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Sandals for Bunions - Flatter Your Feet AND Eliminate Pain

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 the latest foot-healthy sandals to make your summer wardrobe shine.

Wellness driven styles from Taos, Vionic, Aetrex, Birkenstock and Wolky are top recommended brands for relieving foot pain from bunions.

birkenstock mayari recommended for bunions

The Birkenstock Mayari's criss-cross straps provide stealth coverage for bunions. 

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 multi-point approach when selecting sandals for bunions: Cover, Conceal and Hide, Hug and Avoid or Accept and Show them Proud!

Let's break them down!

Conceal your Bunions with Full Coverage 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.

Voila!  Behold the Dansko Tricia's bunion concealing magic!

Taos Gift 2 Sandal for BunionsThe 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!



dansko tricia for bunions
Finding pretty sandals that mask bunions and add height can be a challenge.  The Dansko Tricia wedge delivers on both counts.   When you're shopping for dressy sandals for bunions, Dansko can be just what the doctor ordered!





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.

The Aetrex Gabby, pictured above, doesn't completely mask the bunion, but its adjustable straps offer comfortable coverage without irritating the bunion. 
birkenstock soley for bunions

Neutral and stylish, the Birkenstock Soley adds height without stressing the foot and its adjustable front buckle accommodates a bunion.






birkenstock franca bunion concealing sandals
Birkenstock Franca's criss-cross design subtly cradles your bunions in all the right places.  Its molded cork footbed offers orthotic quality pain relief.  


Birkenstock footbed's wider toe box allows feet to position naturally, promoting long-term-foot health.




The Aetrex Jillian's leather lined straps soothe your bunion and showcase your summer style.  Note how the Aetrex footbed has cradling contours that the typical flat sandal lacks. 


Those go-to shoes you wear day in and day out play a critical role in your long-term foot health!

Other Essentials Features you'll find in the best sandals for bunions include:

  • MULTI-STRAP ADJUSTMENTS, often with velcro, to allow a custom fit just for you.
  • FORGIVING FABRICS to lessen pressure and irritation.
  • a WIDE TOE BOX - constricting toes can compromise the joint and cause further damage.

Sometimes a little Creativity is Key

the ball and ring stretcher for bunion shoes

For those occasions when fashion trumps our good sense, Danform Shoes Fit Experts can tailor a not exactly bunion-friendly shoe by adding space.  Using the ball and ring stretcher, forgiving leathers will loosen.   

As long as you spend most of your days wearing supportive footwear, you can, as one of our favorite customers says, "afford to be ornamental" on special occasions!

Flat soled sandals like the Born Iwa, above,  aren't recommended for everyday bunion wear, but its leather upper can be customized to your foot when our experts dig into their bag of tools. 

birkenstock soley for bunions

Your feet will thank you for choosing a wedge over a traditional high heel.

Accept Your Bunions and Show Them Proud!

One post-pandemic trend we're loving?  Our customers are getting more comfortable in their own skin, making wellness minded decisions....knowing smart choices pay off for lifelong foot health.

Open toed sandals with arch support may be the best medicine for bunions.  Wellness minded brands like Oofos and Olukai let you spend the day in healing comfort.


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.


Most importantly, we have a full staff of knowledgeable Fit Experts who understand the importance of matching your unique feet to the the best choice among the thousands of shoes we have on hand.  You'll always find a warm welcome as we work together in search of the shoe that will make your day and keep your feet happy, healthy and  active for life.  We know it takes an extra step to forego one-click shopping, and we promise the experience you'll find at Danform Shoes is worth the visit!

helpful fit experts at Danform shoes

Stop by any of our 4 Vermont locations to get some advice or shoot us an e-mail.  We love to help!

Special thank you to Betsy, Carroll, Tim, Robin, Sean, Kathy and Dale from Danform Shoes Shelburne for their expert contributions to this post!









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