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Updated May 10, 2024

A root canal without a local anesthetic is preferable to trying on shoes when you have flat feet. I have flat feet, and finding a cool-looking shoe that won't make me scream in pain is a long and exhausting experience. That is, until I did a deep dive and found fantastic walking shoes for men and women with flat feet, among other issues like shoes for plantar fasciitis that cradle the foot, shoes for standing all day, and even running shoes for flat feet. Best of all, these shoes look great too!

What causes flat feet?

I asked New York City-based podiatrist Jackie Sutera, DPM what causes flat feet. Dr. Sutera is board-certified in foot surgery and a fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons. She specializes in the prevention and treatment of foot pathology. Dr. Sutera is also a member of Vionic’s Innovation Lab Experts. Dr. Sutera mentioned that flat feet can sometimes be caused by an injury, wear and tear on the foot (fallen arches), or due to some disease processes. But for the most part, flat feet are a genetic trait. If your mom, dad, or grandparents had flat feet, this is likely why your feet are flat.

A flat foot has an arch that can touch the ground, which can cause biomechanical issues and lower limb misalignment. According to Dr. Sutera, the lower limb misalignment “can also cause a misalignment to the knees, hips, and back, in addition to an abnormal gait pattern.”

What to consider when buying shoes for flat feet

Arch support

Flat feet need more arch support than feet with an arch. When shopping, look for shoes specifically designed for flat feet. A shoe with an arch helps to stabilize the foot, and Dr. Sutera explains that “stabilizing the arch helps block overpronation or an over-flattening of the arch.”

Cushioning

Dr. Sutera suggests looking for shoes with arch support and metatarsal pads. Shoes should have raised padding on the tops of the insoles, as it helps elevate and neutralize the inside of the mid-foot. Sutera says, “This is important because if the arch is abnormally flat or pronated, many problems can occur or be made worse, such as bunions, tendinitis, fasciitis, back, hip, and knee pain.” The metatarsal pads cushion and take pressure off the metatarsal joints of the forefoot.

Shoe features for wide flat feet

Sutera feels that those with wide, flat feet should opt for sneakers and shoes that use mesh, as they have a bit more “give” in their fabric for a more comfortable fit. She also suggests looking for sneakers that have adjustable straps, as they “can help accommodate any individual’s wide feet and potentially sensitive areas such as bunions, hammertoes, and arthritic joints.” Avoid tight shoes with a narrow cut or a pointy or stiff toe box. While they’re fashionable, they’re going to be uncomfortable to wear.

Shoe features for flat feet that overpronate

In addition to looking for a shoe with arch support, Sutera advises looking for shoes with deep-seated heel cups and very cushy soles. The cushion should be on top of the more rigid or contoured sole. Sutera says, “The rigid sole provides extra control, while the cushion gives comfort.” She suggests looking at sneakers and shoes from Vionic. “They have all those features in their VIO MOTION technology built into the shoes.”

Our top picks for best shoes for flat feet

Best men’s budget shoe for flat feet: Mishansha Sport Shoes

Mishansha Men's Running Walking Shoes Air Sneaker Sport Gym Tennis Shoes US Men 7.5-15

Mishansha Men's Running Walking Shoes Air Sneaker Sport Gym Tennis Shoes US Men 7.5-15

Mishansha designs active footwear for men, women, and children. Their snazzily designed walking shoes come in 17 colors. The combination of built-in arch support, breathable uppers, and non-slip soles has garnered over 1,000 five-star ratings on Amazon.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Breathable mesh upper, PU anti-slip and wear-resistant sole
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: Air cushion design
  • Sizes: 7-15
  • Color: Azure, Black, Dark Blue, Jet, Safety Orange, Sea Salt, White, Eerie Black, Gray, Orange, Smoky Black, Red, Blue, timberwolf, Dark Gray, Ivory, Raisin Black
  • Price on publish: $39.99

What we like:

  • The arch support can be switched out, and a custom orthotic can fit in the shoe
  • It comes in a good range of sizes
  • Lightweight

What we don’t like:

  • Not water-resistant
  • Does not come in wide width
  • Some customers state the shoe runs on the large side

The bottom line:

Mishansha has been creating active footwear since 2005, and these walking shoes have all the bells and whistles of higher-priced walking shoes.

Get it here: Mishansha Sport Shoes


Best women’s budget shoe for flat feet: HKR Walking Shoes

HKR Women's Walking Shoes Arch Support Knit Upper Non Slip Shoes

HKR Women's Walking Shoes Arch Support Knit Upper Non Slip Shoes

After skimming the over 24,000 five-star ratings, you wonder why HKR is still an under-the-radar brand. Almost every review raves about how this cushy shoe relieves foot pain. In addition to the built-in arch support, it has memory foam insoles, so it’s a good shoe for standing all day.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Knit mesh fabric upper, knit fabric liner, ultra-light PU sole
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: Flexible mesh insole, arch support, padded tongue and collar
  • Sizes: 5.5-10.5
  • Color: All Black, Black, Black/White, Light Taupe, Navy, Gray/Black, Black Mix, Dark Pink Mix, White Purple Mix, Purple, Taupe, White, Pink Mix, Black/Purple, Denim Blue Mix, Dark Gray, Purple Mix, Gray Mix
  • Price on publish: $33.98-$38.99

What we like:

  • Good range of sizes
  • It has a knitted top with an elastic closure and back tab for easy on/off
  • Durable rubber outsole with traction heel

What we don’t like:

  • Not water-resistant
  • Some customers complain of a squeaking noise the heel makes when walking

The bottom line:

HKR’s knitted walking shoe provides arch support and comfort for flat feet.

Get it here: HKR Walking Shoes


Best men’s supportive shoe for flat feet: Vionic 23Walk Classic Sneaker

MEN’S 23WALK CLASSIC SNEAKER

MEN’S 23WALK CLASSIC SNEAKER

Vionic Shoes was developed in part by podiatrist Dr. Phillip Vasyli. Their shoes are designed for people with foot issues, and many of their shoes and sneakers, like this pair, have the American Podiatric Medical Association (AMPA) seal of approval. This classically styled suede or leather and mesh sneaker has a podiatrist-designed removable orthotic insole. This sneaker uses the brand’s Vio Motion technology, which combines stability, deep heel cup, flexibility, and thick cushioning for ease of movement.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Leather or suede upper, 100% polyester mesh liner, PU foam base, thermoplastic heel counter, rubber outsole
  • Weight: 13 ounces
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: Flexible cushioned outsole, PU foam base and removable orthotic
  • Sizes: 7-15
  • Color: Gray, White/Navy, White/White, Black
  • Price on publish: $109.95

What we like:

  • APMA seal of approval
  • Medium and wide width
  • Choice of leather and mesh or suede and mesh uppers

What we don’t like:

  • It takes a while for the foot to adjust to the orthotic
  • Sneaker needs to be broken in
  • Not waterproof

The bottom line

Vionic's walking shoe provides stability, support, and ease of movement.

Get it here: Vionic 23Walk Classic Sneaker


Best women’s supportive shoe for flat feet: Saucony Peregrine 14

WOMEN'S PEREGRINE 14

WOMEN'S PEREGRINE 14

This lightweight Saucony shoe provides stability and protection on trail runs and throughout daily life. They’re available in neutral or vivid shades, and made from vegan materials designed to be debris-resistant. The grippy 5 mm lugs help prevent slippage to keep you safe, as well.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Vegan and recycled materials, rubber outsole
  • Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Drop: 4 mm
  • Cushioning: Saucony’s proprietary PWRURN material—made from a blend of PEBA polymers—has an 88% energy return and is extremely bouncy and thick
  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Color: Astro/Carbon, Black/Carbon, Breeze/Mint, Dew/Orchid, Flax/Clove, Mint/Shadow
  • Price on publish: $140

What we like:

  • Great combination of support and comfort
  • Saucony uses a grippy rubber outsole to ensure traction and prevents slippage
  • Even the sockliner is cushioned

What we don’t like:

  • Not waterproof
  • A tad pricey

The bottom line:

This supportive walking shoe can be used for everyday life, hiking, and trail running.

Get it here: Saucony Peregrine 14


Best men’s cushioning shoe for flat feet: Kuru Quantum 2.0

QUANTUM 2.0

Kuru is a problem-solving footwear company. They have a shoe to combat any foot issue you may have. Their Quantum 2.0 is their cushiest and most stable shoe for flat feet. It has a stable outsole, arch support insole, a wide base, and a wide-toe box. Each pair of shoes has a warranty, and the company gives you up to six months to return them. Shopping tip: Kuru also made our list of the best shoes for plantar fasciitis and the best walking shoes.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Mesh, synthetic, rubber outsole
  • Weight: 13.05 ounces
  • Drop: 8.5 mm
  • Cushioning: Cushioned mid-sole designed to absorb shock, extra cushioning under the heel and toe
  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Color: Indigo Blue/Slate Gray, Jet Black/Slate Gray, Storm Gray
  • Price on publish: $140

What we like:

  • Comes in medium and wide widths
  • Built-in arch with a cushioned midsole
  • Curved heel cup
  • Can be worn for every day and the gym
  • Unisex

What we don’t like:

  • Not waterproof

The bottom line:

This well-cushioned shoe offers ample support and can be worn when walking, hiking, or working out at the gym.

Get it here: Kuru Quantum 2.0


Best women’s cushioning shoe for flat feet: Rykӓ Sublime Walking Sneaker

Rykӓ is a women-owned company that creates active footwear designed for women’s foot shape and muscle movement. Their Sublime Walking sneaker looks like a snazzy cross-trainer. It’s designed with a narrow heel, roomier toe box, and anatomical insole with extra arch and heel support.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Breathable mesh upper with leather or faux leather overlays, padded heel collar, lightweight ACTIVfoam EVA midsole with gel insert, lightweight compression molded rubber outsole
  • Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Drop: 9 mm
  • Cushioning: Lightweight ACTIVFoam (proprietary to brand) EVA midsole with a gel insert under the heel for more comfort
  • Sizes: 6-12
  • Color: White Alyssum, Black, Insignia Blue, Vintage Rose
  • Price on publish: $62.99

What we like:

  • Sporty style
  • Medium and wide widths
  • Designed for a woman’s foot

What we don’t like:

  • Not water-resistant

The bottom line:

Rykӓ’s active footwear has a trendy look but is designed for support, stability, and comfort.

Get it here: Rykӓ Sublime Walking Sneaker


Best men’s shoe for plantar fasciitis: Drew Shoes Surge

Drew Shoes Surge

Therapeutic footwear company Drew Shoe has designed a shoe that cradles the foot. This walking shoe has a tempered steel shank that supports the arch and stabilizes the foot. Recommended for plantar fasciitis, this shoe has a built-in heel cushion, rubber rocker outsole, and removable footbed.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Leather and mesh uppers, foam padded tongue and collar, rubber outsole, tempered steel shank
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: Built-in heel cushion and arch support, foam padded tongue and collar
  • Sizes: 7-16
  • Color: White Nubuck-Mesh, Gray Nubuck-Mesh, Black Nubuck-Mesh, Black
  • Price on publish: $179.95

What we like:

  • Designed to alleviate stress and foot pain
  • Can switch footbeds to a custom orthotic
  • Medium, wide, and XXW widths

What we don’t like:

  • Not very trendy looking

The bottom line:

Created to solve two different foot issues—plantar fasciitis and flat feet—the Drew Shoes Surge makes every step comfortable.

Get it here: Drew Shoes Surge


Best women’s shoe for plantar fasciitis: Propét TravelActiv™ Axial Walking Shoe

TravelActiv™ Axial

Propét’s mission is to create footwear in widths from AA to 4E for men and women. With its racing stripes, this mesh knit walking shoe has the sporty lines of a cross trainer. Its interior provides arch support while alleviating the stress and pain of plantar fasciitis. The removable insole allows you to use a custom orthotic in the shoe if needed.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Knit mesh upper, mesh lining, outsole EVA and rubber
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: Firm heel counter, arch support made with open cell PU foam to allow airflow
  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Color: Black/Purple, Gray/Purple, Taupe/Peach, Navy/White
  • Price on publish: $84.95

What we like:

  • Narrow (AA), medium, wide, XW, and XXW (4E) widths
  • Outsole has a wide tread pattern to prevent slippage
  • Firm heel counter

What we don’t like:

  • Not water-resistant or waterproof

The bottom line:

Lightweight and, yes, cute looking, the Propét TravelActiv™ Axial makes walking an enjoyable experience plus it’s a great shoe for plantar fasciitis.

Get it here: Propét TravelActiv™ Axial Walking Shoe


Best men’s shoe for bad knees: Gravity Defyer GDEFY Mighty Walk Athletic Shoes

Men's GDEFY Mighty Walk Athletic Shoes

Men's GDEFY Mighty Walk Athletic Shoes

Dr. Sutera mentioned that flat feet can cause a misalignment in the lower limbs, creating knee and back pain. If this is the case for you, or you’ve damaged your knees through sport or work, a walking shoe like Gravity Defyer’s Mighty Walk can assist in alleviating stress with the integrated VersoShock technology used to create this shoe.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Synthetic and fabric upper, ethylene vinyl acetate sole
  • Weight: 10 ounces
  • Drop: 5.5 mm
  • Cushioning: Ethylene vinyl acetate sole and VersoShock technology to provide cushioning and shock absorption
  • Sizes: 7-15
  • Color: Red/white/blue, gray/blue/green, white/blue/orange, black/white, gray/white
  • Price on publish: $145

What we like:

  • Wide toe box
  • Front rolling design, which alleviates stress
  • MEDICARE / HCPCS code = A5500 may be eligible for Medicare reimbursement
  • Free corrective fit orthotic with every pair of shoes

What we don’t like:

  • Limited color selection

The bottom line:

Customers rave about them, citing the cushy insole, arch support, and ability to stand in them for hours daily.

Get it here: Gravity Defyer GDEFY Mighty Walk Athletic Shoes


Best women’s shoe for bad knees: Brooks Ariel GTS Running Shoe

Ariel GTS 23

Brooks is known for its running shoes, but they also make supportive shoes. Reviewers rave about the arch support and comfort of this running shoe that doubles as a walking shoe. It has built-in arch support, and the shoe uses the GuideRails® Holistic Support system to help protect your knees.

Specifications:

  • Materials: 3D fit print mesh upper, DNA Loft v3 nitrogen-infused cushioning, rubber sole
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: DNA LOFT v3 nitrogen-infused cushioning
  • Sizes: 6-12
  • Color: Black/Gray/White, Chateau Gray/White Sand, Nile Blue/Blue/Bittersweet
  • Price on publish: $160

What we like:

  • Certified PDAC A5500 diabetic shoe and has been granted the APMA Seal of Acceptance
  • HCPCS Code A5500 approved
  • Designed to maintain comfortable foot alignment with every step
  • Medium and wide width

What we don’t like:

  • Not waterproof

The bottom line:

The Brooks Ariel GTS 23 shoe has great arch support, helps keep the body aligned while moving, and alleviates stress on the knees and hips.

Get it here: Brooks Ariel GTS Running Shoe


Best men’s shoe for overpronators and best men’s shoe for road running: Puma ForeverRun NITRO™ Knit Running Shoes

ForeverRun NITRO™ Knit Men's Running Shoes

ForeverRun NITRO™ Knit Men's Running Shoes

Puma's active footwear is legendary. When they designed the ForeverRun Nitro Knit running shoes, they created a shoe that protects the foot against pronation while cushioning it against foot strikes via their RUNGUIDE. It’s an internal density guide rail that keeps the foot aligned and centered when running or walking. Puma’s website also offers a 30-day test run on this sneaker. Give it a whirl, and if you’re not happy after 30 days, return them and get your money back.

Specifications:

  • Materials: 79% textile and 21% synthetic upper, 100% textile sockliner and lining, 100% rubber outsole
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: 7.5 mm
  • Cushioning: Puma’s own NITROFOAM™ (a nitrogen-infused foam that is lightweight but provides cushioning and is responsive to a foot’s needs)
  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Color: PUMA Black/Shadow Gray, Concrete Gray-Flat Dark Gray
  • Price on publish: $150

What we like:

  • Reinforced uppers for support and durability
  • Flared rubber outsole
  • Uses Puma’s RUNGUIDE system to keep the foot aligned and centered
  • It uses the brand’s maximum level of cushioning
  • Arch support and thick cushioned insole provide comfort and protection on long or short runs

What we don’t like:

  • Not a lot of color options
  • Not water-resistant

The bottom line:

Puma’s sneaker is designed to help overpronators keep their feet centered when walking or running.

Get it here: Puma ForeverRun NITRO™ Knit Running Shoes


Best women’s shoe for overpronators: Ortho Feet Coral Stretch Knit Sneaker

Coral Stretch Knit - Blue

Coral Stretch Knit - Blue

Ortho Feet designed this flat-foot walking shoe with a roomy toe box. They added an arch booster that, in conjunction with the built-in arch support, assists in realigning the foot when standing or walking. It has a rubber outsole for increased stability when walking. This comfort shoe was even awarded the APMA Seal of Approval.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Rubber outsole, stretch synthetic fabric knitted upper Weight: 9.5 ounces
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: Heel cushion, ergonomic cushioning insole with mild rocker to improve walking
  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Color: Black, Gray, No-Tie Lace Black, Blue, Gray, Lavender, White, Turquoise, Gray, Sandy
  • Price on publish: $119.95

What we like:

  • Medium, wide, and XW widths (No-Tie Lace Black also comes in XXW)
  • 60-day wear test
  • Free orthotic insoles
  • Anti-microbial fabric

What we don’t like:

  • It can only be spot-cleaned
  • Not water-resistant

The bottom line:

Ortho Feet offers a money-back guarantee if you don’t like them.

Get it here: Ortho Feet Coral Stretch Knit Sneaker


Best men’s shoe for motion control: New Balance 928v3 Walking Sneaker

New Balance 928v3 Walking Sneaker

New Balance 928v3 Walking Sneaker

When you spend a lot of time standing or walking, it makes sense to look for a walking shoe for flat feet that offers maximum comfort and stability. New Balance designed this shoe with a wide toe box, and the brand’s ROLLBAR® construction; its motion control and stability last for its life. They paired it with their Ndurance™ outsole. Its rubber can hold up to anything in the critical areas of the tread.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Leather upper, synthetic lining, rubber outsole
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: The brand’s ABZORB® impact-resistant foam sole inner cushion provides plush cushioning throughout the shoe and has an additional removable PU footbed
  • Sizes: 7-15
  • Color: Brown, Black, White, Bone, Grey
  • Price on publish: $154.99

What we like:

  • Created with additional stability and motion control features
  • It comes in medium, 4E, and 6E widths
  • Structured heel cup for additional support
  • New Balance has Fair Labor Association accreditation

What we don’t like:

  • Not waterproof
  • A little pricey

The bottom line:

With its built-in arch support, New Balance’s walking shoe offers relief from other foot issues, such as plantar fasciitis, and is designed for motion control and stability.

Get it here: New Balance 928v3 Walking Sneaker


Best women’s shoe for motion control: Oofos Oomg Sport LS Low Shoe

WOMEN'S OOMG SPORT LS LOW SHOE - BLACK

WOMEN'S OOMG SPORT LS LOW SHOE - BLACK

The Oofos Sport LS Low Shoe looks like a chic running sneaker. Under the hood, it’s all about protection, stability, and comfort. Its top is made with four-way stretch fabric, and the lacings create a midfoot lock that provides lateral stability and forefoot mobility. All of these things work together to keep the foot balanced and protected. The insole uses Oofos patented tech that absorbs foot strikes and gives support while reducing stress on ankles, knees, and other joints.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Synthetic mesh upper, OOfoam™ padded inner sole, man-made outsole
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: OOfoam™ padded footbed
  • Sizes: 5-11
  • Color: Black/ White, Black, White/Carolina Blue, White, White/Olive, White/Plum, White/Moroccan Blue, White/Blush Mutare, White/Gray, White/Mello Mutare
  • Price on publish: $149.95

What we like:

  • Is an AMPA-approved shoe
  • A patented footbed reduces stresses on the lower body
  • 30-day trial

What we don’t like:

  • Runs a half size small
  • It only comes in medium width

The bottom line:

This low walking shoe provides arch support, helps keep the foot aligned, and provides motion control when walking.

Get it here: Oofos Oomg Sport LS Low Shoe


Best men’s workout shoe and best women’s workout shoe: Nortiv 8 Cloud Walker Athleisure Sneakers

NORTIV 8 Cloud Walker Athleisure Sneakers

NORTIV 8 Cloud Walker Athleisure Sneakers

This is a unisex activewear shoe that is your workout buddy. The X-shaped torsion plate on the shoe’s sole provides stability and flexibility, allowing you to run, hit the gym, or just wear them as an everyday walking shoe. The thick EVA midsole, foam insole, and arch support reduce stress on the foot. The 3D mesh upper allows the foot to breathe, whether working out, running, or walking.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Mesh upper, rubber outsole, TPU film on the upper reinforces fabric by the heels and toes, EVA midsole
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: EVA cushioning midsole, cushioned insole
  • Sizes: 7.5-13 (men), 6-11 (women)
  • Color: Men’s: Grey, Blue, All Black; women’s: Grey, All Black, Pink, Blue, Mint Green/Pink, All White
  • Price on publish $45.99

What we like:

  • Cross-trainer
  • Mesh upper keeps feet feeling comfortable
  • Enhanced support and cushioning at the heel to prevent heel strike stress
  • Non-slip rubber outsole enhances grip and traction

What we don’t like:

  • Not waterproof
  • Not many color options (men’s)
  • Only comes in medium widths
  • Women’s sizing starts at size 6

The bottom line:

Nortiv8 Cloud Walker sneakers replace three shoes: a walking shoe, a running shoe, and a gym shoe.

Get it here: Nortiv 8 Cloud Walker Athleisure Sneakers


Best men’s shoe for cold weather: Klaw 528 Walking Shoe

Klaw 528 Walking Shoe

Klaw 528 Walking Shoe

If you like being active in all weather, Klaw has your back. Their 528 leather walking shoe is waterproof. In addition to its arch support, it has a wide toe box, forefoot rocker, and a deep heel cup for added stability.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Waterproof leather upper
  • Weight: 11 ounces
  • Drop: 7 mm
  • Cushioning: Extra heel and forefoot cushioning, lightweight midsole
  • Sizes: 8-13
  • Color: White, yellow, gray, black
  • Price on publish: $148

What we like:

  • APMA-approved shoe
  • Removable insole
  • Anti-slip tread
  • Choice of medium or wide width

What we don’t like:

  • Only comes in sizes 8-13
  • No half sizes

The bottom line:

You can get your daily steps in no matter the weather in the Klaw waterproof walking shoe.

Get it here: Klaw 528 Walking Shoe


Best women’s shoe for cold weather: Merrell Wrapt Mid Waterproof Sneaker

Women's Wrapt Mid Waterproof

Women's Wrapt Mid Waterproof

Merrell created a hybrid walking and hiking shoe that easily handles any terrain and weather. The Wrapt Mid Waterproof high-top sneaker/boot is part of their barefoot collection because the rubber sole mimics the shape of a foot. The bellows tongue of this sneaker is designed to keep debris, tiny rocks, and dirt away out of the shoe. If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis, reviewers rave over the wide toe box, arch support, and comfort of the interior cushioning.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Pig suede leather upper, waterproof membrane, rubber outsole
  • Weight: 10.93 ounces
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: Super rebound compound midsole
  • Sizes: 5-11
  • Color: Black, Lichen, Birch
  • Price on publish: $130

What we like:

  • Designed to keep the foot in a natural position
  • Breathable mesh lining
  • Rugged rubber outsole works on any terrain

What we don’t like:

  • Not many color options

The bottom line:

This fashionable walking shoe hybrid can be worn in any weather or season.

Get it here: Merrell Wrapt Mid Waterproof Sneaker


Best men’s slip-on shoe: Skechers Slip-Ins: Arch Fit 2.0 - Grand Select 2

Skechers Slip-Ins: Arch Fit 2.0 - Grand Select 2

Skechers Slip-Ins: Arch Fit 2.0 - Grand Select 2

When you think of slip-on sneakers, the first brand that comes to mind is Skechers. While they have sneakers for every sport, they’re known worldwide for their comfortable slip-ins. They have so many that narrowing the choice to just one for this article was hard. The Grand Select 2 is a vegan slip-in sneaker with pillowy heel cushioning, a mesh upper with stretch laces, and an AMPA-accepted sneaker.

Specifications:

  • Materials: 100% vegan materials; knit upper
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: Patented arch-fit insole system
  • Sizes: 7-16 (depends on the color)
  • Color: Taupe, Navy/Orange, Charcoal/Red, Black
  • Price on publish: $100

What we like:

  • Podiatrist-certified arch support
  • Dual-density traction outsole
  • Machine washable
  • Comes in medium, wide, and extra-wide widths

What we don’t like:

  • Not waterproof

The bottom line:

Skechers slip-ins are so popular due to their design and comfort.

Get it here: Skechers Slip-Ins: Arch Fit 2.0 - Grand Select 2


Best women’s slip-on shoe: Skechers Slip-Ins: Go Walk Arch Fit 2.0 - Delara

Skechers Slip-Ins: Go Walk Arch Fit 2.0 - Delara

Skechers Slip-Ins: Go Walk Arch Fit 2.0 - Delara

Slip-in sneakers have been around for years, but Skechers infused comfort, arch support, and lots of style into the design. The Delora looks like a driving moc, but has all the comfiness of a walking shoe. It is 100% vegan and has a knit mesh upper, removable arch support, and lightweight, responsive cushioning for all-day wear.

Specifications:

  • Materials:100% vegan; knit upper
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: Heel pillow cushion, cushioned insole
  • Sizes: 5-13
  • Color: Navy/white, taupe/white, black/white, black
  • Price on publish: $95

What we like:

  • Podiatrist-certified arch support
  • APMA-accepted shoe
  • Machine washable
  • Comfort pillars for added support

What we don’t like:

  • Not all colors come in wide width

The bottom line:

Skechers slip-ins offer all-day comfort and support and can be worn with jeans or skirts.

Get it here: Skechers Slip-Ins: Go Walk Arch Fit 2.0 - Delara


Best men’s shoe for wide flat feet: FitVille ArchPower Comfy Sneakers

FitVille Men's ArchPower Comfy Sneaker

FitVille Men's ArchPower Comfy Sneaker

Designed specifically for guys with wide feet, FitVille doesn’t cut back on style. These walking shoes have a cool, retro 80s look. Made with an extra-wide toe box, a rubber outsole, and lots of cushioning, they can be worn all day long.

Specifications:

  • Materials: PU/mesh/suede upper, rubber outsole
  • Weight: 11.81 ounces
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: High rebound foam insole, EVA supportive midsole
  • Sizes: 8-13
  • Color: Black, Light Grey/Green
  • Price on publish: $39.90

What we like:

  • Comes in wide and extra-wide widths
  • TPU heel ring with slip-resistant rubber outsole for extra stability
  • Arch support

What we don’t like:

  • Only comes in sizes 8-13

The bottom line:

FitVille made a smart-looking sneaker that can be worn to the gym too.

Get it here: FitVille ArchPower Comfy Sneakers


Best women’s shoe for wide flat feet: Naturalizer Emerge Slip-On Walking Shoe

EMERGE SLIP ON WALKING SNEAKER

EMERGE SLIP ON WALKING SNEAKER

Naturalizer is known for creating fashionable shoes with built-in arch support. Their designs range from trendy to the classic white sneaker. This wide-width walking shoe has snazzy lines and a plush insole with antimicrobial properties. It comes in leather or knit fabric.

Specifications:

  • Materials: 70% recycled fabric and leather upper, antimicrobial footbed, rubber outsole
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: REZORB™ responsive cushioning, arch support, molded heel cup
  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Color: Soft White fabric, Porcelain Skin leather, Titanium Gray leather, Black fabric, Black leather, Purple fabric
  • Price on publish: $89.99

What we like:

  • Made with sustainable fabrics
  • Non-slip outsole
  • Designed to mimic a woman’s foot
  • Medium and wide width

What we don’t like:

  • Not waterproof

The bottom line:

This trendy-looking walking shoe was designed for optimum comfort and support.

Get it here: Naturalizer Emerge Slip-On Walking Shoe


Best women’s shoe for road running: On Cloudrunner Running Shoe

On started as a Swiss-based athletic clothing and footwear company in 2010. Tennis legend Roger Federer is an investor, and there’s a collection named after him. This running shoe has a wide base for added stability, a deep-cushioned heel cup, a very springy, cushioned midsole, and a supportive insole that can be replaced with a custom orthotic.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Performance mesh upper made with 90% to 95% recycled polyester on vamp, heel, tongue; 100% recycled polyester collar lining
  • Weight: 8.81 ounces
  • Drop: 9 mm
  • Cushioning: Zero-Gravity foam plush cushioning, CloudTec® sole
  • Sizes: 5-11
  • Color: Iron/Black, Frost/White, Frost/Aloe, Frost/Fade, Iron/Black, Undyed White/Flame, Eclipse/Black
  • Price on publish $149.99

What we like:

  • Cradle-shaped construction
  • Targeted contouring and cushioning footbed
  • Comes in both wide and medium widths

What we don’t like:

  • Only the White/Frost and Undyed White/Flame colorways come in wide width

The bottom line:

On’s running shoes have optimal protection and comfort.

Get it here: On Cloudrunner Running Shoe


Best men’s shoe for stability: Aetrex Chase Arch Support Sneakers

Chase Arch Support Sneakers

Chase Arch Support Sneakers

New Jersey-based Aetrex is a shoe brand that’s all about comfort and stability. The company creates custom orthotics and has shoes and sneakers for foot issues like arch pain, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and metatarsalgia. Their footwear is approved by the AMPA. The Chase sneaker is machine washable and uses antimicrobial materials. Aetrex offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re unhappy with the sneaker. The arch support works with the built-in orthotics and cushioning to stabilize the foot while keeping it aligned.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Mesh knit upper and rubber outsole
  • Weight: N/A
  • Drop: N/A
  • Cushioning: Midsole Lightweight UltraSky™ EVA, padded collar and tongue, Aetrex Signature arch support, non-stretchy mesh for extra support
  • Sizes: 8-14
  • Color: Black, Black/Black, Gray, Light Gray, Navy, Orange
  • Price on publish: $149.95

What we like:

  • Complete underfoot and forefoot cushioning, built-in orthotics
  • It can be worn for foot issues that include flat feet, plantar fasciitis, bunions, heel and ball of foot pain, wide feet, and metatarsalgia
  • 30-day trial
  • Machine washable
  • Antimicrobial technology

What we don’t like:

  • Nothing!

The bottom line:

Aetrex’s lace-up sneaker provides arch support, keeps the foot aligned, and has lots of plush cushioning.

Get it here: Aetrex Chase Arch Support Sneakers


Best women’s shoe for stability: Hoka Arahi 7

Hoka Arahi 7

Running shoe brand Hoka was born in 2009, and StockX considers it the fastest-growing sneaker brand. They make gear (including footwear) for athletes, even ultra-marathoners, and are also beloved by anyone who’s on their feet for hours at a time. This shoe has been awarded the AMPA seal of acceptance. It uses the brand’s J-Frame™ tech to stabilize the foot during movement.

Specifications:

  • Materials: Flat knit mesh upper, compression-molded EVA midsole, rubber outsole
  • Weight: 8.10 ounces
  • Drop: 5.00 mm
  • Cushioning: Padded tongue, dual gusset, highly cushioned insole for underfoot protection, EVA midsole
  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Color: Blanc De Blanc/Swim Day, Cloudless/Poppy, Stellar Blue/Cosmos, Papaya/Coral, Vanilla/Cream, Illusion/Dusk, Swim Day/Virtual Blue, Black/White, Blanc de Blanc/Rose Gold, Black/Black
  • Price on publish: $145

What we like:

  • Utilizes the brand’s J-Frame™ technology for stability
  • Dual gusset
  • Medium and wide widths
  • Flat knit upper designed for midfoot lockdown

What we don’t like:

  • Not water-resistant

The bottom line:

Hoka’s has a longstanding reputation for designing shoes that cradle the foot while ensuring long-term comfort, stability, and resilience.

Get it here: Hoka Arahi 7


How to maintain and clean shoes for flat feet

Dr. Sutera noted that people with flat feet tend to wear down shoes faster than someone with a neutral or higher arch. Replace your shoes often, monitor for signs of wear, and look for shoes that have a durable sole.

Always follow the brand's instructions before cleaning any walking shoe or sneaker. That information can be found on a brand’s website, as an insert card in the shoe box, sometimes in a care tag on the shoe, or all three places. Some walking shoes or sneakers can be tossed into a washing machine, while others can only be spot-cleaned.

How to select the right size for a comfortable fit

I asked Dr. Sutera for tips on finding the perfect fitting shoe for flat feet (I have a vested interest), and she kindly explained what to consider when shoe shopping. “Every shoe company cuts its shoes differently.” Shoe companies use a mold called a “last.” The last determines how a shoe will fit a foot. Some lasts run narrow or short, so you may need to go up or down a size when trying on shoes, depending on the brand. Sutera continued, “You may need to try different sizes and widths to see which feels and fits the best. The shoe shouldn’t feel too tight or too loose. It should be just right. Make sure there’s enough room in the toe box so that toes can lay flat.”

How we tested and selected the best shoes for flat feet

Expert advice

I have had flat feet all my life, and I personally road-tested many of the brands mentioned in this article. I also checked in with my flat-footed friends and relatives on what shoes worked best for them and grilled them on what features they liked and hated. Dr. Sutera was kind enough to share her expertise as a podiatrist and foot surgeon. I asked her a multitude of questions, and she patiently answered them. There were certain design features that I specifically looked for when searching for supportive shoes.

Arch support

Some shoes claim to be “supportive,” but they lack arch support. Any shoe designed for flat feet must have built-in arch support. I considered shoes with support and those whose supportive insoles could be swapped out for a custom orthotic.

Cushioning

When your arch touches the floor, standing and walking for long periods can be agonizing. I only chose shoes that were extremely cushioned. I picked shoes with cushioning on the metatarsal pads and a deeply cushioned midsole and innersole.

Alignment

Many people with flat feet also pronate to compensate. I chose walking and running shoes designed to keep the foot aligned.

Stability

Another factor in the footwear chosen was the shoe’s ability to stabilize the foot. This is especially important when playing sports.

Comfort

No one wants squished toes or painful heels. In addition to being extremely picky about cushioning, I looked at toe box width, heel cups, and material that stretches with your movement.

Additional issues

If you have flat feet, you may also have plantar fasciitis, bad knees, or other foot issues. I combed through what’s on the market and found shoes that address multiple issues.

Materials

Whether you’re working on your feet all day, taking a jog around the park, or running errands, you want a shoe that will withstand all sorts of weather and stresses and basically not fall apart after wearing it for a few months. The shoes in this article are made with material that breathes, have been tested for wear, and are designed to last for a long time. The outsoles all have grippy treads to help stabilize the foot. They’re sturdy and durable, meant to be worn on hard surfaces like concrete, city roads, and hilly trails.

Style

Last, but not least, I considered how the shoe is styled. I opted for shoes for flat feet that delivered top-notch protection and served up trendy looks. For more on stylish sneakers, read our round-up on the best designer sneakers.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What are flat feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch comes in contact with the ground. It can be an inherited condition or a result of work, medical issues, or accidents. When flat feet are caused by the latter, they are called fallen arches.

What issues can flat feet cause?

The body is misaligned, so flat feet can cause lower back pain. Dr. Sutera enumerates the other common issues caused by flat feet like “hammertoes, calluses, corns, pain, shin splints, bunions, arthritis, bone spurs, and foot instability.” She continues to explain “a rare and severe breakdown of the foot and the ‘collapse of the arch’ can be caused by a neuroarthropathy disease like diabetic Charcot Foot.”

Do flat feet need more or less arch support?

Dr. Sutera pointed out that flatter feet need more stability in their shoes and often benefit from more rigidity to hold up the arch. Stabilizing the arch helps block "overpronation" or over-flattening of the arch.

Are there running shoes for flat feet?

Just as there are walking shoes for flat feet, there are running shoes for flat feet. You’ll find a few of them mentioned in this article. Running shoes for flat feet have a few special details built into them. These features are used for comfort and support. Dr. Sutera says to look for running shoes that have arch support, more structure, and security in their shoes. She explains, “People with flat feet should look for running shoes with motion control. This helps to hold the foot in and secure it while running.” Other must-have features are deep heel cups, sturdy outsoles, and cushioned insoles.

What sneakers do Podiatrists recommend for flat feet?

Dr. Sutera suggests wearing Vionic’s Walk Max Lace Up Sneaker. She states,”It has cushioning balanced with support and stability. The sneaker has a lightweight midsole rebound technology to enhance your walking motion, and Super Critical Foam (Vionic's lightest midsole) is nitrogen-infused, offering the highest rebound.”

Why should you choose shoes specifically designed for flat feet?

Shoes designed for flat feet have arch support, stability, and cushioning. These features alleviate discomfort, prevent injury, and promote proper foot alignment. When wearing supportive shoes, walking and standing for long periods of time no longer cause discomfort.

What type of shoes are best for men and women with flat feet?

Shoes that provide support, stability, and comfort would benefit both men and women with flat feet. Dr. Sutera reminds you to “look for styles with deep-seated heel cups and added cushion on top of the more rigid or contoured sole. The rigid sole provides extra control, and the cushion provides comfort.”

What shoes are best for men and women with flat feet and plantar fasciitis?

Dr. Sutera mentions that shoes for flat feet have the same features (deep-seated heel cups, added cushioning, arch support, rigid or contoured sole) as shoes used for plantar fasciitis. She says, “Feet are the foundation of the skeleton. Supporting and stabilizing the feet helps the body from the ground up.”

Shoes for flat feet alleviate the flat arch issue by creating support under the arch, and providing additional cushioning under the metatarsal pads for continuous comfort.

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