Best Shoes for Bunions 2019 Reviewed & Rated

Do not get us started on bunions. If you have ever suffered from bunions, then you know how painful they can be. You also know how painful it can be to search for the best shoes for bunions. If you are having trouble finding shoes, then read on.

Bunions are actually more common than you think, though you would not think it with the lack of shoes available. Have you ever tried on multiple sizes of the same shoe in the futile attempt to find one which fits comfortably, only to return home empty handed? Me too. The problem is that shoes are just not designed for people who have differently shaped feet.

When the big toe on either foot turns in towards the other toes, a bunion can form. This is basically an inflammation of the joint of the big toe. This inflammation can be painful, and at times can make it almost impossible to find shoes which fit. The key word here is ‘almost.’ With a little searching, you can find what you are looking for, and we are here to guide you on your mission. Want some comfortable shoes? Well, read on.

Best Shoes for Bunions Mens

Toe Boxes

The shape of your shoe is one of the main things which you should be concerned about. A bunion is made more painful when there is pressure put on it. Even a slight touch can send a jolt of pain through your body. Before you even try a shoe on, you should look at the shape of the toe box. This is the part of the shoe where your toes will sit.

If the shoe has a pointed or narrow toe box, then I would recommend skipping it for fear of aggravating your bunion. Look for rounded or square toe boxes to allow the space for your toes and bunion.

Solid Heels vs Flexible Heels

It would make sense that a flexible heel will be more beneficial as it will allow your foot a better range of motion, but in the case of bunions, you are going to want to look for a solid heel. If your heel is moving around inside of the shoe, then the rest of your foot is too. With a solid heel, your foot is kept in one place, and the chance of your bunion rubbing is lessened.

Arch Support

When your foot is in a more natural position, not only are you more comfortable, but there is also less chance of your bunion rubbing and chafing. Good arch support will keep your foot in a natural position, especially if you have high arches. When your foot is cradled and comfortable, it is prevented from slipping forward in your shoe. If your foot does slip forward, then your bunion is going to be put under a lot of pressure.


You do not need to worry about whether the shoe has a heel or not, right? Think again. I wore high-heeled shoes once and had the most painful flare-ups. When I looked this up online, I found that a high heel can affect your bunions. But, how?

If the heel is tall enough, it puts your foot on a slope. When your foot is on a slope, gravity takes its course and pulls your foot downwards. This means that your toes (and your bunion) are pulled forward into the toe box. If pulled forward far enough, there will be constant pressure on your bunion. Try to stick to 1-inch heels if you want to wear something more dressy.


If the inside of the shoe is padded, it may help to take some of the pressure off of your bunion. Now, a lot of padding can be detrimental as it can push your foot up against the shoe, causing pressure to be applied to your bunion, but a little padding can help your bunion.

Some cushioning in the interior, especially at the toes, or molded insoles, will help to take the impact out of walking. As the bottom of your shoe is padded, less impact and shock is transferred to your bunion when walking.

Straps or Laces

You may have the most comfortable shoe in the world, but we have all been there when you tighten the laces and straps only to feel the pain shoot through you. If you have extremely sore bunions, then I would recommend looking for Velcro straps which offer you the precision you need to take the pressure off your bunions.

If you are looking for a shoe with laces, make sure that the laces can be loosened close to the toes. This will allow you to give your bunion more room to breathe while still tightening the shoe enough to keep it comfortably on your foot.

If you do have to go for straps, then I have always found that wider straps are better than thinner ones. The thinner straps can dig into your feet and cause pain, especially if they are near to your bunions. Wider straps place the pressure over a wider area. You should also look for straps which are as far away from your bunions as possible.

Stretchy Material

When you are choosing the material for your shoe, pay particular attention to the material around the toes (if not the material of the entire shoe). Natural materials allow your feet to breathe and they are more flexible and stretchy. As you go about your day with natural-material shoes, they will begin to stretch and conform to your feet. This stretching will take some of the pressure off of your bunions in a way which synthetic materials cannot.

Toe Room

After trying on multiple styles of shoes, I have found that I get the best fit when I have a lot of toe room. When I try shoes on, I first check the fit around my foot, and then I ensure that I have at least a quarter of an inch of space between my toes and the end of the shoe. The extra room stops your toes from rubbing and chafing as much, which means that your bunion is going to be less painful.

Another reason to allow for more room is so that you can add extra cushioning to the shoe. Extra padding will reduce any impacts and shocks from your feet and your bunions.


A heavy shoe can put undue pressure on your bunions; just the simple act of lifting your foot to take a step can give you pain. I have found that heavy shoes can weigh down on your bunion when you lift them (don’t get me started on how that feels when you are running). Lighter shoes are usually less bulky than heavier shoes, and they also give you relief from pain when you are walking. Just make sure that you do not go for something lightweight at the expense of durability. You want your shoes to be comfortable, but you also want them to last.

Types of Shoes

Mary Jane shoes offer a great compromise between comfort and style. They have a strap across the top instead of laces, and they do not have a solid upper like many other shoes do. This gives more room for toes to sit. This style of the shoe generally has a lot of toe room, so you will feel comfortable from the moment you put them on. The great thing is that they are a stylish shoe for almost every occasion, blending a dressy and casual look.

Clogs also have a wide are for toes, and there is a reason why they have been worn around the world for centuries. This is not a style of shoe for walking or running but is more suited to standing on solid surfaces for a long period of time. They also feature an open back so that your bunions are never pressed forward into the toe of the shoe.

Rocker bottom shoes are designed to make walking easier, and they are also great for anyone with bunions. Usually, when you are walking, the ball of your foot hits the ground, and the toes follow soon after, hitting the ground hard. This impact can give you a jolt of pain when your bunion is hit. A Rocker bottom shoe takes that impact from your toes and rocks your foot gently forward instead. Look for rocker shoes which have a forefoot rocker sole. This is the type of sole which takes the pressure off of the top and the front of the foot.

Stretch shoes are basically shoes which are made of a stretchy material. It is especially important that you look for the stretch in the upper part of the shoe. These shoes are designed to stretch and conform to your foot. When the material stretches, it is not constantly adding pressure to your bunion. The other benefit is that you can add special insoles to your shoes without having to worry about there being enough room for them. One thing which I like about stretchy shoes is that they usually come in muted colors which are perfect for the workplace. You can spend your day in comfort while getting the job done.

Running shoes are built to support your foot and bring you comfort. They are designed to be flexible, breathable, supportive, and comfortable. With running shoes, you will be wearing them for long periods of time, and during times where your foot will be flexing and moving. So, how does this help your bunions? The toe spaces of running shoes are often generous. This means that your toes (and your bunions) will rub less against the inside of the shoe.

The sides are often stretchy too. The soles often have a similar style to rocker shoes which means the pressure is taken off of your toes when you walk or run. All of this combines to take any pressure off of your bunions.

Bonus Tips

You may not know this, but your feet are liable to change size and shape. As we get older, feet will often swell or shrink. Your feet can change shape. Your bunion can grow or recede. Your feet can change in a number of ways. It is important for everyone, but especially those with bunions, to have their feet measured regularly. If your feet do change shape, you want to ensure that you have a pair of shoes which give you the best fit. And, if your feet have changed shape, get rid of the old shoes and buy some new ones.

Just because you are buying shoes specially made for bunions, you do not need to settle for any old pair of shoes. It is hard enough to walk around every day with bunions, why should you also settle for ugly or bland shoes? If you follow my guide, you will be armed with enough ammunition that you can have your choice of shoes when it comes time to choose.


You need not live a life of pain. I know how painful bunions can be, and that is before you put on a pair of shoes. A good pair of shoes will not only make your life more comfortable, but they can also stop your bunions from getting worse.

Our buying guide is here to help take the pain from your life, both in walking and in buying your shoes. If you know what to look for, there are a lot of shoes available to you. You need not spend a lot of money for special orthopedic shoes (though, they will be extremely comfortable), instead use this guide to find the perfect pair of shoes for your bunions.

You do not need to sacrifice style for comfort and you do not need to spend a lot to live a pain-free life. I hope this guide will bring you some relief in your adventure to conquer your painful feet.

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