Warning! These Shoes Cause Bunions

These Shoes Cause Bunions

Statistics show more than 50% of U.S. women have bunions.  And although genetics play a big role in the likelihood of bunions, certain shoes will help provoke the development of bunions.  Today we will explore which shoes are known to help cause bunions.

What are Bunions?

A bunion (Hallux Valgus) is a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint at the base of the big toe.  Bunions can be very painful as they force your big toe joint in the opposite direction, away from the normal profile of your foot.

Painful Bunion

Who is Prone to Bunions?

– According to a study published in Arthritis Care & Research, bunions are partly hereditary.
– People with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
– Both men and women are at risk for bunions.  However, experts say bunions are more likely to develop on women, especially those whose susceptible feet are repeatedly squeezed into narrow and tight ill-fitting shoes that are pointy.

Celebrities with Bunions

Even the rich and famous suffer from foot deformities.  Bunions certainly don’t discriminate.  If you are predisposed genetically for bunions, wearing the wrong shoes can help accelerate the formation of a bunion or two.

Celebrities with Bunions
From Left to Right: Amal Clooney, Katie Holmes, and Victoria Beckham

Phases of a Forming Bunion

Dr. Neal M. Blitz, DPM, FACFAS is a leading authority on foot and ankle surgery with 16 years of major experience.  He shows the progression of a bunion in the following image:

Phases of Bunion Deformity

When to Seek Medical Attention

According to WebMD you should contact your doctor if/when:

– You have severe pain in your big toe that interferes with walking or daily activities.
– Your big toe begins to overlap your second toe.
– You have diabetes or peripheral arterial disease and the skin over a bunion is irritated, red, or broken.  Diabetes and peripheral arterial disease can reduce blood circulation and sensation in your feet.  Infection can develop more quickly and may lead to other serious problems.
– Pain in you big toe does not get better after two to three weeks of home treatment.


Your podiatrist will assess the phase in which your bunion deformity exists.  Some examples of bunion treatments are:

Bunion Splint
Bunion Splint

– Oral medication
– Bunion splints
– Toe spacers
– Bunion padding
– Corrective surgery
– among others…


These Shoes Cause Bunions

Shoes with a tapered toe box will increase your chances for bunions.  The more pointy a toe box , the higher the risk a woman can have for developing bunions.  This includes sandals, open and closed toe pumps, and even flats.

These Types of Shoes Cause Bunions

Also, the higher the heel in a tapered toe box, the more direct pressure you’ll have on your metatarsophalangeal (the joint at the base of the big toe), forcing the joint outward in time.

Wear These Types of Shoes Instead

Look for shoes with a wider toe box.  Shoes that are less narrow and more squared will less likely squish your feet and big toe inward.

Best Shoes for Bunions

Sasha’s Note:

Consult with your podiatrist if you have any foot conditions including bunions.  If you are allowed to wear heels, make sure you wear them a few hours at a time and take intermittent breaks sitting down.

In addition to finding shoes with a wider toe box, make sure you purchase heels with comfortable side panels so your bunions aren’t being rubbed on and irritated.  Bunions can be painful, but wearing the right shoes can help.  Shall you need to wear heels, I highly recommend these booties:

Sasha’s Recommendation:

Samara Bootie

Ilene Berg Shoes Samara Booties

Samara Bootie

Patented Ilene Berg Comfort Technology

Ideal for Wide Widths and Bunions

• Discrete side comfort stretch material for bunions
• Wider toe box helps prevent toes from being squished
• Air Technology System helps absorb shock
• 5x more cushion (than traditional heels) comforts the foot from heel to toes

Shop Samara Bootie

These shoes are designed specifically for women with wide feet and bunions.  They are considered some of the most comfortable stiletto booties in the High Performance High Heel industry.  They have a discrete comfort-stretch side panel material (on the bunion side) which expands to accommodate your foot’s comfort needs.  Also, the Samara bootie boasts of 5mm of state of the art memory foam from the heel to the toes to provide extra cushioned support for the entire foot.  Additionally, these booties are engineered with special air (pneumatic) system technology to help with shock absorption and help put a bounce to your step.  Learn More:  Ilene Berg Patented Comfort Technology

Samara Caramel Bootie with Day-Time Attire

Shop Samara Bootie

I wear these booties often, and I don’t have bunion problems or wide feet.  They feel comfortable.  The 5mm of thick padding makes you feel as though you are walking on pillows.  The heel is 4 inches tall, and the platform is 1 inch thick.  Literally, with all the cushion, you are walking on a 3 inch heel.  I recommend these shoes to anyone looking for a comfortable stiletto.  I don’t know of any other stiletto brand this comfortable.

Try the Samara bootie yourself, and let us know what you think.  And if for some reason you aren’t satisfied, simply return the shoes.  It’s that simple.

Shop Samara Bootie

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