Every few months, we scour online reviews searching for the best plantar fasciitis shoes–always keeping fashion in mind. As we can’t road test all the shoes, we look for footwear with multiple positive reviews from online customers with plantar fasciitis. All feature good arch support and cushioning, shock-absorbing outsoles, deeper heel cups and 2″ and under heels. We’ll mention whether the shoe has a removable insole to accommodate an orthotic. We enjoy sharing our findings with you and are always open to recommendations of your best shoes for plantar fasciitis!
Best ankle boot for plantar fasciitis: Naot Helm
The minimalist Helm ankle boot (one of our favorite Naot styles) wins over women with problem feet. A removable anatomic cork and latex footbed and lightweight metal shank provide the support and stability that aching heels need. The Helm is part of Naot’s Aura collection of medium width footwear, yet the toe box is generous and forgiving of bunions. We love Christine’s review for Zappos:
These are unicorn shoes: comfort brand and finally a chic style that isn’t decidedly old-lady comfort granola. I am a devoted Naot lover with size 9.5-10 Wide feet with high high arches and plantar fasciitis, and the size 41 fit perfectly and is a snug, secure fit across the top of my foot.
Find the Naot Helm in euro sizes 35-42 (4-11) for $199.95 from Zappos, Amazon, and Nordstrom. The Naot Kedma oxford comes from the same collection as the Helm, if you prefer a shoe to an ankle boot.
Runner-up for best ankle boot for plantar fasciitis: Vionic Serena
Zappos customer Kim loves her Serenas:
“These are my favorite pair of shoes. I can wear them ALL day without issue, which for me is huge. I have wide feet, plantar fasciitis, bunions. I rarely find a shoe that is not only cute but comfortable and this one has it all. It can be dressed up or down, office or play.”
The Vionic Serena features a removable orthotic insole with arch support, a low 1.5″ stacked heel and a round toe box. The suede upper is treated with protective water-resistant coating. Find the Vionic Serena in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths for $149.95 from Zappos, Nordstrom and Amazon.
Best casual-dress shoe: Dansko Loralie
Sometimes Dansko just hits the nail on the head. The new Loralie mary jane is the trifecta of support, cushioning and good fit–and we’re huge fans of a hidden wedge (offers just the right amount of heel lift). While the memory foam footbed with arch support may be all you need, it is removable should you need to use your own orthotic. Available in euro sizes 36-42 for $149.95 from Zappos, Nordstrom, and Amazon. See the new Dansko Lanie wedge–a similar style to Loralie, but with an assymetrical hook and loop strap.
Best sneaker: Hoka One One Hupana Slip-on
Be one of the cool kids in these chic slip-ons by Hoka One One. The fashion sneaker trend continues and these happen to be a super supportive, comfortable choice. Take it from this Zappos customer:
“These shoes are great for my feet issues. I’ve had bad plantar fasciitis and heel pain for over a year now. My podiatrist wanted me to wear shoes around the house instead of elevated slippers to provide more support for my feet. She thought this would be a better option than walking boots for both my feet. These shoes are sturdy and comfortable. So far…it’s doing the trick! Great value for the shoes. Roomy area around the toes. Great fit, true to size, good arch support.
The Hoka Hupana slip-on features a 4-way stretch upper, removable footbed with arch support (accommodates orthotics) and has a slight rocker sole. Find the Hupana slip-on in sizes 5-10 for $114.95 from Zappos, Holabird Sports, size 11 available through Shoes.com.
Best fashion sneaker in wide widths: Clarks Un Rio Cross Sneaker
If your heels crave cushioning, yet your arches need solid support, the Un Rio sneaker by Clarks is your answer. The Un Rio features a removable Ortholite® insole (can accommodate orthotics) with lightweight 1 3/4″ rubber and EVA outsole. The cross straps have a little stretch to them for a good fit over the instep.
A happy Zappos customer says this about her new shoes:
I have wider feet, one of which is wider than the other due to a healed complicated break. I have plantar fasciitis, and I’m recovering from back surgery. All that adds up to a real need for comfortable shoes. I’m not old enough to strap into velcro closures yet, nor am I ready for that! These shoes will provide the comfort and stability I need for casual wear, yet are more classy and stylish than tennies, and I’m so happy to have them!
Find the Clarks Un Rio in sizes 6-12, medium and wide widths for $79-130 from ClarksUSA.com, Zappos, Amazon, and Nordstrom.
Best casual mule: Ariat Sport Mule
Marilyn B., Zappos customer, has plantar fasciitis and loves the versatility of the Ariat Sport Mule.
“I adore these shoes. I now have two pairs, one in black and one in brown. I have plantar fascia, and I find the arch support is good enough to allow me to go all day without my molded shoe inserts. In addition, the two-way strap gives two levels of formality; I just slide my feet in when I’m wearing jeans, but for dressier outfits, I wear the sling behind my heel.”
The Ariat Sport Mule features stabilizing lateral motion control provided by a lightweight forked shank, a gel-cushioned footbed with heel stabilizer, and a 1.5″ heel. Available in sizes 5.5-11 for $109.95 from Zappos, and Shoes.com.
Best waterproof sneaker: Dansko Paisley
Are you planning a vacation to a wet climate where you’ll be walking miles every day? Don’t look like a tourist in day-glo running sneakers! Opt for the Dansko Paisley, a waterproof walking sneaker with a removable triple-density footbed with arch support and shock-absorbing, slip-resistant Vibram® rubber outsole.
Amazon customer Julie reviews her Paisleys:
“I’ve tried about everything know to mankind to alleviate my Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis including about ten different inserts, 3D mapped inserts, compression wraps, chiropractic, PT, and medication. Nothing was helping, so I decided to buy these shoes in a last-ditch effort to avoid having laser surgery. They are an absolute miracle!! I can walk without limping, my feet aren’t screaming all day, my heels are no longer on fire, and I can stand for long periods of time without the excruciating pain I used to have. While I still have some slight pain in my heel, it’s tolerable now.”
The Dansko Paisley is available in euro sizes 36-42 for $144.95 from Zappos, Dillards, and from Amazon.
Typically we wouldn’t recommend a ballet flat in an article about the best shoes for plantar fasciitis, but if flats are your aesthetic, consider the Vionic Minna. The Minna features more arch and heel support than any other flat we’ve seen. Zappos customer Miriam is a fan:
“Thank you Vionic!! I’ve been searching for years for a non-clunky, flat, closed-toe shoe with excellent arch support for my plantar fasciitis. Finally, comfort and style in one shoe!!”
The Vionic Minna is available in sizes 5-11, medium and wide widths for $119.95 from Zappos and Nordstrom, find a deal at Amazon and 6pm.com. See more recommendations of stylish flats with arch support.
Budget-friendly tip: If you can’t afford a new pair of shoes for plantar fasciitis currently, try a pair of ProFoot heel cups–simply put them in your favorite pair of shoes for extra heel support (they carry the seal of acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association).
Didn’t see anything you like? Browse our whole category of best shoes for plantar fasciitis and our recent update on Alegria shoes. Also, join our “Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis” Facebook discussion for even more ideas!
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