If bunions run in your family, you probably won't be able to avoid getting one, no matter what kind of shoes you wear. However, you can manage a bunion and slow down its progression by choosing the right kinds of shoes.
The best shoes for bunions are shoes that do not have high heels, small toe boxes, or pointy tips and are not too tight. You want shoes that provide good arch support, sufficient padding, and can stretch and "breathe." When trying on shoes, the big toe should not touch the end of your shoe. Make sure there is a thumb's width of room between the tip of the big toe and the end of the shoe. The shoe should also be wide enough to provide you with room and comfort.
If you are involved in activities that require you to wear constrictive shoes, such as ballet dancing or cycling, you are at a higher risk of developing and irritating bunions. If you are a competitive or recreational athlete, keep in mind that ill-fitting athletic shoes can also make your bunions worse. Seek comfortable, flexible footwear that fits properly to protect against bunions.