While the causes are largely genetic wearing tight or poorly fitting shoes, which may rub against the bunion, can cause pain and discomfort. Bothersome bunions are said to have plagued celebrities including fashion designer Victoria Beckham, model Naomi Campbell and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
The good news is there are a range of shoes specifically designed for women with bunions, including Sole Bliss. Lisa Kay, founder of Sole Bliss, has some top tips on how to find a pair that will help you step out in style and be kind to your feet.
“There are a few really important things to keep an eye out for when shopping for shoes for bunions. The first is making sure that there is sufficient width and depth at the front of the shoes, so that bunions and toes have ample room to relax and ‘breathe’ inside the shoe,” she revealed.
Before adding, “Ensuring the shoe’s ‘top-line’ is cut high-up on the foot is also key, so as to avoid aggravating any sensitive joints. Also, ideally avoid shoes which will lead to your feet pronating (rolling inwards), as this can exacerbate pre-existing bunions.”
We’ve put together a roundup of some of the most bunion-friendly shoe options, and there’s something to suit all budgets and tastes.
Our favourite shoes for bunions
Pandora Lux Leopard, £169, Sole Bliss (opens in new tab)
These sophisticated court shoes are lined with super soft leather, and can take you seamlessly from a day to night. The brand’s best-selling style has even been worn by Helen Mirren. The award-winning actress stepped out in a black suede version at the Venice Film Festival.
Charlotte Grey Leather/Suede, £90, Calla Shoes (opens in new tab)
Few things are more versatile than a classic ballet flat and this chic pair are ‘perfect for bunions, triangle shaped feet’.
Abbeyville Shoes, £79, Hotter Shoes (opens in new tab)
Available in wide fit these casual flats from Hotter give your feet enough room to breathe and come with the added bonus of a matching handbag.
Ava Wide Fit Kitten Heel Shoes, Silver Leather, £87.50, Sargasso & Grey (opens in new tab)
Sargasso & Grey’s strap line is ‘shoes that don’t squeeze’, and the Ava Wide Fit Kitten Heel is the perfect example of this.
Featuring an extra wide toe box these party-ready shoes will give your toes some much needed wiggle space.
They’re also billed as the perfect choice for those who suffer with bunions ‘as the shoe upper comfortably covers the bunion, rather than cutting across it’.
Jolene Ankle Boot, £130, Vionic Shoes (opens in new tab)
This sturdy and stylish shoes feature podiatrist-designed FMT Technology, which ‘provides superior orthotic support, relief and stability which helps realign the feet back to their natural position’.
Miriam worked for woman&home for over five years and previously worked on the women's lifestyle magazines Woman and Woman's Own.
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