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Best Shoes for High Arches & High Instep

Best Shoes for High Arches & High Instep

Lisa Kay

Lisa Kay

Lisa Kay - Founder and Designer of Sole Bliss Shoes - Shoes for Bunions & Wide Feet


Hero: White Leather - Best Shoes for High Instep




What are High Arches?


Looking for the best shoes for high arches and a high instep? First it is important to know what high arches are and how to work out if you need shoes for high instep and arches.


If you have high arches, less of your foot touches the ground as you walk because, as the name suggests, you arch is higher than normal and your foot is more hollow. 


So why do you need shoes for high arches? High arches may not necessarily cause pain, but your feet may feel sore after long days of standing or walking without the appropriate footwear. You may also experience ankle pain, a tight Achilles tendon, pain in the ball of your foot or stiffness of the arch if you do not wear the right shoes for high arches. 



What are the Best Shoes for High Arches?


If you suffer with these problems, you may need to look for specific shoes for high arches. Here are a few key things to look out for when shopping for shoes for high arches:


  1. Look for shoes with arch support
  2. Look for shoes with cushioned footbeds 
  3. Look for shoes with shock absorption
  4. Look for shoes with good balance 


1. Shoes with arch support


The best shoes for high arches have advanced arch support mechanisms. Your shoes' insoles should be biomechanically designed to keep your raised arches supported so that weight is more evenly distributed across your feet. 


If you have high arches, the wrong kind of shoes will not allow your bodyweight to evenly distribute across your feet. Instead of your full foot absorbing the pressure of your bodyweight, the load is placed on your forefoot and heels (the areas which connect with the ground as you walk).


People with high arches often tend to roll inwards as they walk (also known as pronation) and shoes with arch support help counteract this too. 


Shoes for high arches will be designed with a special arch support mechanism to protect your arches and help distribute the pressure as you walk.





2. Shoes with cushioned footbeds


High arch shoes generally have very soft and supportive cushioned footbeds. If you have high arches, you place an increased amount of weight on the ball of your foot and the heel of your foot when you walk or stand for long periods of time. In order to avoid foot pain, look for shoes with very soft and supportive footbeds. This will also help reduce the stress on the ball and heel of  your foot.


Sole Bliss trainers, boots and sandals all have a super-soft and anatomically contoured footbed with extra underfoot cushioning. Not only does this make your shoes incredibly comfortable, it also provides touchpoints along your entire foot to help stabilise your high arches and provide proper foot alignment. 


sole bliss sandal wedges close up


Zena: Navy Suede - Sandals with Arch Support




3. Shoes with shock absorption


High arches shoes generally have very good shock absorption built into the shoe. As we mentioned, having high arches can cause excessive strain on other joints and muscles because the foot falls heavily on the balls and heels of your foot. This means that your foot cannot absorb shock as well as someone who does not have high arches. 


To compensate for the lack of natural shock absorption, the best shoes for high arches have shock absorption built into the shoe. All Sole Bliss high arches shoes have high-quality, shock-absorbing memory foam which is designed to protect the foot in this way.  



Lizzie Pale Grey Suede - Flats with Shock Absorbency




4. Shoes with good balance


If you have high arches, there is more pressure placed on the ball and heel of your foot, which can result in difficulties with posture and balance. As such, the best shoes for high arches will help with your balance. 


Look for shoes with sturdy soles and sturdy heels. If you're looking for heels for high arches, why not try a block heel or a heel with a platform for extra support. 





What causes High Arches?


High arches tend to be genetic, so blame your grandparents! Most people are born with a predisposition to high arches.


However there are some additional causes of high arches, such as neurologic disorders or other medical conditions, including cerebral palsy, polio, muscular dystrophy or a stroke.



Why is it important to wear Shoes for High Arches?


If you have high arches, it is especially important to find shoes which offer support across the entire arch in order to relieve excessive pressure on the ball and heel of your foot.


High arches can lead to a number of problems if you do not wear the correct shoes for high arches. One of the most common foot conditions suffered by women with high arches is Plantar Fasciitis.


Plantar Fasciitis is a sharp heel pain which is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue connecting the front of your foot and the heel). It is usually felt in the heel, but some people experience pain along the bottom of the entire foot or along the arch. It is usually worse when you take your first steps after getting up or if you are wearing uncomfortable footwear. 


Studies have shown that 1 in 10 adults will suffer from plantar fasciitis at some point in their lifetime. 



Halo Black Leather - High Arches Shoes




How do I know I have High Arches?


High arches does not necessarily mean painful feet. However, it is important to know whether or not you need to be shopping for shoes for high arches.


If you are wondering, "Do I have high arches?" there is a very easy test you can do. Wet your feet and stand on a large piece of paper. Allow the moisture from your feet to sink into the paper, then remove your feet from the paper.


For those with high arches, the imprint on the paper will be of only the front and heel of your foot with nothing in between. If you have flat arches, the imprint on the paper will cover nearly the entire foot. 



Paloma Rose Suede - Women's Dress Shoes with Arch Support




What is a High Instep?


The instep is the top part of your foot. If you have a high instep, your foot generally has more volume. This extra volume takes up more space inside your shoe, which is why it is important to look for deep shoes for a high instep. 



How do I know if I have a High Instep?


If you have a high instep, you may find that ordinary shoes tend to rub the top of your foot or instep. 


Unlike the length and width of your foot, there is no specific measurement used to determine the size of your instep. However, if you struggle to fit your instep into ordinary shoes, it is very likely that you have a high instep.



Madison Black Suede - Heels for High Instep




What causes a High Instep?


Like high arches, a high instep is generally thought to be hereditary. If high insteps do not run in your family, there are other causes of a high instep, such as nerve trauma or neurological conditions.



What are the Best Treatments for a High Instep?


In most cases, the best treatment is to wear suitable shoes for a high instep. The best shoes for a high instep hold your foot in the correct position and provide arch support. 


If you need extra support, you can wear custom orthotic devices or an ankle brace to stabilise your ankles. There are also physical therapy exercises which you can do to strengthen the muscles and tendons in your foot and help with flexibility. 



Star Grey & Silver Leather - Trainers for High Instep




Best Shoes for a High Instep


If you are looking for the best shoes for a high insteps, there are a few key factors to consider. Sole Bliss specialises in comfortable shoes for high insteps. You can browse our collection of shoes suitable for a high instep here!  


The best shoes for high a instep must have extra room over the top of the foot. Here's what else to look out for:


 - Look for shoes which are deep and wide. This extra depth and volume is very important for high arches.

- Look for shoes with a wider toe-box so your toes can relax.

- If you are shopping for Trainers, look for shoes with laces which you can open up in order to provide extra depth.

- If you are shopping for heels, stick to heels below 2.5 inches.

- Also consider heels with a block heel for extra stability and support.




Just because your have a high instep and a high arch, this should not preclude you from wearing all types of beautiful shoes!

You can wear heels! Our heeled shoes for a high instep have an open top with plenty of room for your arch. Or you can browse our heels with an elasticated topline (e.g. Mercy in Black Suede) which allows for plenty of room for your high arch whilst holding your foot in position.

Ballet flats are a great option too as they are open-topped. Sole Bliss ballet flats have a deep and wide toe-box and a thoughtfully designed topline to accommodate difficult joints and a high instep.

Have you tried our Miracle Trainers? These super-hero shoes are deep and wide and PERFECT for those with a high instep and arch. We would recommend the Hero Trainers, in particular, which are our widest-fitting trainer. 




How do these Shoes help with a High Instep?


Sole Bliss' collection of shoes for a high instep understand that you need more fitting room over the top of the foot. Our deep and wide shoes prevent any rubbing against the roof of the shoe, in order to avoid the formation of corns, calluses or bunions. 


Please follow this link to browse our full collection of shoes for a high instep.

If you have any questions about finding the best shoes for your feet, please contact our Customer Care team who are highly knowledgeable and here to help!

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When it comes to comfort, Lisa Kay knows it all! Lisa has been a Shoe Designer for over 20 years. She has used her own experience dealing with bunions to create Sole Bliss - the shoe brand dedicated to women with bunions, wide feet and sensitive soles. Lisa has worked with Italian and Spanish artisans and the world’s leading podiatrists to create the best shoes for women with bunions and wide feet. Every pair of Sole Bliss shoes contains an award-winning, podiatrist-approved Comfort Technology.

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As soon as you place your order, you will receive an Order Confirmation email.


If you order before 12pm (Mon-Fri), your shoes will be dispatched the same day and delivered the following working day.

Orders placed after 12pm and on Saturday & Sunday will be dispatched the following working day and delivered the day after that.


On the day of delivery, you will receive an email from our courier DPD providing you with a 1-hour timeslot for delivery.


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