10 Best Shoes for Hypermobile Feet (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome)

Medical information provided by Josh White DPM  /  Written by OrthoFeet Team on April 04, 2024 Blog Home

Navigating the world with hypermobile feet, particularly in the context of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), presents a unique set of challenges. From the intricacies of the foot's biomechanics to the array of conditions it may encounter, finding suitable footwear becomes not just a matter of comfort but a crucial aspect of managing foot health.

The National Institute of Health defines Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome as “an inherited connective tissue disorder that is caused by defects in a protein called collagen. It is generally considered the least severe form of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome although significant complications can occur.”

Research suggests that “The hypermobility type is the most common variety [of EDS], with an estimated prevalence of 80–90% of all cases. Its classical symptoms are hyperextensible skin, joint hypermobility frequently associated with limb pain and joint dislocations, and blood vessel and tissue fragility.”

In their article, Professor Anthony Redmond and Associate Professor Dr. Heidi Siddle* note that individuals with EDS are more susceptible to sprains and strains, experiencing these injuries more frequently and severely due to their hypermobility. Rapid movements near the end of a joint's stable range can trigger such incidents. They also mention that individuals with hypermobile joints due to EDS or hypermobility spectrum disorder often report worse lower limb pain and greater lower limb disability compared to the general population.

This article will explore the best footwear options for increased comfort and support for those with hypermobile feet, and addressing common questions.

What type of shoes are best for hypermobile feet?

According to podiatrist Dr. Josh White, “Hypermobile feet are best accommodated by shoes that provide superior support and have enough depth to accommodate a custom molded orthotic device.”  

Dr. White also advises that “It’s best when the middle section of the sole extends broadly beneath the arch. In addition, the heel counter should be firm enough to resist squeezing from side to side.”

Best shoes for hypermobile feet (EDS)

Best Walking shoes for hypermobile feet

Women’s Coral


Why you’ll love it

  • Stretch material that wraps the foot securely and adjusts to its contours
  • Removable insole allows for the insertion of custom orthotics



  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Widths: Standard (B) - Extra Wide (2E)
  • Upper materials: stretch knit
  • Available colors: white, black, no-tie black, gray, sandy, blue, lavender, turquoise, wool gray


These sneakers are crafted with a stretch material that wraps the foot securely, adjusting to its contours and providing a personalized fit for various foot shapes and sizes. This stretch material is also breathable, promoting air circulation to prevent sweaty feet and the unpleasant odors and potential infections and irritations that can bring. 

While most Coral versions are designed with regular laces, the no-tie black version features a bungee lace closure. This provides a quick and easy on-and-off experience, greatly appreciated by those managing mobility issues or leading hectic lifestyles.

One notable feature of the Coral sneakers is the wide and deep toe box, which alleviates pressure on the toes and forefoot. This toe friendly design prevents toe rubbing and minimizes the risk of irritations, wounds and calluses, contributing to overall foot comfort. It also allows the toes to splay naturally, which can improve stability.

Equipped with a built-in arch support, the Coral offers enhanced support and alignment for the foot, virtually correcting your stride and reducing pain. 

The removable insole allows for the insertion of custom orthotics, ensuring personalized comfort and support tailored to individual needs.

Designed with a cushioning sole that combines air and foam technology, the Coral sneakers provide a soft and comfortable walking experience, minimizing the impact on the feet and reducing strain. And yet, with all these foot health features, the Coral is still comfortably lightweight, so you won’t need to exert extra effort to lift your feet as you walk. 

Feedback from users

“EDS, planters fasciitis, pronation…Wow! Amazing shoes, I'm an RN and I'm on my feet for 12 hours. They even look cute! I have the inserts and the arch boosters in. Only shoes I've ever put on and my ankles didn't immediately bow in. Very happy customer.”

Jessica Udasi

Men’s Tilos


Why you’ll love it

  • Just slip your foot in and the back wraps comfortably around your heel
  • Thick soles provide maximum cushioning at the heel and ball of the foot



  • Sizes: 7-14 
  • Widths: Standard (D) - Extra Wide (4E)
  • Upper materials: stretch knit
  • Available colors: gray, olive, blue


Tilos sneakers can be a lifesaver for anyone who’s feet are more sensitive and need some extra care. They're all about comfort and ease. No more fumbling with laces - Tilos slip right on, perfect for mornings when you're running late or if bending down is tricky. Just slip your foot in and a hidden spring at the back bends and then recoils to wrap comfortably around your heel, ready to go.

The stretchy upper material hugs your foot like a comfy sock, and there's plenty of cushioning in the sole to absorb shock with every step. The thick sole provides maximum cushioning at the heel and ball of the foot, while the enhanced rocker facilitates foot motion and adds spring to your step. 

The wide toe box gives your toes just the right amount of wiggle room, no more feeling crammed in. Plus, inside, the soft, padded fabric interior ensures superior comfort and protection for sensitive feet.

But Tilos aren't just comfy, they're supportive too. They have built-in arch support, and there's even a removable insole you can customize for extra support if needed. This could be a big help when you deal with foot pain or instability.

The soles are grippy to keep you more stable as you walk, and the material repels water so you can wear them rain or shine, mud or brine. 

Feedback from users

“Great shoes!!! I have never had a pair of ‘sneaks’ that are as comfortable as these!

Planning to buy other OrthoFeet products in the future! I have spent more than the cost of your shoes on footwear that sits in my closet and never gets worn because those sneakers are NOT comfortable in the least. Whoever said spending more was the only way to get a better shoe was dead wrong! You guys rock!!!!!!!!”

Myron Slobin

Best slippers for hypermobile feet

Women’s Lorin | Men’s Vito


Why you’ll love it

  • Advanced supportive features that go way beyond the average indoor footwear
  • Shock absorbing soles ease stress on your joints



  • Sizes: women 5-12 | men 7-14
  • Widths: women Standard (B) - Extra Wide (2E) | men Standard (D) - Extra Wide (4E)
  • Upper materials: leather
  • Available colors: Lorin - light brown, bordeaux, black | Vito - olive, black


Imagine kicking back at home with your feet feeling like they're on cloud nine. That's the feeling Vito and Lorin slippers aim to create. No need to bend over to put them on – their innovative slip-on design lets you slide your foot in with ease, perfect for lazy mornings, cozy evenings, and anyone with mobility challenges.

These slippers go beyond your average indoor footwear. They are designed with a supportive system that starts with built-in arch support, crucial for anyone who needs a little extra stability. The support continues with a lightweight, cushioned sole with a slight curve that feels like walking on air. It mimics your natural walking motion and absorbs shock, potentially easing stress on your joints.

Vito and Lorin slippers also prioritize a personalized fit. An adjustable strap lets you customize how snug they feel, ensuring a comfy experience for your unique feet. Cramped toes become a thing of the past with their roomy design that allows for natural toe movement.

The focus on comfort extends beyond functionality. Soft, water-repellent materials keep your feet dry and cozy, while the plush insole and seamless, faux fur interior feel like a luxurious hug.

Finally, the improved grip rubber soles keep you more confident and stable with every step around the house.

Feedback from users


“Was skeptical about how easy and doable the hands free part would be but I am SOLD! Love’em! I may never buy the regular tie shoes again. So easy to slip on and the heel part is still firm on my foot when walking. I want more!!”

Marie Hewitt


“Best slippers ever! I have been looking for slippers for a while, but nothing seemed to work due to my wide high arched feet. That was until I got my Vito Hands-Free slippers, my feet are now doing great. I was a little worried about the hands-free working with my very high arches. The hands-free work reasonably well, which surprised me. They keep my feet toasty in my cold home office.”

Corey Anderson

Best boots for hypermobile feet

 Women’s Heidi


Why you’ll love it

  • Specially designed insole keeps your feet aligned and comfortable
  • Slip resistant sole provides excellent traction so you can walk with peace of mind



  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Widths: Standard (B) - Extra Wide (2E)
  • Upper materials: leather 
  • Available colors: taupe, black


With the Heidi boots on your feet, you’ll feel like you're walking on sunshine, right down to your toes. These boots are designed for that kind of all day comfort, especially for those with sensitive feet or in need of a little extra support.

First up, ditch the cramped toe feeling! The Heidi boots are designed with an ultra soft leather upper and a roomy toe box, a big deal for anyone with bunions, hammertoes, or other foot problems. This design relieves pressure and lets your toes move freely throughout the day.

Putting them on and taking them off is a breeze too. Say goodbye to struggling to pull boots on – the Heidi boots are equipped with a convenient inner zipper for easy slipping on. Plus, an adjustable buckle lets you customize the fit around the ankles for extra support and a secure feeling.

Built-in arch support works in tandem with a specially designed sole to keep your feet aligned and comfortable all day long. The sole even has a slight rocker design, which adds a little spring to your step and makes walking feel effortless. Plus, for confidence on any surface, the slip resistant sole design provides excellent traction so you can walk with peace of mind.

Inside, the Heidi boots feel like a cozy hug for your feet. The soft, padded fabric lining feels gentle and there are no irritating overlays, so you can wear them for hours without any worries.

And the cherry on top: the Heidi boots are so stylish, you’ll never guess they are also good for your feet and legs.

Feedback from users

“OMG! I absolutely love these boots. I wanted a boot that I could wear with leggings that looked good and felt good. I am so thankful that this boot was made. I always thought that these reviews were not from real customers, but I can honestly say now I know they are. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! OrthoFeet is the most comfortable shoes I have ever found for my bunion and overall foot comfort!”

Jeannette Baugher

Men’s Verno


Why you’ll love it

  • Slip-on wear eliminates traditional boot-wearing hassle 
  • The combination of solid midsoles and slip resistant soles provide exceptional stability



  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Widths: Standard (D) - Extra Wide (4E)
  • Upper materials: leather
  • Available colors: black, brown


Verno boots are a great choice for anyone who's tired of the struggle with traditional footwear. No more awkward contortions and bending – Verno's ingenious slip-on system lets you simply step right in, eliminating the hassle and allowing you to conquer your day with ease. And it achieves this convenience without sacrificing a stylish laced-up look.

These boots pamper your feet from the moment you slip them on. The wide toe box provides more than enough space, accommodating even swollen feet or protrusions comfortably. This ensures a pain free and comfortable experience, letting you move freely without restrictions.

Comfort with Verno goes beyond just feeling soft. Equipped with premium orthotic insoles featuring removable arch support, these boots help realign your feet and prevent overpronation. This can alleviate pain and promote overall foot health.

Stability is key, and Verno delivers. The combination of a solid midsole and a slip resistant outsole forms an unwavering partnership, providing steadfast support on any terrain. Even with the low heel design that encourages a natural walking motion, you'll stay sure footed and confident on any surface. Plus, the boots offer great ankle support for added confidence.

Crafted with water repellent materials and a soft, padded interior, the Verno boots prioritize your comfort and protection. The non-binding leather upper keeps your feet comfortable, while the cushioning sole with a slight rocker adds a spring to your step and makes walking easier.

Feedback from users

“Most comfortable boots I've ever owned! I suffer from foot neuropathy and hammer toes in both feet. The relief I have gotten since wearing these has been nothing but phenomenal! My hammer toes no longer rub up against the top of my boots. For the money, you will find nothing finer. I wear a size 13 ex. wide (not an easy size to find) and when these wear out I will not hesitate to purchase another pair. Thank you so much for this exceptional product.”

Peter Zukis

Best casual shoes for hypermobile feet

Women’s Quincy


Why you’ll love it

  • Designed with slip-on functionality in mind.
  • Moisture wicking insole that’s anatomically designed to support your arches.



  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Widths: Medium (B) - Extra Wide (2E) 
  • Upper materials: stretch knit
  • Available colors: gray, black, blue


Designed with slip-on functionality in mind, slipping into the Quincy shoes is easy. Just open the instep strap, slide your foot in, and adjust the strap to your desired snugness. With included spacers that can be placed under the insole, you can also customize the interior fit for added security, ensuring your foot stays in place without any slipping.

Featuring a stretchable neoprene upper and a soft, padded interior, the Quincy casual shoes offer a comfortable fit that accommodates any foot shape. The wide toe box gives your toes space to move naturally, reducing the likelihood of discomfort associated with cramped toes.

What sets the Quincy shoes apart is their focus on arch support. The moisture wicking insole is anatomically designed to support your arches, ensuring your feet are pain free and comfortable even during extended periods of standing. For those needing extra support, the shoes come with an optional arch booster, providing that additional boost whenever needed.

Underneath, the cloud like sole of the Quincy shoes works wonders. It absorbs pressure and impact, allowing you to walk longer distances with ease while reducing strain on your feet and joints.

Feedback from users

“So happy - [you] might want to try if you have EDS.

My daughter has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and has short flat wide feet. I took her to buy some shoes (Skechers, which I love) but they weren't wide enough and didn't fit. She has had so much trouble finding anything to fit. She was almost in tears. I went home on a mission to find her some good shoes. And I found these. She loves them and they fit!!”

Christine G.


 Men’s Pierre


Why you’ll love it

  • Hands free wear eliminates the need to bend or tie laces
  • Premium orthotic insoles with anatomical arch support



  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Widths: Standard (D) - Extra Wide (4E)
  • Upper materials: leather
  • Available colors: smoke white, black


The Pierre sneakers are designed with both effortless comfort and support in mind.

First thing’s first: get the laced-up look without ever tying laces again. The Pierre sneakers are built with a hidden spring in the back that allows you to just slide your foot in, while it gently closes around your heel – no bending required. It's simple, convenient and lets you get on with your day without giving your shoes too much thought.

Crafted from top quality leather, the Pierre are stylish yet surprisingly comfortable. You won't feel squeezed by a stiff construction – the wider toe box gives your toes the room they need to breathe and move freely throughout the day.

And there’s more. The Pierre sneakers have special insoles, packed with cushioning layers and designed with a built-in arch support, that helps you maintain good posture and prevent foot pain. Plus, the sole of the shoe has a slight curve that helps you roll smoothly from step to step. 

The rubber outsole provides excellent grip on the ground, giving you the confidence to move around more freely and securely.

Finally, the inside of the Pierre shoe feels like a little comfort zone for your feet. Lined with soft, padded fabric with no irritating bumps or stitches, you can focus on your day without any distractions from discomfort.

Feedback from users

“Great slip on dressy shoes.

Shoes came in a week. Fit well. Large toe area so plenty of room. Insoles work well with the arch support. This is my 3rd pair of shoes and a pair of boots. Great product and will recommend it to everyone with foot problems.”

Harry Frisby

Best sandals for hypermobile feet

Women’s Malibu


Why you’ll love it

  • Innovative instep strap opens on both sides of the sandal
  • Contoured arch support and stretchy interior padding foam



  • Sizes: women 5-12; men 7-14
  • Widths: women Standard (B) - Wide (D) | men Standard (D) - Extra Wide (4E)
  • Upper materials: stretch knit
  • Available colors:


The Malibu sandals are like a breath of fresh air for your feet, especially during the warmer months when showing off those pedicured toes becomes a must. Good open toe sandals should be constructed with anatomical arch support and lots of padding. In addition, since open-toe designs lack material coverage, it's crucial for them to incorporate plenty of straps to provide foot stability and customization.

The Malibu sandals perfectly embody these principles: a classic design with advanced adjustability features for comfort and stability. With three points of adjustment, including straps at the heel, toe, and an innovative instep strap that opens on both sides, finding your perfect fit is quick and effortless. 

The unique two-way strap allows for easy access and adjustment, catering to those who may struggle to reach the outer part of the shoe. It not only enhances convenience but also provides more flexibility in fit, accommodating varying preferences.

What sets the Malibu sandals apart is their contoured arch support and stretchy interior padding foam, ensuring comfort and alleviating discomfort. 

The curve of the insole fills the space under the arch to support it, and ensures the tendon is not strained and stretched when you walk. The deep heel cup cradles the heel and disperses shock under the fat pad with heel strike.

The sole has a unique rocker bottom shape that ergonomically moves your foot with little effort and less joint movement, resulting in a smoother and easier walking experience for those dealing with foot pain.

Feedback from users

“Awesome! Love my new sandals. My feet feel great! I have fibromyalgia and EDS and, besides my feet feeling great, I feel much more stable walking. Have already ordered a pair of athletic type shoe too!”

Patricia Schaefer

Men’s Clearwater


Why you’ll love it

  • Adjustable fit thanks to bungee cord, heel strap and two-way instep strap
  • Fully cushioned, ergonomic soles support both the arch and the entire foot



  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Widths: Standard (D) - Extra Extra Wide (6E) 
  • Upper materials: stretch knit
  • Available colors: brown


The Clearwater sandals allow full adjustability without the need to deal with fiddly buckles. Thanks to an innovative two-way strap system designed with everyone in mind, these sandals cater to those with limited mobility or those who prefer securing sandals from the inside. It also has a bungee cord and adjustable heel strap. This lets you find the perfect fit for both comfort and stability on any terrain. No more awkward adjustments – just slide them on and feel confident with every step.

Still, the design features go beyond just feeling good. The fully cushioned, ergonomic soles support both the arch and the entire foot, effectively absorbing shocks with each step. This strategic design can potentially alleviate pain not just in your feet, but also in your legs and back. Think of it as having a supportive foundation with every step, contributing to your overall well being.

The Clearwater sandals also strike a perfect balance between protection and breathability. The closed toe design keeps your feet secure from bumps and scrapes, without feeling restrictive. Thanks to the soft leather upper and strategically placed cutouts, your feet stay cool and ventilated even on hot days. 

Plus, the interior is completely padded, eliminating any rubbing or irritation.

Feedback from users

“Because of my wide foot (6W) and bunion, I am very limited in which sandals I can buy, that are comfy and don't hurt my feet. I tried 3 or 4 others, but keep coming back to Clearwater. One of the most comfortable sandals/shoes I have ever worn. I wear them as shoes sometimes. This is my third pair and I'll be buying more if they are available.”

Ronald Jaffray

Do orthotics help hypermobility?

“Functional foot orthotics can improve foot joint alignment and biomechanics,” says Dr. White. He goes on to explain, “The normal foot functions as a rigid lever during the propulsive phase, and a mobile adapter at heel contact and during the first half of the stance phase of gait. Foot orthotics can help the hypermobile foot function more effectively in performing these primary functions.”

Do compression socks help with EDS?

According to Dr. White, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome causes joint hypermobility and is associated with postural instability. “Compression garments have been found to provide improved proprioception and thus can help improve balance,” he says. “Additionally, people with EDS are at increased risk for Raynaud’s Syndrome. Compression socks can improve circulation and reduce the foot pain associated with Raynaud’s.”

*Professor Anthony Redmond is Head of Clinical Biomechanics and Physical Medicine, and Dr. Heidi Siddle is Associate Professor and NIHR Clinical Lecturer, both from the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine