Flats versus heels: there’s no question as to which is better for your feet. Or is there? A common myth is that flats are better for your feet than heels, and universally more comfortable. But the truth is, without proper arch support, flats can be just as harmful as high heels.

Vionic Minna Ballet Flats with Arch Support

The most common injury that can occur from wearing thin flats is heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis. In fact, NYC-based podiatrist and Vionic Innovation Lab expert Dr. Jackie Sutera advises those suffering from plantar fasciitis to “avoid ‘bad shoes,’” citing “thin ballerina flats” as one of the culprits. In addition to heel pain, Dr. Sutera explains, “There is a fat pad under the forefoot that starts to atrophy naturally over time, due to age and changes throughout a woman's life. Additionally, there's the wear-and-tear that happens specifically due to overuse of improper footwear (high heels, flat flip flops, unsupportive ballet flats and even walking barefoot). The natural tissue cushioning under your metatarsals becomes thinner, resulting in pain.”

Here’s what to look for in your next pair of flats to help combat these issues:
1. A biomechanically contoured footbed that hugs your arches for all-day support.
2. A firm yet flexible midsole that helps with balance and stability.
3. A deep heel cup for further stability and natural alignment from the ground up.
4. A roomy toe box in which you can comfortably wiggle your toes without them feeling crunched.

Check out our top picks for ballet flats with arch support:

Vionic Caballo Flat with orthotic insert      vionic-pointed-toe-ballet-flat-illustration.jpg

Finally! A pointed toe flat that is both stylish and comfortable. Through thoughtful design and rigorous product testing, we’ve created an option that does not compress the toes any more than our other rounded flats.


Rounded toe flats have a classic shape that transcends seasons. We’ve added a hit of animal print and a sophisticated bow to our customer-favorite Minna for added “wow.”


Even if the sun’s not shining, you can sparkle all day in our Willow Ballet Flat adorned with trendy micro-studs. Plus, these are shoes approved by American Podiatric Medical Association. Shop even more APMA-approved shoes.

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