The Best Running Shoes for Women With Bunions

Updated March 23, 2017

What to Look For

A bunion is an enlargement of bone or bone chips around the joint at the base of your big toe. It makes the big toe bend inward toward your other toes and cause pain when walking or running if you are not wearing the proper shoes. This is common with runners, especially women, who have developed bunions over time due to wearing ill-fitting street shoes. To run pain-free, make sure your running shoes have a wide toe box, a snug fit in the heel, arch support and a well-cushioned heel.

Common Pitfalls

Buying ill-fitting and improper running shoes for your running style and foot type are common mistakes women make when shopping for shoes. Bargain hunting and being partial to a certain shoe style are also pitfalls. Comfort and safety should be priorities when running rather than economising or trying to make a fashion statement.

Where to Buy

Buy from reliable and trusted sources such as Foot Locker, SportsDirect or JD Sports. Keep in mind that you are at a disadvantage when buying running shoes online, because you are not able to try on shoes to see how they fit. Also, many shoes do not run true to size. They are usually a half size smaller than the designated size. You should always size up half a size when ordering online.


Saucony running shoes are known for their fit and are especially suitable for women with bunions, because they tend to be made with a wider toe box and tighter fit in the heel. Their Grid series running shoes are particularly good for running with bunions and can be found from around £40 to £55. Other brands, such as Asics, Brooks and New Balance, make appropriate running shoes that run from £35 to £70.

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About the Author

Anthony Potenza began writing in 1985 as a publicity and staff writer for 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. He has written a number of articles online, focusing on topics such as food and wine, photography, fly fishing and personal finance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University.