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Sunday 12 April 2020

Best shoes for bunion
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Quelle chaussure porter avec un hallux valgus ?


Bunions can be painful, and choosing the right shoe will make life easier and save you a lot of pain.

Wearing a good pair of shoes for deformed feet on a daily basis is essential.


What kind of shoe to wear when you have a bunion on your foot ?

You will need to consider a number of different features to find the right shoe for your bunion's problem:

  • Sufficient foot support
  • A comfortable toe box
  • Optimal comfort
  • Increased stability
  • Sufficient width

The presence of a removable insole in your bunion shoe is of course mandatory in order to be able to replace it with your orthopedic insoles without worrying about a problem of volume in the shoe.


Reminder: what is a bunion ?

A bunion is a deformity that occurs at the base of the big toe. It can be extremely painful and limit the movement of the foot. The common bunion, which is usually caused by a bony bump due to constant rubbing, first appears at the big toe joint. This type of deformity and its associated pain is the easiest to relieve.


Inflammatory bunion is usually much more painful, and it is very difficult to walk when you have one. Inflammatory bunions may sometimes seem to go away, but they often return and stay until the inflammation disappears. Accumulation bunions grow on the side and top of the big toe. They are hard, and although they have a smaller surface area, they tend to protrude more than the common bunion.


Arthritic bunions are one of the hardest bunions and are very painful. They often prevent the sufferer from using the big toe.


It can be the result of a number of things, from the way you walk, the shoes you wear, your flat feet or the fact that the tendons that control the positioning of your big toe are no longer working properly.


Several conservative treatments are available to relieve the symptoms of deformity. Unfortunately, when these no longer work, the only way to relieve the pain is to have an operation.

But by following our fitting tips, and choosing the right pair of shoes from our selection of models, you should avoid having to go through this.


Choosing the best bunion shoes

Your shoe should be flexible and supple, of high quality and durable. A shoe with a high heel is of course not recommended. That is why our bunion shoes never have a heel higher than 45 mm.


Materials for a good bunion shoe

Soft materials such as stretch leather, mesh or even softer stretch materials are recommended for your shoe.

Hard and rigid materials such as patent leather can rub against the bunions and cause even more pain and inflammation.


Leather is a very durable material, which makes it the ideal material for this type of shoe.


Rubber is the material of choice for the outsoles of your shoes, as they offer lightness as well as durability and rubber soles also offer increased stability due to their anti-slip effect. This is important in any shoe, but especially for a shoe designed to help you relieve your pain from a bunion.


The shape of a good bunion shoe

According to one study, women are more likely to suffer from this type of toe deformity and all the problems that can result from it, such as corns or other redness and inflammation. The reason is that women tend to wear very tight-fitting shoes, which is a cause of the onset and aggravation of bunion toes.


We have noticed that in occupations where less tight shoes can be worn, there are fewer people with bunion shoes. To relieve your pain, it is therefore important to choose shoes with a toe cap that fits the width of your forefoot.

A shoe with a stretch insert in the bunion area is a good alternative for women who want to look stylish and elegant.


For men, the sports shoe with a soft, breathable upper is perfect. Any shoe with a wide toe box will do, so a comfortable sandal or trainer is also appropriate and can be used to relieve bunion pain.

Men generally have less of a problem finding a stylish and comfortable shoe, whether for work or to go with casual wear.

Women, on the other hand, like to be fashionable, and wear high-heeled shoes with pointed toes which are most unsuitable for this type of toe deformity.


There are, however, a number of women's shoes on the market that are designed to allow bunions to be worn in comfort and style. Wide, soft leather shoes with not too high heels are what you should look for to avoid compressing your forefoot.

When it comes to styles, everything is possible. From ankle boots to ballet flats, as long as they are comfortable and have the above-mentioned features.

bunion shoes selection


The insole of your shoe is of paramount importance. Having a soft foam insole will help absorb shock when walking or running and provide a good foot bed. This insole should of course be removable and replaced with your own custom-made orthopedic insoles.

The orthopedic insole is part of the set of conservative measures to avoid surgery.


How to wear heels with a bunion ?

Wearing heels that are too high (over 45 mm) is not recommended if you suffer from bunion. Indeed, beyond this height, the weight of your body will rest mainly on the front of your foot and may aggravate the deformation of your bunion and cause pain.  However, it is possible to use shoes with higher heels, but with a significant thickness under the forefoot that will not exceed the 45 mm height difference between the forefoot and the rear foot.


Are running shoes good for a bunion ?

Most running shoes are designed with a wider than normal width in the forefoot. The main reason is to give your feet and toes room to move when running. For this reason, athletic shoes can be a good solution to take the pressure off your feet.


Are flip-flops bad for bunion ?

Flip-flops are not the best shoes for bunions, they offer very little protection and support and leave your bunions open to injury. Wearing women's flip-flops for very short periods of time, for example when you are on the beach or in the changing room, is not bad, but using them for daily walking will certainly aggravate your bunions, causing more pain and suffering.

There are, however, sandals designed for bunion with stretchy fabric inserts to accommodate the deformity.



When you suffer from bunions or any other form of foot pathology, it is essential that you get the best possible shoes for bunions that will offer you the protection, support, comfort and stability necessary to relieve your pain. Bunions can be painful, and a shoe that prevents rubbing and aggravation will give you unprecedented comfort.


Author : Philippe Vesin - Pedorthist