Best Women’s Walking Shoes for Hallux Rigidus & Limitus

This article is our review of the best women's walking shoes for Hallux Rigidus & Limitus. If you are looking for men's shoes for hallux rigidus and limitus click here. You might also find our shoe sizing by brand post useful if you have trouble getting the right size shoes.

I encourage you to read all the information on this post but since we all lead busy lives, I am including the reviews at the top of the page. Use to table and buttons to read the reviews. You can find my informational content after the reviews or jump there from here.

Last Reviewed on 10 January 2019 - Updated content and all new shoe recommendations

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by Jennifer

A Quick Look at the 8 Best Women's Shoes for Hallux Limitus & Hallux Rigidus in this Review


Best 8 Women's Shoes for Hallux Limitus & Hallux Limitus 

Merrell Womens Moab 2 Mid

Merrell Women's MOAB 2 Mid Boot

Hoka One One Men Gaviota 2

Hoka One One Women's Gaviota

El Naturalista Womens Myth Yggdrasil

El Naturalista Yggdrasil N5133

LAmour des Pieds Womens Amadour

L'Amour Des Pieds Amadour Sandal

Dansko Womens Sam Ankle-Strap

Dansko Women's Sam Ankle Strap

Alegria Womens Kourtney

Alegria Kourtney Professional Shoe

El Naturalista Women's

El Naturalista
Grosella Sandal

Dromedaris Womens Hornbill

Dromedaris Hormbill Platform Shoe

Keep in mind we are looking for shoes that some or all of these features:

  • inflexible soles,
  • space in the toe box for our toes to spread out,
  • stablity to help reduce inward foot roll (overpronation),
  • shaped to encourage consistent foot position in the shoe,
  • a rocker sole to the forefoot to reduce flex on our big toe,
  • minimal heel and good overall cushioning for comfort.

Merrell MOAB II Mid Boot

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal

For Walk Type
Trail & Concrete

Merrell Women's Moab 2
$129.39 (USD)
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Merrel
93
Overall

Pros

  • Multiple Widths
  • Solid Build
  • Durable Rigid Soles
  • Wider Toe Box
  • Very Comfortable
  • 1.5" Heel, 1" Platform
  • Zoned Footbed
  • Waterproof Variation Available
  • 5 Star Walking Boot

Cons

  • Lightweight for a Trail Shoe
  • Non-Waterproof Versions are Not Good in Wet Conditions

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Hoka One One Gaviota II

For Gait Type
Mild Overpronator

For Arch Type
Flat - Normal

For Walk Type
Concrete & Casual

Hoka One Shoes
88
Overall

Pros

  • Wide Toe Box
  • Lightweight
  • Good Heel Cushioning
  • Overpronators Shoe
  • Good Breathability
  • 5 Star Walking Shoe

Cons

  • Flex will likely need foot plates if Limitus is advanced
  • Hard to find current models

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El Naturalista N5133

For Gait Type
Normal

For Arch Type
Normal

For Walk Type
Concrete & Casual

3% savings
El Naturalista Womens Myth Yggdrasil
$169.90 (USD)
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El Naturalista Shoes
95
Overall

Pros

  • A Company That Values the Planet 
  • A Boot that Oozes Style
  • Cushioned and comfortable
  • Light & Flexible
  • Leather Uppers & Lining
  • Good Toe Box
  • Light Outsole from Recyclables

Cons

  • Not suitable for later stage limitus because footbed is a little high in the heel
  • No Overpronation Control

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L'Amour Des Pieds Amadour Sandal

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Flat - Normal

For Walk Type
Comfortable Style

L'Amour des Pieds Women's Amadour
$198.95 (USD)
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L'Amour Des Pieds Shoes
92
Overall

Pros

  • Only the Best Materials
  • Great Cushioning
  • Fantasitc Arch Support
  • Sturdy Yet Amazingly Comfortable
  • Super Comfortable

Cons

  • A bit pricey but fantastic.
  • Only in Medium Widths
  • Add 1/2 size larger

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Dansko Sam Ankle Strap Clog

For Gait Type
Mild Overpronator

For Arch Type
Flat - Normal

For Walk Type
Concrete & Casual

Dansko Women's Sam Ankle-Strap
$119.95 (USD)
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Dansko Shoes
86
Overall

Pros

  • Great Rocker Bottom Rigid Sole
  • Leather Uppers
  • Elasticated Ankle Strap
  • Good Width Last
  • Contoured Comfortable Insole
  • Looks Cute for a Round Toe

Cons

  • Heel a bit higher than ideal

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Alegria Kourtney Professional Shoe

For Gait Type
Normal

For Arch Type
Normal

For Walk Type
Casual & Concrete

Alegria Shoes
88
Overall

Pros

  • Good Wide Toe Box
  • Great Brand
  • Excellent Cushioning
  • Breathable Upper
  • Good Fit with Space
  • Removable insoles
  • Good Arch Support

Cons

  • Only Medium Width Fitting readily available

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El Naturalista Grosella Sandal

For Gait Type
Normal

For Arch Type
Flat - Normal

For Walk Type
Formal & Casual

El Naturalista Women's
$154.95 (USD)
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El Naturalista Shoes
90
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Pros

  • Dress Shoe Option
  • Wide Spacious Shoe
  • Designed for Cushion
  • Designed for Metatarsal Support
  • Looks Beautiful
  • Open Toe Design
  • Mid Flex Sole

Cons

  • Umm - it's European if that's a con!
  • A little pricey

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Dromedaris Hornbill

For Gait Type
Mild Overpronator - Neutral

For Arch Type
Flat - Normal

For Walk Type
Any Casual or Work

Dromedaris Women's Hornbill Platform Shoes,Black,38 M EU
$155.00 (USD)
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Dromedaris Shoes
94
Overall

Pros

  • A Lot of Room in the Toes
  • Perfect Dress Shoe for Work
  • Lightweight
  • Low Toe Drop
  • Rocker Bottom
  • Lace Up Style
  • Great Footbed
  • Good For People Who Have to Stand All Day
  • Good Support & Cushioning

Cons

  • Shorter Strides better to reduce flex in leather at front

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It is an interesting fact that women's feet are different to men's feet. Well I think you and I both knew that instinctively, our feet cerainly smell less! But from the point of view of hallux limitus and hallux rigidus we should take a look at these differences.

Womens heels are narrower than mens but their forefeet are wider. Our feet are obviously smaller than mens feet, since on average our body frame is smaller, better shaped and neater, which includes our feet.

But our forefoot is larger than a man's in relation to our foot length, yet our heels are narrower. Our cartiledges are thinner but our ankles are thicker, comparatively speaking. If want the whole run down on differences check out this foot specialist talking about it.

All human beings work to make their lifestyles better. That is why every day, technology keeps on taking everything a notch higher to make the human race more comfortable. However, one area which people focus on is ensuring that they are in good health.

The number one reason being that the body is the vessel which makes all the other goals achievable. That is why you will find many people waking up at dawn to run, jog or walk to keep in shape and also keep control of their bodies.

Sadly, no matter how fit we are, our bodies tend to develop conditions which limit us from the activities which we deem normal such as walking or running as we age on.

Among these, hallux rigidus and limitus top the list. In case you’ve never heard of these conditions and you are wondering what gibberish this is, don’t worry because I got you.

What is hallux rigidus & limitus?

Hallux rigidus and limitus are disorders which cause pain and stiffness to the big toe. In the initial stages, Limitus only causes pain and difficulties to you bending the toe.

However, as it progresses, it is referred to as rigidus, and the sufferer can no longer bend or move the toe as it is frozen. Hallux rigidus causes the rest of the joints to strain since most of your body weight usually relies on the big toe.

Signs and symptoms

  • The most prominent symptom is rigidity and pain when you try to move the big toe
  • Limping
  • Swelling near or on the MTP joint

If not treated urgently, this foot condition may cause rheumatoid arthritis. Therefore it is important that anyone with the above signs get treatment. It may also cause a change in gait since most of your joints are now straining. Fortunately, you don’t have to stop your fitness program as there are shoes specifically designed to suit people with a stiff big toe.

You can, therefore, continue with your morning jogs and walks without experiencing discomfort and pain and at the same time are in style.

Best Walking Shoes for Hallux Rigidus & Limitus 2

If you want to learn more about Hallux Rigidus and Hallus Limitus then head on over to the Men's Shoes for Hallus Rigidus and skip the reviews. There is a lot of information and it is as pertinent to you as it is to men.

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