Sandals PRIMIGI 7462433 Navy | The 17 Best Sandals for Bunions, According to a Podiatrist

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Of all the foot pains a person can have, bunions are an especially painful one to work with. These bony protrusions often occur “when the big toe joint loses its natural position, and over time, deviates laterally,” says Dr. Mark Mendeszoon, a podiatrist and owner of Achilles Running Shop in Pennsylvania. Meaning, the tip of the big toe ends up pulling toward the smaller toes, forcing the joint at the base of the big toe to stick out.

What’s to blame for this condition? Alongside biomechanics — how you walk and where the pressure goes — and good old genetics, those stylish yet unsupportive shoes you love could be one of the main culprits. Shoes that are overly tight in the toe box and/or that put your foot at a suboptimal angle (like super pointy pumps, for example), can cause or exacerbate bunions.

In severe cases, some people may opt for surgery, where a doctor would remove swollen and painful tissue and realign the bone, according the Mayo Clinic. But, there are some non-invasive ways of alleviating bunion pain, like wearing more shoes gabor 66 090 46 navy new whisky that won’t irritate the painful protrusions. Before your next footwear purchase, there are a few things you need to know to look for in the best shoes for bunions.

What to look for in the best sandals for bunions

  • A solid fit: By their nature, sandals have less meat to them and generally have to work much harder to provide the kind of support that something like a sneaker can. Sandals are fine to wear periodically, says Mendeszoon, but make sure they fit your foot well both in length and width. This gives your foot room to spread out and keep your toes from cramping up together.
  • Flexible fabrics: Materials with some give, like soft leather or stretchy fabric, won’t put excess pressure on bunions. Soft interior materials also help reduce irritation. Additionally, Mendeszoon recommends looking at cork materials, which mold to your foot over time.
  • rod laver vin shoes: As with any other comfortable shoe you’d buy, look for sandals with supportive footbeds that help minimize fatigue, stress and strain on the whole foot and won’t dig into areas of pain, Dr. Mendeszoon says. If you also suffer from specific foot conditions like flat feet, wide feet, high arches or hammertoes, finding options with soft, supportive footbeds is especially important (although Mendeszoon suggests that people with multiple foot issues, in particular, should avoid wearing sandals all the time). As a rule of thumb, hiking sandals are usually great warm-weather options, as they’re built to provide lasting, durable support.

In terms of aesthetics, the words “bunions” and “orthopedic sandals” don’t exactly scream New York Fashion Week, but you don’t have to settle for clunky, unstylish shoes just to work around your feet. In fact, luckily for you, functional footwear is a whole high-fashion trend unto itself. Cute sandals of all kinds (even wedge sandals) that leave enough room for toes and support feet are a very real possibility.  Start with our list of the 17 best sandals for bunions to find your perfect pair.

Top Sandals for Bunions

Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor Sandals

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This thong-style Birkenstock Gizeh sandal won’t irritate your bunions, and features suede-lined, contoured footbeds with arch support that only get more comfortable as you wear them. The footbed is also crafted from 100% renewable and sustainable cork, so buying these is a good choice for the planet as well as your feet. Other highlights include durable, shock-absorbing EVA outsoles, a deep heel cup to help distribute body weight more evenly and an adjustable buckle to fine-tune the fit. Birkenstock shoes are consistently recommended by foot health experts because of their wide, supportive base that won’t crush toes.

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Teva Hurricane Drift Sandals

Best Outdoor Sandals for Bunions

Teva’s adventure-ready Hurricane Drift sandal also leaves room for bunions and features hook-and-loop straps to stabilize and support your foot while walking on uneven terrain. Tevas are Mendeszoon-approved, and these are particularly great if you experience more rubbing or pressure in a heavy shoe. At seven ounces, they’re super lightweight and even designed to float should you decide to take them waterside. These come highly recommended by Amazon reviewers for being easy to wear and pack.

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Vionic Cindy Sandals

Best Podiatrist-Designed Sandal for Bunions

Vionic’s Cindy sandal features a soft leather construction that seamlessly conforms to the shape of your bunion. It also includes a podiatrist-designed footbed that promotes stability and even weight distribution to prevent any pressure on your big toe. As an added bonus, the brand allows a 30-day wear test, so you can try these out for a month to be sure they’re comfortable before you commit to owning them.

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Best Adjustable Slides for Bunions

Oofos’ Ooahh Sport Flex sandal is an uber-comfy slide with an adjustable strap for making it work with your foot throughout the day. This unisex slide has the American Podiatric Medical Association’s stamp of approval for encouraging foot health. The super-soft texture is meant to be supportive but also provide much-needed relief from pressure placed on your feet and joints, which is important when you have bunions. Adjust the strap if you have any changes in bunion swelling throughout the day.

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Best Sandals for Bunions and Standing All Day

The Dansko Racquel sandal is built for ultimate comfort. The adjustable straps around both the top of the foot and the ankle sit softly around your bunions rather than irritate them. Dankso is one of North Carolina-based podiatrist Jane Anderson’s favorite brands for work shoes, especially to wear at jobs that require you to stand all day, thanks to the label’s stabilizing arch technology that keeps your foot in a supported, neutral position.

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Cole Haan 4.ZeroGrand Sandals

The secret to this sandal’s comfort lies in its technology. The Cole Haan 4.ZeroGrand is made with the brand’s signature GrandOS energy return foam, which looks as cushy on the screen as it feels on your foot. This feels like a thick, soft base and distributes pressure across the shoe rather than straight onto your joints. Stock up for spring and summertime pool and beach days.

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Aetrex Jess Sandals

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This strappy Aetrex Jess sandal is designed with an orthotic system built right into the foundation of the shoe. The expertly-designed arch support stabilizes and aligns feet in a way that helps alleviate pain from bunions and other foot ailments, too, like plantar fasciitis and arch pain. The memory foam footbed has just the right amount of softness and molds to your foot for lasting ease of wear. The straps are adjustable, making them great for working around bunions that are acting up.

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Naot Verbena Sandals

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These Noat Verbena sandals are designed with a soft suede upper, adjustable leather ankle straps and breathable cork footbed with arch support that can be removed to accommodate custom orthotics. They’re offered in a variety of colorways to choose from and lend a subtle boost of height, too. A little bit of height puts your foot in a supported position and can help relieve pressure put on pain points while you walk.

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Chacos Z1 Classic Sandals

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Chacos’ Z1 sport sandal is another favorite for the outdoor-inclined and go-to brand of Mendeszoon. It’s probably no surprise that cheap flip-flops aren’t the best bet for promoting proper foot ailment, but these are a solid replacement. Chacos are known for staying on, offering the kind of security that’s ideal for a foot in pain. The jacquard webbing straps wrap around the foot and ankle for sneaker-like support without any of the rubbing.

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Everlane Sport Sandals

Best Everyday Sandals for Bunions

Everlane’s sport sandal has just the right amount of stability and room for bunions without feeling clunky. The cushioned insole is not as high-tech as some versions found in other styles, but that also means this shoe has a sleeker design to it. The velcro straps can be adjusted around any fluctuating foot pain. Plus, the entire shoe, save the hardware, is made from recycled materials.

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Birkenstock Arizona Sandals

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We’d be remiss if we didn’t include the ultra-comfy Birkenstock Arizona sandal on our list. Podiatrists, including Mendeszoon, love the moldable cork footbed in Birkenstocks. This shoe specifically has a wide, supportive base for proper toe and foot alignment. Shoes are often made too narrow, but Birkenstock slides are soft but supportive and don’t push up against any painful points.

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Nisolo Go-To Flatform Sandals

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Adidas Eq21 Run Shoes Legacy Indigo Blue Rush Cloud White Nisolo sandals is the same height all around (one inch), which helps to evenly distribute weight and reduce pressure on the forefoot. The silhouette also feature a wide, open toe and soft, supportive footbed with an adjustable heel strap to help reduce pressure on your feet. It’s made with an airy EVA midsole and shock-absorbing, memory foam insole for the most lightweight kind of support you can get. Plus, the leather upper is water-resistant — ideal for keeping on hand poolside during the summertime.

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Aerosoft Daffodil Sandals

Aerosost’s Daffodil sandal features a soft, synthetic leather upper that will wrap around your bunion comfortably and provide coverage. Orthotic arch support insoles and a deeper heel cup help aid in proper alignment for enhanced stability. What’s more, the pair is also water-resistant and quick-drying, so you can even wear these when it’s dewy outside without worrying about damaging them.

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Vionic Tide Post II Sandals

Best Flip-Flops for Bunions

Vionic’s Tide Post II sandal is a stellar flip-flop. Not only does it give painful bunions some space to breathe, but it also has arch support and a podiatrist-designed Motion Control footbed, which cups around your heel to prevent your foot from gripping with every step. What’s more, the footbed feels soft to the touch, going gentle on bunions and other foot pains.

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Bronax Pillow slippers have been all over the Internet because of their cloud-like construction. Similar to a recovery slide, they have a super-soft construction that takes the pressure away from your joints and other pain points. These are really soft and malleable, which makes them a great shoe to have around on days when your bunions are especially painful. We also like them for wearing around the house.

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Vagabond Erin Sandals

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Vagabond’s Erin sandals are a secure foundation for hurting feet. They have a little bit of height to get your feet at a comfortable position, with a molded sole that keeps your foot secure and stabilized all day. They’re made with high-quality leather materials, which means they might take a minute to break in but mold to your feet as they do. They’re the kind of supportive shoes you’ll look forward to wearing out to dinner.

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Naot Lappland Sandals

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We’re calling it now: strappy, tourist-dad-vibe sandals are the new dad sneakers. The Naot Lappland sandal is everything a subversively stylish, deeply functional shoe should be. The footbed is made of cork and latex but covered in a soft suede that shapes to your foot as you wear it. The footbed is also removable and the sole is supportive and slip-resistant. And, the entire shoe is American Podiatric Medical Association-approved.

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