By request: some cute shoes with removable insoles

Women's shoe styles with removable insoles. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve actually been meaning to tackle this topic for some time, as several of you have mentioned that you need shoes that can accommodate orthotics or inserts. Reader MJ reminded me again in comments on this post. So while it was fresh in my mind, I did some research.

Now, everyone has their own definition of “stylish,” and the selection of shoes with removable insoles does tend to skew more casual. But I tried to stick with options that aren’t too dowdy or generic.

Stylish shoes with removable insoles

Vionic Rechelle sneakers with removable insoles. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you’re a Sneaker Gal, that’s definitely where the largest selection is. These from Vionic are on-trend, and offered in several color combos.

Ecco Soft 7 sneakers with removable insoles. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Many of you have mentioned that you are fans of ECCO sneakers. These have a more classic look (other color combos available too).

I’m a fan of versatile metallic shoes. These from Pikolinos could pass for an oxford, and dress up or down.

JSlides leopard print sneakers. Details at une femme d'un certain age

I know these leopard print “baskets” aren’t everyone’s cup of Darjeeling, but I think they’re fun and different.

JSlides slip-on sneakers. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

These have a very similar look to the pair from Vince I purchased recently with the added bonus of removable insoles.

Moving on to loafers, here’s one from ECCO with a modern lug sole.

Here’s a sleek slip-on that’s available in N, W and WW widths.

Munro horsebit loafer in black. Details and more shoes with removable insoles at une femme d'un certain age.

And a classic loafer that can be dressed up or down, also available in Wide widths. (And it’s currently on sale!)

Naot "Hipster" ankle boot with removable insole. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Naot is another brand that often features styles with removable insoles. I think this simple little ankle boot has a nice look.

Born Carran knee boots in dark brown. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And yes, there are even some options in knee boots. This classic riding boot from Børn is offered in black and dark brown. (Also on sale!)

Vionic Caroll ballet flat in silver metallic. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I didn’t see many dressier styles that I’d recommend, but if you’re OK with a ballet flat, these might do the trick (more colors available).

These brands often have removable insoles:

Vionic | ECCO | J/Slides | Naot | Pikolinos | Børn | Taos

Sale alert 🚨 While they don’t usually have removable insoles, I wanted to give you a heads-up that Aquatalia is having a Valentine’s Day event, with 40% off sitewide!! Use code LOVE40.

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  1. I have the Vionic rochelle sneakers and I’m full on obsessed with them. They are SO comfortable, supportive and CUTE. I got the toffee color with the coral accents and they look great with everything. I then immediately bought the navy and the white as well. I have problem feet and if I find something cute that feels great I’ll buy more than one pair. I did not replace the insoles because the insoles that come with the shoes have great arch support. They run true to size. I LOVE them.

  2. Love your posts about stylish casual dressing.

    Would you be willing to do a post or two on what you wear when you must “dress up” as you would for a wedding or elegant party? (Yes, I think we will once again be able to attend weddings and elegant parties! I’m trying to stay optimistic.)

  3. Another suggestion for shoes with great arch arch support or removable insoles is Aetrex. They offer a good selection, with an excellent return policy. Susan, thanks for all your suggestions. It’s always an adventure trying to find fashionable shoes to accommodate my orthotics!

  4. Thank you for this post. I’ve had good luck with Hartjes sneakers and shoes. I think it’s a Belgium brand. Their sneakers have removable insoles and an all leather interior.

  5. Another good brand to try is Taos. They have shoes with a removable footbed and some with Metatarsal footbeds included. I have several Taos sandals and I love them!!!

  6. While I am a big fan of Vionic (they’re slippers are the best!), that Caroll flat was just not comfortable. The sides dug into my foot everywhere. Just fyi. Having had fairly severe plantar fasciitis in first my left foot and then the right, all in the last two years, I always put prescription orthotics, plus a heel wedge into all my shoes.

  7. I’ve been a fan of the Walking Company Abeo shoes, which comes with a removable insole with good cushioning and arch support (at least for me!). You can also purchase additional customized insoles from the Walking Company, which I’ve bought and used in other shoes that that did not have any arch support.

  8. I’m newer to sneakers as fashion vs workout wear. I’m a little confused as to what to look for in a fashion sneaker. I know lug soles and platforms are in, but i can’t see, for example, what elements made the Vionic sneakers in this post “on trend.” I see many bloggers wearing classic white sneakers, much like the Tretorns I wore to play tennis years ago, with dresses, and I like the look, as well as sneakers with pants. But I don’t know what to look for, and I have a feeling it’s a little more tricky than it looks. Maybe that could be a post?

    1. Hi Linda, I’d define a “fashion” sneaker as one that isn’t designed for performance in a specific sport (running, hiking, golf). There’s no right or wrong with sneakers, it’s just about what you like. I’m seeing two concurrent trends worn by women here: the classic white sneakers you mention, and more colorful ones like the Vionics. I love that we have lots of choices!

      1. Both Vionic and Fit Flop make a very nice white sneaker. There are a vast number of European companies that make stylish, supportive shoes. Remonte and Rieker are two that come to mind.
        European shoes often skew a bit funky style wise( which I personally love) My mom had trouble with her feet after bunion surgery but was always able to seek out beautiful formal shoes that were comfortable on her size 10 narrow feet albeit at a hefty price!

  9. Thank you for addressing this topic! I’ll take a look at your recommendations for sure! I have the Veja sneakers V-10 with a Vionic athletic insert. The soles are very stiff and sturdy which I need. Flexible doesn’t work as well with my feet. The Vionic insert gives the greatest arch support. I didn’t remove the insole, just put the insert on top. I’ve had them for over a year and am wearing them nearly every day through the colder months. Some say they are a little hard to break in but once worn, they are extremely comfortable. I also have the Vionic athletic inserts for my boots!

  10. I have that Munro Traveler in black, and they are indeed exceptionally comfortable, if a bit bland, especially in black. They work well enough for me that I don’t switch in my custom orthotics.

  11. I just ordered the Vionic Rechelle sneaker. Can’t wait till they arrive. Like others, I’m also having a hard time wearing “athletic” shoes for anything other than walking/sports. But everyone is doing it so I guess I’ll join the club! I have terrible plantar fasciitis and bone spurs so I don’t have much choice. I do wear “Barbie Doll” shoes if I’m going somewhere fancy and IF I won’t be standing too much.
    I also love HOKA ONE ONE shoes – I put them on as soon as I get up and take them off when I go to bed.
    BTW all shoes have a removeable insoles – sometimes it’s just harder to remove them. I’ve had to pry some out with a pliers. 😉