Dress Heels with Arch Support

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Why is it so difficult to find a heeled shoe with arch support? Is it because dress heels have a slimmer profile and added arch support would push the foot out of the shoe? I just don’t know because I’m not a pedorthist. While shoe manufacturers succeed at designing fairly stylish flats and loafers with enhanced arch support, it is sorely missing from the dress heel division. Let’s say your feet require at least moderate arch support and you need a career or party heel for a special event. What do you do? Sure, you can add an insole designed for heels, but even so, the shoe may not accommodate the insole causing your foot to slip out.

The shoes featured above have some level of arch support built right in. What do you think?

1       The Earthies Milan heeled oxford features a contoured footbed with arch support and it’s removable. $159.99 at Zappos, $160 at EarthBrands.com, $159.95 at The Walking Company.

2      I like the curvy topline of the Beautifeel Calla, a lovely pump made in Israel. A heel-to-toe patented memory foam footbed is contoured for arch stability. The anatomically correct lasts used to make all BeautiFeel footwear help to hold the midfoot and heel while allowing movement of the toes. The Calla features a 2 3/4″ heel with anti-slip outsole.The upper is made of soft Puntino (like shiny raised polka dots) or stardust (sparkly) suede. $319.95 at FootwearEtc.com, free shipping; $319 at Sole Provisions, free shipping and returns; $319 at Amazon with free shipping and returns; $319 at ShoesRX.com (available in gray also) with free shipping and returns.

3      The Antonia wedge by Vionic has a removable EVA orthotic insole with generous arch support and a deep heel cup. I’ve read through customer reviews and while some love this shoe for its added support, others complain that the toe box is too tight. I keep waiting for Vionic (with Orthaheel techonology) to come up with a winner heel; one with awesome support and a good fit at the heel and toe. The Antonia runs $129.95 at Zappos, $53-129 at Amazon, free shipping and returns.

    4      Joan Oloff Julia: This is an Italian made luxury shoe designed by Dr. Joan Oloff DPM. Her shoes, while maintaining the feminine and streamlined silhouettes, are designed to distribute body weight throughout the foot, alleviating pressure on the ball-of-foot. While not widely distributed, quite a few styles are available at FootwearEtc.com, like the Julia pictured above. Most Joan Oloff shoes run between $300-370. If you’re interested in trying on a pair, like Joan Oloff’s Facebook page and find out which brick and mortars carry them or when a trunk show will be in your area.

    5      Taryn Rose footwear was founded in 1988 by orthopedic surgeon and shoe designer, Dr. Taryn Rose. Every Taryn Rose shoe features a full-length layer of PORON® Performance Cushioning, which is a durable and long-lasting foam. The Italian-made Fierce open-toe pump is designed to support the arch and decrease fatigue. $244.95 at Shoebuy, free shipping and returns; $249.95 at OnlineShoes.com, free shipping and exchanges; $244.95 at FootwearEtc.com, free shipping.