Living with hallux rigidus can be challenging, especially when it comes to finding footwear that provides both comfort and support. Hallux rigidus is characterized by stiffness and pain in the big toe joint. That makes it especially important to choose clogs, sandals, boots, and shoes with the right arch support, cushion, and adjustable features.

While you’re exploring spring and summer outfit options for travel, weddings, work, or simply day-to-day house shoes, we’ve got the best shoes for hallux rigidus pain. If you have other foot ailments including mortons neuroma or metatarsalgia, many of these features will also provide relief and much needed support:

Toe Box Space

Opt for clogs, shoes, boots, and sandals with a roomy toe box that allows ample space for your toes, particularly your affected big toe. Avoid styles with narrow or constricting toe boxes that can exacerbate discomfort and restrict movement. Some options for the best walking shoes for hallux rigidus, all available in wide options:

Woolflex Clog (available in wide)
Maria Mule (available in medium plus) 
Hannah Sandal (available in wide)
Original 108 Clog (available in wide)

Arch Support

We all know that arch support is a feature found in the best shoes for hallux rigidus. Look for sandals and shoes with arch support to help distribute weight evenly and reduce pressure on your big toe joint. In addition, a contoured footbed found in all of our shoes provides much-loved support and stability. This promotes proper alignment and reduces strain on the feet. These features also make the best shoes for metatarsal foot pain:

Inga Sandal (new for spring!)
Maria Mule (leather and basketweave options)
Elsa Wedge (yes, a wedge with arch support!)
Eco Clog (for men and women)

Cushioning and Shock Absorption

A cushioned footbeds that offer superior shock absorption make the best shoes for mortons neuroma and hallux rigidus. This comfort feature helps minimize impact and reduce stress on your joints. This provides relief for hallux rigidus sufferers during walking or standing. Shoes we recommend:

Freya Sandal (new for spring!)
Lieben Chelsea Boot (felt lined for year-round comfort)
Eva Mary Jane (leather + felt options)
Heidi Sandal (available in wide)

Adjustable Straps

Having the option to adjust different comfort features like straps or closures ensure you have a custom fit for your shoes for hallux rigidus, mortons neuroma, or metatarsalgia. This allows you to customize your shoes to fit according to your foot shape and comfort preferences, which may even vary from day to day to accommodate any swelling or changes in foot size that may occur throughout the day. Sandals we recommend with adjustable strap features:

Hannah Sandal
Eva Mary Jane
Freya Sandal
Louisa Slingback Sandal

Other features to look for to alleviate Hallux Rigidus

Make sure your shoes provide sufficient stability and traction to prevent slips and falls. Look for outsoles with durable rubber or textured treads that offer reliable grip and traction, promoting confidence and security with every step.

We’re proud to offer clogs, shoes, boots, and sandals that provide optimal comfort, support, and relief for hallux rigidus and other foot pain.

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