Bunions, flat feet and other common issues need not be a pain when you’re out shoe shopping. Just take your footwear hunt to these stores for comfy (but stylish!) kicks.
We’re a practical bunch: as much as we love the look of slinky heels and chic dress shoes, we’re advocates of investing in fuss-free footwear to treat your feet right. For the hard work of carrying you around all day, your feet deserve more than pain-inducing kicks. And if you have bunions, flat feet or other issues, that’s even more reason to suss out shoes that won’t wreck your feet! Here, we’ve got a list of stores with comfortable shoes and orthopaedic footwear that don’t compromise on style.
Where to buy comfortable shoes and orthopaedic footwear in Singapore
Singapore’s only shoe-fitting shop with a pedorthist, Footkaki is a homegrown store that matches you to the orthotic insoles and orthopaedic shoes you need. This bootstrapped boutique in Katong was founded by Owen Oo, a US-trained and certified pedorthist, who now uses his knowledge to advise shoe-hunters on the best pairs for their feet. Swing by this family-run store for a complimentary foot assessment and professional fitting, or shop online for comfortable shoes that Footkaki stocks from renowned orthopaedic brands – your purchases come with six months’ warranty, too. We also love how the store offers footwear and insole modification services to give old or once-uncomfortable shoes a new lease of life.
Footkaki, available online and at #01-32/33 Roxy Square 1, 50 East Coast Road, Singapore 428769
2. The Shoeco
Formerly known as Heel & Toe, homegrown brand The Shoeco has been offering comfortable shoes for the modern woman since 2004. We’re talking about functional and pleasing gear that’ll see you to the office and beyond. At The Shoeco, you’ll find a variety of dress shoes, sandals, casual kicks and accessories from Klouds Australia, BeautiFeel, Ziera and other international brands. Not sure what to choose? Book a free consultation to get your feet measured and fitted by the experts!
The Shoeco, available online and at multiple locations including Tanglin Mall, Delfi Orchard and The Centrepoint
3. Fly Flot
Fly Flot is an Italian brand that boasts an annual production of over two million shoes that are exported mainly to Europe, North America, Australia and Japan. Founded in 1985, it finally made its debut in Singapore in February 2020, to the delight of many comfort footwear fans. What makes its shoes great for your foot health? The lightweight, self-moulding insole that shapes itself to your feet for better support. It’s also equipped with anti-shock technology that softens the impact when your foot hits the ground, reducing harmful vibrations to the backbone – yes, your footwear might be the cause of backaches! The cherry on top is its anti-slide sole that provides optimal grip on all surfaces. Snag the brand’s Italian-made shoes in a range of styles including sandals, shoes and more.
Fly Flot, available online and at multiple locations including Wheelock Place and Raffles City
Built upon the work of recognised podiatrist Philip Vasyli, who pioneered one of the first heat-moldable orthotics, Vionic was established in 1979 to offer shoes that are kind to your feet. Peek into the brand’s products and you’ll find a stylish range of shoes, sandals, boots and orthotics that are far from tacky. In particular, Vionic’s Vio Motion Support technology is known for providing exceptional stability, arch support and cushioning for incredible comfort. Don’t believe us? Try the 30-day wear test, and if you don’t like it, the brand will refund your purchase.
Vionic, available online
Since 1963, this Danish brand has been offering classic, durable shoe designs that reflect its Scandinavian roots. The materials used for Ecco shoes are chosen for their shock absorption and support benefits, giving you exceptional comfort with each step. For fussy feet or heavy duty walking, try on Ecco’s sneakers and cushioned sandals for footwear that’ll keep you supported all day. Or, snag one of its many insole options to up the comfort level of your go-to pair.
Ecco, available online and at multiple locations including Ion Orchard, Jewel Changi Airport and Westgate
6. Hush Puppies
With its inception in 1958, Hush Puppies was created to provide comfortable footwear in an era where uncomfortable dress shoes were the norm. Add a dose of colour to its innovative functional designs and we have the lively, comfort-focused Hush Puppies brand we know today. From blister-free loafers and flats to walkable sneakers for all-day comfort, take your pick from the brand’s extensive range to keep your feet happy.
Hush Puppies, available online and at multiple locations including Clarke Quay Central, VivoCity and Parkway Parade
Now that you’re armed with this list, swing by one of these stores to bag comfy kicks of your choice. Painful feet, begone.