Best Shoes For Orthotics in 2022

If you use orthotics, it can be hard to find shoes that comfortably fit them.

The shoes you choose should have plenty of room in the upper to allow room for the orthotic. A removable insole is a must to add extra room. There should be a solid base for stability and a wide toe box so your toes aren’t cramped.

We’ve reviewed the best shoes for orthotics to help you choose one that suits you. The Saucony Echelon 8 is our first choice. It features Saucony’s trademark wide and deep toe box, has a removable insole, and a 3D heel counter.

We have reviewed a variety of shoes for every occasion. Whatever your needs, there will be a shoe here for you.

Top 3 Best and Favorite

 

Saucony Echelon 8

 

  • Wide and deep toe box
  • Removable insole
  • 3D heel counter
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New Balance 940v4

 

  • Wide toe box
  • Flexible T-Beam shank
  • Durable, rubber outsole
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Brooks Dyad 11

 

  • Straight last shoe
  • Dual Arch Pods
  • Structured heel counter
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Best Overall

1. Saucony Echelon 8

The Saucony Echelon 8 features a typical Saucony toe box, which is both wide and deep enough for the toes to splay comfortably and naturally.

This generous fit allows plenty of space for orthotics. The insole can be removed for more room, and the straight-last design makes it easy for orthotics to fit comfortably.

The Foundation Platform provides stability, thanks to the wide base. There’s also a 3D Support Frame, which is a heel counter that helps to lock the foot down and keep it secure whether walking or running. A traditional lacing system further helps with the locked-down fit.

In the midsole, PWRRUN foam provides a good combination of softness and energy return. The cushion is denser than some other types of foam, but it absorbs shock well and sends it right back for a bouncy push-off.

On the outsole, Tri-Flex crystal rubber helps you to keep a good footing on a variety of surfaces and help to extend the lifespan of the shoe as well.

PROS:

  • Wide and deep toe box
  • Responsive, PWRRUN midsole cushioning
  • Removable insole
  • 3D heel counter

CONS:

  • Some may feel that the shoe is quite bulky

Top Stability Shoe

2. New Balance 940v4

The New Balance 940v4 is an excellent shoe for those who use orthotics but also need a stability shoe to correct overpronation.

One of the best things about New Balance shoes is that they’re naturally wide, which allows plenty of space for the toes to splay, as well as enough space for the foot and the orthotic to both fit comfortably.

A thermoplastic T-Beam in the midsole serves to keep the foot aligned and prevent it from rolling inwards. There’s a full-length piece of ABZORB foam, which is denser on the medial side to further support the arch.

Ndurance rubber on the outsole covers the high-use areas to give you excellent grip on all surfaces. It also makes the shoe durable and long-lasting, as well as adding a bit more shock absorption.

PROS:

  • Wide toe box
  • Full-length foam cushioning
  • Flexible T-Beam shank
  • Durable, rubber outsole

CONS:

  • Some people may find that the inner sleeve chafes

Best For Underpronation

3. Brooks Dyad 11

The Brooks Dyad is a neutral shoe, which is what underpronators will need.

It has a straight last, which means the shoe has stable support and a comfortable fit. It’s ideal for adding orthotics as the platform is flat and neutral.

The upper is spacious, allowing for the foot to relax and the toes to splay. This also provides plenty of space for orthotics of varying thicknesses.

A wide platform keeps you stable on your feet, and a rubber outsole keeps you confident on a variety of different surfaces. In the midsole, a BioMoGo foam cushion adapts to your gait to provide the best support for your feet.

There’s a structured heel counter to keep the foot locked down and make excellent contact with the orthotic. There are also two Arch Pods to provide great arch support.

Some people may find that this shoe is too heavy to be comfortable. The men’s shoe weighs almost 13 oz, while the women’s weighs 11 oz.

PROS:

  • Straight last shoe
  • Dual Arch Pods
  • Adaptive BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning
  • Structured heel counter

CONS:

  • Some may find this shoe to be slightly heavy

Top With Wide Toe Box

4. Altra Torin 5

Altra shoes are an excellent choice if you specifically need a wide toe box.

Their FootShape toe box is noticeably wider than others, and it allows the toes more than enough space to spread out comfortably.

It works with their FootPod outsole, which is designed in a specific shape to imitate the bones and tendons in your foot. This encourages natural motion while supporting the foot from the bottom up.

There is also a firm heel cup, which helps to prevent extra movement of the foot inside the shoe.

EGO Max foam in the midsole provides good impact absorption and a soft feeling. It’s a zero drop shoe, which may take some getting used to for those who have never tried one before.

The PU sculpted footbed is removable to make more space—if necessary—for orthotics.

A breathable mesh upper keeps the feet cool, and a thin tongue means the padding isn’t excessive. Some may find that the tongue is a little too long and it rubs on the front of the ankle. This can be fixed by cutting or folding the tongue over before lacing your shoe.

PROS:

  • Ultra-breathable knit upper
  • FootShape toe box
  • PU Sculpted Footbed
  • Balanced and responsive midsole cushioning

CONS:

  • Some may find the tongue to be too long and that it rubs against the ankle bone

Most Cushioned

5. Hoka Bondi 7

The Hoka One One Bondi 7 is a plush, soft shoe. A lot of the comfort of this shoe comes from the midsole, which is a thick layer of EVA foam of more than 30 mm.

As well as a cloud-like midsole, a plush memory foam collar helps the foot to stay in place comfortably. The traditional lacing system helps to get an even better lockdown. The Ortholite insole can be removed to accommodate your own orthotic.

Some may find that the toe box is uncomfortable as this shoe runs narrow throughout. Those with normal feet may need to order a wide size in order to have a spacious enough fit.

PROS:

  • Structured, mesh upper
  • Generous amount of EVA foam
  • Memory foam heel collar
  • Thick Ortholite insole

CONS:

  • The Bondi 7 runs narrow and you may need to order a wide if you have normal-width feet

Best For Hiking

6. Merrell Moab 2

Hikers who need to use their own orthotics will appreciate the Merrell Moab 2 hiking shoe.

A roomy toe box allows plenty of space for the toes and for custom orthotics.

The Moab has a snug fit around the heel, which helps to lock the foot down while cradling it comfortably. A lace-up closure system also allows you to get a good lockdown and prevent your foot from slipping around inside the shoe.

A waterproof leather and mesh upper also keeps the feet dry while you’re hiking. Built into the upper is a “speed band”, which is a thin rod running along the medial and lateral sides of the shoe. It adds light stability and prevents lateral movement of the foot.

There’s also a nylon shank in the midsole to provide extra stability. A contoured EVA footbed with arch support, a deep heel cup, and air cushioning in the heel provides support and shock absorption. The contoured insole can be removed.

The Vibram TC5+ outsole is built for the outdoors. It has 5 mm lugs made of sticky rubber that helps you to stay safe on many different surfaces, whether dry, wet, rough, or smooth.

These hiking shoes may require a break-in period before they start to feel truly comfortable. They’re also slightly heavy, at just over a pound per shoe.

PROS:

  • Leather and mesh upper
  • Contoured footbed
  • Air cushion in the heel
  • Vibram TC5+ sole

CONS:

  • These shoes may require a break-in period

Top Casual

7. Propet Kade (men’s)

8. Propet Olivia (women’s)

For a smart-casual style that you can use comfortably with orthotics, we recommend the Propet Kade for men and the Olivia for women.

Both of these shoes have a durable and stylish leather upper and hook-and-loop strap closures that allow you to get a snug fit.

The Kade has a wide toe box to allow for toe splay. The Olivia has a roomy forefoot, with a stretchable upper that allows plenty of room for the toes to spread out naturally, and can also accommodate foot conditions like bunions.

Both also feature a firm heel counter that ensures the heel stays in place and keeps the foot locked down. The heel remains comfortable thanks to plush heel collar padding.

The men’s shoe—the Kade—features a DuroCloud foam midsole. In the women’s shoe, a shank helps to provide some extra support.

Both of them use a stacked footbed system, with two insoles that can be removed to make a lot of space for your own orthotics.

They’re also both Medicare-approved and A5500 coded for diabetic patients.

PROS:

  • Leather upper
  • Wide hook-and-loop strap
  • Rigid heel counter
  • Padded heel collar

CONS:

  • Some may find that these shoes are heavy

Best Loafers

9. Dansko Wayne (men’s)

10. Dansko Franny (women’s)

These casual loafers are smart and comfortable.

The Dansko Wayne—men’s—is a slip-on with dual elastic holds for ease of getting on and off. The Dansko Franny—women’s—has a hook-and-loop strap which also makes it easy to get on and off comfortably.

Both shoes have leather uppers that look professional and stylish and make the shoes durable and water-resistant. A leather sockliner provides soft comfort, and the EVA footbed can be removed for custom orthotics to take its place.

The shoes both have rubber outsoles that are durable and grippy. The men’s shoe is certified slip-resistant.

They are both slightly heavy, which may feel uncomfortable for some. The women’s shoe weighs 11 oz, while the men’s is almost 1½ pounds.

PROS:

  • Supple leather upper
  • Breathable leather lining
  • Removable cushioned and contoured footbed
  • Durable rubber outsole

CONS:

  • Both of these shoes may be slightly heavy

Top Dress Shoes

11. Orthofeet Avery Island (men’s)

12. Orthofeet Chelsea (women’s)

These shoes are ideal for work or fancy occasions. Both the men’s—the Avery Island—and the women’s—the Chelsea—have durable and professional-looking leather uppers.

The Avery Island is a traditional lace-up shoe, while the Chelsea is a slip-on shoe with adjustable straps. Both have spacious toe boxes, to prevent chafing and allow for comfort.

The biggest reason that these shoes are ideal for orthotics is that they both have a removable insert system that makes extra space within the shoe. The insoles they already have are premium quality, highly supportive insoles.

But there are two extra inserts within the shoes—1/16-inch and ⅛-inch—that are both removable. You can remove them both to increase the depth of the shoe dramatically, or just one if you need a shallower shoe.

There is also an Arch Booster, which is a rigid piece that can fit underneath the insole to provide extra support to the arch if necessary.

The Ortho-Cushion system uses air pockets and a gel-like insert at the heel to provide optimal shock absorption.

PROS:

  • Leather upper
  • Ortho-Cushion system
  • Arch Booster system
  • Ergonomic sole

CONS:

  • The shoes may run slightly wide

FAQs

Can I Put Orthotics in Any Shoe?

Not every shoe will be a good fit for orthotics. Much of it depends on how much volume a shoe has in the upper. You need plenty of space to fit most orthotics. Many shoes today don’t have enough room to fit this need.

If you can remove the insoles from a pair of shoes, it’s possible that they will work for orthotics. The best way to find out if your shoes will be a good fit for your orthotics is to take the shoe with you when you’re being fitted for an orthotic.

Important Features That the Shoe Must Provide

When looking for the best shoes for orthotics, you should consider the following features.

For the best support, the shoe should be firm in the midsole, especially in the medial side—the inside of the foot. This will provide a solid platform.

The shoe should not be too flexible. If the shoe twists or moves under your foot, it may not provide enough support to the arch. A stiff heel counter will help to keep your heel and ankle in the correct alignment, which locks the heel down and keeps the foot stable.

Another feature that helps to keep the foot locked down is to choose a shoe with proper shoelaces instead of Velcro or hook-and-loop closures.

The shoe should have a wide enough base to provide stability. A wide and rounded toe box will also help to provide space for most orthotics, while allowing the toes space to splay comfortably.

There should also be enough depth in the shoe to have space for the orthotic. A removable insole is a must, to make space for new orthotics and to have a flat base to place your orthotic on.

Are Wide Shoes Better for Orthotics?

Depending on the orthotic, a wide shoe may accommodate it better. There should still be enough room for your foot to feel comfortable, but not so much space that you can’t get your foot locked down.

With that being said, it doesn’t mean that you can’t use an orthotic if you have a naturally narrow foot and wear more narrow shoes. You just need to find an orthotic that works for you.

Should You Wear Orthotics All the Time?

Once your feet have adjusted to your orthotic, you should be wearing them all the time to provide adequate support for your feet.

But most orthotics take a few weeks to break in. For the first two to four weeks, you should wear your new orthotics regularly but not all the time. Begin by wearing them for a few hours at a time and then removing them.

Every few days, you can increase the length of time that you wear the orthotics until your feet have adjusted and you can wear them at all times.

How Often Should Orthotics Be Changed?

Just like shoes, orthotics can wear out with use. They should be replaced every 3 years, if not sooner.

Adults using orthotics should be reevaluated by their podiatrist every year to make sure the orthotic is still doing its job. Our feet can change as we age, so it’s important to check that your orthotics are still effective for your feet.

Children who wear orthotics will need to have their feet evaluated more often, at least every 6 months. As their feet grow, their podiatrist may recommend replacing the orthotic when they’re increased by two shoe sizes.