- Superb cushioning and support for the heel and forefoot thanks to the dual impact midsole.
- Multi-directional pattern located on the bottom of the shoe for maximum traction and anti-slippage.
- Direct fuse layers make up the insole to disperse weight and shock all over the foot.
- Flex Foil technology gives the shoe flexibility and allows it to move freely with your feet.
- RYAK tends to run small, and the improper size can cause blisters. Please order a size or two up when purchasing to ensure a correct fit.
5. Vionic Unisex Wave Toe
Don’t be weighed down with the typical women’s shoe V.S. men’s shoe debate! Relax and marvel in the comfort meant for all in this unisex sandal. Though women will have to convert their size to men’s sizing, the style and ease offered by these sandals are unparalleled on this list.
Neoprene Mesh and Liner
If you’ve never heard of neoprene, just know it’s the material most commonly found in swimsuits and other swim related attire. Because of its moisture resistant qualities, the neoprene fabric added into the toe post and upper makes this sandal aquatic friendly. So take a walk along the beach, hike through a river, or go kayaking in this all-terrain sandals.
Cost and Value:
Depending on the style and size you select, this shoe ranges from low to medium priced in comparison with the rest of the list. Though it’s not the cheapest shoe on the list, it’s definitely not the most expensive either. If you’re in the market for a good water shoe that can go pretty much anywhere than the Vionic Unisex Wave Toe Post Sandal is a pretty great investment.And you don’t have to fret over your sizing! Just convert your current size to a U.S. Men’s size and your ready for those lakefront hikes and river escapades.
- Aquatic friendly material Neoprene makes the Vionic Unisex Wave Toe Post Sandal perfect for multiple terrains.
- As a unisex shoe, all people can wear and feel confident in this outdoor sandal.
- The TR, wave-patterned outsole improves traction by increasing surface area.
- The ultra-comfy and plush toe post make wearing these sandals a dream in any situation for any amount of time.
- Because this shoe is unisex, the size will default to men’s sizes. Be sure to convert your size to match the manufacturer preferences.
6. Brooks Ghost 8
This earth-friendly fabric isn’t only great for the planet, but it’s also great for your soles! The special blend of BioMoGo, a biodegradable compound infused into Brook’s midsole, increases the rate of biodegradation by 50%. This move for sustainability not only created an environmentally conscious shoe but a better, more luxurious midsole for customers thanks to the natural softness of BioMoGo.
Omega Flex Grooves
The Omega Flex Grooves are an all in one support, traction, and anti-slippage machine. Contoured patterns of grooves carve out the shoe’s outsole for all-day activity without the threat of falling or slipping. Due to the Omega Flex Grooves angle and placement, this shoe maximises your traction with the ground. This makes it great for people will high arches because the grooves correct your balance and mitigate the pressure from your aches to the rest of your foot.
Cost and Value:
Another excellent sports shoe, the Brooks Women’s Ghost 8 is for those who aren’t afraid to spend a little extra on their footwear. This shoe is on the higher end of our price range, and it much more expensive than the other sports shoes on this list. But don’t let that high price scare you away from such an amazing and user-designed shoe. That price point comes with guaranteed flexibility, comfort, and control specially designed for high arched individuals. The Ghost 8 succeeds the previous model, the Ghost 7, with added flexibility and motion provided by the Omega Flex Grooves, and ramps up the durability with the innovative BioMoGo fabric.
- BioMoGo fabric is a blend of recycled and earth-friendly materials.
- The Omega Flex Grooves improve your gait and allow for more natural, fluid footfalls.
- An extremely lightweight running shoe designed for comfort and motion.
- Breathable mesh lining circulates air evenly throughout the foot, reducing sweat and odor.
- Ultra plush tongue, lining, and removable insert make for the most comfortable workouts.
- The Ghost 8 takes exceptionally longer to break in than the Ghost 7.
7. Nike Free 5.0
So, what’s beneficial about a streamlined design? Well, if you’re a competitive runner or sensitive about your times, the ultra-lightweight Nike 5.0 Running shoe augments your speed by provided less air resistance and friction. Instead of a bulky shoe weighing you and your achievements down, the streamlined design molds to your body and promotes a natural aversion to friction and resistance.
Due to the innovative move of stripping the Nike Free model of unneeded layers, the Nike Free 5.0 moves more naturally with your feet. It contours and flexes with every motion of your foot, making your strides effortless for those long runs. This shoe won’t feel like a running shoe but like an extension and betterment of your foot. You’ll never want to take it off!
Cost and Value:
Now, all these amazing features and redesigns came at a cost. While this isn’t our most expensive shoe on this list, it’s definitely up there in price. But, Nike and their shoes are consistently rated as some of the best athletic shoes on the market currently. And when they design a shoe specifically made to feel like an extension of your foot, while providing comfort for all foot types(high arches included!), how can you not pay a little extra for perfect?
- Ultra lightweight and streamlined for faster, easier runs.
- Feels like a natural extension of the foot while simultaneously bettering your strides.
- Enhances runtime and improves workouts by minimizing the air resistance and friction.
- Made with a non-marking outsole that not only makes the shoe more durable but easier to clean.
- Specially designed for medium to high arches.
- This shoe runs very small and it's recommended that you buy 1 to 2 sizes up.
8. Skechers Performance Go Walk 4
This marvel of orthopedic science not only cushions your feet but disperses the shock and traumas of everyday activity. By contouring to your foot’s natural shape, the Goga Max High Rebound insole gives great support and deflects the stress of running.
Ever think a shoe could make running or walking feel incredible? Well, with the innovate 5Gen Midsole, you might not even call walking exercise anymore! Thanks to the specialized 5Gen Midsole, all your steps and strides will feel effortless and amazing with every step you take.
Cost and Value:
The Skechers Performance Men's Go Walk 4 Incredible Walking Shoe is right in the middle of our price range. Not too little, not much, but just right for most footwear budgets. This moderate price is enough to ensure quality features like breathability, durability, and balance, but not so overpriced that most can afford it. This is a men’s shoe (sorry ladies!) is the perfect compromise between price, features, and customer satisfaction.
- 5Gen Midsole cushioning creates a responsive and trauma deflecting shoe for maximum comfort and support.
- The Goga Max High Rebound Insole puts some pep in your step with innovative rebound technology that powers your strides.
- Superior arch support thanks to innovative, tapered midsole design.
- Extremely lightweight for both improve strides and easy transportation.
- Perforated outer lining creates air circulation throughout the shoe to reduce odor and improve user comfortability.
- Not machine washable. It's recommended that a gentle cleaning solution is used.
9. Saucony Grid Omni
Two factors of this shoe slow down the rate of pronation or the rate of rolling in your feet, and those are the asymmetrical midsole and the Compression insole. The asymmetrical midsole slops with the natural curve of your foot, allowing for a closer, more natural fit. The compression insole works with this feature to supply a close, contoured support system to slow down pronation.
Compression EVA Insole
Not only does the Compression EVA Insole slow down pronation, but it’s also super comfy and supportive. Because the compression insole is designed to mold to the foot's natural contours, the insole provides ample support for all-day activity.
Cost and Value:
This shoe ranges from low to medium price, and for all the health benefits and versatility that come with this shoe, that’s quite a bargain! Not only does this shoe slow down the progression of pronation, but it also helps to keep your ankles and arches aligned to prevent rolling and damages. Also, the shoe is specially designed for high arches to feel comfortable when both walking and running. So not only can this be your go-to walking shoe, but your go-to running shoe as well! Talk about a two for one!
- Excellent casual and athletic shoe that features all the comforts of a walking shoe with the durability and health benefits of a running shoe.
- The biomedically designed sole features an asymmetric design for improved arch and heel support.
- Slows the rate of pronation thanks to both the asymmetrical design and compression EVA insole.
- Smooth transition from running to walking with the special grip strength of the outsole.
- The toe box is rather tight and some customers have experienced an excess of rubbing in this area.
10. New Balance W1340v2
What do we mean by ‘motion control’? Well, we mean that this shoe does a spectacular job of keeping your ankle, arch, and heel aligned and healthy. By keeping your foot aligned, this shoe reduces your chances of sprains, rolling, and slipping.
Plush Inner Lining
We all love a plush shoe, but the Optimum Control Running shoe takes luxury and comfort to a whole new level! From the padded toe box to the padded tongue, every single portion of this shoe will leave your feet in a plush paradise no matter what you’re doing!
Cost and Value:
Now, this shoe is one of the most expensive on our list. This might deter many from purchasing such a fantastic shoe, but, let me tell you, that price point is worth it! This hoe not only keep your ankles and heels safe from the stress of everyday activity, but it’s super cozy and breathable also. If you're willing to spend a little extra in such a great investment. Not only will your health benefit, but so will your future endeavors in foot care!
- Contoured heel for superior motion control.
- Perforated mesh for breathability and air circulation.
- Ultra plush inner lining and tongue for all-day comfort.
- Made in the USA.
- As a bulkier and heavier shoe, the New Balance Optimum Control Running Shoe isn’t the best in flexibility for travel.
- This shoe is rather narrow and would be a tight fit for feet of average width.
In conclusion, shopping for high arches anywhere is an utter pain. Even though 20% of Americans suffer from pes cavus, corporate America and retail shops have yet to get the memo. But we here at NicerShoes.com are not only dedicated to bringing out the best shoes for public gain, but we’re also dedicated to you as an individual. Because everyone has different feet and orthopedic conditions, why should some go without proper footwear just because they’re not the majority? It’s startling how few options there are for those suffering from high arches, so we just had to make a top 10 list to remedy that crime. And if you just so happened to find that perfect shoe on our list, tell us! The best part of our day is matching you with your new shoe obsession!
Criteria Used to Evaluate the Best Shoes for High Arches
When selecting shoes for this list, we paid special attention to the arch support and general comfort provided by these shoes. Because this list is meant to act as a guide for people with high arches, we felt their comfort level in the shoes was of the utmost importance. Along with comforts specially made for pes cavus, we also took shoes with versatility features into consideration. If a shoe could be more than just a walking or running shoe, then we felt it had greater value to our readers. And, finally, because pes cavus is a medical condition, we wanted Podiatrist designed and approved shoes on this list. This not only ensured the validity of the shoes but also confirmed the health benefits in wearing proper footwear. Below is a breakdown of each point of criteria and more information regarding the selection process.
Comfort for High Arches
Comfort means support, balance, and cushioning for an enjoyable and comfortable experience in your chosen shoe. Because this article focuses on the needs of those with high arches, we only selected shoes with a high insole that provided lots of padding. What this extra padding does is ensure that the arch is constantly supported by the shoe itself. This relieves pressure off the arch and heels in favor of more even distribution of weight all across the foot. By selecting shoes that with optimal padding, especially in the insole, we feel that each shoe on this list will provide excellent comfort and support for our high arched readers.
We define versatility as any single pair of shoes that serves multiple purposes. For example, a shoe that is both a casual walking shoe and a training shoe is considered versatile by our standards. Now, why is this so important to us here at NiceShoes.com? Well, it’s important to us because we feel it’s important to our readers. Rather than spending extra time, effort, and money on multiple shoes, we feel our readers can get all they need out of a single pair of shoes. And for those suffering from high arches, this was particularly important to us because we understand how difficult it can be to just find one pair of shoes. Not all the shoes on this list are explicitly versatile or serve a double purpose, but we feel that any individual will find they desires and needs can be easily met with a single shoe.
Because we’re discussing high arches and the best shoes for high arches, it only made sense to seek out APMA approved and biomedically designed shoes. Podiatrists are physicians that specialize in orthopedics and orthopedic conditions. When we see that a shoe has been crafted with advanced biomedical technology sanctioned by Podiatrists for high arches, we feel the shoe is not only a healthy option but a smart option for health-conscious buyers. Not only are the shoes on this list approved by a podiatrist, they are designed by podiatrists for high arches in particular. This means that our readers can make informed and well-educated decisions about their footwear without wasting their time or money.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kind of athletic shoe should I purchase to relieve foot pain from my high arches?
A: Both Nike and Sketchers make amazing athletic shoes. While Nike has Skechers beat for intense training shoes, Skechers has a pretty great line of low-intensity athletic shoes for high arches. But for outdoor sports and athletics, the clear winner is Vionic. Vionic shoes come with unmatched support and loads of features like water, heat, weather, and terrain resistance.
Q: How do I know if my shoes are augmenting my foot pain?
A: For those who suffer from high arches, if the footbed isn’t in constant contact with your arch, then the shoe is most likely augmenting the pain. High arches need constant support to relieve the pressure from their feet, and if a shoe is giving subpar support then your shoes are actually damaging your feet. A quick fix for this problem is buying an insert, Doctor Scholl’s is always great, for the short term. For the long term, you want to buy a new pair of shoes revered for comfort and support.
Q: Do I have plantar fasciitis or just very high arches?
A: Well, you might have both. High arches can often lead to plantar fasciitis due to the excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. To get a true diagnosis of your condition, seek medical help and a professional opinion from a trained doctor.
Q: Should I consider using only inserts to relieve my foot pain instead of buying new shoes?
A: Inserts will only last for so long, my friend. While your favorite insert can relieve your pain, you aren’t correcting to root of the problem: your shoes. If you want lasting and meaningful improvement in your overall foot health, then splurge on a good pair of shoes. This list counts down 10 of the best shoes for high arches, ranging in prices and styles to best accommodate many different individuals.
Q: Are there any heels or dress shoes designed for high arches?
A: Though most doctors advise against wearing high heels, we still do. We like to look good, sue us. But we still need to keep our orthopedic health in high concern. So, to better our orthopedic health and give our wonderful doctors a break, we need to keep a few things in mind when looking for heels for our high arches.
- Get a shoe that FITS. If you haven’t been measured in while, get remeasured to keep up with the changes of your body and feet.
- NEVER compromise on comfort. If you try a heel on in the store and it doesn’t make your feet sing, toss it!
- Go for more arch friendly styles like wedges, kitten heels, and chunky heels for maximum support.
Q: What are the long-term effects of high arches and plantar fasciitis?
A: The most notable long-term effect of high arches and plantar fasciitis is chronic foot pain. This chronic pain can manifest in a number of different conditions such as Hammer Toe and Claw Foot, which both can cause lifelong disability. Hammer Toe is when the toes begin to bend down due to excessive pressure being placed on the front of the foot. Claw Foot, conversely, causes the foot to bend upward due to the overcorrection of this pressure.To fight these conditions, take action now to support your high arches and limiting your activity.
Q: Do I need shoes designed around my foot condition?
A: Ideally, you want a shoe that feels like it was made for you. When it fits just right, slips on without a second thought, and just makes you feel good with every step, that’s when you’ve reached shoe nirvana. But how do you find that ever sought after perfect shoe? First, you have to get to know your feet. This might include going to your local orthopedic doctor for a check-up. They can tell you in depth how your feet work and what problems they see in your footwear. If going to the doctor isn’t for you, then critically looking at your current footwear is the next best option. Ask yourself “What am I getting out of these shoes?” then ask an even more important question: “What am I NOT getting out of these shoes?” Those two questions right there will lead you closer to finding a shoe that seemingly was designed especially for you.
Q: I can never find shoes to accommodate my high arches while shopping. What should I do?
A: In this case, online shopping is your best friend. And you’re not alone with this struggle. Within the best 10 years, more and more people have turned to online stores to fill the needs that in-house stores just can’t fill. Because you’re not limited by geography, you can explore thousands of websites in search of the perfect shoe. Now, searching those thousands of websites takes time and energy. Lucky for you, we’ve cut out that middle. All the brands on this list are customer approved and create a variety of shoes in a variety of styles to fit your needs. If none of the shoes on this list seemed to be a good fit for you, then you can go to the manufacturing website directly.
Q: What brands consistently make great shoes for high arches?
A: Currently, Vionic tops the game as one of the best brands of shoes for high arches. Their patented Orthaheel technology not only accommodates high arches but plantar fasciitis and general foot pain as well. Another brand that consistently looks out for their high arched customers is Sketchers. While they don’t have the innovative Orthaheel technology, they produce extremely comfortable and supportive shoes to fit a wide variety of needs. Both brands have lines of activewear, such as running and sports shoes, as well as casual walking shoes to fit every facet of living with chronic foot pain.
Q: How much should I look to spend on shoes designed around my foot conditions?
A: Well, that depends on how much you’re willing to spend and what compromises you can make based on price. Some of the top shoes on this list only cost about $40, while others break $150. Both these price points are warranted, but which would you rather have? Our number one shoe on this list, the Skechers Performance Men’s Go Walk 2, is an amazing shoe from both an economic and comfort standpoint. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best shoe universally. This $40 shoe might be missing some key points for you that the $150 shoe has. I recommend that you look around for shoes that are designed for your specific foot conditions. If you have high arches, look no further! We have ten options that range from low to high end that is bound to fit your needs and your wallet.
Q: Should I go to a doctor about my foot pain and issues?
A: Yes, you should most definitely go to your doctor if you suffer from chronic foot pain. Only a trained physician can give you adequate information and resources regarding your conditions. Despite all the research we do here at Nicershoes.com, we are no substitution for a doctor’s advice. While we make the journey of finding your perfect shoe easier, always talk to your orthopedic doctor about any permanent changes to your lifestyle. And that includes purchasing new shoes and inserts.
Q: I’m on my feet all day, every day. What shoe for high arches would best accommodate my lifestyle?
A: I would recommend any of the walking shoes mentioned on this top 10 list. Unless your job involves a lot of running or physical activity, the walking shoes would be a perfect fit for all-day comfort and stability. The best shoe on this list, however, for comfort is the Paloma Flat. Algeria is a well-known company that makes shoes specifically for nurses who are on their feet all day every day with very little breaks in between.