Last Updated on May 4, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Tired of dealing with foot pain? Get 35 of the best shoes for plantar fasciitis relief (for women and men) below.
Do your feet feel tired and achy after a long day of standing or walking around on the job? Or maybe you’re one of the three million people with plantar fasciitis in the U.S. every year. If so, you know how excruciating chronic heel pain can be. Below I’ll explain more about foot pain and suggest some of the best shoes for plantar fasciitis symptoms many of which have helped me deal with my own plantar fasciitis and heel spur symptoms.
Then, I’ll share an amazing video that helped me how to heal my heel pain overnight. I learned this simple stretch that blew my mind and went from having severe daily heel pain to having instant relief and being able to better manage the condition.
It goes counter to everything my podiatrist said to do. I can’t wait to share this with you because it’s helped me so much and I know it can help you too! So, onto the nitty-gritty…
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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
First of all, let’s talk about that crazy spelling, yo. Whoever came up with the word fasciitis (pronounced, fashee-EYE-tiss) must have been slightly evil…Okay, I’ll admit that as a former Medical Transcriptionist the word *fasciitis was my Achilles’ heel. Pun intended? But enough about that…
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis affects a whopping 2 million Americans each year. This painful condition involves an inflamed band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that connects your heel bone to your toes.
And here’s some interesting information you might not have heard before…
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms And Facts:
- it often causes a stabbing pain in the heel when you first step out of bed in the morning
- the pain may improve during the day but can worsen with extended periods of walking, standing, or sitting
- it’s more common in runners and people who are obese
- it’s more common in occupations where you’re on your feet a lot, including teaching, nursing, factory working, etc.
- the pain is usually worse after exercise
- it’s most common between 40 and 60 years of age
- certain exercises that place stress on the heel increase the occurrence of early-onset. These include distance running, aerobics, dancing, and jumping.
- either having a high arch or being flat-footed can put you at higher risk
- women are four times more likely to have foot problems than men, maybe due to wearing heels and shoes that don’t fit? (hmmm, just a theory)
So keep reading for the best shoes for plantar fasciitis symptoms (for men and women). But first, you may be wondering,
What Is A Heel Spur Anyway?
Heel spurs are calcium deposits causing bony growths underneath the heel bone. Despite what you may have heard to the contrary, heel spurs are caused by plantar fasciitis, not the other way around.
If I had my heel x-ray I’d show you the pointy heel spurs on both of my feet. Just looking at the heel spurs on x-ray made me hurt a little. But the podiatrist told me that the pain I was having was coming from the plantar fasciitis and not the spurs.
Heel spurs look like this.
Kon Marie-ing My Painful Ped Coverings
Just an FYI, the subheading above could have read *Out With The Old, In With The New* (been used before) or *Trading Stilettos For Shoes That Feel Like Walking In Meadows* (I couldn’t find an appropriate word that rhymed with stilettos). Anyhoo, here’s hoping you’re cool with *Kon Marie-ing My Painful Ped Coverings* – because I liked it. 🙂
So now we’re getting to the important stuff – shoes! Truth be told, I used to own way too many pairs. Then a couple of years ago when I started having heel pain I had to rethink my shoe options. I invested in a couple of pairs of Birkenstocks (coming up below) and lived in them for a while out of necessity.
But, hold on a second. I’m not the type of girl to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Meaning: I may have to wear comfortable (or orthopedic) shoes but, by gosh I don’t want them to look like orthopedics. Not that there’s anything wrong with that look….it’s just not me.
So I’ve searched far and wide for exceptionally comfortable shoes that have a level of style and cuteness that I can appreciate. Needless to say, I’ve Kon Marie-ed my shoe collection – cut it way down. I still wear the Birks often and I don’t think they look bad at all…especially if your vibe is more relaxed and Boho.
I sometimes hear people dog on Birks and I find it confusing….I’m like, whuut? I don’t get it.
But to each his or her own. And that’s why I’m including a variety of styles for different occasions for you below.
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Capsule Wardrobe For Plantar Fasciitis Shoes
I now own a pair of tie-up gladiators, booties, wedges, loafers, and sneakers. My shoe collection has shrunk considerably but I’m happy with each pair. Plus, a helpful shoe salesman shared his trick for working on his feet every day – orthotic insoles! Have you tried them?
I’ll share the ones he recommended … my new favorites, below. These are great if you have a pair of okay shoes that aren’t that comfortable. Simply pop in your high-quality insole and viola. Comfort city!
I hope the list below helps your tired feet. (Plus, the awesome video, courtesy of Dr. Berg below the shoes.) Even though special shoes won’t treat your foot issues, they can help you feel more comfortable and be able to enjoy the activities you love.
I’ve included sandals for summer, slippers, cross trainers, running shoes, loafers, booties, sneakers, and shoe inserts for both men and women below.
To look at or purchase any of the shoes below, simply click on each link or shoe image. Then you can see the different color and size options that available.
I’ve put an* beside the the shoes that I own below just in case you’re a curious person like me.
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Best Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms And Foot Pain
These are one of my go-to summer shoes – definitely one of my current favorites! I have them in black and khaki and they go with everything.
A shoe salesman helped me find these when I told him I was looking for something ultra-comfortable, supportive, and stylish. The laces make them easy to adjust to your feet, which I love because mine are narrow and shoes tend to slip around.
3. * OOFOS Sandal
These are my absolute favorites – the most comfortable shoes in my closet!
4. * Bzees Secret Sandal
So cute and comfy! These are super lightweight and I love the stretchy upper because it gently hugs your feet. I have them in blush knit and they’re surprisingly neutral to go with many looks.
5. * Vionic Relax Slipper
This is more than I would normally spend on a pair of slippers. But if you have plantar fasciitis you understand how important supportive shoes are, even when you’re puttering around your house. And since I work from home…ergo the slippers. I went for the leopard print ones because they’re fun.
6. * ECCO Soft Sneakers
Everyone needs a casual sneaker that goes with everything, am I right?
Perfect for every occasion – casual or dressed up too.
This cute and comfy loafer comes in a variety of colors.
A sporty slip-on with a cute perforated design.
With over 6000 excellent Amazon reviews you can’t go wrong with this summertime basic. Plus, they come in a wide variety of colors.
A beautiful leather bootie with classic Vionic support.
Ultralight and designed for under pronators, or people with high arches. Cushiony with good support.
Another great choice from ASICS, these are built for the overpronator with low arches. Great color selection!
This neutral cushioned running shoe is beautiful and provides exceptional comfort, keeping the heel locked in place.
This is the same shoe as number 14 above but built for the men.
Widely regarded as one of the best shoes for people with plantar fasciitis, the Gel Nimbus boasts Heel Clutching System Technology and GEL cushioning. Plus, the color selection alone is quite impressive.
This is one of the most recommended running shoes for plantar fasciitis sufferers. The great thing is that you don’t have to be a runner to enjoy all the benefits of wearing them.
18. * Men’s & Women’s Birkenstock Arizona Suede Soft Foot Bed (SFB)
These are so comfy and cute! (I don’t care what the Birk haters say, lol) If only my daughters weren’t wearing these all of the time.
I love these Birks too and call them my dressy Birks, ha.
My daughter has these in brown. They come in all sorts of beautiful colors and have excellent Birk support.
With adjustable leather straps, Vionic’s done it again. Simple, supportive, and classy. Plus, with over 2,000 excellent reviews on Amazon.
With excellent cushioning and support, this beauty is worth a look. They come in a variety of beautiful colors, but I especially love these blue ones.
23. NAOT Kata Shoe
These are a bit more of an investment than some, but they’re super cute and would look great with your favorite pair of jeans. Plus, the reviews are excellent and your feet deserve the very best.
There’s a reason the Vionic brand keeps showing up here. They make shoes for people with foot problems like plantar fasciitis. These booties are versatile, stylish, and oh-so-comfortable.
I’ll admit that I’m not usually a huge fan of Danskos for my personal style but their clogs are super popular, especially in fields where you’re on your feet all the time. I do love these sandals. And best of all, Amazon reviewers who have plantar fasciitis claim they’re extremely comfortable. Win-win!
These inserts are best for low profile shoes such as flats, dress shoes, or slim sneakers. Great for men and women. It’s amazing how they can transform an uncomfortable pair of shoes into comfy ones.
These provide medium-level support for casual shoes and boots. They’re also great for shoes that are smaller in the toe box because of the 3/4 length. They come in different sizes for men and women.
These give you maximum support for all activities including walking and running. They’re great for athletic and casual shoes.
You’ll notice these Chacos and the women’s pair below have a loop that goes around the toe. This is a feature that many people love but if you’re not into toe loops they have other styles without the loop. It’s important to note that most people find that it takes a few days to break your Chacos in.
It’s all about that Chaco tan. Wink wink. But seriously, with their podiatrist-certified LUVSEAT PU footbed, so many people love Chacos for their amazing support. Not to mention the endless array of colors and styles you can choose from. (I love these teal ones.)
These are my new favorites to wear during the colder months! I have them in the dusty blue and fig. My feet never hurt when I wear them and that’s saying a lot. Something about the superior construction of the ECCO shoes really pampers my feet.
I’m not sure which ones I love more, these or the ECCOs above. They’re so comfy and the perfect casual style. They look great with jeans, leggings joggers, and khakis.
These are my dream sneakers! Maybe the hubby will see this and take the hint? #kiddingnotkidding
This OOFOS style is available for women too, here.
Now here’s the video I mentioned earlier…
Simple Stretches To Relieve Plantar Fasciitis Pain
Below is the video I’ve been raving about above. You have to try it to believe how well these simple stretches work. I went from having terrible, daily heel pain to instant relief after trying the technique Dr. Eric Berg will show you in the video below. Now I’m able to manage my foot pain by doing the technique only once or twice daily. Thank you, Dr. Berg!
Summary – The Best Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis
I get how frustrating it can be to find comfortable (and stylish) shoes when you’re having foot pain. I hope this post is helpful to you and you’re able to find some comfy shoes to suit your personal style!
What has helped improve your foot and heel pain? What are your favorite comfortable shoes?
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