Start the New Year on the Right Foot With the Best Podiatrist-Approved Shoes

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The only thing we love more than a good end-of-year recap is shoes, and to say we've covered a lot of them would be a major understatement. If you can think it, chances are we've written about it (or are planning to very soon.) From the most supportive slippers and the comfiest clogs, to orthopedic sandals and sneakers that address foot pain, we've worn 'em all, and won't settle for anything less than comfortable and supportive.

Below, our two favorite things come together in a recap of the best-of-the-best, podiatrist-approved shoes we wore this year. Whether you're looking for a new pair of winter boots, sturdy walking shoes, or sandals that won't leave your feet in blisters, here are our favorite podiatrist-approved shoes.

Best podiatrist approved shoes

Vionic Relax Slipper in pink on a white background
Vionic, Relax Slipper — $70.00

Available sizes: 5-12

These best-selling Vionic slippers are beloved by podiatrists for their cushioned, adjustable design that supports your arches. “An adjustable slipper can accommodate one foot that may be wider due to a bunion, for example, or even adjust for when you want to pair them with your favorite cozy winter socks,” Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, a podiatrist and Vionic Innovation Lab member told Well + Good. And shoppers love them too, earning the slippers an impressive 4.5 star rating with over 1,400 reviews.

Colors: 16 different colors

Shop more slippers for arch support, here.

new balance fresh foam sneaker on a white background
New Balance, Fresh Foam Roav v2 — $74.00

Originally $85, now $74

Available sizes: 5-12

NYC-based podiatrist Nelya Lobkova, DPM, at Step Up Footcare says these New Balance Sneakers run a bit wide (though they’re also available in a full-wide width), and the extra room helps keep pressure off bunions. They feature synthetic upper with mesh detailing for optimal breathability, and a cushioned sole that’ll keep feet comfortable throughout all your daily activities and workouts.

Colors: 21

Shop more shoes for bunions, here.


fit flop leather clog on a white background
FitFlop, Shuv Leather Clog — $88.00

Originally $100, now $88

Available sizes: 5-11

Clogs had a huge comeback this year, and these ones from FitFlop delivered the minimalist, yet fashion-forward look we were going for, while also being great for your feet. Podiatrists say the midsole absorbs shock and helps relieve underfoot pressure, while the built-in arch contour gives them plenty of support. Plus, the smooth, black leather exterior will complement every item in your closet.

Colors: 4

Shop more comfortable clogs, here.

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hoka bondi 8 sneaker in light orange
Hoka, Bondi 8 — $165.00

Available sizes: 5-12

The Bondi 8 Sneaker is one of the most supportive shoes you’ll ever wear, and boasts an American Podiatric Medical Association’s (APMA) seal of acceptance to boot. They’re equipped with a breathable mesh upper, a memory foam collar that supports your ankles, and a durable yet lightweight foam that allows for a soft and stable stride. The Bondi’s supportive, yet comfortable design makes them a solid choice for folks dealing with back pain too, according to podiatrists.

Colors: 12

Read the full review, here.

chaco sandal in multicolored pattern
Chaco, Women’s Z Cloud 2 — $60.00

Originally $100, now $60

Available sizes: 5-13, regular and wide

These Chaco Sandals are the ultimate all-purpose sandal, touting serious shock absorption and support that’ll see you through everything, from long hikes to casual strolls. The rubber insole helps wearers maintain stability, while the toe-loop design ensures a secure fit, according to Tim Oldani, DPM, podiatrist at Missouri Foot and Ankle in St. Louis. He previously told Well + Good that the sandal’s Chaco Grip rubber outsole is so durable, it rivals that of a tennis shoe!

Colors: 14

Shop more orthopedic sandals, here.

brooks launch 9 gts sneaker on a white background
Brooks, Launch GTS 9 — $100.00

Originally $110, now $100

Available sizes: 5-12

If you suffer from knee pain, podiatrists couldn’t recommend these Brooks Sneakers enough. They’re designed with a GuideRails technology system that uses bumpers inside the midsole to stabilize your heel with every stride, and promote better alignment. What’s more, the cushioned, responsive sole feels super lightweight on your feet, so you can speed through your workouts.

Colors: 4

Shop more sneakers for knee pain, here.

cushionaire lela sandals in black on a white background
Cushionaire, Lela Cork Footbed Sandal — $30.00

Available sizes: 5-13, regular and wide

Podiatrists named these Cushionaire Lela Sandals one of the best for the wide feet this year, and we can see why. They’re made with a flexible cork footbed, and a suede insole that perfectly contours your feet after you wear them in. What’s more, the three, fully adjustable faux leather straps help guarantee a secure and comfortable fit. And for only $30 bucks? There’s no going wrong with these.

Colors: 16

Shop more sandals for wide feet, here.

dr. scholls podiatrist approved shoes
Dr. Scholl's, Laurence Ankle Boot — $57.00

Originally $85, now $57

Available sizes: 6-11

These podiatrist-approved Dr. Scholl’s boots are equal parts fashion and function. The sleek, lace-up design plays well with outfit in your wardrobe, while the chunky heel and comfy, supportive insoles make them a dream to walk in all day long. Plus, the soft (but durable) microsuede material is sustainably made from recycled bottles. Bonus points for sustainability.

Colors: 3

Shop more boots for arch support, here.

everlane penny loafers on a gray background
Everlane, The Gum Sole Penny Loafer — $160.00

Available sizes: 5-11

A smart, fashion-forward staple, loafers have had their moment in recent years, and these Everlane Penny Loafers were one of podiatrist’s top picks. According to Anne Sharkey, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist based in Austin, Texas, the raised padding at the tops of the insoles stabilize arches, while the extra grippy gum soles boost traction. Plus, their genuine leather uppers are less likely to cause pain or blisters. Overall, they’re a must-buy.

Colors: 2

Shop more loafers with arch support, here.

allbirds mizzles on a white background
Allbirds, Wool Runner-up Mizzles — $145.00

Available sizes: 5-11

Podiatrists say that wool sneakers aren’t just cozy and warm—they’re also breathable, thermoregulating, and antimicrobial (bye bye, smelly feet.) These high-tops from Allbirds quickly became a fan-favorite amongst podiatrists and W+G staffers alike, thanks to all of the reasons above, plus the fact that they’re sustainable and water-repellant. They definitely deserve a spot in your closet for 2023 and beyond.

Colors: 9

Shop more wool sneakers, here.

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