Since we are talking about feet, anyone else have really high arches?

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Posted: 4/9/2014 12:10:29 AM
No matter what shoe I've tried, it never gives me the arch support I need. No insert I've ever found has done the job, either. Soft supports fall way short and hard supports are uncomfortable as heck.

Has anyone here with high arches found something that works?



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Posted: 4/9/2014 12:35:26 AM
Wearing a heel on my shoe gives me adequate arch support. Had it checked with a foot doc and everything. It means I rarely wear flats apart from running shoes.

'Wearing high heels and pumps is generally not a good idea, but they may actually be easier on the feet of women who have high arches.'

Very high arches, my arches don't hurt.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 12:41:44 AM

Wearing a heel on my shoe gives me adequate arch support.

Interesting. I used to wear high heels and I do remember them having a better feel of arch support.

However, if I wear more than a 2 1/2 heal, it makes me taller than my dh, which we both dislike. No good reason why, we just don't.



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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:04:24 AM
I found for my feet it just had to be any heel over an inch, inch and a half. There used to be some very nice padded court shoes with kitten heels. Padded toes padded innersoles. So comfy could work all day in them.

Kumfs have a nice shoe with a low wedge heel. About an inch high.

Never ever found an arch support high enough. *sigh.*


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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:12:50 AM

Never ever found an arch support high enough

It's quite the fruitless search, isn't it?

I have quite a few 1"-2" heel shoes and they do offer better support than my flats, but it's still not enough.

Not having adequate arch support is really wearing my ankles out.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 1:30:54 AM
I have really high arches. I like some of the orthaheel flip flops for casual wear. I also have some orthaheel shoes but they aren't all the same. My flip flops definitely have a higher built in side arch thingy (the technical term) and it feels so comfortable and supportive. I also have custom orthotics that I wear in my running shoes because nothing premade even comes close. For other shoes, I just try and get something with a reasonable arch (I have some Clarks and some higher end boots that are decent) and then when I get home I throw on my orthheels flips for some better support for a while. Now that I am not on my feet as much for work this works for me.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 6:38:39 AM
I have a high arch and have a very difficult time show shopping. I definitely stick to the same brands.

I have Rockport and Teva sandals that are good, a pair of Taos shoes, a pair of Merrells that I wear for running errands, and a pair of lifestyle dress shoes. Those are my main shoes. I find my foot to be "tall", so shoes are often tight over my arch. I must try on 20+ pairs of shoes to find one I like and that is comfortable.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:46:12 AM
I do! I find my fit flops to have good arch support. I also wear a lot of Born or B.O.C. brand with a low to mid-height heel. Haflingers are what I wear around the house. I have to pretty much have something on all the time.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 7:56:47 AM
Birkenstocks work pretty well for me, especially their sandals. Add in a wide foot and oh boy, what a combo. It's a wonder I find any shoes to wear that look cute and stylish.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 8:21:52 AM

When I was younger, I had inserts made by an orthopedic doctor. They worked really well. Otherwise, I just concentrate on walking with my feet in the correct position.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:32:31 AM
I had custom inserts made because of my high arch. I wear them in my tennis shoes. For everyday shoes I find my Danskos work well.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 10:09:42 AM

Birkenstocks work pretty well for me, especially their sandals.
Birkenstock also make inserts for your regular shoes. They are perfect, but I love them.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 11:35:42 AM
I have ortho heel flip flops I ordered from the home shopping channel. they are pretty good.

other than that, I have custom made orthotics. I don't wear them all the time (as they don't fit in all my shoes) but when my legs/feet/hips start to ache, I pull em out and wear them all day for several days in a row.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 9:55:52 PM
I have high arches and use Orthoheel orthotics. I've had custom orthotics, but not for many years.

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Posted: 4/9/2014 10:29:25 PM
My arches don't bother me.


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Posted: 4/9/2014 11:24:34 PM
I love my Rainbow flip flops - they offer a single or double arch and the double arch feels wonderful on my high arches. I live in them.

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Posted: 4/10/2014 12:31:05 AM
I have medium-high arches. I live in flip flops, just regular ones, and it works really well for me. The flip-flops give my feet the freedom to move more naturally instead of being confined in the shoe where they stay stiffer.

When I wear regular shoes, my feet get really sore but I can wear flip-flops all day with no pain.


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Posted: 4/10/2014 8:15:20 AM
I have very high arches. I've taken the caveman approach and have strengthened my feet and ankles to not need support. I wear minimal sole athletic shoes. Converse are my daily shoes. Most of time at home I don't wear shoes at all. Since getting rid of shoe support my feet, legs, and back feel better than they ever have.
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