Feet come in all shapes and sizes, and if you’re suffering from foot pain when walking or standing, there may be something about the structure of your feet that’s setting you up for a set of problems. One of the issues you could be facing is a foot condition called pes cavus – more commonly known as a high arches.
A foot specialist known as a podiatrist can diagnose this for you, but taking a look at your footprint could give you a clue that this is something you are suffering from. A high arched foot may leave a thin footprint. This is because most of the arch area is not making contact with the ground. You can test this out by wetting your feet and then standing on a concrete or stone floor to see if your footprint is very thin.
If you find that you are rarely able to find comfortable shoes, or often find shoes too shallow, this could also indicate you have high arches. Shopping problems aside, having high arches causes foot, knee, back and leg pain because your feet are not properly able to absorb shock created when your foot hits the ground. If you have high arches you may also experience nerve irritation across the top of your foot caused by shoes being too tight as a result of your high arches.
The solution? Foot orthotics can help by relieving the pressure on your heel and forefoot, but if it’s spring, summer, or fall and you want a pair of sandals, you’ll need to look for walking sandals for high arches that have a thick, flexible sole to absorb shock. Let’s take a look at the top 2 available.
1 – Earth Origins Bianca Open Toe Suede Sport Sandals
These are great sandals with good arch support. If you’re on your feet a lot during the day, or love exploring the great outdoors, having a comfortable pair of shoes to support your high arches and your active lifestyle is a priority. Investing in a pair of walking shoes for high arches that are designed for your foot’s individual requirements needn’t be confusing. As mentioned, a flexible sole is a priority. The Earth Origins Bianca Women’s Sandal has a rubber sole, a material that is best suited to absorb the impact on your feet as you walk. This should prevent future pain or damage from developing.
The Bianca sandal by Earth Brands is also designed to offer you comfort and relief if you already suffer from daily foot agonies. The stylish suede walking shoe features a hook and loop closure system that is adjustable to alleviate nerve tension caused by your high arches. It also makes it super easy to slip the walking sandal on and off so it’ll never slow you down!
Comfort levels are also boosted thanks to latex cushioning in the midsole, and impertex sock lining, which is a breathable and waterproof material, alleviating sweating and further discomfort. If you’re looking for a walking shoe for high arches, you’ll also want good grip to cut down on stumbles and slips. The Bianca walking shoe has a TPR outsole, giving you the grip you need, whatever the surface. You don’t need to skimp on style either – this Earth Origins sports sandal has a feminine, non-bulky look, with a leather upper and contrast stitching.
2 – Keen Women’s Class 5 Flip Sandal
When you think of flip shoes, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the traditional rubber shoes you love to kick back in when the weather is warm. There’s something liberating and refreshing about wearing shoes with toe pegs, but if you have high-arched feet, you could be setting yourself up for trouble. They simply don’t offer you the support you need.
The Keen Women’s Class 5 Flip Sandal has a reinforced rubber sole to offer extra shock absorbing qualities and plenty of tread, with fabric bands and toe pegs so the flip sandal fits your foot comfortably and securely. You won’t get that “flip-flopping” sensation you get with old-school flip sandals. While these are great everyday shoes, they have a polyurethane (PU) foam midsole, which also makes them suitable as flip walking sandals, thanks to their support and shock-absorbing qualities.
The upper is also made of microfiber meaning it dries quickly and draws moisture (such as perspiration) away from the foot. Even better, they only weigh 6.4 oz, making them light sandals that won’t slow you down or bulk up your travel pack.
Scared of losing them in rapid-moving water? Don’t worry – thanks to the materials used in the Keen Women’s Sandals, they will float in water. The fabric used in the Class 5 flip walking sandals also sets them apart from other sandals for high arches. Geometric designs on the fabric gives them a classic look and feel that will look great with all your other walking gear.