The 10 Best Shoes For Bunions

Authors: Christopher Ioannou | Updated on: February 2, 2024
The Best Shoes for Bunions

Bunions can make shoe shopping a challenge, but there are solutions!

This guide unveils the key features of bunion-friendly shoes and showcases 10 top picks to help you find the perfect pair.

The 4 Key Features of Bunion-Friendly Shoes

1. Spacious Toe-Box:

Spacious Toe Box

Narrow or pointed shoes force the big toe out of its natural alignment, which can worsen a bunion.

Therefore, a key features of a bunion friendly shoe is a wide, foot-shaped toe box.

A well-designed toe box should provide enough space to accommodate silicone spacers, which have been proven to be effective in managing bunions when used in conjunction with appropriate footwear [1].

2. Seam-Free Design Near the Bunion:

Seam Free shoe design - hallux vagus

Stitching or seams around the big toe joint can irritation and inflame the area around a bunion.

Therefore, shoes with one-piece uppers, ideally free from stitching in the bunion area, are recommended.

3. Removable Insoles for Arch Support:

Removable Insoles

Overpronation, which is characterized by instability of the ankle and foot arch, is linked to bunions [2].

Therefore, choosing shoes with removable insoles that can be swapped for arch-supporting ones can be beneficial in stabilizing the feet.

4. Zero Drop and Flexible Soles:

Zero Drop and Flexible Soles

Raised heels can push the feet forward in the shoes, putting pressure on the toes and irritating a bunion [3].

Top 10 Best Shoes for Bunions (Hallux Valgus)

Wildling - Nebula: Comfort Meets Support

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Wildling   Nebula
  • Soft merino wool knit uppers, offering comfort that's ideal for sensitive feet.

  • Wider build is a thoughtful feature for those needing extra space, a requirement in managing foot conditions like bunions.

The Nebula's ultra minimalist soles might require some getting used to.

Xero - Nexus Knit: Style Meets Durability

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Xero   Nexus Knit
  • Soft knit uppers, paralleling the Nebulas in comfort.

  • High-quality construction, underscored by Xero’s impressive 5000-mile warranty.

These shoes are both functional and stylish, making them a great choice for everyday wear.

Xero - Zelen Runner: Lightweight Comfort with an Eco-Conscious Edge

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Xero   Zelen Runner
  • Wide toe box with a breathable mesh upper, ensuring comfort for the toes.

  • A lightweight option for road running.

  • Designed using recycled materials and a biodegradable sole, making them eco-friendlier than other models.

The Zelen Runner is a thoughtful choice for runners who prioritize both environmental sustainability and the well-being of their feet.

Saguaro - Luck II: Casual Comfort at a Budget-Friendly Price

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Saguaro -  Luck II
  • One-piece Flyknit uppers allows for easy slip-on and are gentle on the feet.

  • The 5mm thick soles offers a comfortable balance between cushioning and ground feel.

At under $100, the Luck II stands out as a practical and budget-friendly option.

Saguaro - Vitality III: Impressive Affordability Meets Durability

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Saguaro  - Vitality III
  • Priced at just $50, this is the most budget-friendly sports shoe on our list.

  • The elasticated laces and stretchy upper provide a comfortable fit.

For more budget-friendly barefoot shoe options, explore our top 20 picks under $100.

Vivobarefoot - Asana II: Sophisticated Comfort with Premium Materials

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Vivobarefoot Asana Ii
  • Crafted from premium quality natural materials – wool and leather.

The Vivos are an excellent choice for those seeking premium casual shoes that are kind to the feet.

Splay - Slip-on: Stylish Comfort for Wide Feet

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Splay  - Slip On barefoot shoes
  • Generous toe box accommodates wide feet and works well with silicone spacers.

  • Look like Vans with their cotton canvas upper.

  • Impressively affordable at under $100.

Feelgrounds - Droptop Knit: Sensory Rich Slip-Ons

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Feelgrounds - drop-top slip-on barefoot shoes
  • Superior ground feel – a signature quality of Feelgrounds shoes.

  • Synthetic upper with water resistant membrane

Whiten W85: Robust Quality and Style at an Affordable Price

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Whitin W85 - barefoot shoe on Amazon
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  • Stretch knit upper provides excellent comfort

  • Soles deliver a balanced mix of ground feel and cushioning.

The W85 are an ideal choice for those new to barefoot shoes.

Lems - Primal 2: The Versatile All-Rounder for Everyday Comfort

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Lems -  Primal 2 wide barefoot shoes
  • Perfect for the gym or everyday wear.

  • Above average toe-box width

  • Good build quility

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Christopher Ioannou

BSc (Hons) Sports & Exercise Science

Founder of Barefoot Strength

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