What are the Best Walking Shoes for High Arches?

This article is a review of the best walking shoes for high arches. It reviews shoes for both men and women in lots of different styles so you'll be sure to find something to suit.

Last Reviewed on 14 January 2019 - Content Rewritten for 2019 & All New Reviews

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by Jennifer & Curtis

The Best Shoes for High Arches Need:

  • Room in the toe box to allow toe spread

  • Cushioning especially to the heel and balls of the feet

  • Support to the arch to distribute pressure evenly

  • Smooth materials & cushioning to avoid rubbing high pressure areas of the foot

  • A top quality shaped insole to help firmly position the foot

I'm assuming that you probably know you have high arches and just want to get straight to the reviews. Use the navigation tables for your gender which show the shoes I am reviewing which are laid out under each table. Use the 'jump to' links in the tables to go straight to the shoe that interests you.

If you are here hoping to better understand if you have high arches or want to find out what problems they can cause, I have that information covered after the reviews. Or you can skip straight down to that section using the blue button under here.


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Best Walking Shoes for High Arches - Men


Best Walking Shoes for High Arches - Men 

Saucony Men's Excursion TR12 
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Clarks Unstructured Men's Un.Bend Casual Oxford

Clarks Oxford Unstructured
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Cole Haan Mens Original Grand Knit Wing Tip II

Cole Haan
Original Grand Knit
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Best Hiking Shoe for High Arches - Men 
Saucony Men's Excursion TR12 Sneaker

For Gait Type
Neutral - Supinator

For Arch Type
Normal - High

For Walk Type
Power & Trail

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Saucony Men's Excursion TR12
$49.99 (USD)
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Saucony Shoes
92
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Pros

  • Multiple Widths
  • Lightweight Shoe
  • Durable
  • Removable Insoles
  • Very Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Power & Fitness Walkers Shoe
  • Grid Cushioning

Cons

  • Poor Color Choice
  • Perhaps Runs a Little Small

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Best Athletic Shoe for High Arches - Men
Hoka One OneBondi 6

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal

For Walk Type
Power & Fitness

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HOKA ONE ONE Mens Bondi 6
$136.23 (USD)
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Hoka One Shoes
89
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Pros

  • Good Square Last
  • Lightweight
  • Super Cushioning
  • Good Breathability
  • Comfort & Supportive Insole

Cons

  • A Little Pricey

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Best Casual-Formal Shoe for High Arches - Men 
Clarks Unstructured Casual Oxford

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal to High

For Walk Type
Regular Walking

Clarks Unstructured Men's Un.Bend Casual Oxford
$74.95 - $189.99 (USD)
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90
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Pros

  • Square Toe Box for Toe Spread 
  • Great Leather Uppers
  • Cushioned and comfortable
  • Lambskin Lining
  • Wide Fitings
  • Removable Insole

Cons

  • Limited Color Styles
  • A bit heavier than some

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Best Fashionable Sneaker for High Arches - Men
Cole Haan OriginalGrand Knit

For Gait Type
Normal

For Arch Type
Normal - High Arch

For Walk Type
General Walking

Cole Haan Men's Original Grand Knit Wingtip Oxford
$129.95 (USD)
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Cole Haan
90
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Pros

  • Designer Style
  • Arch Support
  • Flexi Knit Uppers
  • Top Quality
  • Removable insole
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent Cushioning

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Add 1/2 size for custom orthotics

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Best Walking Shoe for High Arches for Men
Brooks Bedlam

For Gait Type
Neutral - Supinator

For Arch Type
Normal - High

For Walk Type
Power Walking

Brooks Men's Bedlam
$150.00 (USD)
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Brooks Shoes
98
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Pros

  • Great Cushioning
  • Great Support
  • Made for High Arches
  • Outside Magazine Award Winner
  • Holistic Support System

Cons

  • Not many Colors
  • Not Mad About the Collar Design

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Best Nike Sneaker for High Arches - Men
Nike Revolution 4

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal - High

For Walk Type
Casual & Regular

NIKE Men's Revolution 4 Shoe
$59.99 (USD)
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Nike Shoes
92
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Pros

  • Multiple Choices for Foot Type
  • Great Brand
  • Premium Orthotic
  • Designed for Flat Feeet
  • Good Fit with Space
  • Removable insoles & various width sizes

Cons

  • Can Take Getting Used To
  • Not particularly durable

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Best Formal Shoe for High Arches - Men 
Ecco Illinois

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Any

For Walk Type
Formal Wear

ECCO Men's Illinois Slip On Loafer
$124.99 (USD)
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Ecco Shoes
84
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Pros

  • Great Looks
  • Good Width in Last
  • Lightweight
  • Great Cushioning
  • Soft Leather Uppers

Cons

  • A little tight for wide feet

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Best Orthotic Athletic Shoe for High Arches - Men
Orthofeet Edgewater Athletic Shoe

For Gait Type
Any

For Arch Type
Any

For Walk Type
Regular Walking

Orthofeet Edgewater Men's Shoes
$119.95 (USD)
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Orthofeet Shoes
80
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Pros

  • Excellent Design
  • Good Cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Made to Reduce Foot Problems
  • Multi-Purpose

Cons

  • Jack of All Trades
  • No Choice of Designs
  • Doesn't Look So Great

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Best Walking Shoes for High Arches - Women


Best Walking Shoes for High Arches - Women 

Salomon Womens X ULTRA 3 GTX

Salomon Women's X Ultra 3 GTX
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Saucony Women's Echelon 7
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Arcopedico Womens Ls

Arcopedico Knit Casual
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LAmour des Pieds Womens Brenn

L'Amour Des Pieds Brenn
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Altra Womens Escalante 1.5

Altra Women's Escalante 1.5
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NIKE Womens Air Zoom Odyssey 2

Nike Air Zoom
Odyssey 2
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Gentle Souls Women's Kenneth Cole

Gentle Souls
2 Zip Sneaker
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FlitFlop Womens Superskate

FitFlop Superskate
Uberknit Loafer
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Best Hiking Shoe for High Arches for Women
Salomon Women's X Ultra 3 GTX

For Gait Type
Neutral - Supinator

For Arch Type
Normal - High

For Walk Type
Hiking

Salomon Women's X Ultra 3 GTX
$149.95 (USD)
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Salomon Shoes
89
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Pros

  • Multiple Widths
  • Lightweight Shoe
  • Durable
  • Wider Toe Box
  • Very Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Power & Fitness Walkers Shoe

Cons

  • Harder Than They Look
  • Order Half a Size Longer

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Best Athletic Shoe for High Arches - Women
Saucony Echelon 7

For Gait Type
Overpronators - Neutral

For Arch Type
Flat - Normal

For Walk Type
Power & Fitness

Saucony Echelon 7 Women
$129.99 (USD)
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Saucony Shoes
94
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Pros

  • Good For Vigorous Walking Exercise
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent Cushioning
  • Mild Supination Control
  • Good Breathability
  • Comfortable & Supportive Insole
  • 5 Star Walking Shoe

Cons

  • A Little Pricey

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Best Vegan Shoe for High Arches - Women
Arcopedico Knit Casual

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal - High

For Walk Type
Casual & Style

Arcopedico Women's LS Oxford Red
$104.95 (USD)
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92
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Pros

  • Designer Shoe
  • Super Comfort
  • Cushioned and comfortable
  • Support for High Arches
  • Deodorizing System
  • Textile Support Insole

Cons

  • Limited Sizing
  • European

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Best Fashion Shoe for High Arches - Women
L'Amour Des Pieds Brenn

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal - High

For Walk Type
General

L`Amour Des Pieds Womens Brenn Scarlet
$189.95 (USD)
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L'Amour Des Pieds Shoes
90
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Pros

  • Multi-Purpose
  • So Stylish
  • Plush Suede Upper
  • Very Comfortable
  • Good Support

Cons

  • Only Medium Cushioning
  • Fixed Insoles

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Best Walking Exercise Shoes for High Arches - Women
Altra Escalante 1.5

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal - High

For Walk Type
Multi-Purpose

Altra Women's Escalante
$129.95 (USD)
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Altra Shoes
91
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Pros

  • Nice Knit Uppers
  • Great Support
  • Super Lightweight
  • Good Cushioning
  • Super Comfy
  • Multipurpose
  • Shaped for Women

Cons

  • Not many at the price

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Best Fitness Walking Shoes for High Arches - Women
NIKE Women's Air Zoom Odyssey 2

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal - High

For Walk Type
Power & Fitness Walking

Nike Women's Odyssey React Running Shoe, Wolf Grey/Black-Dark Grey-Pure Platinum, 8
$109.00 (USD)
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Nike Shoes
88
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Pros

  • Lightweight & Comfortable
  • Breathable Flymesh Upper
  • Fly Cable Lacing
  • Dynamic Support Platform
  • Dual Cushioning to heel and Forefoot
  • Removable insoles & various width sizes

Cons

  • Not Enough Support for Some
  • Not So Durable

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Best Sneaker for High Arches - Women
Gentle Souls Double Zip Low Profile Sneaker

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal - High

For Walk Type
Casual & Work

Gentle Souls Women's Kenneth Cole
$110.00 (USD)
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95
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Pros

  • Beautiful Design
  • Lovely Suede Uppers
  • Lightweight
  • Great Cushioning
  • Super Comfortable
  • Easy On / Off

Cons

  • Too cute!

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Best Travel Shoe for High Arches - Women
FitFlop Superskate Uberknit Loafers

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal - High

For Walk Type
Casual & Travel

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FitFlop Women's Superskate Uberknit Loafers
$79.99 (USD)
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Pros

  • Super Lightweight
  • Good Cushioning
  • All Day Wear
  • Easy to Put On
  • Metal Free
  • Good For Traveling

Cons

  • Lightweight Durability
  • Better Shock Absorbance to be Had

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A Quick Look at Foot Arches

The image above shows the bones of the feet, the plantar fascia tendon that runs along the underside of your foot bone structure at the sole, and the Achilles tendon which connects to the back of your heel.

There are differences in the shape of the bones and their alignment for each individual person. The key takeaway though is to understand that the arch is controlled by both the alignment of the bones and the pulling of the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon.

High Arches tend to be genetic where the bones form in an alignment pushing the center of the foot off the ground. However the Achilles tendon the back of the heel and the plantar fascia tendon under the foot also affect your foot arch and its ability to flex.

If the plantar fascia is very tight and inflexible then the foot will not be able to flex. This tendon is connected to the back of the heel bone and the major toe bones and if it is inelastic and stretches poorly it will keep the arch sprung.

If the Achilles tendon is tight it will draw the back heel bone up and in so doing force pressure towards the front of the foot. This stresses the soft tissues on the balls of your feet and the metatarsal joints the back of your toes.

If the calf muscles are weak the heel bone will tend to be lower causing the arch to be higher.

So you will see there are various mechanics at play that are interacting together and the way in which they do this governs how much pain if any and where it occurs.

The function of the foot arch

The function of the foot arch is to flex and in so doing distribute the pressures on the foot from your weight as equally as possible and over an increased area without over rotation and misalignment. It is a shock absorber and pressure distribution mechanism.

The mechanics of the foot and how we walk is actually quite complicated. However the basics are simple and easily understood. An understanding of this helps you better manage any foot problems you may be experiencing.

Basically the gate falls into three stages. In the first stage the heel touches the ground and becomes loaded as our weight is transferred onto the leading leg through our stride. The second stage is when our leg moves into the mid stride and a more vertical alignment, and weight is transferred from the heel towards the midfoot. The third and final stage is the transfer of weight from the midfoot towards the forefoot and toes ready to push off and propel ourselves forward.

In the first stage of our stride the pads of our heel under the heel bone receive the impact forces of our weight which is why our heels are well-padded.

In the second stage of our stride and weight is transferred first onto the outside of the foot and the arch of your foot begins to spring downwards absorbing the pressure about weight and causing the foot to rotate inwards.

In the third stage of our stride and muscles and tendons work to spring the arch back up as weight is released and passed to the front of the foot which receives the pressure and weight and then pushes off.

If you have high Arches then it is highly likely that your plantar fascia is less flexible than the average person. The result of this is that the arch does not spring as far down and the foot does not rotate as much as the average person.

The result of this reduced spring means that less of the foot contact with the ground because the arch is maintained and pressure therefore is taken on the outer side of the foot more than the normal person.

The result of that uneven distribution of force orders the pressures of the front of the foot which can cause supination. Whether you have a supination gate or not the end result is that the midfoot takes relatively less weight because the arch does not spring to distribute it and therefore the forefoot takes more pressure than normal and to some degree so does the heel.

So people with high Arches need to have better cushioning to the heel and much better cushioning to the toe area of the shoe to help mitigate the additional pressures those part of the foot have to absorb.

Our toes are well designed to distribute pressure if they're allowed to do the job. So in order to encourage better pressure distribution it's important that the toe box area is wide enough for the toes to be able to move in order to function properly.

So this is the first requirement of any shoe designed to help people with high Arches - a spacious toe box.

As we understood above, our heels and forefoot have to cope with higher pressure demands than the normal foot and therefore require cushioning to distribute those pressures and avoid over stressing, rubbing or perusing the heel pad and the balls of their feet.

This is the second requirement of a shoe that will be the best shoe for your high Arches.

As well as this cushioning, the pressures can be better distributed more evenly if the arch is supported and therefore arch support in the shoe is also of prime importance. The heightened firmness of the arch support there is with the person depending on how high the arch is and the flexibility of it.

That said, the requirement is not precise so most supportive insoles will do a good enough job of supporting most peoples high arch foot shape if they're designed for high Arches.

This is the third requirement of shoes that are eligible to be considered as one of the best shoes for high Arches - arch support.

The fourth requirement considers the soft tissue in your foot. Some parts of the foot have to handle much more pressure than others. This can create persistent stress on the bone / muscle / ligament structure of the foot as well as on the fleshy tissue.

Eventually this persistent stress can result in deformity and misalignment of the bone structure such as bunions, and breakdown in the joints such as arthritis. Tendons and ligaments can tear, stretch or lose strength with resultant loss of function or become inflamed through contact with bones or rupture such as tendonitis or Plantar Fasciitis.

If your foot bone changes position then it can change shape and be susceptible to rubbing against the shoe lining. Knots in stitching, rough materials and poor cushioning can all lead to blisters, calluses and sore patches on the skin.

Good cushioning, not just to the sole of the foot, but throughout the shoe lining and especially to the area around the heel and lacing area is the fourth requirement for a shoe for feet with high arches.

People having feet with high arches are likely to experience parts of the foot that rub in the shoe or become sore because of persistent excess pressures combined with slipping.

So it is very important that you get shoes that fit properly and avoid models of shoe made with cheap materials and manufacturing methods that can have poor stitching, materials or design that rubs the skin in places.

As well as this the fleshy parts of the foot can become tender and bruised if the insole does not provide enough cushioning or the material used for the top cover is uneven.

The insole should also be shaped to help keep the foot in position to avoid it slipping about which will cause rubbing. It should also be porous to wick away moisture build up from sweat which can lead to foot odor as well as slippage & rubbing.

A good quality shaped insole that wicks away moisture, provides a smooth surface for the foot, assists with shock absorbance and provides cushioning with resistance to foot slippage is the final special requirement for people with high arches.  

Apart from these factors which are more critical for people with high arches, other desirable features in shoes that are common to all foot types also apply.

What are the Best Walking Shoes for High Arches?
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