According to a 2019 National Health Interview Survey, 37% of adults had knee, hip, or foot pain. One common reason is wearing the wrong type of shoes, which can cause problems such as foot and back pain.

Unfortunately, many shoes on the market are designed for looks rather than support and comfort.

Are flat shoes better for your feet? Find out what the science says and how you can find shoes that support you while you're on your feet.

Joint Issues

One of the biggest issues with flat shoes is that most have a lack of cushioning and support. There isn't much cushion to absorb the shock from the impact of your foot on the ground as you walk or run.

However, it might surprise you to learn that too much cushioning can also cause issues as you increase the amount of force on your shoes.

Finding the best shoes for comfort involves buying shoes with cushioning in the right places to support your foot and encourage proper alignment.

Ankle Sprain

Flat-soled shoes typically don't have much ankle support. A lack of support can result in ankle injuries, such as sprains. Another common culprit of ankle sprains is high-heeled shoes.

It's important to find shoes that support your whole foot.


Poorly designed shoes can result in a misalignment between your spine, hips, pelvis, and knees. Your joints will try to compensate for the lack of support.

Some of the worst shoes for your feet are flip-flops, as they are completely flat and don't support your foot.

Look for shoes such as ballet flats with features such as memory foam, arch support, heel pads, and other elements that keep your body in alignment.

Plantar Fasciitis

Do you wear flats and regularly experience heel pain? It may be plantar fasciitis, which can be caused by or worsened by wearing flat shoes.

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of tissues along the bottom of the foot. Symptoms include sharp, stabbing pain in the heel.

Unsupportive shoes can make the condition worse. Again, flip-flops and flats are the worst types of shoes to wear if you have this condition. The solution is to buy shoes that have proper arch support.

You can find special shoes designed to help with conditions like plantar fasciitis, which will be more comfortable for you.

What to Look for in Flat Shoes

So, are flat shoes bad for your feet? That depends on the quality of the shoe and whether it has any arch support. Cheap drugstore shoes won't provide the support that your body needs and can result in foot pain.

You want to look for flats with cushioning and shock absorption, sturdy soles, and adequate support.

Shoes for Healthy Feet

If you want to wear flat shoes, make sure you choose a style that offers the right support. Avoid cheap flats with flimsy heels that can cause foot pain and blisters.

At Apex, providing comfortable and supportive shoes is our goal. We strive to provide our customers with stylish, orthopedic, and therapeutic options that encourage healthy feet. Shop our selection to find a wide variety of shoes, from flats to boots and more. 

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