If you’re living with plantar fasciitis, you probably keep an eye out for shoes designed to make walking with this condition easy and painless.
And those that keep their promises are worth the cost — especially if they also happen to look good.
But where do you find the best walking shoes for plantar fasciitis? And just how much extra cost per pair are you facing when you shop for them?
Turns out there’s a growing selection of shoes designed to keep your feet comfy all day without breaking the bank, though some might cost more than you’re used to spending on shoes.
We’ve listed the top options below to make your next shoe shopping trip even easier.
What to Look For in a Shoe for Plantar Fasciitis
When you’re shopping for shoes you can walk in for hours without suffering from plantar fasciitis-related heel pain, you’ll want to check the following boxes:
You might think that last one is optional, but if you’re going to be wearing these shoes for hours — walking, shopping, hiking — you don’t want sweaty feet.
Aside from the smell, the trapped moisture can compromise any shoe’s ability to properly support your feet.
That said, the arch support and cushioning are the features most likely to ensure hours of comfortable (or at least not painful) walking. And the options listed below have both.
It doesn’t hurt that they’re also easy on the eyes.
5 Best Women's Walking Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
Check out these five options for plantar fasciitis shoes women will love to wear.
As a rule, basic flip-flops are not friendly to those with plantar fasciitis.
But if you miss wearing them, try these classy, cushioned toe-post sandals by Vionic.
If you’re looking for something equally supportive but with a little more bling, try these sandals by the same brand.
These easy-on and off shoes provide plenty of cushioning and support without confining your feet in a lace-up fortress.
These will get you through even the most grueling day of air travel without punishing your feet.
Another Amazon’s Choice walking shoe, this one comes in wide and extra-wide width with its patented VersoShock technology.
These shoes were designed to make walking more fun for women with plantar fasciitis.
These rugged but stylish sport sandals will keep you going whatever the terrain — from city streets to beaches to hiking trails.
When it’s time to dress up, or you just want something with some heel to wear on your next trek downtown, go for a wedge heel for maximum stability.
And when it comes to high-quality shoes with great style, you can’t go wrong with Clarks.
5 Best Men’s Walking Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
The following are five of the best plantar fasciitis shoes for men, with their related selling points and caveats.
Made for both men and women, these toe-post sandals pamper your feet with superior arch support and heel cushioning.
Keep a pair handy to slip on after foot-punishing workouts.
Another winning pair is the Vionic Tide toe-post sandal for men, which — like the women’s sandal — comes with concealed orthotic arch support in a soft, cushioned EVA footbed.
The easy slip-on style cradles your foot with cushioning while supporting the arch for long walks. They’re equally at home on city streets, on campus, at home, or on the beach.
If you want a sandal that will stay on your foot while supporting your arches and cushioning every step, these sporty Keens are the perfect option.
For lace-up athletic shoes that cradle and support your feet while you walk or run, give this pair a try.
These walking shoes have the APMA’s (American Podiatric Medical Association) Seal of Acceptance, reminding us once again of the Vionic brand’s commitment to quality.
Did you find the best shoe for plantar fasciitis for you?
Now that you’re in the know about some of the best shoe options for folks with plantar fasciitis, which, if any, did you add to your “wish list” — or even your shopping cart?
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Are your feet crying out for something that will finally give your arches the support they need, while giving your heels enough cush to keep the shocks away?
The right shoes can actually make you forget your plantar fasciitis, so you can get to where you want to go without the punishing heel pain you’ve come to expect.
So, we hope one of the shoes listed in this article will do that for you or lead you to the shoes that will.
We wish you a lifetime of painless walks. And may your creative energy and adventurous spirit influence everything you do today.