The 8 Best Shoes for Bunions to Buy in 2018

Strut in style—without the discomfort

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Dealing with bunions can be frustrating, painful and—if you go through multiple pairs of shoes in search of something that’s comfortable—expensive. Finding shoes that provide relief may seem impossible, but it doesn’t need to be.

First, a little about what’s going on: Bunions occur when the big toe pushes against the neighboring toe, causing the big toe joint to grow and stick out. Factors such as wearing the wrong shoes and having certain types of arthritis can increase the risk of bunions. Whatever the cause of your bunion, one thing is certain: You’ll want to wear the right shoes to relieve pain and pressure. The best shoes for bunions are roomy, comfortable and leave plenty of space for your toes to move around. And since we all need more than one pair of shoes we've rounded up sneakers, slip-ons, boots and more that will ease bunion pain.

Here, the best shoes for bunions. 

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Propét Women’s TravelActiv Mary Jane Fashion Sneaker

Cute and comfortable—does it get any better? The Propét TravelActive Mary Jane sneaker has a lightweight flexible outsole as well as a stretchy hoop-and-loop closure strap. The removable footbed gives you extra room to spread out your toes and a rubber sole provides great traction.

Some people who own the Propét TravelActive Mary Jane say these are the most comfortable shoes that they have ever worn, and one reviewer says that these shoes accommodate both her bunion and hammertoe. With six colors to choose from, including a bright red and a goes-with-everything honey color, these Propét shoes are sure to become your go-to kicks.

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Best Slip-On Shoe: Arcopedico Women’s Lolita Slip-On

Easy on, easy off shoes make dashing out of the house faster and easier, but if you have bunions, you’ll want to make sure that the slip-on you choose has plenty of give. One pair that will make your feet happy is the Arcopedico Lolita Slip-On. Made from four-way stretch lycra, these have plenty of room for bunions as well as hammertoes. Pus, a support arch system that lasts the life of the shoe supports you with every step.

Reviewers say that the Arcopedico Lolita Slip-Ons accommodate their bunions and that the soft, stretchy fabric is perfect for those with painful or sensitive feet. One person even says that it feels like she’s wearing slippers—but more stylish. The Arcopedico is available in twelve colors, including yellow, light green, plum and a Bordeaux red.

3

Best Men’s Walking Shoe: Dr. Comfort Performance-X Double Depth

A comfortable shoe, like the Dr. Comfort Performance X-Double Depth shoes, can encourage you to fit in the recommended 10,000 steps a day. The therapeutic shoe features extra depth to accommodate larger feet and bunions and has an arch stabilizer for additional support. Dr. Comfort gel inserts are also included in the purchase.

One reviewer says that wearing the Dr. Comfort Performance X-Double Depth shoes is like walking on clouds. While the sneakers are great for those with bunions, many people also say that they’re perfect for those who have foot discomfort due to diabetic neuropathy.

4

Best Women’s Walking Shoe: Skechers Go Walk 4 Pursuit Walking Shoe

Whether you’re hitting the pavement for exercise or errands, the Skechers Go Walk 4 Pursuit Walking Shoes will help you do so in comfort. The slip-on kicks are lightweight, and the soft, sock-like upper is breathable and flexible to take pressure off of bunions. As a bonus, the footbed is lined to fight bacteria and odor.

People who own the Skechers Go Walk 4 Pursuit shoes agree that they’re comfortable right out of the box. Reviewers say that they’re able to walk around all day without dealing with bunion pain and that the shoes also ease discomfort from other conditions, including hammer toe and plantar fasciitis.

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Best Running Shoe: Altra Women’s One 2.5 Running Shoe

Whether you’re gearing up for your first 5K or are a seasoned runner, the Altra Women’s One 2.5 Running Shoe will allow you to train without pain. The foot-shaped toe box allows toes to fully splay out and move around freely, making them perfect for runners with bunions. The ombré-colored shoe also features responsive, springy cushioning to protects the feet.

Those who own the Altra Women’s One 2.5 Running Shoes say that the wide toe bed makes all the difference in easing bunion discomfort that would otherwise worsen with running. The extra width also helps people who have foot numbness or overlapping toes.

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Best Rain Boot: Bogs Men’s Urban Farmer Rain Boot

If you’re planning to spend the day trudging around in rain, mud, or general muckiness, keep trotters comfy and dry with the Bogs Men’s Urban Farmer Rain Boot. The 100% waterproof boot features durable rubber over a four-way stretch inner, taking the pressure off of bunions. Bio-technology in the footbed fights odors while Neo-Tech insulation keeps feet warm on colder days.

People who have purchased the Bogs Men’s Urban Farmer Rain Boot say that they provide plenty of room for bunions. One reviewer even says that while most shoes aggravate his bunion, these boots don’t affect it at all.

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Best Men’s Dress Shoe: Orthofeet Baton Rouge Men’s Boat Shoes

Whether for work or for weekend wear, the Orthofeet Baton Rouge shoes look stylish while feeling comfortable on the feet. The boat shoes have an orthotic insole, arch support, and a cushioned heel pad for pain-free walking and a wide toe box makes these a top choice for men with bunions. The shoes also help take pressure off of joints thanks to a lightweight sole with air cushioning. Looking great while feeling great? Yes, please.

Those who own the Orthofeet Baton Rouge Boat Shoes say that the shoes are wide and great for other foot conditions, such as flat feet and neuropathy. Many people also agree that they are as comfortable as they are stylish.

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Best Sandals: Birkenstock Arizona Sandals

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While open-toed shoes provide your bunions with room to "breathe" not all sandals are created equally. Typical flip-flops pose a problem for people with bunions since your foot can overhang putting pressure on the sensitive spots on your feet. Birkenstocks are comfortable sandals that provide your feet plenty of support all around.

Praised for their molded footbed these wide sandals ease tension and pressure of your bunions. The longer you wear them the more they conform to your foot giving you the custom support you need.

Birkenstocks come in a range of colors, styles, and some fashion-forward designs for both men and women. If you are someone who lives in a climate that gets warm these are a pair of shoes you will never regret buying.

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