Flats versus heels: there’s no question as to which is better for your feet. Or is there? A common myth is that flats are better for your feet than heels, and universally more comfortable. But the truth is, without proper arch support, flats can be just as harmful as high heels. Whether you’re shopping around for work shoes for women or simply looking for a new pair of flats, find out what to prioritize when you’re buying a new pair of comfortable flats with arch support.
The most common injury that can occur from wearing thin flats is heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis. In fact, NYC-based podiatrist and Vionic Innovation Lab expert Dr. Jackie Sutera advises those suffering from plantar fasciitis to “avoid ‘bad shoes,’” citing “thin ballerina flats” as one of the culprits. In addition to heel pain, Dr. Sutera explains, “There is a fat pad under the forefoot that starts to atrophy naturally over time, due to age and changes throughout a woman’s life. Additionally, there’s the wear-and-tear that happens specifically due to overuse of improper footwear (high heels, flat flip flops, unsupportive ballet flats and even walking barefoot). The natural tissue cushioning under your metatarsals becomes thinner, resulting in pain.”
Here’s what to look for in your next pair of flats to help combat these issues:
1. A biomechanically contoured footbed that hugs your arches for all-day support.
2. A firm yet flexible midsole that helps with balance and stability.
3. A deep heel cup for further stability and natural alignment from the ground up.
4. A roomy toe box in which you can comfortably wiggle your toes without them feeling crunched.
Check out our top picks for ballet flats with support:
Finally! A pointed toe flat that is both stylish and comfortable. Through thoughtful design and rigorous product testing, we’ve created an option that does not compress the toes any more than our other rounded flats. Plus, this style also comes in wide widths!
Desiree Quilted Flat
Rounded toe flats have a classic shape that transcends seasons. We’ve added our quilted print to this brand new style and if you’re looking for cute ballet flats in wide widths, you’re in luck!
Caroll Ballet Flat
Even if the sun’s not shining, you can brighten your day with our metallic colored Caroll Ballet Flat. Plus, these are shoes approved by American Podiatric Medical Association. Shop even more APMA-approved shoes.