Plenty has been written about running with high arches. If you have high arches, it’s not just something you run with – you walk around all day every day with high arches, too. It can be difficult to find shoes that give you the right kind of support and are actually comfortable on your feet.
The best walking shoes for high arches should cushion your feet well enough to allow you to do what you need to without leaving you sore when your errands or outings are over.
We have chosen the Brooks Dyad 11 as the best overall walking shoe for those with high arches. They have a deep insole that can accommodate a custom orthotic if needed, and also features a wider base for extra stability.
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1. Brooks Dyad 11
If you’re looking for a shoe that will provide support for your high arches, or that has enough volume to fit a custom orthotic with heel lifts, then this may be the shoe for you.
The Dyad 11 has a deep insole that will fit most custom orthotics, including those with heel lifts. The midsole features Brooks BioMoGo DNA cushioning, which adapts to your stride and helps to reduce the impact of your footstrike.
Brooks has replaced the shank with dual arch pods, which are combined with a wide base to provide extra stability to the midfoot.
The shoe also has a heel segmented crash pad, which is built into the midsole. This helps to absorb shock, provides additional cushioning, and helps with a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
The upper is made from a breathable mesh that helps keep the foot secure and cool throughout the day. Apadded tongue helps to reduce pressure points, and a padded collar adds comfort for your ankle.
The outsole is made from a durable rubber and features three flex grooves in the forefoot. These help add some flexibility, letting the shoe bend naturally with the foot. Some people may find that the shoe is firm and doesn’t provide as much flexibility as they’d like.
- Broad fit through the midfoot
- BioMoGo DNA
- Features Dual Arch Pods
- Deep insole
- Some may find the sole of the shoe to be firm and less flexible
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2. Saucony Echelon Walker 3
This shoe provides cushioning that can also help with balance while you walk. The shoe has a wide and stable base. PWRRUN foam in the midsole is lightweight and will help absorb and reduce the impact on your feet.
The upper is made from a long-lasting leather and breathable mesh that allows air to circulate, minimizing hotspots in the shoe. Both the heel collar and tongue are padded, with flat laces that help to reduce pressure spots on the foot. A spacious toe box allows you to move your toes freely.
The outsole is made from durable and slip-resistant rubber so that you can walk confidently on pavement, road, and gravel. The rubber outsole also helps to reduce and absorb shock from your footstrike.
This particular shoe only comes in two colors, black or white. Some may find that white gets dirty too quickly and they’d prefer not to have an all-black shoe, so the choice is limited.
- PWRRUN cushioning
- Walk-Trac slip-resistant outsole
- Durable leather and synthetic upper
- Spacious toe-box
- These shoes only come in two colors, black and white, and some people may want a wider variety of color options
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3. New Balance 928 V3
New Balance’s orthotic-friendly 928 v3 has a removable insole that allows you to insert your own custom orthotics. However, you may find that the shoe provides enough support as is because it uses CMEVA foam, which is soft enough to absorb and reduce shock yet doesn’t compress quickly.
It has an extra layer of foam that uses New Balances ABZORB technology. This provides a second layer of cushioning to absorb impact while providing comfort and minimizing pain and discomfort. The foam also molds to the shape of your foot to alleviate pressure points.
The shoe’s structure is built around Rollbar technology, which consists of a molded plate connecting the medial and lateral postings. This minimizes the movement of the rear foot, as well as preventing over-pronation and supination.
The upper is 100% leather, which helps to keep the foot locked into place. Perforations let air circulate well. It has a seamless fabric liner with antimicrobial properties to keep your foot healthy. The heel collar is also padded and helps in keeping the foot locked down. The tongue is padded, although some people may find the tongue to be too short, which may cause irritation around the ankle.
The outsole features Ndurance rubber for better traction on all surfaces. It also has flex grooves in the front that provide a natural bend. These shoes fall under Medicare / HCPCS code A5500. If they’re prescribed to you by your doctor, then they may be eligible for Medicare reimbursement.
- ABZORB midfoot cushioning
- ROLLBAR stability post
- Wide and Extra Wide sizes available
- Removable insole
- Some may find that the tongue is too short, and that this causes irritation around the ankle
4. Hoka One One Bondi 7
There are certainly important difference between dedicated walking shoes and running shoes. That being said, many running shoes also make great walking shoes, and exhibit A is one of our favorite shoes, the Bondi. The 7th version of this shoe may make you feel like you’re walking on soft, springy clouds. It has a full-length EVA midsole that is responsive and comfortable. It provides both support and good energy return, so you’ll have a spring in your step.
This is Hoka’s most cushioned shoe in their running shoe range, so when walking with it you’ll definitely feel the difference. The molded Ortholite footbed offers good support for high arches. You can add your own orthotic if you need to, for better support. Even the ankle collar is well-padded with memory foam for all-round comfort.
In addition to being very cushioned, they are also stable and sturdy, with TPU overlays and an internal heel counter to lock the heel in place.
- Full-length compression-molded EVA midsole
- Memory foam heel collar
- Molded Ortholite® footbed
- Internal heel counter
- Some may find the fit on the upper to be narrow
5. Orthofeet Lava
If you need orthopedic shoes, these might be the best option for you. They are made by a company that specializes in orthopedic shoes. The deep insole allows your foot to sit in a position that allows for maximum benefit from the orthotic insoles.
These specially-designed insoles provide anatomical arch support, and the various layers of cushioning mean your foot will feel comfortable and supported on a soft but stable platform.
The toe box is wide to prevent chafing and make sure there’s no pressure on the toes. The uppers are non-binding and stretchable, so there’s less pressure on the top of the foot.
Some people may not be satisfied with the amount of cushioning if they do a lot of walking during the day.
- Orthotic insoles
- Deep insole
- Stretchable upper
- Anatomical arch support
- Some people may find that the shoe doesn’t offer enough cushioning and support and that their feet may start to hurt
Best for Long Distances
6. Asics Gel-Nimbus 23
If you tend to walk long distances, you need a shoe that’s going to support your high arches adequately but also feel comfortable all the way. The ASICS Gel-Nimbus 23 is a classic long-distance training shoe, and has firm arch support that won’t soften even as the miles pile up.
A Flytefoam midsole is firm but still responsive and absorbs the shock of ground impact. As an added bit of cushioning, there are Gel cushions in the forefoot and rearfoot to provide both padding and energy return.
The Guidance Trusstic System Technology uses Flex Grooves to keep the feet in the right position and supports a natural gait, which is helpful to keep the correct walking form on long walks.
For some, the heel cup may feel too tight around their heel or not flexible enough, which might lead to pain in the heel.
- FlyteFoam midsole
- Gel cushioning
- Flex grooves
- Asics High Abrasion Rubber (AHAR™) outsole
- Some people may find the heel cup to be tight and rigid, which could cause heel pain
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7. Vionic Delmar Adela
You can get these shoes in leather or novelty leather and mesh. They only come in two colors, black and white, which may not be enough color choice for some.
They look good, but they’re also good for high arches. This footwear features a biomechanical orthotic footbed that enhances stability and keeps firm arch support. Flex grooves in the sole also help keep your gait in a natural position.
The leather upper helps provide some stiffness and stability to the shoe, although it can reduce the breathability and airflow to an extent. A cushioned collar adds extra comfort.
- Biomechanical orthotic footbed (stability, cushioning, arch support)
- Flex grooves
- Leather and mesh upper
- Cushioned collar
- The leather shoes are not very breathable
Top Walking Shoe for Men
8. New Balance 626 v2
New Balance is known for making great orthopedic shoes, and these are one of their offerings that are good for the feet and also have the bonus of being a Medicare/HCPCS code A5500 diabetic shoe. That means that you may qualify for reimbursement if you get a prescription for these shoes.
Even if you don’t have a prescription, you’ll find that these shoes are comfortable on your feet no matter how far you walk. The midsole contains an ABZORB crash pad for reducing shock, and you can remove the insole if you have custom-fitted orthotics.
They’re also very stable, with an internal shank for rigidity. The outsole is slip-resistant, and is ASTM 2412-11 / 2413-11 certified, so you know it’s good quality. Although the sole is slip-resistant, some have mentioned that it wears out quickly with constant use. You will also only find these shoes in black or gray.
- Internal shank for added stability
- Removable foam insole
- Slip-resistant outsole
- ABZORB Crash Pad
- Some may find that the sole will wear and tear quickly
- Only come in black or gray
Best Wide Toe Box
9. Altra Paradigm 5
Altras are prized by minimalist runners for their ample toe box and zero drop. High arches can sometimes cause the foot to sit in an unnatural position in the shoe, which can lead to chafing or pressure sores. A wide toe box will help alleviate this problem. So the Paradigm 5 is a great choice.
The toes can splay out naturally, not only for comfort, but also for better balance, especially with high arches. Added Guide Rails and Altra’s StabiliPod technology also prevents the foot from falling over, so you’ll be well-anchored.
The Paradigm 5 features the Altra Ego midsole, which offers balanced cushioning on a zero-drop platform. Some may find the zero-drop platform to be strange at first. Ease into them slowly, as they do use the foot and calf muscles differently, which takes some time to adjust to.
- Uses StabiliPod technology
- Altra EGO midsole
- Medial GuideRail
- Wide toe box
- Some may find the zero-drop uncomfortable
Best Nike Walking Shoe
10. Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14
Nike is one of the best-known athletic footwear brands, and they make great shoes for a variety of functions. This is their best walking shoe, and their technology makes it a comfortable and supportive choice for those with high arches.
The full-length cushioning uses a combination of Nike’s React foam and a Zoom Air unit to provide nice bounce and smoothness while walking. There’s a feeling of extra support in the midfoot thanks to Nike’s Dynamic Fit technology, which uses Flywire cables to cushion and support.
The mesh upper is durable and hugs the feet creating even more support. It’s breathable and offers good airflow.
- Tongue is sewn to the upper
- React foam midlayer
- Full-length Zoom Air unit
- Dynamic Fit technology
- Some may find that the forefoot doesn’t have enough cushioning
Best Shoe for Trails and Hiking
11. Brooks Cascadia 15
High arches can really be a pain (literally) when hiking or trail running. The Brooks Cascadia is our shoe of choice for those situations. It’s not as rugged as some dedicated outdoorsy shoes, but it has all the features to make it a safe, supportive walking shoe for offroad use.
The BioMoGo cushioning keeps your feet comfortable and pain-free. A built-in ballistic rock shield helps to absorb the impact of rocks and bumps on the trail without being hard on your feet.
Pivot Post technology offers extra stability and will ensure that you don’t end up over-extending your arches or losing the support of the midsole while on rough terrain. It also features a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane in the upper that won’t necessarily help high arches but is a helpful feature to have when you’re outdoors.
To keep you even more stable on varying ground, a TrailTack sticky gum rubber outsole will prevent slipping.
- Built-in rock plate
- TrailTack sticky rubber outsole
- BioMoGo DNA cushioning
- Pivot Post technology
- Some people may find that shoe doesn’t have as much ventilation as the previous version
What are high arches?
High arches refers to your instep arch. It is normal for it to be raised about the floor some. But an exaggeratedly high arch can cause some foot issues, especially with flexibility.
High arches are often genetic, but they can also be developed over time. When you have high arches, your body weight is distributed to the ball of your forefoot and heel. Some people may have pain, while other people may experience discomfort or feel like their feet are fatigued when walking or standing.
This is because the foot is providing less shock absorption, as less of the foot is touching the floor. People with high arches can have corns and calluses, stiffness or inflexibility of the arches and tight lower calf muscles and Achilles tendons.
People who have high arches often also underpronate (or supinate), which places pressures on the muscles and joints of the leg, ankle and foot. If your shoes usually wear first on the outside edge of the heel, you’re underpronating. This can cause additional issues, like:
If you have high arches, the best thing you can do is wear shoes that provide the support you need.
What shoe features do you need with high arches?
People with high arches do best with a shoe where the insole provides full support across the entire arch. Look for shoes that have the following:
- A footbed with ample cushioning to support the arch and prevent it from collapsing.
- Must hold their shape while you’re using them and over time.
- Spacious toe box.
- Have arch extension— this would feel like a broad ramp from the front to the back of the arch.
- Deep heel cup to support your heel effectively.
- Rear foot support— this will help with pronation control and will be more comfortable.
- Padding around the ankle.
- Dynamic and firm support.
What if my shoe still does not support my high arches enough?
If your shoe isn’t providing enough support, you can always insert a pair of insoles. These will help to realign the foot and ankle position so that the arch is stabilized to provide shock absorption. You can have a look at the following insoles for high arches:
- New Balance Insoles 3810 Ultra Support Insole Shoe
- Tread Labs Ramble Comfort Insoles for Flat Feet to Extra High Arches
- Superfeet Green Insoles Orthotic High Arch Support
- Sof Sole Low Arch Unisex FIT Support Insoles
To help with additional support, you can look at using lacing techniques to make sure that there are no pressure points on your foot. This will help reduce pain or even having your foot go numb from the pressure of the laces. You could use a wide-foot lacing technique where you skip every other eyelet.
If you’re still not getting relief when you’ve changed your shoes, inserted an insole or tried lacing your shoes differently, then it would be best to see your doctor or podiatrist. It could be that you need custom orthotics to correct your specific issue.
What benefits will high arch shoes provide?
If you’re already experiencing pain, then wearing shoes that provide support for high arches can help alleviate the ache. They’ll also provide the following benefits:
- The arch support in the shoe distributes the pressure evenly across the foot and aligns your body.
- They can help prevent the arches from collapsing.
- Shoes with adequate support can help with balance.
- Provide relief from knee, hip and back pain.
- The midsoles and insoles help to absorb the shock of your footstrike.
- Overpronation or oversupination is corrected due to motion control of the shoes.
- The shoes provide adequate support for the Plantar fascia ligament that runs from the front to the back of the foot.