If you need a pair of comfortable and supportive orthotic shoes, Vionic shoes are one of your best options. Many of their shoes are approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association, and are actually suitable for people who struggle with plantar fasciitis, flat feet, painful heels etc.
Now, the usual issue is that these shoes don't always look great. And that's where Vionic wipes out the competition - not only is their footwear incredibly comfortable and supportive, buy it is also very stylish.
These are the shoes that will actually feel and look good on your feet. And you can find the best options right here in our comprehensive Vionics shoes review - for both ladies and gentlemen!
Vionic Shoes Reviews
The Walker shoes by Vionic are a rather versatile pair. They are great for people who spend a lot of time on their feet, but they’re also a really good option if you’re looking for running shoes.
The uppers of these sneakers are made from full-grain leather. They are water-resistant, and feature moisture wicking mesh inside the shoes. Which means great breathability – a very important feature for people who spend a lot of time on their feet during the day.
In addition to that, the insole has an anti-bacterial top cloth, which helps control (and reduce) odors. And the outsole offers lots of traction and flexibility. It’s rubber, so its slip-resistance is also really good.
The downside to these is obvious – they are not the prettiest looking shoe out there. But if you’re prioritizing comfort over aesthetics, then they really are a great choice. The Walker shoes offer great heel (thermoplastic heel contour) and arch support, which helps keep your feet comfortable even after several hours.
These are also equipped with a removable EVA midsole, which has 0.5” elevation. This helps make you more comfortable, as it ensures a smooth heel-to-toe transition.
The Walker shoes mostly fit true to size. The vast majority of people who bought said that the sneakers fit true to size. However, a lot of people did go for half a size larger than what they normally wear, so that’s probably what I would recommend. Especially if you have wide feet or high arches.
I’m obsessed with these. I generally love slip-ons, and these are pretty much my favorite slip ons ever. They are gorgeous – the kind of comfortable shoes that you can wear with anything in your closet. Sporty enough for jeans and a hoodie, yet elegant enough for a dress or a skirt.
The uppers of these shoes are made from Nubuck leather. Which means they are a bit high maintenance – you can’t just throw them in a washing machine. In fact, you should only clean them with a damp cloth, and not fully submerge them.
The breathability of these sneakers is obviously amazing. However, if you get caught in the rain while wearing the Splendid, you won’t have a good time. I honestly really like these shoes, but they’re not a great option if you’re looking for something extremely functional.
You can only wear these if it’s really sunny outside. And you can’t really wear socks with them – maybe only footsies (invisible socks). All of that makes these a good summer shoe, but useless pretty much any other season.
Which is not necessarily a bad thing – I own several pairs of shoes that are useless 8/12 months in a year, but I do wear them all the time in those four months. It’s pretty much the same as buying ballerina shoes or espadrilles – you wouldn’t wear those in the rain either.
The Splendid shoes feature a removable EVA footbed, and offer medium arch support.
As for sizing, this is one of the few pairs of Vionics which is not available in a wide version. They are rather narrow, so definitely go at least half a size up if you have wider feet. If you have really wide feet, I think you should skip these – you’d need to go a whole size up, and the shoe would probably be too large for you.
If you want a pair of flat sandals that is actually comfortable, then get the Kirra. These sandals have a microfiber EVA footbed, which reduces shock and keeps your feet comfortable throughout the day. And that’s not something you can say for a lot of sandals.
The upper of these sandals is a classic leather thong upper, with the addition of rivets and buckles. The overall look is rather versatile – a sophisticated sandal that you can wear with both jeans and dresses.
And I especially like the outsole. One reason why I hate wearing sandals is because they tend to be very slippery. But not the Kirra – it features a patterned rubber outsole which actually gives you traction on a variety of surfaces. Which means that you can actually drive in these sandals, and you don’t have to worry about your foot slipping off the pedal.
What’s best about these is that they can be comfortable for anyone. They’re available in both regular and wide versions, so it should be easy to get a pair that fits you well. On that note – the Kirra sandals tend to run a little large, so go half a size down for the perfect fit.
And these are even good for people with high arches. They offer more arch support than traditional sandals, and they will actually keep your feet comfortable throughout the day.
There is a slight issue with their durability – some people experienced one of the heel straps breaking after just a couple of wears. Not, this only happened to about 4% of them, but it’s something you should be aware of.
And in case that does happen, it’s something your shoemaker can easily fix. But I don’t think that it’s an acceptable thing, for a sandal with a pretty steep price tag.
A cute ballet flat is pretty much a staple in every woman’s closet. If that’s what you’re looking for, then the Caroll ballet flat might just be the best option for you. They are rather classic ballet shoes, at least on the outside.
On the inside, they have a removable EVA footbed for lots of comfort and heel support. Which is great, and which makes them worth the money – plain, cheap ballet flats usually don’t have a proper footbed.
What’s great about these is that they are actually suitable for people with high arches. They feature an elastic strap around the toe cap, so they won’t feel too tight or cut into your feet. Instead, they will provide you with arch support, as they should. And they are also available in wide versions.
They have a thermoplastic rubber outsole, which offers a decent amount of traction. And they have a tiny little heel, which provides you with good shock absorption.
The uppers of these flats are made from either leather or novelty leather, depending on the color your pick. Which means that you can’t throw them in the washing machine, and you shouldn’t submerge them at all. Instead, use a damp cloth to clean them.
Another thing I noticed is that they don’t have any sort of antimicrobial coating. And that could be an issue, considering you will probably wear these on bare feet, in really warm weather.
I really like wedges, so I’m probably a bit biased here. They’re chic, stylish and a lot more comfortable than regular heels. And all of that is true for these Vionic wedges.
They have a rubber outsole with a rather deep groove pattern, so you will have really good traction in these sandals. You could technically wear them off the beaten path, but I wouldn’t recommend that because they would get dirty. And they’re not that easy to clean, because of their suede uppers. These in particular are a bit high maintenance, as you can only clean them with a dry cloth.
The Hoola Tawny sandals are available in both regular and wide versions, and they fit true to size. The shoe size you usually wear should fit you perfectly.
However, I don’t think these are good for people with high arches – the straps are not at all adjustable, and you can’t be sure that you will be able to actually get these on your feet. In addition to that, these sandals don’t have the APMA seal of approval, so they are not an extremely comfortable option.
But that’s expected, since they are heeled sandals. And they do have a very comfortable and supportive footbed, so they will definitely feel better than just any cheap wedges. Plus, these Vionic sandals feature an enhanced forefoot contour and a deep heel cup, which promise to keep your feet comfortable even after several hours.
Comfortable heels are the dream, right? Well, I’ve found them! The Perk Blaire sandals might just be the most comfortable heeled sandals Vionic has ever made. And if that’s something you would like to wear, definitely don’t miss out on these!
The heel is not too high, which explains why they are comfortable even without a platform. And it’s rather thick, which certainly helps eliminate the pain in your feet. You can choose between two types of uppers – suede or leather. I recommend you go with leather, if you want something a bit easier to clean. Suede is a nightmare to deal with when it gets dirty or stained.
The footbed of these is designed to hug your arches, and provide you with support and stability. The really thick straps also help keep you stable, and ensure that you won’t accidentally twist your ankle. How refreshing!
One detail I love is that they made the toe part of the shoe matches the design of the straps.
But no matter how much I like these shoes, I have to admit that there are certain downsides to them. The outsole is rather thin – it’s made from rubber, but it’s not really patterned. Therefore, you won’t have really good traction in these sandals. Which is a shame.
In addition to that, only the ankle strap is adjustable. The other ones are not, so it’s a gamble whether or not they will fit you properly. Especially because they are not available in a wide version – only regular sizes.
Also, I recommend you check out the Amazon’s sizing assistant for these sandals, as they don’t always run true to size. Especially if you have narrower/wider feet than normal.
Every man needs a classic dress shoe. You will need to suit up eventually, and when you do, you want to have an extremely comfortable pair of shoes. That’s where the Shane lace ups come in – these classic Oxford shoes might just the most comfortable pair of dress shoes you will ever own.
But you will have to deal with the toe box first. It’s rather narrow, and it will feel really snug at first. You can just wait to break them in – that should loosen up the leather a little bit. Or you could get one of the stretching tools, which do the breaking in for you. And the third option is to just go half a size up with the Shane.
The EVA footbed in these is covered with leather, which will be an issue in the summer. They are not exactly breathable shoes, and I don’t recommend them in really hot weather.
Another thing that’s a bit disappointing about this is the outsole. It is made from rubber, but it is not patterned at all. Which means that you really won’t have a lot of traction in these Oxfords. It’s disappointing, but it’s not like you were going to hit the mountains in these shoes anyway.
The Shane shoes are not available in a wide version. That will be an issue, especially because of the toe box – I suggest you go at least half a size up, if you want to get these on your feet. They are lace-ups, so you can adjust them to fit on your feet if you have high arches.
The Brody slip-ons are a rather interesting option. You can choose between leather and canvas uppers, and the difference is actually noticeable. The leather shoes look very professional and sleek. The canvas versions, on the other hand, are a bit younger. Maybe it’s because of the colors?
Both versions are available in half sizes, and neither version features wide sizes. Which will be an issue if you have high arches – the slip-ons are pretty narrow, and I doubt you’ll be able to get them on your feet.
The Brody sneakers have the APMA seal of acceptance, so they’re a good fit even for people that struggle with pain in their feet. These feature an EVA footbed inside them, which is remarkably comfortable and supportive. So much so that you will be able to spend hours walking around pain-free, even if you have flat feet.
But that footbed is covered with leather, which can get rather hot. And the shoes don’t have great breathability – I wouldn’t really recommend them for the really warm days. I imagine that your feet would sweat profusely in really high temperatures, and that doesn’t scream comfort.
The outsole of these is rubber, and pretty unremarkable. It’s patterned, so you will have some traction on flat surfaces. But it’s not too flexible or grippy, so I don’t recommend wearing these off-road.
These Vionic slip-ons generally fit as expected, and you should order them in your usual size for the best fit.
Need a new sporty sandal? The Neil is a really good option. It features nubuck leather uppers and a patterned rubber outsole. Also, the inside of the sandal is lined with breathable fabric.
The outsole is rather flexible, but it’s definitely not the best you’ll see in sporty sandals. In fact, I wouldn’t even compare these with brands like Keen or Camel Crown. The Neil sandals are great for a summer vacation – they are remarkably comfortable and give you plenty of support. But they are not the sandals you want to wear when going hiking or trekking.
You’ll be fine on the beach, and you won’t even feel those pebbles and stones. But if you step further off the beaten path, you might be in trouble. They are not really low maintenance, thanks to the nubuck leather uppers.
The Neil sandals have a contoured EVA footbed, which really helps keep you comfortable throughout the day. That’s why these sandals are a great pick for men who usually deal with pain in their feet. The Neil sandals help minimize that pain, because they are comfortable and supportive every step of the way.
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of size variety with the Neil sandals. They aren’t available in half sizes or wide versions, which makes it that much harder to get the right fit. However, they generally run true to size and they are highly adjustable – even if you have high arches or wide feet, you can easily loosen the straps to make the shoe fit you well.
Looking for a new pair of running shoes? Consider the Ngage 1 – they are one of Vionic’s most popular sporty sneakers, especially among people that struggle with pain in their feet.
The uppers of these shoes are made from mesh, for exceptional breathability. Even the EVA footbed is covered with mesh, so there’s no doubt that you will have excellent ventilation in them.
The insole is also lined with foam, for great comfort and cushioning. And the rubber outsole is really flexible, thanks to the positioning of the grooves. Overall, these are definitely one of the most comfortable running shoes you will find everywhere.
But even with all that textile, you still can’t just put them in the washing machine. It’s recommended that you clean them with a dry cloth and “air dry under direct sunlight only”. At least that’s what Vionic says - a bit excessive if you ask me, but fine. However, that also means that you should avoid wearing these in heavy rain, if you want to make sure that you can wear them for a really long time.
These sneakers are on the smaller side, and you should go at least half a size up for the perfect fit. If you have wide feet or high arches, I’d bump that up to a whole size, since they are not made in a wide version.
There is even some color variety with these sneakers! I really like the grey and orange ones; actually, they really remind of a Crocs pair of closed-toe sandals.
Comfortable and supportive flip flops might sound like a myth, but they are not. Just look at these – with such a thick sole, you won’t even feel the terrain you’re walking on.
And that’s refreshing. Most flip flops are genuinely uncomfortable, and they are definitely not suitable for people that struggle with feet issues. But the Tide flip flops are a game changer, with their contoured EVA footbed. And they even have an APMA seal of acceptance!
These feature a patterned rubber outsole, which gives you a decent amount of traction. Just enough so that you won’t slip when walking around the pool. And the footbed is also non-slip, so you can freely put these on when you just come out of the water. Which is amazing – I can’t even count all the times I nearly fell on my face because my flip flops were so damn slippery.
The uppers of the Tide are made from textile, with full-grain leather accents. They are rather durable, but I wouldn’t call them water friendly because of that leather. Sure, you’ll be fine if you occasionally walk through water, but in the long run it can damage the leather uppers.
If that’s what you were hoping to grab, I suggest you check out our post on amazing closed toe sandals. You can find plenty of water-friendly options there!
These flip flops run true to size, and they are suitable and supportive enough even for people with high arches. Unfortunately, they are not available in half-sizes or wide sizes.
These are probably my favorite sneakers by Vionic. They are incredibly simple and classic, which makes them a shoe that you can wear with pretty much anything you own. Even with a suit.
Because they are made from shiny leather, they actually look quite classy. And they are stitched through, which significantly increases their overall durability. But you can barely even see the stitching, since it matches the color of the sole so well. And I love that.
The Baldwin is a great everyday sneaker. It’s neither sporty nor fancy – just the perfect middle ground. But one that will feel incredibly comfortable even after long hours on foot, thanks to the contoured EVA footbed. Which is also covered with leather, by the way, so avoid wearing these when it’s really hot out.
And yes, they do have the APMA seal of acceptance, so they are appropriate even for people that with very painful and sensitive feet.
The outsole is the only disappointing thing about them. It is made from rubber, but it is not too flexible. The pattern on it is rather shallow, so don’t expect amazing grip and traction in the Baldwin.
You can buy these in half sizes, and they usually run true to size. Unfortunately, you can’t get them in wide sizes, which is a shame. But they are not too narrow, so you should still be able to wear your regular size, even if you have really wide feet.
Overall, the Baldwin sneakers are definitely one of my top two choices, because of how versatile and comfortable they are. If you’re not looking for any specific type of shoe, just something that feels good on your feet, these are the ones I recommend.
What To Look For
Type Of Shoes
You will see lots of different styles of shoes in this review. Sneakers, sandals, heels, flip flops, dress shoes – whatever style you are looking for, I’m pretty sure you will be able to find it here.
However, you won’t find any hiking shoes in this review. If that’s what you were hoping to find, I suggest you check out our review on Teva and Keen sandals – those are the top two brands we recommend to people who need good sporty sandals.
With Vionic, you will mostly see everyday shoes and sneakers.
APMA Seal Of Acceptance
If you generally have lots of issues with your feet and need a comfortable and supportive shoe, look for a pair that has the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) seal of approval.
What that means is that the shoes have been deemed comfortable and healthy for your feet by podiatric professionals. And that it is suitable even if you struggle with plantar fasciitis or a similar illness.
I will feature several such pairs, both for men and women, so check the pros boxes to see if a pair is APMA approved.
The shoes that aren’t APMA approved are usually women’s heels. Which makes sense to me, as heels are never really a healthy option for your feet.
If a shoe is going to be comfortable for you, then it needs to fit you just right. Vionic offers both normal and half-sizes, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a good fit.
However, not all of their footwear fits true to size. In some cases, you will need to go a size up or down – be sure to check the mini reviews for that info. I will emphasize that wherever applicable.
Also, bear in mind that I’m not only looking at Vionic’s sizing suggestions. I’m also looking at all the reviews both on their website and on Amazon, so the fit recommendations are usually very accurate.
The majority of Vionic’s shoes is available in both regular and wide fit. If a pair is not available in a wide option, I will make sure to list that in the cons section.
Men’s Vs. Women’s
The review has two parts – women’s shoes and men’s shoes. You will find the women’s shoes in the first half (because ladies first, right?), and the men’s shoes in the second.
However, not all of their shoes are gender specific. There are a couple of unisex pairs, and they are mostly sneakers. I won’t feature these shoes twice, so make sure to check the pros boxes to find unisex shoes in either section of the review.
Bear This In Mind!
There is a break-in period for all of these shoes. Vionic recommends that you don’t wear them for more than a couple of hours for the first few wears, so that they can adapt to your feet properly.
I would add that you shouldn’t wear them if you plan to do a lot of walking – there’s a possibility that they could tear your heel or cause blisters. Which happens with nearly every brand-new shoe.
I’ve seen a lot of people complain about this, and I can only assume that they didn’t take Vionic’s warning into consideration. And it’s honestly annoying – of course a brand-new ballet flat will tear your heel if you’re wearing it without any socks. Isn’t it common sense that you shouldn’t go out for 8 hours in brand new footwear?
After you’ve successfully broken in your Vionics, they should feel rather comfortable and supportive.
Vionic Shoes Review: Our Favorite Options
Not completely sure which should you should pick? No worries – maybe one of our favorite choices will be just right for you!
Let’s start with the ladies’ shoes. The best casual option would probably be the Caroll ballet flats. They’re the type of shoes that you can wear everywhere and with everything you own. What’s really great about these is that they feature elastic on the edges, so that they are comfortable even for people with high arches. And the contoured EVA footbed will provide you with plenty of support and comfort throughout the days. Just make sure to break them in before wearing them for long periods of time, to avoid any blisters or torn heels.
- Leather or Novelty Leather Upper. Removable Microfiber Covered EVA Footbed. TR Outsole. Received American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance
- YOUR NEW FAVORITE FLATS: The classic ballet flat gets an upgrade with Caroll, featuring a soft satin elastic top line and crossover detail above the toe cap.
As for dress shoes, I think the Perk Blair by far takes the crown. Not only is an incredibly good looking shoe, but it’s also exceptionally comfortable. The heel is not too tall or thin, so it won’t hurt your feet even after several hours. In fact, these are so comfortable and supportive that they actually received the APMA seal of acceptance – a rare occurrence for heeled shoes. The only downside to these is that the straps are not adjustable, so they might not fit everyone.
- Embossed Leather Upper or Novelty Leather or Suede Upper. Leather Footbed. Durable Rubber Outsole. 3.1" Heel Height.
- Received APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance
And what about the men’s shoes? For a casual option, I would recommend the Baldwin sneakers. They are very simple and sleek, and you can wear them with nearly everything. You might even pull these off with a suit! Apart from their good looks, these sneakers also sport a contoured EVA footbed, for lots of support and comfort. And they have a rubber outsole that gives you just enough traction for sidewalks and office floors. But not enough for adventures in the nature.
- Leather Upper. Removable Leather Covered EVA Footbed. Durable Rubber Outsole.
- Received APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance
And if you want a dress shoe, then the classic Shane Oxfords are your best bet. On the outside, they look just like any classic dress shoes. But on the inside, they sport a very comfortable and supportive footbed, which is covered with leather. That makes them a good option even in the colder months. Just make sure to go half a size up with these, as their toe box is very narrow, and you can’t get them in a wide version.
- Leather Upper. Removable Leather Covered EVA Footbed. Rubber Outsole.
- YOUR NEW FAVORITE SHOES: Suit up in Shane with its premium soft leather upper and toe cap. A rubber outsole adds durability.
Those would my top 4 shoes by Vionic. You can check out the prices of them all on Amazon, and see which color and size variety are available.
If you were hoping to find some really good sandals for this summer, don’t worry. Check out our posts below – you might just find what you’re looking for in one of them!