For younger patients with more flexible flat feet, Dr. Sierra recommends strengthening the intrinsic foot muscles through physical therapy. But in some cases, only a serious stability shoe can help “If we are talking about individuals that have more of a rigid flat foot, then I would recommend something with greater stability and maybe in the motion control category,” he says. He says the Brooks Ariel GTS (or its male counterpart, the Brooks Beast GTS) is one of your best bets, with a super stable base and plush cushioning. Plus, a roomy fit offers plenty of space for bunions and lets you easily swap out the insole for inserts if you need.

Sizes: 6–13 | Widths: Medium, wide, extra wide | Colors: 4 options | Materials: Mesh upper and rubber outsole | Cushioning: Moderate

  • Why they stand out: Impressive motion control; come in three widths; roomy enough for orthotics; awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association seal of acceptance
  • What could be improved: The design of these athletic shoes is a little plain

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