Best Walking Shoes for High Arches

Hello,
I have high arches and my feet tend to roll over outwards somewhat when I walk. I have a difficult time finding comfortable footware and almost every shoe I buy causes some degree of blistering, etc., until I get somewhat used to them. I'm wondering if you could recommend a good all-purpose walking shoe - something that would be light and comfortable & would not make my feet sweat too much - I have worn Adidas & Saucony walking shoes in the past, with limited comfort. I would be using them for light to moderate walking. Thank you.

C.


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Hi there!

Because of your high arches and underpronation (feet rolling outward), a neutral shoe that gives maximum flexiblity is recommended. Perhaps the shoes you've worn in the past had more stability control and weren't as flexibile, which could cause blisters. But, you shouldn't have to suffer the pain of blisters to "break in" a shoe. It should be comfortable from the first step.

Some great walking shoes that are nuetral are Asics GEL-Resort and the Saucony Grid Integrity ST or Saucony Grid Omni Walker.

If you can, visit an atheltic shoe store that can analyze your feet and the way you walk and suggest the best shoe for you. No matter where you buy the shoes, make sure the seller has a good return policy so that you can walk in the shoes and return them if necessary.

Also, make sure you are wearing a good pair of athletic socks. Do not use a cotton sock which can bunch and cause blisters. Athletic socks use synthetic materials, which will offer more protection for your feet.

Best of luck and happy walking!
Melissa

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high-arch, narrow foot, pronator

What would be the best walking shoe(s) for a woman whose toes run straight across (i.e., needs a wide toe box), has narrow feet (3A), high arches and pronates a bit?

Thank you for your help!

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Well, you just described my feet to a T! So I think I can definitely suggest a shoe or two for you. Most likely, a stability-type shoe will work best. I just posted my 2011 best walking shoes and it has some great stability shoes for you to choose from.

Best of luck and happy walking!

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High Arches = Shin Splints

by Mary
(Dartmouth, NS, Can)

I get shin splints whenever I walk any distance over 3 km - have high arches - any suggestions on a better shoe than I am currently wearing? Wondering if Morton's toe (third toe longer than the others) contributes to the problem.

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There are several issues that could be causing your shin splints. Have you just begun walking? You may be overdoing it if you are just starting out. Are you walking a lot of hills? That could also cause shin splints if you are just beginning to walk.

It could definitely be your shoes as well, especially if they aren't providing good arch support. You may need new shoes or it's possible an insert would solve the problem.

It is best to visit an athletic shoe store that can analyze your feet and the way you walk to determine whether your shoes are the problem.

Here's a great website I found on shin splints which provides some very helpful information and ways to identify what is causing your shin splints as well as how to help ease the pain.

Happy walking!

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Walking Shoes for High Arches

by Carrie
(WI)

What are the best walking shoe for high arches, heel spurs, and shin splints?

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The best type of shoes for walkers with high arches tend to be neutral-cushioned, with maximum flexibility. This is really only a guideline though. I myself have high arches and need a shoe with more stability.

You could start with a neutral shoe and give it a try to see how it feels for your feet. Be sure to buy it from a store that allows returns so you can return them if it hurts your feet.

As for the heel spurs and shin splints, the best shoe for them is a shoe that fits your feet well. I wish I could tell you an exact pair to buy, but it's more important to find a pair that fits your feet best.

Also, be sure to warm up and cool down before and after each walk and take it easy on the hills, which will help your shin splints.

Here is a helpful tool to help you find the best walking shoes for you. Good luck!

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High arch

by Donna
(Livonia, MI)

I have high arches and have a strange problem with shoes. Although my arches are high, every shoe I wear except Crocs feels like I'm walking on a golf ball. I feel the arch area pressing into my foot and it's very painful. If I had flat feet, I would understand, but with high arches, I don't understand why I feel it so much. Any suggestions?

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I also have high arches and have had great luck with New Balance and Asics. Try a stability shoe that will give your arches the support you need but will also allow some flexibility in the are. I think you might have been wearing a shoe that was too rigid and that may be why you were feeling them press into your arches.

Be sure to purchase your shoes from a store that will allow you to wear the shoes for a week or two and return/exchange them if they don't feel right. You might also want to visit an athletic shoe store that can analyze how you walk to make sure you are selecting the proper shoe for your arches.

Happy walking!

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Best Walking Shoe for High Arches and Plantar Fasciitis

by Debbie
(Florida)

I have high arches and the outside wears more. My feet always hurt. I have plantar facitis. What is the best walking shoe?

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It sounds like you are an underpronator (your feet roll outwards as you walk), which is extremely common for those with high arches. The best kind of shoe is a neutral shoe.

Also, those of us with high arches are more prone to plantar fasciitis so it is important to wear a shoe that provides good arch support.

A neutral shoe is usually the best choice for your high arches, such as the Asics Gel Resort. Here is a list of the best women's walking shoes

You could add an to insole give your arches the support they need.

This website has great recommendations for shoes with good arch support, such as Drew, Finn and Mehpisto.

Best of luck and happy walking!

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high arch and narrow foot

by Kathy

Would like to know best walking shoe for narrow, high arch feet.

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That is just the kind of foot I have! I recommend Asics because they come in narrow sizes. You could go with either a neutral or stability shoe. I went with a stability shoe because I am a normal pronator. Many people with high arches are also underpronators (their feet roll outward as they walk) and in that case, a neutral shoe is recommended.

Here are the best best walking shoes and many are Asics.

Best of luck and happy walking!

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HIGH ARCHES

by PATRICIA
(SANTA ROSA, CA)

WHICH WALKING SHOE IS BEST FOR HIGH ARCHES AND PAIN IN THE FOREFOOT?

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Typically, a neutral shoe is recommended for those with high arches, but it really depends on if you also are a pronator. If you are a pronator, then a stability shoe might be better. This was true in my case. I started with a neutral shoe based on my high arches, but was in too much pain because I am also a prontaor and needed a bit more support for my feet. So I traded the shoes in for a stability shoe and have been happy ever since!

Have a look at this page I wrote on how to pick the best walking shoes. It will help you identify whether a neutral or stability shoe will be best for you. You can then find recommendations on the best
women's walking shoes.

Most people can use a stability shoe, however, so that might be your best bet (people over 200 pounds should use a motion control shoe). You can also visit an athletic shoe store that will analyze your gate and degree of pronation and recommend a good pair of shoes for you.

Happy walking!

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Walking Shoes for High Arches

by JOHAN VELTHUIZEN
(MIDDELBURG)

looking for good walking shoes (new balance)bought a pair of running shoes new balance uk 14 1/2 mr10610g , but it is time to buy a new pair, walking about 40km/week, and the longest distance is 21km, my bridge is very high, hope you can help me.

regards

johan

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Typically, those with high arches do best in either a neutral or stability shoe (depending on your degree of pronation). So have a look at this page I wrote on how to pick the best walking shoes. It will help you identify whether a neutral or stability shoe will be best for you. You can then find recommendations on the best
men's walking shoes.

Most people do best with a stability shoe, however, so that might be your best bet (people over 200 pounds should use a motion control shoe). You can also visit an athletic shoe store that will analyze your gate and degree of pronation and recommend a good pair of shoes for you.

Happy walking!
Melissa

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Best Walking Shoe for High Arches

by Barbara
(St. Louis, MO, USA)

What woman's walking shoe should I buy for high arches?

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Some of my favorite women's shoes for high arches are the Asics Gel-Resort and the Saucony Grid Integrity ST. These are both "neutral shoes", which means they are very flexible.

I have high arches as well and so I started with a pair of neutral shoes. My arches were aching after an hour of wearing them. I am also an overpronator (my feet roll inward a bit when I step) so I took them back and exchanged them for a "stability shoe", which gave me greater support to balance the overpronation. Now my feet are happy!

So if you are also an overpronator, I would recommend a stability shoe instead of a neutral shoe. I have some great recommendations on this list of best women's walking shoes.

Best of luck and happy walking!

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high arch shoes

by teresa stanley
(helenwood, tn)

I need a high arch shoe for walking with overpronation on one foot and underpronation on the other foot.

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The key to finding the best pair of shoes for you is to determine your level of pronation for each foot. For example, if one foot has severe underpronation and the other has mild overpronation, then you might be able to wear shoes that are made for underpronation and the other foot with overpronation might not give you trouble.

I think a great shoe to start with is a stability shoe which will give you the support your high arches need. If you have mild pronation in both feet, then this kind of shoe might be perfect for you. Some examples are Asics GEL-Kayano Walker 7 or Asics GEL-Foundation Walker. Here is a list of all of the best women's walking shoes.

It isn't possible to determine the degree of pronation in your feet without the help of an expert. So I would recommend visiting a speciality shoe store or a podiatrist, both of which have the technology to analyze your feet and degree of pronation. And be sure to buy from a store with a great return policy so you can return the shoes if they don't feel right and select another pair.

Best of luck and happy walking!

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Overpronation with high arches....having trouble.

by Layne
(WA)

I am a former dancer. I stopped dancing three years ago and am noticing some not so good pain in my inner ankle, knees hips and lower back. I want to start walking and work up to running but the pain becomes worse with walking up to 30 min. I did research and have found that I overpronate. I am searching for a shoe that I can do light hiking and brisk walking in that will help correct this issue.

I have high arches though along with this overpronation and that seems opposite of the norm. Do you have any shoes you can recommend that fit both high arches and overpronation?

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I am also an overprontator with high arches! Typically, a neutral shoe is best for high arches. However, I find a stability shoe much more comfortable because it provides more support for my overpronation.

Since you are experiencing quite a deal of pain in various areas of your lower body, I would recommend buying a new pair of shoes if your current pair is more than a year old. Here is a list of the best women's walking shoes. You will find some great stability shoes that will be perfect for brisk walking and light hiking. These are walking shoes, however, and are not appropriate for running.

I would also recommend that you visit an athletic shoe store that offers a free foot/gait analysis. They will often have you walk on a treadmill and analyze the way you walk. They will also analyze the degree of your overprontation. Based on this information, the staff can make a great shoe recommendation for you.

Happy walking!

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walking shoes for high arches and narrow heels

by Lisa
(Limestone, TN)

Can you recommend the best walking shoes for high arches and narrow heels?

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Typically, a neutral shoe is best for high arches. However, it really depends on your degree of pronation (how much your feet roll inward or outward when walking). I have high arches myself, but I'm also a bit of a pronator, which means I have to wear a stability shoe instead of a neutral shoe because the stability shoe offers a bit more support for my pronation.

So, have a look at this page I created on how to pick the best walking shoes and it will help you figure out if you are a pronator. You can also go into a specialty shoe store to have your feet and walking style analyzed for a more accurate reading of your degree of pronation.

For a narrow heel, many styles of New Balance shoes have a narrow heel so that is probably a good brand to look for. Also, here's a great lacing technique that can help keep your heels from slipping out of your shoes.

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Walking Shoe for High Arches

by Kylie
(Australia)

I have a high arch in my foot. I am looking for the best walking/ running shoe for me. Use treadmill for up to 60 min at time and also walk outdoors. Occasionally run. Female 31.

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Because you occasionally run, you will definitely want to buy a pair of running shoes. You can walk in running shoes, but walking shoes are not made for running.

The best type of shoes for people with high arches tend to be neutral-cushioned, with maximum flexibility. This is really only a guideline though. I myself have high arches and need a shoe with more stability.

You could start with a neutral shoe and give it a try to see how it feels for your feet. Be sure to buy it from a store that allows returns so you can return them if it hurts your feet.

If you can, visit an atheltic shoe store that can analyze your feet and the way you walk/run and suggest the best shoe for you. No matter where you buy the shoes, make sure the seller has a good return policy so that you can walk in the shoes and return them if necessary.

Here is a helpful tool to help you find the best walking shoes, but you can also use it to find the best type of running shoes for you. Good luck and happy walking!

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