The Most Comfortable Warm Weather Orthopedic Sandals for Women
In the summertime, no one wants to wear bulky boots or heavy-soled shoes, and many women turn to sandals, flip flops and wedges. But no matter how stylish or trendy these sandals may be, they’re usually flat, uncomfortable and unsupportive. Unsupportive flat shoes have been known to cause plantar fasciitis; fallen arches; tearing tendons; ingrown toenails; back, knee, ankle and hip problems; and heel pressure.
Thankfully, orthopedic sandals can combat or prevent all these foot issues while still allowing you to sport sandals all summer long. Orthopedic sandals either have a built-in orthotic sole, or feature a removable sole so you can insert your own orthotics. Here are the five best orthopedic sandals we recommend for the summer months:
Dr. Comfort sandals unite comfortable support with a classy design. The Sharon Sandal features two wide straps keep the sandal secure as you walk without cutting into your foot, while the modest heel gives you a bit of height—but not too much. The alligator texture of the leather also adds a unique design element and some visual interest to the sandal. The shoe comes in two colors: an olive green with a bright green stone detail and a peanut tan with a yellow stone detail. As an added bonus, the Sharon sandal has a removable footbed that can accommodate custom orthotics, so you don’t have to choose between a sandal that’s stylish or supportive—you can have both.
This pair of Lana sandals are the newest addition to Dr. Comfort’s Open Comfort collection. The sandals comes in both brown and black and features stretchable Lycra sides that accommodate bunions and other foot deformities. The double Velcro closures over the foot, plus the buckled closure on the heel, offer maximum adjustability and ensure that you always have the perfect fit. The metal button on the second Velcro strap offers a subtle design touch, and the footbed can be removed for custom orthotics.
This simple yet classy design means that these orthopedic sandals made by Revere shoes are the perfect choice for any summer outing, from picnics at the park to fancy dinners by the seaside. These Velcro sandals have two adjustable straps and come in four versatile colors: black, navy, red and pewter. The shoes are made of premium handcrafted leather and nubuck uppers and leather linings. The insole is removable, and the sole has extra depth to accommodate custom orthotics. The firm padded heel has lots of cushioning for extra shock absorption. If you’re in between sizes, Revere recommends ordering the nearest size up for the best fit.
Flip flops are known for being uncomfortable and unsupportive—but these Vionic sandals are out to change their reputation for good. The feminine bow adds an upscale design touch to the otherwise casual sandal, which comes in three colors: white, pewter, and tortoise. The lightweight, flexible EVA midsole absorbs shock — reducing stress on feet, ankles, and knees — while the Orthaheel Technology hugs your arches and supports your feet in comfort. Finally, the durable rubber outsole features a patterned tread that provides traction on a variety of surfaces. The sandal comes in full sizes from 5 to 11, as well as two widths: medium and wide.
These Propet women’s sandals offer an excellent combination of coverage and protection for a sandal, sporting a fully-closed heel. The shoes come in two classic colors—black and tan—and are made with a supple full-grain leather/nubuck leather upper and a leather lining. The sandals come in both full and half sizes, as well as four widths: B (medium width), D (wide width), 2E (extra wide width) and 4E (extra extra wide width). The ultra-cushioned footbed provides comfort and support throughout a full day of walking, and it can be removed to accommodate custom orthotics. The two Velcro straps are fully adjustable, and the outsole provides cushion, traction and durable wear.
Just because you need to wear orthopedic shoes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the feel of the sun on your toes during the summer. These five pairs of orthopedic sandals will give you plenty of support and cushioning while still allowing your feet to breathe, no matter what summer activity you’re doing. Not only that, they’ll also help you avoid the pain and other complications associated with flat, unsupportive sandals. Take care of your feet this summer with one of these sandal options.