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Updated 5/14/2024

Finding the perfect pair of shoes that balance style and funtion, especially for women with bunions, can feel limiting at times. Now that we’re in 2024, shoe manufactures have moved away from tradtional, boring and unispiring shoes design and begun to add color and style into theraputic footwear. This article will help you better understand what to look for when finding the perfect women’s shoes for bunions. Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • The importance of choosing the right shoes for bunions
  • An introduction to some of the top brands offering extra wide shoes
  • A closer look at some of the best shoe models for bunions
  • The benefits of choosing extra wide shoes for bunions
  • How to contact DT Footwear for more information

Understanding Bunions and the Need for Extra-Wide Shoes

comparison healthy foot and bunion
Source: National Library of Medicine

Bunions, a common foot condition, are bony bumps that form on the joint at the base of your big toe. They can cause significant discomfort, especially when wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow. This is where extra wide shoes come into play. With their spacious design, they provide ample room for your feet, reducing pressure on the bunion and offering much-needed relief.

When looking for shoes designed to accommodate bunions, there are several key features to consider:

  • Wide Toe Box: This provides the necessary space for the bunion and prevents further irritation.
  • Adjustability: Shoes with adjustable straps or laces can help to customize the fit and ensure that the shoe is not too tight around the bunion.
  • Material: Shoes made with soft, flexible materials can adapt to the shape of your foot and reduce pressure points. Some shoes even feature stretchable areas specifically designed to accommodate bunions.
  • Insole: An insole with good arch support can help distribute pressure evenly across your foot, reducing strain on the bunion. Some brands offer shoes with removable insoles, allowing you to replace them with custom orthotics for an even more personalized fit.

As the famous shoe designer, Christian Louboutin once said, “Shoes transform your body language and attitude. They lift you physically and emotionally.” This statement holds even more truth when you’re dealing with a condition like bunions. By understanding what to look for in a shoe, you can make an informed decision and choose a pair that not only alleviates discomfort but also lifts your spirit and suits your personal style.

Did You Know?

According to the NIH, preventing bunions involves wearing comfortable, flat shoes that provide enough room for the front of the foot, thereby reducing pressure on the toes and the ball of the foot. Walking barefoot to strengthen foot muscles and using orthopedic shoe inserts are also recommended prevention strategies, although evidence on their effectiveness is limited

Top Brands for Extra Wide Women’s Shoes

When it comes to extra wide women’s shoes for bunions, a few brands stand out for their commitment to comfort and quality. Apis, Orthofeet, and Propet are among the top brands that offer a range of extra wide shoes designed to accommodate bunions.

Apis is renowned for its therapeutic footwear, designed to provide comfort and relief for various foot conditions. Orthofeet, on the other hand, is known for its orthotic shoes that combine innovative design with advanced technology. Propet specializes in shoes with extra volume fitting, ensuring a comfortable fit for all foot shapes and sizes.

Spotlight on Extra Wide Shoes for Bunions

Top Picks For Women

Women's Light Weight Walking Shoe 9321

Women's Light Weight Walking Shoe 9321
One of our best-selling women's athletic shoes! The 9321 by Apis looks great and provides the ultimate in all-day comfort.

BONUS gift with purchase - three set of custom heat moldable inserts. A $240 value included FREE!
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Pros:
  • Lightweight: The shoe features a neoprene upper that makes it very light and comfortable to wear for extended periods.
  • Added depth and extra width: The toe box is deeper and wider than traditional shoes, providing ample space for swollen feet or other foot conditions.
  • Seamless linings: The smooth interior minimizes friction and irritation, preventing blisters and discomfort.
  • Removable inserts: The shoes come with removable inserts that can be replaced with orthotics or custom insoles for a personalized fit.
  • Multiple widths and sizes: Available in a variety of widths (B/D to 14E) and sizes (4 - 15) to accommodate different foot shapes and needs.
Cons:
  • Not for high-impact activities: The shoe is primarily designed for walking and light activities, and may not be suitable for running or other high-impact sports.
  • Bulkier design: Compared to some other walking shoes, the 9321 may appear slightly bulkier due to the added depth and width.
  • Special Order Requirement for Certain Widths: Widths such as 7E, 10E and 14E are available only through special orders, which can take 6-8 weeks for delivery.
Color:

Black, Grey

Size:

4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Width:

B/D, 3E, 5E, 7E, 10E, 14E

Woman's Athletic Knit Shoe | Propet Tour Knit

Woman's Athletic Knit Shoe | Propet Tour Knit
The Tour Knit by Propet is a women's athletic shoe with breathable precision knit seamless mesh upper with a padded collar and tongue adds extra comfort and support to your feet.

*BONUS Gift with purchase - one set of custom heat moldable inserts. A $80 value included FREE!
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Color:

Black, Denim, Pink, Red, Sand

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11, 12, 13

Width:

AA, B, E, 2E, 4E

Women's Hands-Free Slip On Shoe | Orthofeet Kita

Women's Hands-Free Slip On Shoe | Orthofeet Kita
Orthofeet Kita, the perfect women's hands-free slip-on shoe for the ultimate comfort and convenience.

BONUS Gift with purchase - one set of custom heat moldable inserts. A $80 value included FREE!
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Pros:
  • Comfortable and supportive: Premium orthotic insoles with anatomical arch support and extra cushioning provide comfort and pain relief for various foot conditions.
  • Hands-free convenience: Patented slip-on technology eliminates the need for tying laces, ideal for those with limited hand mobility or back pain.
  • Accommodates foot conditions: Extra depth and removable insoles allow for orthotics and foot swelling.
  • Lightweight and breathable: Stretch knit upper allows for airflow and keeps feet cool, making it suitable for warmer weather.
Cons:
  • Limited water resistance: Stretch knit upper is not fully waterproof, making it unsuitable for wet conditions.
  • Potentially less secure fit: Compared to laced shoes, the slip-on design might not feel as secure for everyone, especially during activities requiring good ankle support.
  • Limited Widths: Only available in widths up to 4E in grey color option.
Color:

Black, Blue, Grey, White, Rose

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12

Width:

B, D, 2E, 4E

Comparison Chart

Style Apis 9321 Propet Tour Knit Orthofeet Kita
Weight 9.2 oz (Size 7) 9.74 oz (Size 8)
Closure Lace Lace Lace
Upper Leather and mesh Knit Stretch Knit
Insole Removable cushion insole X25™ Open Cell foam w/liner Premium orthotic insoles with anatomical arch support
Outsole TPR Lightweight EVA w/Rubber EVA
Lining Seamless Lining Seamless, Mesh Seamless Fabric
Technology 3 to 1 combination last OrthoLite®, Double Insoles, 10MM Drop Water repellent, Slip resistant, Slip-On system
Heel Height 1.5″
Sizes 4 to 15 5 to 13 5 to 12
Widths B/D, 3E, 5E, 7E, 10E, 14E AA, B, D, 2E, 4E B, D, 2E, 4E
Colors Black, Grey/Pink Black, Lemon, Denim, Red, Sand, Olive, Indigo, Dark Pink Black, Grey, Rose, Blue, White
BONUS Inserts 3 1 1
Conditions AFO, Diabetic, Bunions, Hammertoes, Swelling Bunions, Hammertoes, Diabetic, Plantar Fasciitis, Corns, Swelling Diabetic, Bunions, Hammertoes, Swelling
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The Benefits of Choosing Extra Wide Shoes for Bunions

Choosing extra wide shoes for bunions can significantly improve your comfort and quality of life. These shoes provide the space your feet need, reducing pressure on the bunion and preventing further discomfort. Moreover, brands like Apis, Orthofeet, and Propet offer stylish designs, ensuring that you don’t have to compromise on style for comfort.

Final Thoughts

Finding the right pair of shoes for bunions doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With brands like Apis, Orthofeet, and Propet offering a range of extra wide women’s shoes, you can find a pair that provides comfort, alleviates pain, and suits your style. Remember, your feet carry you through life’s journey, so they deserve to be happy and comfortable.

If you have any questions or need further information, don’t hesitate to contact DT Footwear. Our team is always ready to help you find the perfect pair of shoes for your unique needs. Here’s to happy feet and comfortable walks!

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Disclaimer: Educational Information Only

The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment, including any foot-related concerns. If you have any health issues or questions about your feet, please consult a qualified healthcare professional, like a doctor or podiatrist. Don’t ignore medical advice or delay seeking help based on what you read here or elsewhere. We’re not responsible for any harm caused by using this information. Everyone’s response to treatments can be different, and medical recommendations may change over time. If you experience a medical emergency or serious foot problem, seek immediate medical attention, or call your local emergency services. By using this resource, you agree to these terms and understand the importance of getting personalized medical advice from a qualified professional.

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