How to Choose Shoes for a High Arch

A high arched foot can look very elegant, but can be a real problem to live with. You may have been born with a high arched foot or developed one at a young age, after an injury or due to diabetes or a neurological condition. Here, I will help you choose a shoe that fits your high arched foot well and provides the support you need.

Inspect the shoes in your closet and make a note of the most comfortable pairs and the ones that give you some trouble. This will give you a general idea about the best type of shoe for you.

Do not shy away from shoes with a lace or strap because they have previously been a problem for you. Instead, loosen the laces over the bridge of your foot, and tighten the laces at the top islets. Choose a strap that does not irritate the top of your foot, which may simply mean choosing a shoe where the strap is higher or lower on the bridge of the foot.

Choose a broad heel and stay away from stilettos. This will lessen the chance of you rolling your ankle which you are more prone to doing with a high arched foot.

Look at the sole of the shoe. A shoe with a curved last, i.e narrower in the arch area, may be more comfortable.

Make sure that the sole of the shoe is very cushioned, especially around the ball of the foot.

Place your orthotic (if you wear one) in the shoe before trying the shoe on to make sure that there is enough room in the shoe for your foot and the orthotic.

Try the shoe on while wearing the type of hosiery you expect to wear with the shoes in the long term. Do not wear a thick sock when buying the shoe if you expect to wear a stocking when wearing the shoe.

Make sure that there is enough room in the toe area (toe box) for you to wiggle your toes. Your toes are more likely to curl up with a high arched foot and you may already have claw or hammer toes.

Visit your podiatrist if you are not sure which shoes are correct for you. If you cannot find a suitable pair of shoes, they may refer you to an orthopedic footwear specialist.