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If you suffer from plantar fasciitis or collapsed arches, you no doubt understand the importance of a shoe with good arch support. And why should slippers be an exception? If you're wearing them while you walk around the house or run errands, you need a comfortable pair. That's why we've rounded up the best slippers with arch support, as recommended by a podiatrist and plenty of reviewers. But first, why is it important to have arch support in a slipper?
"Slippers with arch support are essential to maintain the foot's plantar fascia," Dr. Yolanda Ragland tells Woman's Day. Ragland is a podiatrist, forefoot reconstructive surgeon, and founder of Fix Your Feet. "Without proper arch supports, the arch can collapse, causing pressure and stress to the plantar fascia leading to micro-tears in the structure and resulting in a painful condition referred to as plantar fasciitis or commonly known as heel spurs or heel pain."
The best slippers with arch support in 2023:
These slippers will keep your feet comfortable whether you have plantar fasciitis, bunions, or simply want a pair of slippers that offers support at the beginning and end of your day. You prioritize comfort when it comes to running or work shoes, so why not slippers? Keep reading to see our recommendations for the best slippers to support your arches.
What to look for when shopping for slippers with arch support
✔️ Heel support: "It may be difficult to find slippers that are truly arch-supportive, however, a slipper with a slightly raised or inclined heel is just as beneficial," says Dr. Ragland.
✔️ Materials: If you frequently have cold feet, look for warm materials like synthetic fur. If your feet are often overheated or sweaty, then look for moisture-wicking or breathable slippers made with materials like foam. Additionally, if you also have bunions, you'll want to look for slippers with a wide and accommodating toe box.
✔️ Outdoor readiness: If you anticipate wearing your slippers outdoors — such as on your deck, or in the driveway when you go out to get the mail — look for slippers that can handle this. Something made with rubber would likely be a good choice.
- Is there a slipper with arch support?
Yes! Several of the slippers on this list come recommended by podiatrists and consumers because they have arch support.
- What slippers are good for orthotics?
If you already have orthotics and you're looking for a pair of slippers you can put them in, the best course of action will be looking for a pair of slippers tall and wide enough to accommodate those orthotics. If you're not sure where to start, ask your podiatrist for recommendations.
- What slippers are best for feet?
It depends on your feet. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, the slippers that are best for your feet will be ones with arch support and an elevated heel. If you have bunions, you'll want slippers with soft or stretchy materials to accommodate this.
- Can slippers with arch support help alleviate foot pain from plantar fasciitis or other ailments?
"Arch support is most commonly used to relieve plantar fasciitis," says Dr. Ragland. "However, bunions are often associated with collapsed arches. Supporting arches, thereby maintaining a healthy plantar fascia, can help decrease the progression of bunion formation."
Jamie Ballard (she/her) is a freelance writer and editor who covers news, lifestyle, and entertainment topics, including sex and relationships, TV, movies, books, health, pets, food and drinks, pop culture, shopping, and personal finance. She regularly contributes to Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, and YouGov, among other publications. When she’s not working, you can find her running, traveling, or scrolling TikTok. Follow her on Twitter.
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