Looking for a pair of sneakers to wear on your casual days off hanging out with friends or running errands? Should be easy enough to find, right? Except you have flat feet that require a bit more arch support and stabilizing features.
Not so easy…
…until you found this list!
Believe me, I understand the flat feet woes. Over-pronation, heel pain, and plantar fasciitis are problems that plague many flat footers. In this list of best sneakers for flat feet, I find you the shoes that will fit your inserts comfortably and provide support.
Best Sneakers for Flat Feet
|Image||Model||Upper / Sole||Price||Our Rating|
|Skechers Sport Women's Energy Sneaker|
Editors' Choice - Best Sneaker for Flat Feet
|Leather / Rubber sole||$||4.3 / 5|
|Saucony Originals Women's Bullet Sneaker||Fabric and Leather / Rubber sole||$||4.4 / 5|
|PUMA Women's Cell Riaze WN's EM Sneaker||Textile and Synthetic / Rubber sole||$$||4.6 / 5|
|Skechers Sport Men's Stamina Nuovo Cutback Lace-Up Sneaker||Leather and Synthetic / Synthetic sole||$||4.5 / 5|
|ASICS Men's GEL-Contend 3 Running Shoe||Textile and Synthetic / Rubber sole||$$||4.5/ 5|
|New Balance Men's MX608V4 Training Shoe||Leather / Rubber sole||$$||4.4/ 5|
A stabilizing outsole and an EVA foam midsole help to relieve pain off the heels. The toe box is roomy which is nice for those of us with wider feet.
You can tell the shoe was designed with care and functionality in mind. The collar is well cushioned for softness all around the ankle and a leather upper makes for a clean finish. The upper is made with mesh and toe cap perforations to keep your feet well ventilated.
They even implemented a pull heel tab for easy on/off when you’re in a hurry. Even with all this, the shoe remains lightweight.
Unfortunately, the insole is glued in. Unless you have thinner orthotics, you’ll have to be okay with the arch support provided. Many users have found the arch support to be adequate.
Saucony is best known for making a killer minimal running shoe, but they’ve recently been trying their hand at the casual sneaker. And, boy, did they succeed with the Bullet Sneaker.
If you’re a fan of the low-profile retro-look, you’ll love these shoes. The fun yet classic style of these shoes adds just the right amount of funk to any look. Not to mention, they come in a variety of colors to choose from.
Nylon and suede make these shoes sturdy and durable. You can expect to wear these for a long while, and you’ll want to! They’re comfortable and lightweight, so you’ll barely worry about your feet while wearing them.
A minimal sneaker unfortunately also means minimal support. You will be able to insert your own orthotics though, unlike the last pair. A lot of people also like the fact that these shoes have the magical ability to make larger feet look small.
A well-loved shoe brand for years, PUMA has a great sneaker in their Cell Riaze collection made for women with flat feet.
The EM Sneaker is well-padded and comfortable throughout. EVA midsole and bubble tech technology provide excellent shock absorption as you walk. They even added additional cushioning throughout the heel to give you plenty of support in a usual problem area for the flat-footed.
Rubber outsole provides good traction. The shoe is well-structured providing lateral support to prevent overpronation and arch support for stabilization. A breathable ecoortholite sock liner is implemented inside the shoe to keep the germs at bay.
This shoe is more narrow, so my wide footed companions will want to look elsewhere for a sneaker. It’s also important to note that these shoes seem to run a half size smaller than standard sneakers.
Other than that, these nice shoes come in a variety of color combinations that I believe many women will enjoy.
In the men’s department, Skechers’ Stamino Nuovo offers a well-designed shoe with structured support.
The sole of the shoe is where all the magic happens. The insole is cushioned for comfort and removable if you want to use your own inserts. The EVA midsole takes high impact with no problem, absorbing shock with each step. The rubber outsole is flexible while providing high traction.
These shoes are also made with a stabilized midfoot design, giving support right where you want it: the arch. No more wobbly, weak, or painful feet.
So, you’re sold on the inside of the shoe. Now, what about the outside?
Sporty mesh overlays keep your feet cool, while also implementing synthetic leather. These shoes also have the nice pull-on heel loop for access.
Perhaps the only flaw some might find with these is that they are too “heavy-duty” for casual wear. But, in my opinion, the sturdier, the better.
ASICS has been in the shoe game for a while, so you can expect a great sneaker out of their warehouse. The GEL-contend 3 has a lot to offer for flat, wide feet.
Full-length GEL cushioning lines the inside making for a soft step. The sock liner is removable to accommodate orthotics. Many find that the arch support provided within the shoe adequate.
These shoes also have a shock-absorbing midsole and a tough rubber outsole for traction. Many users claim that wearing these shoes is like walking on clouds because of how lightweight they are.
A roomy toe box accommodates wide feet nicely. Mesh weave underlays means breathability throughout the shoe.
The shoe’s design is fairly basic, with greyscale color options. There are a couple of styles with pops of red or yellow on the upper. The only thing they could’ve done better on is the laces- some users may find they’re too short.
New Balance seems to make almost every “top product” list we write about shoes for flat feet, and for a good reason. They are a trusted brand known for creating shoes to support every type of foot. They really put comfort at a premium for this model.
Unlike the rest on this list, these shoes have a memory foam insole for maximum comfort. This is paired with an IMEVA midsole, which gives a perfect balance of firmness plus flexibility. Together with the rubber outsole, you get New Balance’s signature ABZORB cushioning.
The collar of the shoe implements dual-density foam. A soft-density foam stays soft against your feet, while a firm-density foam adds support.
These shoes win in affordability, but what you keep in savings, you may lose in quality. With regular, light use for those casual days, these should last you a significant amount of time. But perhaps don’t expect these shoes to last you years.
Don’t only consider buying quality shoes for your workout days. The days that you are out walking around, hanging out with friends, or running errands are some of the easiest and most important days to care for your feet.
Those of us with flat feet especially need to take heed whenever looking into a pair of sneakers. The right pair of shoes can mean pain-free, strong feet for the rest of your days.
So, I hope this list is helpful to you. Enjoy your new sneakers!