The Best Walking Shoes for Bunions

Bunions can be quite painful, and they can prevent you from doing things that you enjoy but the best walking shoes for bunions can greatly help reduce pain and allow you to do more things.

Bunions (also called "Hallux Valgus") form when the bones of the foot near the big toe deviate inwards from their normal position. This results in a lump at the metatarsal big toe joint which sticks out compared to a normal foot.

Shoes that are made to accommodate bunions reduce pressure and rubbing on the protruding bone that would otherwise cause swelliing and soreness. 

AMPA (American Podiatric Medical Association) recommends early consulation with a podiatrist as soon as you notice a bunion forming since early treatment is most effective and least disruptive.

In the meantime get the right type of shoes.

Last Reviewed on 12 March 2019 - Minor Update - 13 February 2019 - Updated Tables & Shoes

by Jennifer & Curtis

What are the Best Shoes for Bunions?

The best shoes for bunions should have these qualities:

  • Ample room in the toe box (to avoid rubbing sores & toe consriction), 
  • Proper arch support (especially if your arch is a little flat),
  • Soft and flexible upper materials (to reduce pressure on the bunion),
  • Flexible lacing or adjustable straps (ajustable options to secure shoe),
  • Cushioning and heel positioning (reduce foot movement & rubbing),
  • Avoid high heels (forces foot forward into toe box and against bunion),
  • Custom orthotics, bunion pads and spacers can also of help.

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Best Shoes for Bunions - Men


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Best Shoes for Bunions - Women


Men's Reviews Section

SAS Timeout Lace up for Men
Best Casual Sneaker for Bunions - Men

$186.95 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Business Casual Sneaker

Fitting:

Narrow to Triple Wide

Length:

Half Sizes

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Synthetic Cushioned

Insole:

Mid-Quality - Removable

Rating:

93%

General Features:

The SAS Timeout Lace Up provides plenty of space in the toe box which you need to give space to your bunion.

There is plenty of cushioning both from the midsoles and around the shoe collar (to the sides and rear of your heel). 

The synthetic soles give good shock absorbance which all adds up to a comfortable walking shoe suited to all day wear for those of us suffering from bunions.

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SAS Time Out - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Rounded & deeper toe box
  • Tri-Pad cushioning system
  • Medicare approved
  • Wider sole for toe spread & stability 
  • Good midsole shock absorption 

Not so Good Things

  • Some do not get on with the insoles
  • Arch support is nothing special

Either way change them for custom orthotics if that is your experience


Dr. Comfort Boat Shoe for Men
Best Business Casual Shoe for Bunions - Men

$139.00 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Business Casual Shoe

Fitting:

Medium to Extra Wide

Length:

Half Sizes

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Rubber Cushioned

Insole:

Good Quality - Removable

Rating:

87%

General Features:

Dr. Comfort is a renowned manufacturer of shoes to suit various foot conditions.

The Patrick Moccasin-Style Boat Shoe features a wide toe box with decent depth to make space for your toes and allow extra room for your bunion.

The shoe is built on a more spacious shoe last with synthetic shock-absorbing soles, good cushioning for a shoe, and nice looking leather uppers.

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Dr. Comfort Boat Shoe - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Spacious Toe Box
  • Good Looking Leather Uppers
  • Good heel and toe cushioning
  • Good protection to Achilles
  • Plenty of sizing flexibility

Not so Good Things

  • Standard insole support only moderate
  • Minimal Lacing options

SAS Journey for Men
Best Walking Sneakers for Bunions - Men

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Walking Sneaker

Fitting:

Narrow to Extra Wide

Length:

Half Sizes

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Rubber Cushioned

Insole:

Good Quality - Removable

Rating:

91%

General Features:

Another shoe from SAS makes the cut here for its better-shaped shoe last which provides space for bunions better than its competitors.

A wide range of fitting sizes and lacing flexibility should enable a good fit to be had.

The supplied insoles are cushioned to the heel and toe but are removable for replacement orthotics.

A classic leather upper gives a sporty style restrained enough for relaxed offices, casual wear and exercise walking.

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SAS Journey Sneaker - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Spacious Toe Box
  • Medicare Approved
  • Removable Footbed
  • Leather or Leather & Mesh Options

Not so Good Things

  • I Struggle to Find Any

Orthofeet Gramercy Shoe for Men
Best Semi-Formal Shoes for Bunions - Men 

$139.99 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Orthopedic Semi-Formal

Fitting:

Medium to Extra Wide

Length:

Half Sizes

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Rubber Cushioned

Insole:

Good Quality - Removable

Rating:

92%

General Features:

Orthofeet have a real winner with the Gramercy shoe because it is a well-made semi-formal shoe that suits many purposes from work to pleasure.

The leather uppers are a little more structured in design than the SAS winners above. It is a shoe made for people with foot problems.

If you are looking for a semi-formal shoe for work and days out then this could be it. Good cushioning and a premium orthotic insole comes standard.

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Orthofeet Gramercy Shoe - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Spacious Toe Box
  • Medicare Approved
  • Removable Footbed
  • Leather Detailed Uppers
  • Multiple Applications

Not so Good Things

  • Could be a little more durable

Propet Pedwalker 3 Shoe for Men
Best Pre & Post Surgery Shoes for Bunions - Men 

$75.76 - $201.22 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Pre / Post Surgery Shoe

Fitting:

Medium to Extra Extra Wide 5E

Length:

Half Sizes

Upper:

Leather & Flexible Fabric

Sole:

Rubber Soft

Insole:

Double Depth - Removable

Rating:

82%

General Features:

The Propet MPED3 is a specialist shoe to deal with serious foot conditions such as late-stage bunions before surgery or for wear once recovery from bunion surgery is underway.

They are super spacious and flexible though with some structure unlike their all flex-fabric competitors.

This improves the stability of the shoe whilst retaining the comfort around the affected bunion.

The extra depth to the toe box provides room for your toes to move and reduces the likelihood of bunion pain.

The main issue is in durability. The soles are not made for long term use outside being very soft material unable to handle lots of walking. Absolutely great for indoor use though.

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Propet Pedwalker 3 - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Very Spacious Toe box
  • Medicare Approved
  • Double Removable Footbed
  • Flexible Uppers
  • For Serious Bunion Problems

Not so Good Things

  • Only really suitable for Pre &
    Post Surgery as not intended
    to be durable.

Orthofeet Bismark Shoe for Men
Best Business Casual Sneaker for Bunions - Men 

$113.95 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Orthopedic Business Casual Sneaker

Fitting:

Medium to Extra Extra Wide

Length:

Half Sizes

Upper:

Flexible Fabric

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Premium Orthotic - Removable

Rating:

88%

General Features:

A plain design with a flexible upper and deep and wide toe box design to accommodate various foot shapes including bunions.

The rubber sole provides shock absorbency and premium insoles provide support and cushioning.

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Orthofeet Bismarck - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Very Spacious Toe box
  • Medicare Approved
  • Premium Orthotic
  • Flexible Synthetic Uppers
  • Suits Most Bunion Problems

Not so Good Things

  • Not the most durable
  • The design is a little staid

Hanwag Alta Bunion Hiking Boot for Men
Best Hiking Boot for Bunions - Men 

$299.95 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Mid Hiking Boot

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

European Full Sizes

Upper:

Leather & Flexible Fabric

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Deep

Rating:

92%

General Features:

A hiking boot specifically designed for bunion sufferers that cater to the hiking and community from excellent European hiking & mountaineering footwear manufacturer.

No seams at the big toe joint area to rub your foot and made on a bunion friendly shoe last for optimum shape to suit your foot.

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Hanwag Alta Bunion - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Designed for Bunion Sufferers
  • Excellent Foot Shape
  • Premium Manufacturer
  • Top of Class Nubuck Uppers
  • Great for Normal Width Feet

Not so Good Things

  • Size Up a Little

  • Only Medium Widths

ECCO Yukatan Sandal for Men
Best Sandals for Bunions - Men 

$51.85 - $279.82 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Sandal

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

European Full Sizes

Upper:

Leather & Flexible Fabric

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Supportive

Rating:

98%

General Features:

These are the exact sandals I have and they are excellent despite my wide foot!

A solid sandal with a supportive yet firm insole and metatarsal support.

Super flexible for sizing and do not be put off that only medium width fittings are available - the design of the sandal is flexible at the sides so it will fit even pretty wide feet.

Easy to get on and off with elastic straps over the bottom of your toes so usually only the top strap needs loosening.

I really recommend these sandals very highly.

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ECCO Yukatan Sandal - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Adaptive Fit
  • Top Quality Materials
  • Premium Manufacturer
  • Excellent Durable Soles
  • Comfortable Underfoot Support

Not so Good Things

  • European Sizing A Brain Tease

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Vionic Midi Perf for Women
Best Casual Sneaker for Bunions - Women 

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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Casual Sneaker

Fitting:

Medium

Length:

5 - 11 Some Half Sizes

Upper:

Nubuck

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

92%

General Features:

A relaxed fit quality casual sneaker for women from Vionic with lovely soft nubuck ventilated uppers and easy wear rubber soles.

Fabric wrapped removable quality insole allows for custom alternatives. This is a shoe suited for all-day wear.

Stylish enough for most relaxed office environments yet casual enough for your regular warm weather dates and stylish enough for sassy fashion.

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Vionic Midi Perf - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Great Insoles
  • AMPA Approved
  • Lovely Nubuck Uppers
  • Beautiful Colors
  • Comfortable Underfoot Support

Not so Good Things

  • They could be more cushioned

Propet June Sandal for Women
Best Sandals for Bunions - Women 

$89.95 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Sandal

Fitting:

Medium - Extra Wide

Length:

6 - 12 Half sizes to 9.5

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Synthetic

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

90%

General Features:

An easy slip on sandal from Propet. Simple yet stylish with a removable footbed and coming in a range of width fittings.

The sandal is secured with front and instep hook and loop straps which allows for a huge variety of foot shape restricted only by the extent of the hook and loop fastening. This system makes it easy to adjust the shoe to make room for your bunions.

Good quality leather uppers with some minimal design stitching for style.

A minimal heel and ¾ inch platform for a little height make the sandal an attractive choice. 

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Propet June Sandal - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Removable Insoles
  • Lots of Sizing Options
  • Nice Leather Uppers
  • Widely Varied Fitting Options
  • Good Removable Insole

Not so Good Things

  • Supplied Insole Needs More Support

Merrell Encore Breeze Clog for Women
Best Clogs for Bunions - Women 

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$70.93 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Clog

Fitting:

Medium - Wide

Length:

5 - 11 Half sizes to 9.5

Upper:

Suede

Sole:

Synthetic

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

91%

General Features:

A simply designed clog with a low back and slight heel - an easy fitting shoe.

The flexible upper and width fittings provide room for bunions and give in the upper to shape to your foot.

The shoe has a nylon arch shank for better stability and a rubber sole working together with an air-cushioned heel for shock absorption.

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Merrell Breeze Clog - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Removable Insoles
  • Wide Fitting Available
  • Breathable Stretchable Uppers
  • Some Stability & Minimal Heel Flop
  • Good Removable Insole

Not so Good Things

  • Supplied Insole Not Perfect

Propet Cush 'n Foot Slipper for Women
Best Pre & Post Surgery Shoe for Bunions - Women 

$72.95 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Slipper Shoe

Fitting:

Narrow - Extra Wide

Length:

6 - 12 Half sizes to 10.5

Upper:

Flexible Synthetic

Sole:

Neoprene

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

95%

General Features:

A basic slipper cum shoe with a flexible fabric upper and single hook and loop fastener for very simple access on and off.

The rubber sole is an upgrade to what you would find on a normal slipper whilst the upper is the sort of flexible material you might find in a slipper.

A very light slipper-shoe with flexible uppers and occasional outdoor wear suitable for around the house, extreme late stage bunions, or post bunion surgery. 

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Propet Cush 'n Foot - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Removable Insoles
  • Lots of Width Fittings
  • Good Removable Insole
  • Flexible Uppers

Not so Good Things

  • Primarily for Indoor & Light Outdoor Use
  • Limited Durability

Mt. Emey Mary Jane for Women
Best Professional Work Shoe for Bunions - Women 

$132.45 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Mary Jane

Fitting:

Medium - Extra Extra Wide

Length:

5 - 11 Half Sizes

Upper:

Soft Leather

Sole:

EVA Foam

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

94%

General Features:

The Mary Jane is the epitome of a professional shoe for women. Suited to teachers, doctors, lawyers and a gazillion other professions it is a plain and simple shoe that just does its job.

The Mt. Emey is such a shoe and with lots of width fittings to please most feet.

Seamless leather uppers and a good quality insole overlaying a well-made sole make for a comfortable shoe for all day walking and standing.

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Mt. Emey Mary Jane - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Removable Insoles
  • Lots of Width Fittings
  • Flexible Leather Uppers
  • Very Lightweight
  • Supportive Removable Insole

Not so Good Things

  • Strap a Little Short for the Widest Feet

Propet TravelActive Sneaker for Women
Best Travel Sneaker for Bunions - Women 

$19.99 - $130.93 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Travel Sneaker

Fitting:

Narrow - Extra Extra Wide

Length:

5 - 12 Half Sizes to 9.5

Upper:

Flexible Mesh

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

90%

General Features:

The Propet Travel Active Fashion Sneaker is a super lightweight sneaker with a fashionable knit style mesh upper that looks great.

Nothing to set off alarms through security and will not weigh down your luggage.

And bunions love the wide width fittings and easy flexible upper in the wide and deep toe box.

The lacing system is adequate with extra high-level eyelets for better fit for lower insteps.

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Mt. Propet Travel Active - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Removable Insoles
  • Lots of Width Fittings
  • Flexible Fashion Knit Uppers
  • Very Lightweight
  • Supportive Removable Insole

Not so Good Things

  • Lacing System Needs an Upgrade

Easy Spirit Eliana Mule for Women
Best Mules for Bunions - Women 

$19.99 - $88.27 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Mule Style Clog

Fitting:

Narrow - Extra Wide

Length:

5 - 11 Half Sizes to 9.5

Upper:

Suede

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

92%

General Features:

What is the difference between a mule and a clog? Well not very much really except a mule has a lower back to the heel than a clog.

A mule is basically a very low backed clog type shoe some way between a slide (flip flop or sandal) and a clog - at least as far as the terms are used these days.

This mule, available in wide width fittings, comes with classy suede uppers with a little design twist and enough space to make you forget your bunions.

It also features a good quality removable and supportive insoles which coupled with a moderately durable outsole make it a worthwhile candidate.

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Easy Spirit Eliana Mules - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Easy Fitting Style
  • Lots of Width Fittings
  • Good Quality Suede Uppers
  • Very Lightweight
  • Supportive Removable Insole

Not so Good Things

  • Some People Don’t like Clogs?

Clarks Unloop for Women
Best Office Work Shoes for Bunions - Women 

$47.99 (USD)
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Shoe Specifications

Style:

Casual Office Shoe

Fitting:

Narrow - Wide

Length:

5 - 12 Half Sizes to 9.5

Upper:

Leather

Sole:

Rubber

Insole:

Removable

Rating:

92%

General Features:

The Clarks Unloop is from their unstructured collection which provides for a more relaxed fit of which a wider toe box is part of the deal.

With the true to fit sizing of Clarks and wide width fittings that are generous in their width, you have one part of the requirements for a shoe suitable to feet with bunions.

The other part is support, positioning of the heel and ensuring no seams to rub your bunions as well as overall comfort all of which are satisfied by this shoe.

You should note that aside from the center seam, the stitching in the uppers is decorative.

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Clarks Unloop - Features of Interest for Bunions

Good Things

  • Great All Day Wear
  • Style to Suit Office
  • Comfort of a Casual Shoe
  • Supportive Removable Insoles
  • Stylish Office Shoes
  • Very Lightweight

Not so Good Things

  • Some May Need Leather Softening Treatment

The problems caused by bunions can be quite serious. In fact, there are some cases when surgery may even be needed to correct the problem! In other cases, it could be necessary to wear a brace. Bunions can cause a significant amount of disruption to your life.

In the worst cases, they can be truly physically disabling. This can prevent you from being able to work out or do any significant physical activity. In the most severe cases, bunions could even prevent you from being able to walk without severe pain.

Hallux Valgus Causes

However, it is possible to take steps to prevent them from worsening. Many medical professionals believe that they form as a result of wearing shoes that do not fit properly.

While this theory has never been proven, there is strong evidence for it. In cultures that do not wear shoes, there is no evidence of bunions.

This means that if you already have bunions, you may be able to prevent them from worsening by wearing better fitting footwear.

In fact, wearing footwear that is more bunion friendly could possibly even prevent hallux valgus from becoming significantly worse over the course of time.

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