Best Supportive Shoes Reviewed & Rated for Performance

Have you ever been walking barefoot and realized your posture isn’t as it should be? Do you also suffer from back pain, hip pain, and knee pain? If you answer is yes to any of these questions… you may have problems with your feet. Yes, these problems can affect how the whole body operates if everything is out of alignment.

Last Updated: July 26, 2018
By Carmen Landrum:

The most recent update includes the removal of five products that no longer fit our criteria, a product replacement (#6), and revised pros/cons for each product on the list for you to have a better understanding of what you are going to purchase.

I have another question for you. Do you have a high arch in your foot? If the answer is yes then I am here to tell you that because of these issues you are experiencing, you need to be wearing supportive shoes or orthotic inserts to improve your posture. These types of shoes will also help align your feet, ankles, knees, hips, and back, which will reduce any pain you may have; the right shoe can correct many issues.

    Featured Recommendations

Merrell Jungle Moc
  • Merrell Jungle Moc
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Air Cushion
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Easy Spirit Traveltime
  • Easy Spirit Traveltime
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Cushioned insole
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Propet Life Walker
  • Propet Life Walker
  • 4.4 out of 5
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  • Synthetic sole
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It can be baffling that the foot controls so many functions in the body, but it does. As someone who suffers the struggles of having the EVIL insanely high arch, I have compiled a top 10 list of the best supportive shoes on the market today. Stability is the most important qualities you need in a shoe. Especially in this case. I have put together something for everyone.

 

 10 Best Supportive Shoes

 

1. Merrell Jungle Moc

This shoe not only proves it can take care of all you alignment issues but this is the ultimate tough shoe and It fits true to size. The full-grain all leather, super comfortable slip on technology is one of a kind. combined with a pigskin lining infused with nylon 6.6 Injection molded arch shank. By far the best construction we've seen from a supportive shoe. Lastly, it is all placed brilliantly on Sole/Sticky Rubber leaves no question as to why this is number one.
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Cushioning
No one wants to give up comfort even if it is a supportive shoe. Good news! You don’t have to. With the brilliance of this shoe technology, the custom tough exterior of the shoe is created perfectly with a compression molded EVA Foot frame that sits on a comfortable firm but soft Air Cushion Midsole and the Merrell Jungle Moc is placed on Sole/Sticky rubber.

6.6 Injection Molded Arch
A nylon 6.6 injection molded arch shank creates firm support that won't bend under pressure.

Cost & Value
When your whole body suffers from pain due to improper alignment in your back, hips, and neck and lets us not leave out the knee problems caused by having high arches from not wearing proper shoes. There is no amount of money that is worth the cost of your health. The good news is this shoes is affordable and I can assure you it will be cheaper than the Dr. bills you will have to pay from the podiatrist & orthopedist.
Pros

Easy slip-on

Water-resistant

Slip-lasted construction

Proper alignment support

100% comfortability rating

Cons

Limited size selection

2. Easy Spirit Traveltime Mule

The Shoe Gods Have Answered Your Prayers! YES! A comfortable, slip on shoe, with a huge selection of fun styles to choose from. This is easily everyone's favorite shoe. You can’t go wrong with this one.This stylish and mule will make you feel like you are walking on top a cloud! Available in multiple colors, styles, and you can even set them with sparkles. Yes, I said sparkles. This mule will definitely become your go-to shoe for any occasion.
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Technology
We are reviewing the absolute best supportive shoes and that's exactly what this beauty does. The Traveltime Mule is a great, breathable clog that gives your foot the extra comfort is needs. The upper part of this shoe is made with an attractive, sleek looking fabric, while the bottom features a durable rubber sole that helps to absorb any shock while you walk. Supports the arch to the fullest with a flexible outside sole.

Style
Available in multiple color variations and styles, these mules will have you looking stylish in comfort no matter the occasion.

Cost & Value
With everything, this shoe provides for someone who NEEDS a supportive shoe for proper alignment this shoe is incredibly affordable. There is a Traveltime Mule Slip-On that fits everyone's budget. So your body and your budget can both stay aligned. 🙂
Pros

Easy slip-on

Variety of colors

Full arch support

Removable sockliner

Different style selections

Cons

No inner grip

Not athletic activity

3. Nike Tanjun

Supportive shoes are finally here with the style of a hip sneaker. This shoe is inspired by Nikes most favorite shoe...THE NIKE. Sneaker fans that need support this is your shoe and is a great addition to any outfit. For people who don't want their foot problems to interfere with their activity levels, this shoe is your shoe. Providing the needed support for your tired arches with comfortability and style this shoe is a winner.
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Technology
This comfortable shoe is constructed with breathable mesh so your feet can breathe with a round toe silhouette and a lightly padded tongue with a thick synthetic outsole and a textile insole. This shoe has a lace-up closure for a secure fit. I personally need a lace-up shoe so this meets every need in a sneaker for myself personally.

Cushioning
This shoe can be comparable to walking on a cloud. With its foam midsole/outsole, it offers a lightweight feel and durable cushioning. Its unique flex grooves along the sole let your foot flex naturally. For people who suffer from the pain from foot issues, this sneaker is a must for people
who are active.

Cost & Value
The price range of this shoe varies. The color selection is huge and can even be custom made so it can be as affordable or as expensive as you want. The most basic choice is very affordable.
Pros

Variety of colors

Full arch support

Easy to purchase

Custom fit available

Cons

Not water-resistant

Confusing boy/girl styling

4. Birkenstock Mayari

4. Birkenstock Mayari
The ever so popular Birkenstock Mayari Sandal would win a popularity contest if that is what this was. lt that meets all the criteria for 100% arch and foot support combined in the comfort of one of the most popular sandals ever produced. This is one of the most requested shoes on the market for people with and even without arch issues. I believe this shoe speaks for itself. People
love it. Let's see exactly why this in particular sandal is so popular amongst people of all ages
and genders.
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Construction
This sandal has many unique properties that make this sandal different than any other shoe on this list. It is constructed of the upper material that is made of real leather. Birkenstock prides themselves that they only use sturdy leather and with a thickness of 2.8 to 3.2 mm for the upper material. These sandals are made with vegan products are completely free of animal components. This a shoe I would purchase for these reasons alone. The piece of mind of knowing I can soothe my aching feet and do mother earth and nature a favor is a massive selling point not just to me but to many shoppers worldwide.

Cushion & Comfort
Cushion and comfort are 100% guaranteed with this sandal. You just can't go wrong with is breathable microfiber lining.The inner lining and footbed liner are made of real lambskin making them very soft and warm despite the fact they are sandals.

Cost & Value
Birkenstock is one of the more expensive supportive shoes on this list. However, the value of this product is top notch. The old saying is you get what you pay for and this seems to be the
case with this popular sandal.
Pros

Easy slip-on/off

Vegan construction

Heat/cold insulating

Gentle natural fibers

Breathable and elastic

Arch support technology

Cons

Not very fashionable

Limited color selection

5. Propet Life Walker

5. Propet Life Walker
This shoe comes highly recommended for people with severe foot ailments and is Medicare approved and a perfect choice for patients afflicted with diabetes. This carefully constructed shoe is ideal for wide foot patients as well. This shoe is the ultimate support shoe for many foot and other ailments.
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Technology
The construction of this shoe is high-tech and for good reason. Its designed to improve medical conditions. It is composed of supple leather upper with adjustable straps for convenience in conjunction with a padded collar and tongue for extra comfort. Let us not forget the most important part. The impeccable arch support and removable cushion and providing excellent support to the ankles for special orthopedic needs.

Cushion & Comfort
Don't count our comfort with this highly constructed shoe due to its medical benefits. No way. After in-depth research, I learned this carefully made shoe is as comfortable as any other athletic shoe on the market and has the best sole-wear guarantee. It is good for up to 1000 miles or six months. That is hard to believe to beat. This state of the art shoe has a rocker profile to ensure smoother walking stride.

Cost & Value
I was amazed at how affordable these shoes were considering how much value this shoe has. It is such a well-made shoe that is approved by Medicaid and is not only good for sore feet, arch
deformities, but a great choice for diabetics and can be helpful to people who really need help with many different ailments. The cost of this shoe with the value of everything it offers if
absolutely UNBEATABLE!
Pros

Great for diabetics

Medical construction

Sneaker-like support

Top-rated sole shoes

Improves medical conditions

Cons

Fit runs narrow

6. SLPR Fernie

6. SLPR Fernie
Influenced by the great ski town Fernie, these slippers are a great way to end your hectic day. With an open-ended back, you can slip your feet right into them and you’ll have a comfy sheepskin contouring your feet to give you a luxurious feel. With a cow suede upper and an EVA sole, you’ll have support along with the comfort. The Fernie comes in a variety of colors and each selection has a fur detail along the mouth for extra style.
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EVA Outsole
The Fernie outsole is constructed with ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) making the slipper shock-absorbing while flexible and lightweight. It’s non-slip and allows your slipper to be worn indoor/outdoor. The sturdiness of the outsole provides a wearing experience that is pleasurable.

Suede Upper
The material of the upper gives you extra warmth. It also confirms to your feet for even better comfort. The cuff on the upper is plush-like for extra softness and the suede texture gives the slipper a smoothness.

Cost and Value
The Fernie is at the low-mid price range making these shoes better for daily house wear that can be easily and quickly replaced if needed. For the materials and construction you receive, you have an affordable brand that can last you all night, every night.
Pros

Non-slip

Retains plush

Retains shape

Stay-put lining

Shock absorption

Lightweight sheepskin

Cons

High rubbery smell

Lining sheds easily

7. Adidas Ultra Boost

7. Adidas Ultra Boost
Adidas has done it again. Introducing a running shoe type that offers flexibility and versatility, with premium cushioning, offering the most responsive cushioning of any shoe Adidas has made yet.
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Ultra Boost Technology
Adidas is bringing a boost to the world of supportive shoes. Athletes in need of extra support when it is most important. During performance. We have the perfect shoe for you. Introducing a running shoe that is very flexible and offers cushioning that responds to the you as you move, this is one of the best shoes Adidas has made yet. This shoe is crafted in a way that makes it extra breathable, so your most sweaty areas stay cool and dry. Need that extra boost in your life? We've got you covered with this one.

Cushion & Comfort
High- performance shoes that require extra support do not have to lack comfort. This shoe is a prime example of that as the upper wraps the foot in adaptive and ultralight comfort. A carefully constructed heel counter has been added so that the shoe fits more naturally and takes care of your achilles, this is a great shoe for people who need that extra back support. Lastly, a gripping outsole grabs the road and other surfaces with superior traction for a smooth and comfortable ride no matter what athletic activity you are engaged in.

Cost & Value
We would have to say this is one of the more costly shoes on this list but if you are a runner or athlete with special supportive shoe needs such as I am. This is your shoe. The value of this shoe is everything an active athletic person needs. However, it is a bit more costly compared to some of the others on this list.
Pros

Water resistant

Variety of colors

Boost cushioning

Great athlete support

Unique style selection

Provides needed components

Cons

High expensive cost

8. Rockport Eureka

8. Rockport Eureka
This classy shoe combines the comfort of a walking shoe with the look of an everyday casual shoe, so you never have to compromise. Durable construction for heel stability, a generous collar and tongue padding, a removable footbed, and a Strobel construction build for forefoot flexibility.
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Technology
This shoe is one of two on this list that received a five-star rating for support. With a rating of that stature, combined with the comfort of a walking shoe and the look of an everyday casual shoe, you never have to compromise. The construction of this shoe is built for heel stability and forefoot flexibility. Installed with mesh lining that provides breathability and absorbs moisture.

Cushion & Comfort
The lining on the inside of this shoe is made of latex which provides extra cushioning. In addition to that lush, it has a padded collar that provides excess comfort reducing irritation. This shoe has the best the best including an EVA midsole that provides extremely flexible lightweight impact absorption. This shoe title-holder in the category of supportive shoes.

Cost & Value
The price of this shoe can variate a lot. Within saying that even the most expensive option of the shoe is still completely affordable considering the value you get with this topnotch shoe. It has everything you need in a supportive shoe including style and comfort.
Pros

Glove-like fit

Five-star rating

Lifelong stabilization

Durable rubber outsole

Extended sizes available

Premium material construction

Cons

Not water-resistant

Limited color selection

9. Rockport M7100 Prowalker

9. Rockport M7100 Prowalker
Regardless of what you get up to in your day to day, this shoe is sure to give you great comfort and superior arch support. Enhanced with Rockport's signature platform, this shoe is constructed in a way that delivers flexible and supportive results along the entire foot.
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Technology
If you are a person on the go this shoe is for you. It has all the necessary components to go the extra mile. The walking platform is constructed to help provide a wide base of support for the heel and forefoot flexibility. The tongue and collar are padded to help protect from excessive rubbing and helps prevent those painful blisters for those people busy globetrotters. The leather is not only easy to clean but also conforms to the foot over time for a custom fit.

Cushion & Comfort
This shoe has state of the art form-fitting EVA mid-sole for top-notch cushioning as well as built-in Strobel technology for extra comfort. It is made of the softest leather make if extremely flexible.

Cost & Value
Considering everything this shoe has to offer it can be one of the more expensive ones on this
list. However, it is possible to find some more affordable options.
Pros

Forms to foot

Flexible materials

Stabilizing control

Platform for walking

Extended widths, sizes

Cons

Fit runs narrow

10. Giesswein Vent

10. Giesswein Vent
GIESSWEIN slippers is a brilliantly created slipper providing impeccable arch support with a comfortable fit that is made of al natural materials non-slip soles. GIESSWEIN has been constantly improving and perfecting our products for over 60 years. Promising to always guarantee the highest quality by processing purely natural materials, therefore offering your feet the most pleasant wearing comfort in addition to providing incredible support.
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Technology
This shoe offers firm and strong arch support making it possible for you to keep up with your busy life and stay completely comfortable the entire day. Don't let the casual style fool you. This shoe has a removable cork-latex footbed that provides support to soothe achy feet and legs. It is also easily adjustable for a comfortable fit and slipper sits on a rubber sole so even tho you
may want to stay in your home and rock these cozy shoes they can be worn outside as well.

Cushion & Comfort
There is absolutely no question that this shoe meets the comfort requirements of a bedroom shoe or slippers you wear in the comfort of your own home. While tending to your tired feet and legs your arches will be fully supported and your feet will be warm and cozy is this brilliantly created slip-on supportive shoe.

Cost & Value
This shoe is one of the more expensive ones on this top 10 list of supportive but the value of the state of the art shoe cant beat. Full support with the comfort of a house slipper makes this one a winner in our book. We are obsessed with the brilliance of creating a comfortable supportive shoe made of all natural materials.
Pros

Strong arch support

Sweat-control technology

Adjustable fitting drawstring

Antibacterial cotton material

Natural materials construction

Temperature-control technology

Cons

Dries very slowly

In this review, we learned that arch support is very important. But how important? Did you know that with each stride we take the arches of our feet absorb the majority of pressure from our bodies weight? For every mile, we walk our feet carry 200,000 to 300,000 pounds of stress. That is a lot of stress on our poor feet. That’s not the only factor. The height of a person’s arch can vary. It can also change with age or various medical conditions can cause transformations as well. Being as the arch is the most important structural feature of our feet it is crucial they are properly supported to prevent a variety of musculoskeletal problems that can lead to disability.

Now that you know the importance of supporting those tired arches of your feet and the damage that can we cause by not caring for them. Luckily, there is a solution. We have done extensive research to find out the absolute best of the best supportive shoes right here in this blog just for you. We hope this helps and remember to take care of those arches and wear supportive shoes. Your body will thank you, not just your feet.

 

Criteria Used To Evaluate The Best Supportive Shoes

Are you finding that daily activities like working, shopping, or walking are suddenly causing your feet and legs to feel achy and fatigued? If so, investing in a good pair of supportive footwear will help alleviate your discomfort. There are many factors that contribute to the level of support that a shoe offers which, after careful research, helped us in determining the shoes appropriate for this list. These factors include the following…

Construction

When selecting a pair of supportive shoes it is important they are properly constructed to meet your needs and provide the most effective form of support. The sole of a support shoe should be stiff in the middle and flexible where your toes sit, essentially bending where your foot bends.

There are several other areas of a shoes’ construction which should be carefully examined when selecting a pair of shoes for the purpose of offering additional support.

  • Footbed/Insole
    The footbed, or insole, of a supportive shoe, should be comprised of a harder material which offers superior structural support and stability, as comfort levels improve with increased stability more so than from direct cushioning.

 

  • Midsole
    The midsole is the layer of material which sits between the outsole and footbed of a shoe and its purpose is to absorb shock. There are certain materials used in the construction of the midsole that should be weighed when selecting a support shoe.
    • EVA: EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) is a man-made foam material that’s soft and offers good flexibility. EVA boasts strong waterproofing properties, resistance to UV-radiation, and low-temperature toughness. EVA also offers the wearer a lightweight and low-density feel that’s ideal for many types of foot related conditions.
    • Compression Molded EVA: This is an even more effective midsole material than standard EVA because the compression provides maximum support and protection, along with being extremely shock-absorbent.

 

  • Outsole
    The outsole is the part of the shoe made to protect your feet from injury and weather conditions. An outsole should be constructed of a firm material that offers good waterproofing. Rubber is the most widely used material for outsoles and it is a top choice for supportive footwear. Rubber is breathable and lightweight while allowing for flexibility and a good range of motion.

 

  • Cushion/Padding
    While it is important that a supportive shoe has a harder footbed to provide better stability, it is also advisable to have a certain level of cushion or padding. Having too little cushion can cause your feet to feel fatigued and sore, this is especially true if you are going to be standing or walking for any prolonged amount of time. Cushioning is often placed strategically for optimum shock-absorption at the heel and forefoot. This methodical placement will help to reduce and more evenly distribute the pressure and impact of every step.

In shoes designed for support, there are typically three conditions which are targeted by different styles of the footbed.

  • Plantar Fasciitis: This is a painful condition caused by tears in the plantar fascia, a connective tissue that serves as the connection from the forefoot to heel.
  • Supination or Overpronation: A footbed designed for support will help correct the foot’s natural tendencies to either overpronate (roll outwards) or supinate (roll inwards excessively) while walking or running.
  • Structural Misalignment: Structural misalignment can cause pain and discomfort in all sorts of different areas of the body, including, the knees, hips, back, neck, and head.

Insoles are available in varied volumes, depending on how much space they occupy inside of the shoe. The volume of an insole is usually related to the arch shape that it’s designed for.

For example, low-volume is often preferred by wearers who have a low-arch, whereas high-volume insoles are best suited to individuals with a higher arch and can most commonly be found in walking, running or hiking shoes. Medium-volume insoles can usually be found in casual shoes and occasionally in some athletic shoes because they tend to be worn comfortably by all arch types.

Material

The material that a shoe is made of is an influential element in its overall performance, this is especially true of supportive shoes. Below is an outline of the most commonly used materials along with the benefits to each.

  • Leather
    Leather is the most widely used material for making shoes, partly due to its flexible, long-lasting, and flexible properties. It is an aesthetically pleasing material that also provides a breathable and lightweight wear, however, it is not particularly water-resistant and would require water-proof treatments in order to hold up against wetter weather.

 

  • Textiles
    Textiles are available in numerous types of fibers including cotton, nylon, wool, lycra, polyester, and rayon. Textiles come in a large number of colors and are commonly used in the construction of footwear. Textiles are an excellent material for shoes, offering a lightweight, durable, and versatile wear.

 

  • Foam
    There is a slew of different types of foams that are used in the construction of a shoe. There is generally foam in the upper of a shoe that can be one of two types, ‘closed-cell’, or ‘open-cell’.
    • Open-cell foam is made of an open plastic compound that allows air and water to freely enter and exit its foam cells. This type of foam is usually softer and is made of polyurethane plastic, it can be used in the tongue or collar of a shoe.
    • Closed-cell foam is denser and is used for midsole material. The most widely used forms of closed-cell foam used in shoes are, SBR (Styrene butadiene rubber) EVA,  PE (Polyethylene), PU (Polyurethane), Latex, and Neoprene.

 

  • Rubber
    Rubber is an excellent material, particularly for the outsole of shoes. Rubber offers superior weather-protection and waterproofing, which are two important elements to examine.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: How can I tell if a  pair of shoes is going to be supportive?
A: A supportive shoe will have a well-constructed sole that is stiff in the middle but flexible at the toes, along with adequate cushion and will be made from lightweight materials.

Q: Do I have to wear supportive shoes all the time?
A: That depends on how you feel about it. Some people choose to wear supportive shoes both outside as well as special supportive shoes made for inside the house. It is recommended that supportive shoes be worn during any periods of prolonged standing or physical exercise which includes while you’re at work

Sources

  1. Plantar Fasciitis Resource, 16 Shoes With Good Arch Support – Men and Women, Resource, Jan 04, 2018
  2. comfortingfootwear.com, 50 Most Comfortable Shoes Best for Standing All Day at Work 2018, Article, Jan 06, 2018
  3. comfortingfootwear.com, 50 Best Shoes for Flat Feet – Moderate to Maximum Arch Support 2018, Article, Jan 11, 2018


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