Finding flat shoes with good arch support can be a tricky proposition. By definition, arch support requires some degree of lift, and flat shoes typically don't have that (or they wouldn't be called "flats"). That said, there are indeed some options out there — you just have to know where to look. The most comfortable flats with arch support usually have a combination of the following three elements:
- Soft footbeds: A well-cushioned footbed is a critical part of staying comfortable when it comes to footwear. It should offer metatarsal support and be made from flexible material, such as cork or EVA foam.
- Shock-absorbent soles: The bottoms of your shoes need to be able to absorb impact when your feet strike the ground. Soles made from 100 percent rubber are usually best, and if there's a cushioned midsole in between, that's even better.
- Flexible material: If your shoes are tough and rigid, it's a recipe for blisters. Flats made with flexible leather and other malleable materials will reduce the amount of rubbing and chafing.
Given these considerations, I've put together a list of the most comfortable flats with arch support I could find. Take a look so you can be on your way to happier feet.