Best Shoes for Bunions


One of the most common foot health problems that we encounter in our stores on a daily basis is bunions. Our expert teams see first-hand how our shoes fit and which styles to recommend to customers. Begg Shoes have a variety of brands that stock a collection of bunion-friendly shoes. In this guide we will review the best footwear for bunions currently available, helping to alleviate some of the soreness and slow down progression.

What Shoes To Wear With Bunions

Bunion-friendly shoes have wide fitting options and often can accommodate additional orthotics thanks to removable insoles. Typically, women tend to be more prone to bunions due to wearing high heels, pointed-toe shoes, or shoes that have not been correctly fitted.

For men, bunions are often caused by ill-fitting footwear during childhood, or by work footwear such as safety boots during adulthood. And of course, it could also be hereditary. It is extremely important for parents to get their children’s feet professionally fitted early on to ensure they are wearing the correct size.

Best Shoes for Bunions: Our Recommendations

Take a look at the shoes our experienced team recommends to customers with bunions or even an inflamed joint/start of a bunion.

Best Overall – Gabor Beauty, £110

Gabor Beauty Chelsea Boots for Bunions

  • Smooth leather upper
  • Side zip for easy foot entry
  • Removable insoles
  • Classic style

One of our most anticipated ranges for this time of year is our collection of Gabor boots. Made with premium leathers, superb comfort technologies and stylish designs, they really are an investment. Not only do these Chelsea boots look stunning, but they are also suitable for bunions thanks to the minimal detail over the bunion area.




Best Trainers for Bunions – Remonte Vapodia, £67

Remonte Vapodia Trainers for Bunions

  • Stretchy textile upper
  • Padded lining
  • Removable insole
  • Lightweight
  • Flexible

Remonte brings us these stylish black trainers with a stretchy textile upper. Lightweight and flexible, these trainers are comfortable and easy to wear.





Best Ankle Boots for Bunions – Fly London Salv, £115

Fly London Salv Chelsea Boots for Bunions

  • Smooth leather upper
  • Attractive silhouette and design
  • No detail over the bunion area
  • Available in twelve colours

If you are looking for a statement for the autumn season, look no further than these gorgeous Fly London boots. With a gorgeous olive leather upper and a pop of electric blue, these ankle boots are the perfect addition to your autumn outfits.



Best Lacing Shoes for Bunions – Ecco Soft 2.0, £85

ECCO Soft 2.0 Comfort Lacing Shoes Silver Leather

  • Soft Leather Upper
  • Padded lining
  • Removable insole
  • Adjustable lace

These women’s comfort lacing shoes have a supple leather upper with padded lining that will feel superb against your feet. The Ecco Soft range is well-loved for its beautifully soft leather uppers.



Best Knee High Boots for Bunions – Hush Puppies Vanessa Stretch, £89.99

Hush Puppies Vanessa Stretch Knee High Boots for Bunions

  • Smooth Leather Upper
  • Stretchy Calf Panel
  • Stylish Silhouette

These women’s knee-high boots by Hush Puppies are classy and comfortable. The smooth black leather upper is breathable and flexible, whilst the stretchy calf panel offers a comfortable fit.




Best Slip-on Shoes for Bunions – Imac Katia Zip, £75

Imac Katia Zip Black Leather Slip on Shoes for Bunions

  • Smooth leather upper
  • Easy zip fastening
  • Wide Fit
  • Hard wearing
  • Removable insole
  • Padded lining

Imac are one of our store teams’ favourite brands for long-lasting comfort. With padded linings, soft footbeds and breathable uppers, you can be sure of superb comfort.




Best Winter Boots for Bunions – Legero Softboot Gtx Mid, £135

Legero Softboot Gtx Mid Waterproof boots for bunions

  • Suede upper
  • Easy zip fastening
  • Cosy faux fur lining
  • Hard wearing
  • Gore-Tex = Guaranteed Waterproof

Perfect for the winter months, these women’s mid-calf boots are practical and warm. With a Gore-tex membrane, you are guaranteed dry feet. The hard-wearing outsole is shock-absorbent and flexible.




Best Waterproof Shoes for Bunions – Alpina Eikelea Tex, £69.99

Alpina Eikelea Tex Waterproof Shoes for bunions

  • Smooth leather upper
  • Hard wearing outsole
  • Removable Insole
  • Built-in arch support
  • Waterproof and breathable

One of our longest standing styles, these women’s waterproof shoes are guaranteed to keep your feet dry. With exceptional comfort and hard wearing soles, these slip on shoes are ideal for those who suffer from bunions during the wetter weather.

Fitting advice – we find that these fit a little roomier.



Best Wide Calf Boots – Gabor Sadberge Extra Wide Calf, £185

Gabor Sadberge Wide Calf Booots

  • Smooth leather upper
  • Extra wide calf measuring 40-45 cm
  • Removable insole
  • 5cm heel height

For those looking for boots with more room in the calf, these wide-calf boots from Gabor are the perfect companion this winter. The extra wide calf measures 40-45 cm at its widest point, whilst the smooth leather upper will feel superb against your feet.





Best Wide Fit Shoes for Bunions – Hotter Chase 2 Wide, £95

Hotter Chase 2 Wide Fit Trainers

  • Leather Upper
  • Wide Fit
  • Shock Absorbing & Flexible
  • Leather Lining
  • Removable Insole

Everyone needs a casual comfy pair of shoes and just because you have a bunion doesn’t mean you shouldn’t compromise on style or comfort. These casual trainers from Hotter are a great choice for those struggling with bunions. Made on Hotter’s wide-fit design, these women’s wide fit shoes are a stylish and comfy style for those who have bunions.



Best Skechers for Bunions – Skechers Flex Appeal Tex, £87

Skechers Flex Appeal Tex Waterproof Skechers

  • Stretchy fabric upper
  • Waterproof
  • Adjustable lace
  • Memory Foam footbed
  • Lightweight

Whether you’re running laps or running errands, these Skechers trainers are perfect. With a waterproof tex membrane and stretchy textile upper, you can be sure of comfort and dry feet.




Best Sandals For Bunions

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is a condition where the big toe joint shifts out of place, causing a bump on the inside of the foot. In many cases, a bunion will distort the shape of footwear. Carefully selected and fitted shoes are essential for comfortable day-to-day wear. Bunions can be hereditary or linked to arthritis however the most common cause is generally accepted to be ill-fitting footwear.

Bunions are a common problem that can affect young and old alike. Medically known as hallux valgus, the lump or swelling and tenderness on the first joint of the big toe. Bunions can often have a fluid-filled sac over the affected area as a result of the body’s natural defence in protecting the joint.

Bunion Advice

How Do I Spot A Bunion?

The formation of a bunion begins with the toe joint aching and becoming red. This is commonly due to the toes being cramped in certain types of footwear that don’t allow for forward movement, and with every step, the big toe is pushed backwards or sideways causing it to become distorted and bent. This happens to counteract the lack of room within the shoe to move freely.

Can Age Affect Bunions and Other Foot Problems?

If the problem presents itself in a young person, orthotics can be purchased to align the big toe in the correct place and appropriate footwear can be purchased to allow the foot the space needed to grow and for the toe to realign.

In a more mature foot, unfortunately, the problem will progressively worsen as rheumatism and arthritis begin to affect the area. After consistently wearing inappropriate shoes, the bunion will get worse and may eventually be painful. Existing footwear can then become misshapen as the little toes are forced upwards to make way for the alteration of the big toe.

It is important that the appropriate shoes are worn to accommodate the repositioned toes to negate knock-on effects. Another potential problem arising from bunions is that other toes can rub on the upper of the shoe and corns develop.

What Features Make the Best Shoes For Bunions?

Unfortunately, a bunion is an irreversible condition and in severe cases may lead to another toe being removed if one becomes lifted and pushed out of place. Good quality leather shoes with ample room in the toe box are always our top recommendation.

Leather is a fantastic material in footwear – breathable, flexible and looks great. With a leather upper, you can expect natural stretch in the material, not offered by many man-made materials and this helps the shoe adjust to your individual foot shape. We have specialist tools in store which allow us to stretch a leather shoe to match your foot shape, but any good shoe repair shop will do this for you locally if you don’t live near our stores.

What Shoes Not To Wear With Bunions?

Typically, podiatrists will advise not wearing tight-fitting footwear that could squash your feet, if you have bunions. Along the same lines, shoes with a pointed toe will force your toes inwards and could push the two big toe joints out to form a bunion. Similarly, the forward pressure caused by wearing heels can put pressure on your feet if worn too often. Whilst wearing heels on the odd occasion would be fine, the general advice would be to avoid regularly wearing heels if you suffer from bunions.

Should I Wear Trainers With A Bunion?

From our experience, our customers are often advised to wear trainers if they have a bunion as they are soft, light and flexible and easily allow for orthotics. Unfortunately, this is not a look that works for everyone – particularly for work or a formal occasion. There are lots of great options in our footwear range and we do our best to advise the best shoe for the purpose you have in mind.

Can Shoes Help Correct Bunions?

Unfortunately, bunions are an irreversible condition. Whilst all the styles we have suggested can help alleviate any pain or discomfort associated with bunions, they will not cure this foot health problem.