12 Best Women’s Walking Shoes for Flat Feet

Have you wondered how to choose the best walking shoes for flat feet? Most returns of a perfectly good pair of shoes happen because customers didn't really know what to look for and they simply didn't choose the right shoe for their needs. A shoe that was “too small” may not have been wide enough or didn't provide the right kind of support.

This article is a review of the best walking shoes for flat feet. It reviews shoes for women in various styles so you'll be sure to find something to suit.

If you are a man the reviews are over here.

You probably already know that you have flat feet so we'll get to the reviews straight away but if you want to learn more then click on the blue button below to jump to more information.

Last Reviewed on 23 January 2019 - Content Rewritten for 2019 & All New Reviews

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Best Walking Shoes for Flat Feet - Women


Best Walking Shoes for Flat Feet - Women 

Dr. Comfort Vigor Women's

Dr. Comfort Vigor Hiking Shoe

Brooks Women's Adrenaline GTS 19

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19

Skechers Women's Sure Track Trickel Work Shoe, Black

Skechers Relaxed Fit Trickel Work

Propet Women's Stability X

Propet Stability Sneaker X

Skechers Performance Women's Go Joy

Skechers Go Joy Walking Shoe

New Balance Womens 928v3 Walking Shoe White

New Balance 928v3 Walking Shoe

Saucony Women's Grid Omni Walker

Saucony Omni Grid Walking Shoe

Propet Women's TravelActiv

Propet Travelactiv Fashion Sneaker

Clarks Women's Cheyn Madi Loafer

Clarks Cheyn Madi Loafers

Propet Women's W3851 Wash &

Propet Wash N Wear Slip-On

Cole Haan Women's Zerogrand Wing Oxford

Cole Haan 
Zerogrande Oxford

Mt Emey 9205 Women's Mary Jane

Best Hiking Shoe for Flat Feet for Women
Dr. Comfort Vigor Casual Hiker 

For Gait Type
Overpronators - Neutral

For Arch Type
Low - Normal

For Walk Type
Power & Trail

Dr. Comfort Vigor Women's
$139.00 (USD)
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Dr Comfort Shoes
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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 Flat Feet & Plantar Fasciitis - Women
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 19 

For Gait Type
Overpronators - Neutral

For Arch Type
Flat - Normal

For Walk Type
Power & Fitness

Brooks Women's Adrenaline GTS 19
$130.00 (USD)
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Brooks Shoes
94
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Pros

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

Cons

  • A Little Pricey

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Best Trainers for Flat Feet - Women
Skechers Relaxed Fit Sure Track Trickel Work Shoe 

For Gait Type
Mild Overpronator

For Arch Type
Flat to Normal

For Walk Type
Casual & Work

27% savings
Skechers Women's Sure Track Trickel Work Shoe, Black
$55.01 (USD)
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Pros

  • Spacious Toe Box
  • Great Leather Uppers
  • Cushioned and comfortable
  • Support for Overpronators
  • Wide Fitings
  • Durable Outsole

Cons

  • Color styles limited
  • A Bit Boring Stylewise

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Best Walking Sneaker for Flat Feet - Women
Propet Stability Sneaker X 

For Gait Type
Mild Overpronator

For Arch Type
Normal & Wide Feet

For Walk Type
General Walking

30% savings
Propet Women's Stability X Sneaker
$55.99 (USD)
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Propet Shoes
88
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Pros

  • Multi-Purpose
  • Some Cute Colors
  • Breathable Uppers
  • Mid Priced
  • Removable insole
  • Multiple Width Fittings
  • Good Orthotics

Cons

  • Only Medium Cushioning
  • No Midsole Reinforcement

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Best Walking Shoes for Flat Feet for Women
Skechers Go Joy Walking Shoe 

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal

For Walk Type
Multi-Purpose

Skechers Performance Women's Go Joy
$49.95 (USD)
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Pros

  • Nice Knit Uppers
  • Great Support
  • Super Lightweight
  • Good Cushioning
  • Super Comfy

Cons

  • Not many at the price
  • Restrained Design

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Best Walking Shoes for Flat Feet & Overpronation - Women - New Balance 928v3 Walking Shoe

For Gait Type
Overpronator

For Arch Type
Flat - Normal

For Walk Type
Casual, Walking & Work

New Balance Womens 928v3 Walking Shoe White
$139.95 (USD)
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New Balance Shoes
85
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Pros

  • Great Overpronators Shoe
  • Roomy for Flat Feet
  • Premium Orthotic
  • Supportive
  • New Balance Answer to Brooks Addiction 
  • Removable insoles & various width sizes
  • RollBar for Pronation Control  

Cons

  • A Little Staid
  • A Little Pricey

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Best Stability Walking Shoe for Flat Feet
Women - Saucony Omni Grid Walking Shoe 

For Gait Type
Overpronator

For Arch Type
Flat to Normal

For Walk Type
Casual & Work

33% savings
Saucony Women's Grid Omni Walker
$59.95 (USD)
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Saucony Shoes
88
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Pros

  • Overpronation Control
  • Best Seller
  • Quite Lightweight
  • Good Cushioning
  • Classic Sneaker Design
  • Wide & Normal Fittings

Cons

  • Looks are not top shelf
  • Model Aging

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Best Travel Shoe for Flat Feet - Women
Propet Travelactiv Fashion Sneaker

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal

For Walk Type
Casual & Travel

Propet Women's TravelActiv
$59.95 (USD)
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Propet Shoes
89
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Pros

  • Super Lightweight
  • Good Cushioning
  • Good Range of Colors
  • Easy to Put On
  • Accepts Orthotics
  • Multi-Purpose Use

Cons

  • Lightweight Durability
  • Better Shock Absorbance to be Had

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Best Formal Dress Shoe for Flat Feet & All Day Wear - Women
Clarks Cheyn Madi Loafers

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Flat - Normal

For Walk Type
Multi-Purpose

33% savings
Clarks Women's Cheyn Madi Loafer
$59.95 (USD)
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Pros

  • Best Seller
  • Great Cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • All Day Wear Comfy
  • Look Smart
  • Professional

Cons

  • Plain Jane with  Ribbon

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Best Slip-On Shoes for Flat Feet for Women
Propet Wash N Wear Slip-On 

For Gait Type
Overpronator Neutral

For Arch Type
Flat - Normal

For Walk Type
Multi-Purpose

25% savings
Propet Women's W3851 Wash &
$59.76 (USD)
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Propet Shoes
88
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Pros

  • Made for Flat Feet
  • Good Cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to Put On
  • Good Casual Shoe
  • Good Orthotics Supplied

Cons

  • Could Have More Stability

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Best Formal Fashion Shoes for Flat Feet - Women
Cole Haan Zerogrande Oxford 

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal Supportive

For Walk Type
Casual & Work

Cole Haan Women's Zerogrand Wing Oxford
$230.00 (USD)
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Cole Haan
86
Overall

Pros

  • Great Leather Uppers
  • A Beautiful Shoe
  • Lightweight
  • So So Comfortable
  • Classy
  • Makes a Statement About You - A Very Good One

Cons

  • Expensive for the Best I'm Sorry to Say

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Best Shoes for Flat & Wide Feet - Women
Mt. Emery (Apis) 9205 Mary Jane 

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Flat - Normal

For Walk Type
Stylish Casual / Formal

Mt Emey 9205 Women's Mary Jane
$132.45 (USD)
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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Well Cushioned
  • Extra Depth & Toe Box
  • Quality Materials
  • Formally Casual
  • Made for Problem Feet

Cons

  • Strap a Bit Flimsy

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How to find out if you have flat feet

When you dip a flat foot in water and then press it against a piece of paper, you'll notice that the imprint shows a greater area of the sole of the flat foot than one that has a normal arch.

This happens because more of the sole presses against the surface it touches. When choosing the right shoe for your needs, measuring your arch using the imprint method and also measuring your level of pronation can help steer you in the right direction.

What Causes Flat Feet?

Flat feet can occur because the development of the feet tends to be neglected toward childhood in cases where there aren't any obvious problems and the arches may not have fully developed.

They can also occur later in life due to injury or normal “wear and tear” on the feet. Heavier people tend to be more prone to flat feet because they're putting more weight on their feet, which presses down more on the arches.

flat arch wet paper

Imprint of somebody with a flat foot arch

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image @ FA RenLis CC 3.0

Do you have high arches? Then read my guide about shoes for high arches.

The Effects Of Flat Feet

People who have flat feet usually don't notice them, especially if their feet are getting the right kind of support. However, flat feet can sometimes cause pain because more of the tendon that runs along the bottom of the foot is pressing against surfaces that people with flat feet walk or stand on, which makes feet with a flatter arch than normal more vulnerable to the painful inflammation of the tendon known as plantar fasciitis.

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plantar fasciitis (image @ Lucien Monfils CC 3.0)

Flat feet is also commonly associated with overpronation, which causes the ankle to roll inward too far while walking or running. While having a reduced arch is not the only cause of overpronation, the combination of flat feet and overpronation can lead to misalignment in the joints that can lead to ankle and knee pain, shin splints, and extra wear and tear on the joints.

Overpronation also decreases the stability of your gait and puts more pressure on your big toe, which can lead to bunions (see article "best walking shoes for bunions) and greater risk of sprained or twisted ankles if they roll too far.

Good walking sneakers for flat feet

Dealing with flat feet is usually no more complicated than choosing a shoe that can provide the right kind of support. A podiatrist or the staff of a retailer that specializes in athletic apparel should be able to guide you through the process of choosing the right kind of shoe.

  • For people with flat feet and overpronators, a motion control shoe is usually recommended to help with any stability issues that may lead to injury.

Motion control shoes (see best overpronation walking shoes) have a thicker midsole to provide support for the part of the foot that is most affected by having flat feet. Additional features may include an upper body that comes up higher on the ankle to provide better support for overpronation and heavier materials that are strategically placed in the shoe design to help discourage the tendency of the ankle to roll too far inward.

Motion control shoes may have removable insoles that make it possible to put in your own customized insert or use it with an orthotic device. A good motion control shoe is rarely lightweight or cheap, but it's worth the extra cost for eliminating complaints of sore feet and possible foot and leg issues stemming from having flat feet and an overpronation issue.

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