Why are normal sandals bad for bunions?

Normal women's sandals, and normal footwear in general, are designed for style over comfort. They are built for the average foot size and shape, and anyone who doesn't fit into that model will likely feel mild discomfort while wearing them. Traditional sandals are narrow, with very little support, and often have a strap that ends up rubbing around your bunion area, causing pain and blisters.

Or sometimes they won't have any covering around the forefoot, meaning your bunions aren't hidden at all. Fliflops are even worse for bunions, so stay clear.

So purchasing bunion sandals can free you to enjoy a summer holiday on the beach without worrying about what your feet look like.

What sandals can you wear if you have bunions?

The best ladies sandals for bunions are those with a deep and wide toe-box, that provide additional room for the forefoot, and don't rub or cause discomfort to your bunion. They should also have a supportive arch, to prevent further damage to your foot posture. You should also choose sandals that are wide enough to accommodate the width of your feet, which will vary per person.

Can bunions be corrected with sandals?

The proper sandals aren't a corrector for bunions, but they can alleviate symptoms like pain, as well as preventing your bunions from getting worse. Don't waste your money on "bunion-correcting" sandals, as they won't work.

How Do Calla Sandals Help Bunion Pain?

Congratulations on finding the best sandals for bunions (hallux valgus). Now, get ready to step into the world of comfort. You can finally conceal and hide your bunions without big toe pain - our strategically positioned straps and vamps come up high to cover your lumps and bumps.

These bunion sandals also provide additional room around the forefoot to relieve pressure on your toes, with a soft material to avoid blisters/calluses and provide cushioning in the bunion area, as well as a stretch panel to avoid soreness and worsening of your bunion pain.

You have two choices for fashionable bunion sandals: pretty high heels or cute flat sandals. 

Calla sandals are approved by podiatrists, with good arch support and stability, which you often don't find in shoes with extra width. Wearing the wrong shoes or flip-flops on holiday can significantly increase your discomfort and the chances of other deformities and foot problems.

We use soft leather for our women's sandals, to create comfortable shoes that minimise your foot pain from bunions, bunionettes, or hammer toes.

Choosing daily walking shoes for your holiday is often difficult, as any slight rubbing can cause discomfort, so we include adjustable straps to ensure it's easy to get a fitting shoe that doesn't move and creates foot or heel pain.

We also have a gorgeous range of wide-toe box sandals, creating a more roomy feel and can help with wide foot pain relief.

Whether you are new to our world of comfort, or have been blessed with wearing Calla sandals before, you may wonder what goes into creating the comforting features in our sandals. We are happy to provide answers.

Our products are available in a range of sizes and colours, to ensure we can accommodate as many people as possible. They're designed for mild and severe bunions.

Calla sandals are made comfortable with the help of:

  • Super soft, luxurious Portuguese leather uppers and lining, to ensure that the sandals ‘ mold’ to your feet without rubbing (we only use the finest materials).
  • Wide-fitting toe boxes, designed with bunions in mind and specifically to accommodate them
  • Standard heel areas, because we know that you only need the space in the front of the sandal where the bunion sits (Calla was founded by a bunion sufferer – no one understands the pain more than we do)
  • Non-slip soles, so that you can rely on your shoes to help you stand firmly on your feet
  • Our insole comfort features differ depending on the style, but each of our sandal styles features either an arch-supported and cushioned insole, or a memory foam insole
  • The years of expertise of our Portuguese shoemakers who handcraft your shoes
  • Cleverly places ankle strap to avoid rubbing or discomfort.


sandals for bunions features explained
Jennifer Bailey, our founder and fellow bunion sufferer, to set up Calla. 


You can also use these sandals if you suffer from plantar fasciitis. These shoes will help reduce redness, swelling, or inflammation caused by poorly fitted footwear.

Stylish & Fashionable Sandals for Women

Three years on, we've now provided women in 50+ countries worldwide with comfortable, stylish sandals. Jennifer does not believe that having bunions should stop you from being comfortable and stylish, and our range of sandals reflects this. Whether you are looking for a casual sandal or a heeled dress sandal, a suitable style will be within our comfort collection. If you do not believe us, read the reviews of the women who have already discovered the sandal bunion comfort.

Browse all fashionable bunion shoes here.