Jamey Powell
Last modified: 20 December 2022
Jamey Powell
Written by Jamey Powell.
New York City resident and editor Jamey Powell writes and edits. Previous position: senior market editor at Healthline com, she has spent countless hours researching and testing out the latest and greatest products in the health and wellness, fitness, and sleep industries.

The shoes you wear have a significant impact on your health, despite what you may have heard. Your feet will thank you for not wearing the wrong shoes, which can lead to a series of postural and structural problems. The best orthopedic shoes will provide the necessary support and cushioning to keep your feet happy and your body healthy whether you're a walker, runner, or frequent visitor to a theme park.

Orthopedic footwear is designed specifically to aid in foot health by providing arch support, specialized cushioning, and space for custom orthotics. Since everyone's foot health is different, we've compiled a list of some of the best orthopedic shoes to help you feel more stable on your feet.

According to holistic podiatrist Robert Kornfeld, DPM, "foot deformity or 'at risk' feet are the most common reasons we prescribe orthopedic shoes." Patients with diabetes (who have peripheral vascular disease or peripheral neuropathy) and non-diabetics who have peripheral vascular disease or peripheral neuropathy are at risk." " 

The fact remains, though, that you might benefit from a pair of shoes that is intended to provide support and reduce pain even if none of those conditions apply to you. Or you may require a pair that allows for a custom orthotic, an insert designed to realign the foot.

It's important to remember that even though they claim to be orthopedic, not all store-bought shoes will be a perfect fit for your feet. Kornfeld explains, "An authentic orthopedic shoe is made from a cast of the patient, taking into account the patient's unique anatomy and contours." "There are companies that claim to make 'orthopedic shoes,' which are meant to place the foot in its proper anatomical position for function, but there are too many differences in foot structure and function for me to feel confident that they would be fine for my patients. " 

Whether you need a custom orthotic insert or not, the orthopedic shoes we recommend are a good place to start. However, if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your feet, visiting a podiatrist can help you determine the cause and find the best solution for your feet.

A true orthopedic sneaker, as recommended by our guru, will be both inherently supportive and have room for a custom orthotic, should one be required.

We zeroed in on honest and trustworthy brands. More than that, we gave our attention to businesses that go out of their way to help others.

Both custom orthotics and retail sneakers can break the bank, so we made an effort to include options at varying price points.

We looked through a lot of reviews, but we paid special attention to the ones written by people who needed orthotic inserts or extra support.

Podiatrists frequently recommend Vionic because the company makes comfortable, supportive shoes that can be worn with orthotics. Offering superior arch support and heel padding, these shoes are a top seller for the manufacturer. And, of course, walking is in their name.  

The insole is an orthotic custom-made by a podiatrist, and the upper is both waterproof and breathable. The insoles of these shoes are detachable and padded for your An additional 5 in. of elevation for improved heel-to-toe posture They're on the firmer side, which could be an issue for some people, but they'd be great if you're looking for a supportive walking shoe that can help you maintain good posture.

Customer Reviews:

Customers looking for a sturdy walking shoe have found long-term success with these. "I have bunions and very bony feet," one shopper writes. Additionally, I use a pair of custom orthotics. Never before have I found a pair of walking shoes that provided the same level of comfort and support as these. While some reviewers have noted that these shoes tend to run small, others have noted that they do not hold up well over time.

The Adrenaline GTS 22 is one of the most supportive and lightweight models in the brand's lineup, and it's made to work for over- and under-pronators alike. The "GuideRails" technology built into the shoe helps maintain proper foot positioning while walking and running. They provide a nice amount of cushioning and support without any additional inserts, but you can always take the insole out and use your own orthotics if you need them.  

We also value the sustainability efforts made by Brooks, which incorporate recycled materials (such as plastic water bottles) into their designs and aim to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040.  

Customer Reviews:

Runners, including myself (I don't use orthotics, but I run in these every time), appreciate the shoes' generous toe box and supportive midsole. ) Quite a few reviewers remarked on how simple it was to switch out the insole for their own custom orthotics, and a few others mentioned that their podiatrist had recommended these shoes.

There have been some complaints about how short the laces are compared to other sneakers (I haven't noticed this), and opinions are split on how long they'll hold up. If you buy your shoes from Brooks or a retail partner, however, you have 90 days from the date of purchase to return or exchange them if you aren't completely satisfied with them. Furthermore, you have a full year to send them back if you haven't used them.

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Skechers' GOwalk Joy sneakers are our go-to when we need a supportive and comfortable pair of shoes that won't break the bank. They cost less than (and frequently less than $50) at most online retailers, and customers have given them glowing feedback for its supportive and comfortable ride. The PU foam and aerogel in the Ortholite sole extend the lifespan of the shoe's cushioning. These shoes are perfect for long days on your feet thanks to the mesh upper and the lightweight cushioning.   

Customer Reviews:

These sneakers are a best-seller on Amazon with more than 64,000 ratings, and customers love them because they are comfortable and supportive despite their low weight and high breathability. Many customers who use custom orthotics have reported that they fit without any issues, and one customer even went so far as to say, "I have spent a ton of money on orthotics and this shoe beats them all for all-day comfort." However, it's not clear from the reviews if the original insoles are glued in place, so if you want to replace them you might need pliers. Keep in mind that these shoes tend to run large and are "long" according to multiple reviews.

  • Widespread arch support
  • Positive feedback from sufferers of plantar fasciitis
  • Expensive
  • Opinions are divided on how long something lasts.
Available sizes are: 5-12 (we even have half sizes!)

If you have high arches, you'll need these shoes. They are available in medium and wide widths and have a minimalist design, making them a versatile choice for walking, running, cross-training, and everyday errands. The heel finger loop and airy mesh upper make these slip-on sneakers a breeze to put on and take off. The Atom sneakers provide a little extra height thanks to their thicker midsole than the brand's other shoe models while also providing adequate cushioning.

Also, Kuru is committed to environmental preservation. Simply by registering your purchase with the brand, you can show your support for a variety of causes and organizations. Choose the organization you'd like a portion of your purchase to go to, and it will be donated automatically.

Opinions from Happy Clients:

The Atom shoe has been praised by those suffering from plantar fasciitis. "I bought these shoes again. One reviewer exclaims, "These shoes have completely eliminated the aching in my feet and legs that used to accompany my plantar fasciitis." Some customers who bought them were disappointed because they thought the quality should have been higher given the high price. Some buyers have noted that they tend to run big, so sizing up may be necessary.

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These footwear are a top choice for individuals seeking individualized accommodations. These kicks have orthopedic insoles, but they also come with an arch booster made of plastic that slides under the insole (to give you a little extra lift) and two insole spacers to help you get the perfect fit. In addition, they don't scream "I'm an orthopedic shoe" despite being loaded with support features. -- which is a triumph   

Bunions, swollen feet, and hammertoes can all find relief in these shoes thanks to the roomy toe box. The stretchy knitted upper helps these shoes conform to the shape of your feet while the extra cushioning in the sole and the soft, padded interior provide all-day comfort and support.

Customer Reviews:

These shoes are a hit with customers who suffer from plantar fasciitis and bunions. The generously stretchy outer material of these shoes has been praised by several reviewers, including one who said, "these shoes are great for my narrow feet and yet the stretch component makes it also comfortable to wear without irritating my bunion." A winning combination Despite the stretchy upper, some customers have complained that the toe box is too tight. Consider the wide model if that's a problem. We also recommend a few other pairs of shoes that can help alleviate bunion discomfort.

The Integrity Walker 3 is a sturdy and supportive shoe that can be worn as-is or with custom orthotics. They have a sturdy leather upper and a responsive, springy insole, making them great for long days on your feet at work or casual strolls around town. You can get more wear out of these sneakers for less money than you would spend on similar styles from other retailers.  

These shoes have been approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association, but a gait analysis from a podiatrist may be more helpful if you're experiencing back or knee pain.  

Customer Reviews:

The Integrity Walkers have been widely praised for their ability to alleviate plantar fasciitis, back pain, and knee pain among other ailments. Compared to other Saucony shoes and other athletic footwear I've tried, these ones appear to provide more arch support. One customer reports, "My back feels great, and I can walk long distances without any discomfort." Users of custom orthotics attest to their effectiveness, and many note their devices' longevity (one user has worn the same pair for three years). ) However, some customers have complained that they need more ankle support because of the shoe's low heel.

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  • Low-weight construction
  • Exceptional arch support
  • The availability of half sizes varies.
  • There are those who claim the high cost is not justified by the product's low quality.
Various Sizing Options: 5-12 (we have a few extra half sizes)

To be clear, if you're experiencing foot pain, you shouldn't put off seeing your own doctor because someone else's doctor suggested these shoes. To this day, podiatrists recommend Vionic shoes because of their superior support and comfort, and the company collaborates with medical professionals to develop its products.

If you need a lightweight sneaker with arch support and extra cushioning, the Miles Active is a fantastic option. The rubber outsole is long-lasting, and the shoe's midsole can be removed for cleaning. They are available in a medium and wide width, and a wider range of colors on Amazon than on the Vionic site.  

Customer Reviews:

Most reviewers state that the podiatrist recommended these shoes to them because of the excellent support they provide, especially for those with high arches. One person says, "My podiatrist recommended Miles almost a year ago, and I finally caved and bought a pair." They were so comfortable and stylish that I bought a second pair just last week. The Miles provide excellent arch support, which is important to me because my feet are very arched. Negatively, some Amazon customers have commented that the quality isn't great for the price (which may be a distribution problem), and others have said that the fit is "a little snug.

  • Orthotic-friendly
  • Fits well with high arches
  • Price deduction for restocking when returning an item
A variety of sizes are on hand. 5-12 (We also carry half sizes)
Policy on refunds: 30 days Cost to return: $10

Since the founder of Clove Shoes is the husband of a nurse, they are very well-liked by those who work in healthcare. ) However, you need not be a doctor to own a pair of these and flaunt them around town. Again, these shoes were made with healthcare professionals who spend their days on their feet in mind, so they are laceless and extremely supportive. Custom orthotics, if necessary, can be accommodated in the design. The upper is waterproof and easy to clean, while the insole can be removed, washed, and dried in the washing machine. Another thing we adore Since March of this year, Clove has given away shoes worth over $300,000 to frontline healthcare workers across the country.  

Customer Reviews:

Among the nearly one thousand reviews for these shoes on the Clove website, they have an astounding 4.5 The overall score was 9 out of 10. When asked how comfortable they are, one reviewer who uses custom orthotics responded, "So comfortable, I can walk 12 hours without a problem." So simple to don If your feet tend to run narrow or you simply want a roomier toe box, you may want to consider ordering a half size up from your normal shoe size when purchasing these. Although the wipe-clean material is convenient, it is not everyone's cup of tea, even if it comes in a wide variety of cheerful colors and patterns.  

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You should think about the activities in which you'll be engaging and your preferred level of shoe flexibility when shopping for the ideal pair of orthopedic footwear. Orthopedic shoes designed for people who stand all day, however, tend to be less flexible than those designed for runners.

You can find arch support in most orthopedic shoes, but the level of support offered may vary by brand (and, of course, your own foot's arch). Make sure the shoe design highlights this feature if it's important to you.

Another consideration is whether or not a custom orthotic requires a special shoe. In order to accommodate orthotics, some people require a slightly wider shoe.

Although we have a list of sandals recommended by podiatrists, all the shoes on our list are sneakers because they provide the most orthopedic support.

Orthotics are either custom-made or store-bought inserts for your shoes that realign your foot. You can get a pair of orthopedic shoes from a podiatrist or buy them online if you're experiencing foot or leg pain.

Some people with foot deformities or chronic foot pain benefit from wearing orthopedic shoes or inserts. A podiatrist can give you the most accurate diagnosis.

Asserting, "Absolutely," Kornfeld However, without a valid medical need, insurance companies are not obligated to pay for them, and they are not cheap. "

Our feet go through a lot, whether you're a walker, runner, or someone who stands at work all day, and it's up to us to keep them happy and healthy. One of the orthopedic and orthotic-friendly shoes on our list may be just what the doctor ordered if you're looking for extra support and cushion. Life is too short to let foot or ankle pain keep you from enjoying it, so consult a podiatrist if you're having trouble.

New York City resident and editor Jamey Powell writes and edits. Former Healthline senior market editor She has spent years researching and testing the latest and greatest products for sleep, fitness, and nutrition for her website, com.
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