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Once upon a time, the term "comfort sandals" evoked images of bulky, outdoorsy shoes that lacked any sort of panache. Luckily, those days are long gone and nowadays, it's relatively easy to find stylish sandals that also happen to have arch support.
Still, sifting through a sea of shoes can be pretty time-consuming, so Shop TODAY scoured the web for you and found some of the best supportive sandals out there. We also talked to footwear experts for tips on what to look for while you're shopping for the perfect sandal with arch support.
What to consider while shopping for arch support sandals
When it comes to your footwear, if it's not broken, don't fix it. "If you have nothing wrong with your feet, I don’t think you specifically need arch support. If you notice that your arch is collapsed and tend to overpronate — that's when the outside edge of your [heel] turns outward and lifts up — then it’s a sign you need arch support,” shared C.Ped and footwear consultant MacKenzie Ami Yamamoto-Lane.
If you do need new sandals, though, the best way to determine the perfect fit is to walk, sit and stand in them while trying them on at a store, according to professor of footwear and shoemaker Marcell Mrsan. "Arch support without a proper diagnosis and prescription can lead to muscle fatigue."
This won't come as a surprise, but one of the most important things to consider with sandals is the amount of comfort you're looking for. Most of the fluffy, good-feeling footbeds found in the market feel great in the beginning, but tend to lose comfort after wearing them for a certain period of time.
"The higher density EVA foams actually give your foot more long-term support but don’t feel good in the store," Yamamoto-Lane said. "Most memory foam flattens out after three to four hours of wearing them out. It’s the same with your memory foam pillow; it cushions the shape of your head but it doesn’t hold the shape."
You can also identify whether the shoe you want is the right fit is to verify if the metatarsals (the bones of your arch) are hitting the wall of the shoe. Normally, you want to feel a fit and not have too much space left inside the shoe. "A common misconception about shoes is that shoes must be super tight, which can cause pain in the long-term," said Mrsan.
Whether you're looking for slingbacks or wedged sandals, here are several chic options with support and sturdy outer soles to don this season.
Best women's sandals with arch support
Step into comfort and style with this sandal from Skechers. The supportive shoe has a soft cushioning and comfortable footbed to make your long walks easier. This style is made with the brand's arch fit technology and lightweight material that make customers extra happy.
"I had surgery for severe tendinitis and this is the 5th pair of Arch Fits I've bought since the surgery. They are one of the few shoes which give me the kind of support I need," said one shopper who gave this pair a glowing review.
Sometimes, you just want to slip into a sandal and go about your day without dealing with straps. This supportive pair from Dr. Scholl's lets you do just that while treating your feet to some TLC. The soft lining, adjustable buckle and cushioning make sure you're comfy, and the lightweight, flexible construction helps, too.
These stylish and comfortable platforms will elevate your summer wardrobe. The sandals are made with stretchy crisscross straps and a chunky heel to walk with confidence wherever you go. This style comes in different colors to match all your sundresses this season.
You can never go wrong with a pair of Birkenstocks. With a comfortable footbed, you can definitely stand for hours in these sandals without feeling pain. Plus, the EVA sole will provide enough support and comfort throughout the day.
Add a pop of color to your sandal collection with these comfortable shoes from Aetrex. This casual sandal is made with the brand's arch placement that helps to relieve arch pain. One customer also added, "These sandals are just great for someone with a high instep and wide foot. Plus they are so stylish and flattering to the foot and ankle."
Wedges always tend to provide a little more support than a flat flip-flop, but this pair combines the two styles in an awesome way. It has the standard Crocs cushioned footbed and supportive outsoles, along with plenty of gorgeous detailing like those shimmery embellishments.
We love sandals that have height and can be worn for different occasions. The beach style has a comfortable wedge, a supportive footbed and cushioned memory foam so your tootsies will be content while you take them out for a stroll.
"These shoes go with everything and you can literally wear them for extensive walking. Recently took them to Punta Cana and walked all around the resort with no foot pain!" said one satisfied buyer.
Classy, cute and comfy: These sandals are a true fashion trifecta! The crisscross design comes in three colors and features an adjustable strap and a memory foam liner. We love how versatile this stunning shoe is and can see ourselves rocking it with a breezy sundress or a pair of capris and a flowy top.
Sandal season only lasts so long, so we try to wear them as often as possible. But over time, sporting flimsy flip-flops can do a number on your feet, and that's why we prefer something a tad more supportive like this slingback style. The best part? The soft cushioning and shock-absorbing insole work overtime to ensure that your feet feel just as good as they look.
Whether you prefer a shimmery color or a more neutral hue, this sandal has something for everyone. The lug sole gives you a little bit of lift, while the back strap locks your feet in place while you're out and about. The summery sandal also has plenty of cushioning and a non-slip outsole.
Flat sandals are cute and all, but they don't do much to support your arch, and that's why we tend to gravitate towards wedges, like this style from Cole Haan. The heeled sandal has plenty of height and a solid sole that helps you tackle your day with an extra dose of comfort.
Finding a stylish, supportive shoe that also happens to go with just about any outfit isn't easy, but we stumbled upon this lovely pair and can't wait to add them to our collection. The strappy sandal comes in three colors and has a classic design, but we're most obsessed with the ample cushioning it provides.
These wedges get up close and personal with your arches and hug them in the best possible way so you feel cozy and supported. They're also ultra stylish and have chic lizard print straps, so you won't feel like you're sacrificing fashion for function.
Meow! Leopard print always leaves a lasting impression and this fashion-forward sandal has plenty of attitude to spare. The leather shoe offers medium coverage and has a supportive toe loop, memory foam footbed and adjustable back strap. It's also treated with 3M Scotchgard protector to help resist stains!
Get ready to step out in style! These flatform wedges simply scream "summer" with their cheery color blocking and they also come in seven other fun shades. They're like an espadrille, but a bit sportier and much more lightweight. Also, they have a cushioned sole we can't wait to take for a spin.
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