Heels Can Wreck Your Feet if You Have High Arches—Here Are 15 Heels With Arch Support You’d Actually Wear
If you’ve noticed that the arch of your foot, which is the curved area between the ball of your foot and the heel, is extremely high, you probably have high-arched feet. That means you most likely need to look for shoes that can adequately fit your feet, which is a great excuse to go shoe shopping, whether that's for sneakers with arch support, slippers for arch support, or even, yes, heels with arch support. But just because you need heels with arch support doesn't mean you're stuck with stodgy options—in fact, you can have style and support all in one.
What are high arches?
According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, high arches, also known as cavus foot, is a condition in which the foot has an unusually high arch. This causes more weight to be put on the ball and the heel of the foot, which can lead to pain, instability, or other conditions like claw or hammer toes. And you know what that calls for? Shoes with arch support.
What kind of heels are good for high arches?
For people who have high arches, there is more space between the bottom of the mid foot and the shoe, which puts additional pressure on the balls and heels of the feet. Thus, it's important to look for heels that have shock absorption or cushioning, or even arch support built directly into the shoe. In addition, you may want to consider wearing slightly lower heels to prevent adding additional weight onto the balls of your feet.
When you have high arches, wearing certain shoes—no matter how cute they are—can turn a fabulous outfit into a nightmare experience. The good news is, like we said, you don’t have to settle for wearing orthopedic Dad sneakers every day of your life (unless you’re into that, no judgment). Whether you’re looking for some nice dress shoes or a chic style that will give you a decent amount of height, there are plenty of heels out there that offer support for your arches.
Ahead, find 15 of the best heels with arch support, from ‘70s-style platforms to work-friendly heels.
The best heels with arch support
Simple yet timeless, this low block heel style is made with a sturdy yet comfortable leather insole that will mold with your foot over time. It’s a cute, vintage-style heel that works well with both skirts and trousers.
Material: Luxe Italian suede exterior, premium leather insole
Colors available: Black, cacao, zebra, burgundy, chocolate, chocolate leopard, spruce
If you’re looking for a dress shoe for fancier occasions, this strappy 3 1/4″ heel from Naturalizer is a great choice, as it features the brand’s signature Contour+ Comfort system that allows the shoe to meet every contour of your foot for the perfect fit and all-day wear.
Colors available: Black, taupe, silver
This classic style pump is a great choice to wear with work outfits, especially since the cushioned footbed offers ample support for high arches. If you’re going to be on your feet all day, you’ll want to be wearing this pair.
Material: Synthetic leather lining, leather upper, and rubber sole
Colors available: Black, red, blush tan, peach
Sarah Flint created her namesake shoe brand after years of not being able to find a comfortable luxury heel. This designer brand offers a wide variety of gorgeous styles—all designed to fit comfortably. The Perfect Sandal 85 specifically has arch support, plus extra padding, and a wide toe box.
Material: Soft Italian nappa leather, leather lining and insole, leather outsole
Colors available: Blush, black, gold, sand, gunmetal
This cute sandal is perfect for low-impact weekend fun like museum visits and park parties. It features an adjustable ankle strap, odor fighting and moisture wicking microfiber lining, a cushioned footbed and arch support.
Material: Suede leather with microfiber lining
Colors available: Mint, black
Nothing beats a summery sandal that you can easily slip on, completes every outfit, and most importantly, is comfortable for someone with high arches to wear. These sandals from Madewell feature the MWL Cloudlift Lite padding as well as hidden elastic panels that help reduce break-in time.
Material: Leather upper and lining
Colors available: Vintage beige
If you want a shoe with personality, this might be the one for you. The ankle tie brings a lot of sass, while the platform heel brings all the support you’ll need.
Material: Bovine leather, silk satin charmeuse
Available colors: Black leather, black, rhubarb (pink), white
With a practical two-inch heel that brings heights of comfort, this modest pump features a removable memory foam-cushion insole that provides arch support for your tired soles.
Material: Soft leather upper, synthetic lining
Colors available: Black, nude (pale peach)
These ‘70s-style platforms are a must for any closet as they work well for a variety of occasions, whether it’s date night, or brunch with friends. But it’s all about the comfort technology—the rubber soles are made with a unique diamond pattern that disperse friction away from the foot.
Material: Leather (pink and white colorways have corked block heels)
Colors available: Black, silver, pink, white
These gorgeous pumps features a block heel made from layers of plywood that have been sanded by hand and finished with a fun, pop of color. They can accommodate arches of all heights while also being great for those who have narrow or wide feet. Plus, they have a memory foam insole for comfortIt’s a heel for everyone!
Material: leather, plywood heel
Colors available: yellow, black
One feature to look for when you’re shopping for heels, is a style that features a high instep, since it allows plenty of room for your arch. This style from Sole Bliss has an elasticated topline, which gives a lot of space while ensuring your foot is secure while you wear it.
Colors available: Black
Think a comfortable stiletto heel only exists in your imagination? This podiatrist-designed(!!!) heel features a footbed made with dual-layer memory foam and an elongated arch incline, so it’s perfect for occasions where you might find yourself standing for longer than you like.
Material: Suede, leather upper, lining, and sole
Colors available: Camel, gunmetal
Vionic is known for making shoes with arch support and cushioning, and these kitten heels will help make sure your feet stay comfy throughout the day or night. They have a contoured footbed, a and an ankle strap to keep them in place.
Material: Printed calf hair
Colors available: leopard
It’s hard to go wrong with a pair of classic pumps. The Naturalizer Everly Pump has a cushioned footbed so you can wear these from 9-to-5 without your feet aching. They have a 2.5″ inch heel and come in three widths (narrow, medium, and wide) fit all types of feet.
Colors available: black, brown (crocodile print), nude
With a round toe and block heel, these Clarks pumps will be an easy everyday wardrobe staple. The cushioned footbed provides arch support, and the 2.5″ heel gives just enough height without overdoing int.
Colors available: black, navy
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