If the shoe fits

Look for shoes that have a sturdy heel counter to keep the heel firmly in place and prevent hyper-pronating or rolling onto the inside of the sole. This is why backless shoes, like clogs, are not ideal for bunion-sufferers though you might think they would be. Though some people opt for open or T-strap sandals that let it all hang out, this look is not for those who are feeling embarrassed to begin with.

Finding shoes that don’t cause pain becomes increasingly difficult as the bunion progresses. In addition to the physical and emotional pain of a bunion, there’s a weariness that starts to creep in. And this can be reflected in shoe choice; some people just decide to throw in the towel and wear sneakers most of the time. That’s a personal choice.

Finding the right shoe is a way to work around your bunion, it won’t prevent one from forming altogether.