Flat feet is a condition in which the arches of your feet are very low or even nonexistent. Your entire foot lies flat on the ground when you are standing.
The arches of your feet are designed to distribute your body weight across your legs and feet. Those with flat feet or collapsed arches tend to overpronate (roll your feet inwards while walking).
If you have flat feet, you may experience foot pain or be easily fatigued while walking. That comes from improper weight distribution, overpronation, or your feet pointing slightly outward.
Having flat feet is a very common condition. Since it is so common, many companies have developed shoes or other products to help. Thankfully, the problems caused by flat feet can often be solved by wearing shoes that offer additional arch support.
The shoes below are the best for helping with flat feet and their associated problems. Choose the right pair of walking shoes for yourself, and experiencing foot pain or becoming overly tired while walking will be a thing of the past.
Top 3 Best and Favorites
Brooks Addiction Walker 2
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ASICS Gel-Contend 6
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Hoka One One Bondi Leather
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1. Brooks Addiction Walker 2
The Addiction Walker 2 from Brooks has been updated to be more comfortable and more supportive than ever before. The update offers supreme comfort, features, design, and construction. Put is all together and you have our Best Overall walking shoe for flat feet.
The Addiction Walker 2 features an Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB), which serves as a support system for the whole body. The PDRB features strategically positioned support for your arches. This guides your body and keeps it on its natural motion path. It also helps to correct overpronation, and supports your arches to keep your body weight evenly distributed, offering you maximum support.
These shoes also feature the proprietary cushioning system from Brooks, BioMoGo DNA. This cushioning enables the shoe to adapt to your particular weight, speed, and stride. These adaptations help to protect your body through the reduction of impact on your joints. The result is a shoe you can wear for all-day comfort.
The outsole has been certified for slip resistance and thus offers the maximum traction. The upper is constructed from full-grain leather is both durable and comfortable. The shoes are available in both men’s and women’s version. With this walking shoe, you can take the pace of life down a notch and enjoy a saunter or a stroll.
- Extremely comfortable
- Rollbar provides support for arches to distribute weight correctly
- Slip resistant outsole
- Sizing may run small for some
2. ASICS Gel-Contend 6
For the shoe that offers you the best value, look no further than the Gel-Contend 6 from ASICS. This shoe offers great quality and relief from the problems caused by flat feet. Its astoundingly low price easily earns it our pick for Top Value.
The Contend is technically a running shoe, but makes for a superb walker as well. It is designed with an Amplifoam midsole, specially engineered for durability at a softer density, This results in greater comfort, better flexibility, and more platform adaptability. In essence, the shoe aid in your natural stride. It also features an Ortholite sockliner to manage moisture, as well as the Rearfoot Gel technology cushioning system. This second feature reduces shock and enables a smooth transition to your midstance.
The Contend 6, specially designed for those with flat feet or low arches who overpronate, offers excellent comfort and lasting comfort for running, all-day wear, walking, or commuting. The heel collar has been updated to be softer and silkier than ever, maximizing comfort. The mesh upper is breathable to offer more airflow. The shoe is constructed with overlays and an internal heel counter to keep your foot in place, as well as toe reinforcement and a rubber outsole to maximize durability.
- Ortholite sockliner for moisture control
- Rearfoot Gel cushioning limits impact
- Built with overlays and an internal heel counter to keep feet in place
- Not as durable as other shoes
- Less comfortable than other shoes
3. Hoka One One Bondi Leather
The Bondi Leather from Hoka One One has become well-known for its enhanced comfort. It gets our pick for the Most Cushioned shoe for flat feet.
In the Bondi Leather, comfort reigns supreme. The full EVA midsole is ultra-size and offers Hoka One One’s signature stability and cushioning. This shoe features a full grain leather upper as well as a TPU heel frame that offers additional support. The rubber is placed strategically to offer durability, the geometry of the shoe is flat waisted to offer more stability, and the shoe is designed to be an early stage Meta-Rocker to offer you the smoothest ride possible.
This is the perfect walking shoe for those who desire maximum comfort from plush cushioning. It is a great shoe for daily wear, whether you are working, walking, or running. The only slight negative with this shoe? Price. But if comfort and plushness is your thing, it will be worth every penny.
- Early stage Meta-Rocker offers smooth ride
- Full ultra-size EVA midsole provides plush cushioning
- Good stability provided by the flat outersole
- Unique look not for everyone
Top Choice for Women
4. Rykä Devotion Plus 3
Rykä was founded by Sheri Poe more than 30 years ago, and remains the only performance athletic footwear company in the world that makes shoes exclusively for women. Since these shoes are designed exclusively with women in mind, it stands to reason that our pick for the Top Choice for Women would be a Rykä shoe. Specifically, the Rykä Devotion Plus 3.
The Rykä Devotion Plus 3 Walking Shoe has been updated from the much-loved Devotion Plus 2. The update pairs the support and comfort of the original shoe with new, stylish, colorways in an iridescent look. The shoe features iridescent flex gear overlaid on top of the breathable mesh upper and lace up front. The Devotion Plus 3’s insole is anatomically precise, and offers additional heel support as well as a greater degree of arch support.
The molded EVA midsole is lightweight and possesses a full-length RE-ZORB platform to offer maximum shock absorption and protection from impact. The 8-piece skeletal radiused rubber sole is designed for durability and stability. If you are looking for a stylish, supportive shoe designed exclusively for women, then this is the shoe for you.
- Designed exclusively for women in mind
- Insole offers extra heel and arch support
- Midsole is lightweight and provides impact protection
- Rubber sole enhances durability
- Could have more cushioning
Top Choice for Men
5. New Balance 928v3
New Balance prides itself on making high quality footwear that is supportive, comfortable, high-performance, and stable. After all, there must have been a reason why Steve Jobs wore them all the time! And the renowned shoe company has really knocked it out of the park with the New Balance 928v3. In fact, the 928v3 is our Top Choice for Men.
The ROLLBAR technology and Strike Path technology featured in this New Balance shoe offers motion control that leads the industry, correcting overpronation and reducing rear-foot movement, as well as superior stability and the guiding of your foot. The shoe also features ABZORB cushioning for the midfoot area to increase comfort, making the shoe wearable and comfortable for the entire day. The odor-resistant treatment and the seamless Phantom Liner make this shoe suitable for practically any conditions.
The 928v3 has removable polyurethane footbeds, a synthetic mesh upper, and a rubber outsole to enhance durability and comfort. The motion control and stability technology of this shoe will keep you comfortable, stable, and steady as the day is long. This may be our Top Choice for Men, but you can never have too much of a good thing—the 928v3 also comes in a women’s version.
- ROLLBAR technology provides industry-leading motion control
- Walking Strike Path technology guides and stabilizes the foot
- All-day comfort, support, and stability
- A tad pricey
Best for Wide Feet
6. New Balance 990v5
If your feet are on the wider side, you may have trouble finding a pair of shoes that can offer you the right fit as well as adequate support and stability. This is where another classic shoe from New Balance comes into play: the New Balance 990v5. These shoes, made in the US for more than 75 years, offer quality, support, stability, and a very wide range of widths (pun intended), winning the Best for Wide Feet pick from our editors.
The 990v5 retains elements of the classic look of the original 990, acknowledging its heritage, while at the same time offering a contemporary, clean, updated appearance. The ENCAP technology used in the midsole offers maximum durability and support. The pigskin and mesh upper, the blown rubber outsole, the dual density collar foam, and the EVA core with its ENCAP PU ring combine to form a shoe that is renowned the world over for its comfort, stability, and durability.
The shoe is available in six widths. X-Narrow, Narrow, Standard, Wide, X-Wide, and XX-Wide guarantee that you will find a pair that matches your feet. Honestly, the only thing slightly negative about this shoe (if you don’t mind the dad-sneaker styling) is its high price. But that is to be expected of a premium shoe made in the USA with premium materials.
- Many widths available, ranging from X-Narrow to XX-Wide
- One of the classic New Balance shoes
- Made in the USA
- Shoe provides comfort, support, and durability
Top Walking Shoe for Flat Feet and Plantar Fasciitis
7. Vionic Walker Classic
The Walker Classic from Vionic and its podiatrist-approved design win our Top Walking Shoe for Flat Feet and Plantar Fasciitis. If you suffer from both of these conditions, this very well may be the shoe for you.
The Vionic Walker Classic features AMS (Active Motion System) Technology, which combines a breathable, lightweight upper and a cushioned, flexible outsole with Vionic’s podiatrist-designed orthotic. This combination offers excellent arch support for your feet and overall support as well as comfort for everyday wear. The firm thermoplastic heel counter offers greater support and stability, and the molded EVA midsole is removable and offers a smooth transition in the heel to toe strike zone as you are walking.
The upper is constructed with water resistant premium full grain leather and an action lacing system. A PU foam base is lined with moisture wicking, breathable polyester mesh to reduce friction against your skin. The removable biomechanical orthotic with foot odor control technology was developed by a podiatrist. The outsole is made of rubber to enhance traction and durability.
The combination of all these features, particularly the thermoplastic heel counter, the molded EVA midsole, and the AMS technology, helps to alleviate plantar fasciitis and correct problems caused by flat feet by providing excellent arch support, stability, and comfort.
- Seal of acceptance from the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association)
- Combines podiatrist-designed orthotic with a breathable, lightweight upper
- Constructed from full-grain leather
- Removable orthotic has an anti-bacterial top cloth to reduce foot odor
- Some durability concerns
Best for Flat Feet and Overpronation
8. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Another great entry from Brooks, the Adrenaline GTS 21, gets our pick for Best for Flat Feet and Overpronation.
The Adrenaline GTS 21 has been updated with new GuideRails support. This holistic support system keeps excess movement in check and protects the knees by preventing overpronation. Runners are prone to knee injuries. This focus on protecting the knees by controlling excess motion in the feet makes this an excellent shoe for a runner who tends to overpronate. They are also exceptional walkers.
The Adrenaline GTS 21 features soft, balanced cushioning with its responsive proprietary BioMoGo DNA cushioning system. This is stacked on top of a soft DNA LOFT Crash Pad, and the two cushions work in conjunction with one another to cushion foot strike. There’s a bit of springiness, too. The fit of this shoe has been streamlined and modernized, engineered with the 3D Fit Print technology to offer great fit and structure without additional bulk. The build wraps around the arch of your foot for a more secure fit.
- Reduces overpronation to protect the knees with the GuideRails Support System
- BioMoGo DNA cushioning combines with DNA LOFT Crash Pad to offer soft, balanced cushioning and springiness
- Re-engineered mesh upper offers structure without bulk
- Great running and walking shoe for those who overpronate and/or have flat feet
- Design may not be to everyone’s taste
Best Walking Shoe for Bunions and Flat Feet
9. Altra Paradigm 5
If you suffer from bunions in addition to flat feet, we have found that the best shoe is the Altra Paradigm 5.
The Altra Paradigm 5 was designed with cushioning in mind to take care of tired, overworked feet. The knit upper combined with the Altra EGO midsole offers maximum cushioning, comfort, and performance.
The StabiliPods integrated into the Paradigm 5 offer a stable platform, and the GuideRail system guides the movement of your feet to keep you from overpronating. The shoe is designed asymmetrically, with medial flaring to increase the lateral support for tired or weak feet. The balanced cushioning, the FootShape toe box, and all the other features combine to help alleviate bunions and other foot conditions.
- StabiliPods integrated into the Paradigm 5 offer a stable platform
- GuideRail system guides the movement of your feet to keep you from overpronating
- Extremely wide toe box for bunion relief
- Zero-drop may feel uncomfortable for some walkers
Top Saucony Walking Shoe for Flat Feet
10. Saucony Omni Grid Walker
If you are a fan of the Saucony brand, its best walking shoe for flat feet is undoubtedly the Omni Grid Walker.
The Omni Grid Walker offers the wearer plush cushioning and extreme comfort which will make walking for hours on end seem practically effortless. The Garment full-grain leather is exceedingly plush, and the shoe offers extra cushioning and stability with every step. The pronation control built into the shoe will offset overpronation in your gait cycle and eliminate associated problems.
The shoe offers extra support while also providing impact protection and extra cushioning through compressing materials between the running surface and the foot. If you want a supremely comfortable walking shoe from Saucony that will help to alleviate your fallen arches and correct overpronation, this is it.
- Plush cushioning and extreme comfortable
- Soft full-grain leather on upper
- Pronation control built into the shoe, along with extra support
- Fairly affordable
- Some users have reported squeaking issues
What are flat feet?
Flat feet is when the arches of your feet are low or flattened, causing the entire sole of your foot to come into contact with the floor when you are standing. It is a common condition; it is estimated that 20 to 30 percent of the population simply never develop an arch in one or both feet. Also, some arches fall over time due to many years of wear and tear. Tendons along the inside of the ankle that support the arches may weaken or stretch over time.
Fallen arches, no arches, low arches, or collapsed arches are also terms which refer to flat feet. The arches of the feet serve to distribute body weight evenly across the legs and the feet and also give a spring to one’s step.
If the arch is visible and present when the person is sitting or is standing on their tiptoes, but disappears when standing normally, this condition is known as flexible flat feet or supple flat feet. However, if the arch is not visible at any time (even when there is no pressure on the feet), the condition is known as rigid flat feet.
Those with flat feet have their feet entirely in contact with the ground when standing or walking. They also tend to overpronate, which means that their feet roll inward while walking or standing.
What type of pain and injuries are caused by flat feet?
A number of people who possess flat feet may not suffer from any symptoms or noticeable conditions. However, other people with flat feet may experience a range of symptoms, depending on the severity of the ailment.
The most common symptom resulting from flat feet is pain in the foot. The condition of flat feet can cause strain in the muscles as well as the connecting ligaments, which manifests as foot pain or strain.
The overpronation which often occurs as a result of flat feet can place stress on the ankles and on several other parts of the body, such as the knees, the hips, the lower legs, and the lower back. This is due to the fact that the misalignment caused by the overpronation places stress on the joints. This carries through to everything connected to those joints.
Pain caused by flat feet can also manifest itself in the inside ankle area; this is often accompanied by some swelling. Other areas which may experience pain from flat feet include the arches of the foot, the lower legs, the calves, the knees, the hips, and the lower back. Your feet feeling stiff can also be a result or symptom of flat feet.
The arches of your feet help to distribute body weight evenly and appropriately. Thus, flat feet may result in an uneven distribution of your body weight, which can cause you to wear down shoes more quickly or unevenly than normal. Shoes which wear unevenly, especially on one particular side, may lead to more injuries.
Conditions such as plantar fasciitis and bunions are also more likely to occur in those with flat feet, due to the strain on the tendons, the overpronation, and the uneven walking mechanics, which may force the feet into unusual positions.
Another common condition resulting from flat feet is that one becomes more easily fatigued while walking or running. If this is your only symptom, you may think this level of fatigue is normal and you may not even realize that you have flat feet.
What’s the difference between walking shoes for flat feet and other walking shoes?
Walking shoes for flat feet will typically offer more support for the arches and more cushioning in general. Furthermore, walking shoes designed for flat feet will also usually offer a remedy against overpronation, such as Rollbar support technology, which limits excessive motion (overpronation). In general, walking shoes designed for people with flat feet will offer more support and cushioning to be more comfortable, since foot pain and fatigue affect those with flat feet more easily than those without flat feet.