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Podiatrists Say These Are the Most Supportive Shoes for Flat Feet

Prevention Logo By Sanah Faroke of Prevention | Slide 1 of 17: Comfort and style used to be mutually exclusive—but not in 2022, baby! Modern shoe brands have totally upped their game in recent few years by marrying supportive materials with trendy patterns. Can we get an amen?But, plot twist: You’re one of the 20–30% of Americans with flat feet, meaning that when you stand straight, your arches touch the floor. For some people, flat feet is hereditary. Others develop flat feet as a result of pregnancy, aging, obesity, or a health condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.Whether or not your flat feet cause you pain, we can all agree that wearing the right shoes is vital. Slipping your feet into the wrong pair can lead to ankle, knee, hip, back, shoulder and even neck problems, says Edgard Nau, D.P.M., a podiatrist at Manhattan Home Podiatric in New York City. So, what makes a shoe best for flat feet?Your ideal pair will firmly cup the heel and offer sturdy arch support, says Bruce Pinker, D.P.M., a podiatrist and foot surgeon with Progressive Foot Care. The toe box should provide ample room, and the shank, or middle part of the shoe, should be somewhat flexible—not too rigid, but not too flimsy. Sounds like a lot? Yeah, kinda, but we already did your research. Below, you’ll find the best (and most fashionable) shoes for flat feet—from sandals to heels to booties. And slippers!

Comfort and style used to be mutually exclusive—but not in 2022, baby! Modern shoe brands have totally upped their game in recent few years by marrying supportive materials with trendy patterns. Can we get an amen?

But, plot twist: You’re one of the 20–30% of Americans with flat feet, meaning that when you stand straight, your arches touch the floor. For some people, flat feet is hereditary. Others develop flat feet as a result of pregnancy, aging, obesity, or a health condition such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Whether or not your flat feet cause you pain, we can all agree that wearing the right shoes is vital. Slipping your feet into the wrong pair can lead to ankle, knee, hip, back, shoulder and even neck problems, says Edgard Nau, D.P.M., a podiatrist at Manhattan Home Podiatric in New York City.

So, what makes a shoe best for flat feet?

Your ideal pair will firmly cup the heel and offer sturdy arch support, says Bruce Pinker, D.P.M., a podiatrist and foot surgeon with Progressive Foot Care. The toe box should provide ample room, and the shank, or middle part of the shoe, should be somewhat flexible—not too rigid, but not too flimsy. Sounds like a lot? Yeah, kinda, but we already did your research. Below, you’ll find the best (and most fashionable) shoes for flat feet—from sandals to heels to booties. And slippers!

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