Flats with arch support could be considered an oxymoron. Arch support is curvy, flats are flat. However, more and more shoe brands are sneaking in as much as they can without forcing the shoe out of the “flat” category into “comfort loafer.” I’m not promising the same kind of support you’ll find in your New Balance tennies, but your arches will notice anywhere from moderate to excellent support in one of these options (see our category dedicated to comfortable flats for women for even more ideas):
1. Dansko Lisanne: We love the styling of Dansko’s newest cap-toe “flat.” The Lisanne features a one-inch hidden wedge for a little lift, a removable footbed with moderate arch support and memory foam cushioning. Available in euro sizes 36-42 for $144.95 from Zappos, Nordstrom, and The Walking Company.
2. Abeo Tabitha: Exclusive to The Walking Company, the Abeo Tabitha is serious about arch support! Choose either the neutral footbed for enhanced arch support for most foot types, or the metatarsal support with added ball-of-foot support. The elasticized topline provides a snug fit. Available in sizes 6-10 for $129.95 from The Walking Company. Not crazy about the bow detail? Try the minimalist Abeo Tia.
3. Born Julianne Floral: This feminine flat may not have the aggressive arch support of Vionic, but if your feet crave a little something extra under the arch, we think they’ll find it in the Born Julianne Floral. This Zappos review sums up the fit and feel of this comfortable flat,“These lovely ballerinas fit like a glove. Plenty of room for my toes, with no heel slipping or gaping at the sides. They offer some arch support.” The Born Julianne Floral is available in sizes 6-11 for $90 from Nordstrom, and Zappos.
4. The pretty Rosalyn flat by Taryn Rose not only offers moderate arch support, but the vamp is designed to envelope bunions without cutting into them. The soft nappa leather uppers are also forgiving of hammertoes and the gentle elasticized topline ensures the flat will stay put and not slip off the heel. Find the Taryn Rose Rosalyn in sizes 5-11 for $165 from Zappos, Amazon, and Nordstrom. Check out the entire collection of flats with arch support by Taryn Rose at Zappos.
If bunions aren’t an issue, and you like the elegance of a pointy-toe flat, consider the Vionic Posey. For a flat, the Posey’s arch support is impressive. A majority of reviews remark that the Posey runs a tad small, so best to order up if between sizes. Find the Vionic Posey in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths, for $119.95 from Zappos, Amazon, and Shoes.com. Prefer a rounded-toe flat with enhanced arch support? We suggest the Vionic Minna.
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