7 Cute Shoes That Won't Hurt If You Have Bunions
When you have bunions, your foot never lets you forget about it and finding shoes that look good and feel good can be a challenge. You should wear these cute shoes and finally forbet about bunions.
New Balance 880v7
A seam rubbing up against your bunion is the last thing you want when you’re hitting the track or treadmill. To make sure your shoes don’t aggravate your bunion, make sure you try on the shoe, and do it later in the day when your foot is more swollen, says Amir Assili, a podiatrist at Shady Grove Podiatry in Gaithersburg, Maryland. If you try on a shoe in the morning, the seam may not put pressure on the bunion, but it might as the day goes on and your feet expand. Therefore, it’s important to look for shoes with well-placed seams or even no seam at all. The New Balance 880v7 has a mesh upper that is breathable and seamless. Two layers of foam cushioning provide great shock absorption. This cute shoe comes in wide widths, which will give even more room for a bunion. Even better, it comes in a variety of color choices, which means you can run in comfort and style.
Footwear with an adjustable element is a sensible choice for people with bunions, says Assili. Shoes with straps or laces will allow you to wear the shoe as tight or as loose as you want, which can give more room for your bunion. These sandals have adjustable hook and loop straps, a leather upper and a rocker-bottom outsole (just like the Kors sandals!), so they’re super comfy. In addition, they have a removable insole with memory-foam cushioning. The Verona comes in a variety of color choices for a casually cool look.
Clarks Heavenly Heart
“Having bunions doesn’t mean you can’t wear heels—it means wearing them smartly,” says Gregorio Caban, a podiatrist at the Surgery Center at Doral in Miami. That means you shouldn’t wear heels for hours on end and you need to scale back on the height. “A higher heel will make the foot slip forward on the shoe, creating pain and constriction of the toes and the bunion,” Caban explains. If you want to wear a pump at work, these 2 1/2-inch heels are the perfect height that won’t cause your feet to slip and slide. They have an almond-shaped toe, which scores high with podiatrists, and you can snag them in a wide width, too. The leather upper means the shoe can stretch to give your bunion even more room. Another plus: the padded footbed provides superior cushioning. This pump comes in black, nude, and black patent leather, so you have options that will look good with every item in your work wardrobe.
Kork-Ease Ava 2.0 Wedge Sandal
For anyone looking for a little bit of height, these clogs from Kork-Ease may be the answer. Heels increase pressure on the forefoot, so a lower heel is generally better. "If you’re going to go with something with more of a higher heel…that is greater than two and a half inches, look for something more like a platform," says Howard Osterman, DPM, a foot and ankle specialist based in Washington, D.C.
These booties from Mephisto are made from soft leather and a rounded toe box. If you suffer from bunions, "you need something that is either going to have a greater width of the forefoot or something with a softer material that isn’t going to aggravate the joint," says Dr. Osterman.
Dress flats, or ballet flats, "usually have a kind of a rounded toe box and a little more of a wider vamp that allows the foot or the shoe to spread out a little bit," says Dr. Langer. These flats from Trotters can be bought by size and width to help ensure a perfect fit.
VIONIC Chill Larrun
"You should avoid shoes that are narrow, that are tight, and that are pointy," warns Jackie Sutera, DPM, a New York City-based podiatrist. "Look for shoes that are a little bit more accommodating, soft, even adjustable." These loafers are designed with flexible materials and a rounded toe box. Additionally, VIONIC shoes are designed to cradle the foot in a way that takes pressure away from bunions, and may prevent them from getting worse.