High arches may be due to genetic predisposition, certain medical conditions, and can be caused by wearing the wrong kind of shoes which cause the body weight to be distributed unevenly and be more excessive on the ball or the heel of the foot.
High arches can occur at any age and can affect one or both feet. It is more commonly seen with women who wear high heels on a regular basis. Some symptoms of the high arch are: plantar fasciitis, loss of balance and instability, claw toes or hammertoes, calluses, ankle rolling and sprains due to the instability.
Best walking shoes for high arches at a glance
To alleviate the soreness and reduce the risk of injury, it is crucial that you find the best shoes for high arches.
Here are our top picks for walking shoes suitable for people with high arches.
RYKA Women’s Dash 2 Walking Shoe
These walking shoes are absolutely perfect for ladies with high arches because they feature sufficient arch support, a wide round toe box, a flexible and breathable mesh upper and a lace up front to adjust the shoe to the height of the foot.
They have a very plushy smooth lining and a comfort fit Precise return sockliner. The cushioning midsole provides very good arch support. The EVA midsole also provides the shock absorption necessary to keep the feet free from soreness and fatigue.
The rubber outsole offers very reliable traction and stability.
Overall, the Dash 2 shoes are definitely among the top three best walking shoes for ladies with high arches.
Saucony Women’s ProGrid Integrity ST2 Walking Shoe
These walking shoe by Saucony is ideal for women with high arches mainly due to the nice Stretch ZoneTM on the forefoot upper which provides comfort to the forefoot and toes, and also due to the unique forefoot and rare foot cushioning which provides responsive cushioning throughout the heel to toe cycle.
The shock absorption is further improved with the compression molded EVA midsole and the ProGridTM cushioning unit in the heel with Respon-TekTM responsive cushioning features.
The padded tongue and collar add to the comfort and support which these shoes provide, the outsole is Walk-Trac comfort. This pair of walking shoes is definitely recommended to women with high arches who want to put an end to the pain, soreness and loss of balance once and for all.
Rockport Women’s World Tour Classic Walking Shoe
These walking shoes have lace-up full grain leather uppers, EVA midsoles, removable EVA footbed for arch support and cushioning and a padded tongues and collars to keep the feet stable and without soreness or blisters. The outsoles are rubber and are very durable and provide superb traction.
Sturdy and comfortable, these shoes are very suitable for women who spend a lot of time walking or standing on their feet and have high arches. Their lace up uppers offer sufficient room for the foot and the toes. The cushioning and arch support are excellent, and overall these shoes provide very good stability, comfort and shock absorption.
Rockport Men’s World Tour Classic Walking Shoe
This is the classic Rockport shoe which provides the necessary arch and foot support as well as excellent style. The shoe has a mid-height rise, a full grain leather upper, padded tongue and collar and a very solid and durable slip-resistant outsole. Great for walking long distances as well as for standing on hard ground all day long, these shoes are especially suitable for men with high arches. The arch support, the roomy toe box, the cushioning and shock absorption and the stability of these walking shoes make them perfect for people with foot problems and pain.
Mizuno Men’s Wave Enigma 5 Running Shoe
These vegan sneakers are highly recommended for men who have high arches, because of the very efficient U4ic midsole cushioning and shock absorbing features, the padded collars and tongues, the secure midfoot wraps and the flexible and comfortable mesh uppers. The trainers provide maximum cushioning and shock absorption via the midsole and the special new soft sockliner. After all, they are designed and made for long distance road running and racing. Built great and looking great, these shoes have a nice and wide toe box and provide a snug fit for the heel, plus of course sufficient support to the arches. They are made to enhance the performance of long distance runners, so this should be enough of an argument for trying out a pair of these as walking shoes for high arches.
Vionic Jon Men’s Slip-on Orthotic Sandal
This slip on sandal is perfect for men with wide feet and high arches. It features the amazing Orthaheel Orthotic Support Technology which provides ultimate comfort and support to the heels. Made of a leather upper and a rubber sole, the sandal is incredibly comfortable and supportive. Also, it provides the toe space and the shock absorption which is so necessary for people with high arches and those who suffer from plantar fasciitis. The adjustable Velcro upper strap is great for finding the perfect fit for your feet.
If you are worried that your feet will be slipping all the time, well don’t – these sandals provide great support and keep the feet in place.
Rockport Men’s Eureka Walking Shoe
With a great, classic design and special biomechanically designed outsoles for promoting the natural walking motion, and at the same time the stability necessary to stay safe, especially if you have high arches and can often lose balance, these walking shoes are among our top choices. They are stable and yet are soft, plus this model can be ordered in extra widths and extra sizes, which are suitable for each and every foot. The shoes have thick and soft padding, a padded tongue and collar and a cushioned rubber sole. They also have breathable mesh lining for even more added comfort, a removable footbed and a Strobel construction which allows better forefoot flexibility.
Characteristics of the good walking shoes for high arches
When shopping for walking shoes suitable for high arches, you should look for a few different features and characteristics. Don’t be tempted to use running shoes instead of walking footwear. Purchase separate pair of running shoes for high arches. Obviously, the most important one is that the shoe fits you well and feels comfortable when you try it on. The walking shoes must have sufficient arch support and padding to support your high arches while you are walking. The proper support will distribute the body weight more evenly and will take the pressure off the heel and thus help avoid pain, further worsening of the problem and possible injuries. The shoes must have higher tops, arch support padding and heel pads.
Getting the right kind of shoes will save you from the day to day discomfort, pain and possible ankle rolling and other injuries you may sustain due to the high arches.