Sandals for Bunions - Flatter Your Feet AND Eliminate Pain
Let's face it. While we all cheer the arrival of summer, some of us find open-toe season stressful. The Danform Shoes team understands that many customers, often those with bunions, are self-conscious about their feet. Our deep collection of the best shoes for bunions includes flattering and foot-healthy sandals to make your summer wardrobe shine.
Some customers find bunions painful, to others they are simply annoying, but the consensus is clear that it's difficult to find shoes that feel good - and that you love to wear. Pretty, practical, bunion friendly sandals are in plentiful supply. You just might need some expert guidance to find them!
Sean, our Shelburne store manager, offers a four point approach when selecting sandals for bunions: Cover, Hide, Hug, Avoid.
CHOOSE YOUR STRATEGY
A sampling of bunion friendly sandals from our Shelburne Road store
While numerous shoe styles can accommodate bunions, Kathy, a Danform veteran, cautions that because the foot is already compromised, arch support is essential. A wider toe box, leather lining, padded back straps and adjustable straps across the forefoot complete the bunion healthy dream team combination.
COVER YOUR BUNIONS WITH CONCEALING SANDALS
If you have bunions, often accompanied by hammer toe, you may prefer a concealment strategy. Some sandals for bunions and hammertoes completely cover the bunion, others with thicker leathers might fully hide it.
The Taos Gift 2 blends orthotic level support with supple leather for a classy, wearable look. Cover and hide your bunions if that boosts your confidence!
Finding pretty sandals that mask bunions and adds height can be a challenge. The Dansko Laurie wedge delivers on both counts.
Neutral and flattering, the Dansko Season, is available in Stone (pictured), Black and White. When you're shopping for dressy sandals for bunions ~ sometimes a Dansko is just what the doctor ordered.
HUG YOUR BUNIONS WITH CAMOUFLAGING SANDALS
While some bunion sufferers avoid open, strappy styles, Danform Shoes embraces them! Thanks to stealth design, traditional sandal styles photoshop your bunions with carefully placed lines to hug where you need a hint of coverage while avoiding direct pressure.
Birkenstock Mayari's criss-cross design subtly cradles your bunion in all the right places. Its molded cork footbed offers orthotic quality pain relief.
The Taos Universe leather lined straps soothe your bunion and showcase your red-dy for anything style.
For those occasions when fashion trumps our good sense, Danform Shoes fit experts can tailor a not-exactly-bunion friendly shoe into submission. Using the ball and ring stretcher, forgiving leathers will loosen, freeing your Cinderella style.
SOMETIMES A LITTLE CREATIVITY IS KEY
Even sandals that aren't the perfect pair for everyday bunion wear can be customized to your foot when our fit experts dig into their bag of tools.
As one of our favorite (typically practical) customers notes, there are times "when I can afford to be ornamental."
The Born Iwa's forgiving leather criss-cross strap cradles the bunion without irritation, but doesn't have the arch support to recommend it for everyday wear. For special occasions - this soft upper sandal can be a stylish shoe to have in your quiver.
Bunions don't have to mean foregoing fashion in favor of fit. In fact, many of our customers come to Danform Shoes on the recommendation of their medical professional because we value wellness - but not at the expense of style. Whether you are battling a foot condition like plantar fasciitis , recovering from surgery, or simply choosing to proactively care for your feet, we have the largest selection of therapeutic footwear in Vermont.
Stop by any of our 4 Vermont Locations or browse online to start your own personal fitting. We love to help!
Please note that our online collection is just a small sample of the styles you'll find in our stores.
Special thank you to Sean, Kathy, Tim and Dale from Danform Shoes Shelburne for their expert contributions to this post!