Comfortable Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis 6a00e54ee19bb78834017eea467d56970d-500wi1

Published on April 17th, 2013 | by Kirsten Borrink

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Stylish Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Of all the itis-es in the foot malady category, plantar fasciitis has to be the most irritating, hard-to-treat, recurring pain in the…well, heel. Roll your foot over tennis balls in the morning, wear a straight-jacket contraption for your foot at night, but what about during the day when you must actually wear shoes? Here are eight comfortable options (most casual, some dressier) that will cradle the heel, support the arches and give your toes room to spread out. Notice all have a bit of a heel from 1″ to 2 1/2″ so your heel won’t be flat on the ground…ouch.

Dr. Weil Orthaheel

1. Dr. Weil for Orthaheel “Zeal”: Aggressive arch support with a deep heel cup in a sandal! Great for plantar fasciitis and may be a good bet for hallux rigidus as the sole is more rigid than flexible. Update July 2014: Orthaheel is now known as Vionic with Orthaheel technology. Their collection of supportive footwear continues to grow every season. Check out the new styles!

alegria pesca cactus

2. Alegria Pesca: This newer Alegria style features a mild rocker sole (1 1/4 heel height)  to reduce heel and forefoot pressure and a cork and memory foam footbed that conforms to your foot shape with wear. A good fit for medium to wide feet. 
Earthies bindi

3. Earthies Bindi: If you must wear a ballet-flat type shoe, this is it. The Bindi has a cupped heel and cushioned footbed with built-in arch support. The heel has a little lift at 1 1/4″ so really isn’t flat at all.

Chaco Coral Ana

4. Chaco has a reputation for alleviating PF pain and discomfort, but up until now there were outdoorsy sandals and a few chunky closed-toe options. Enter the Coral Ana , a more streamlined mary jane with the trademark LUVSEAT footbed created with the assistance of a certified pedorthist. Updated July 2014: The Chaco Coral Ana is discontinued. Try the Chaco Gala MJ or Greer for a similar look and feel. 

Sanita dawn

5. Sanita Dawn: New for Spring 2013, the Dawn comes from Sanita’s Daisy collection of sandals with soft, contoured footbeds with good arch support and lightweight rocker soles. 

Haflinger oyser

6. Haflinger Oyster: If you have a pair of Haflinger boiled wool clogs, you know how wonderfully supportive they are–a deep heel cup keeps the foot stable. Why not invest in a pair of summer sandals with the same footbed? 

Dansko Ainsley

7. Dansko Ainsley: Need to wear custom orthotics? Remove the contoured footbed in the Ainsley and you’re set. The Ainsley is good for those with high insteps too with its adjustable velcro closure. Note the customer reviews at Zappos; quite a few PF sufferers love this shoe for all-day comfort. 

Naot Future

8. Naot Future: I continue to be impressed by Naot’s ability to put out sometimes funky, sometimes beautiful yet always foot-friendly shoes and boots. With over 500 styles to choose from, Naot’s footbed will alleviate discomfort from PF, Morton’s Neuroma, bunions, arthritis. I chose to feature one of their dressier styles, the Future with a 1 1/2″ heel, adjustable velcro strap (buckle is purely decorative) and best fits a narrow to medium. Update: Quartz leather is available at Amazon.

How about you? Do you have a favorite shoe that alleviates your plantar fasciitis heel pain? Leave a comment below and let us know or join the Facebook discussion!


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12 Responses to Stylish Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

  1. Margaret says:

    I am relatively new to your site, but follow you religiously now as I am a suffering of the dreaded Plantar Fasciitis. I had been poking around your blog, looking at last year’s suggestion, hoping you would soon be posting some suggestions for *this* season. Tada! You must be psychic! Thanks for the recommendations. I can’t wait to go shopping!

  2. Charlene says:

    I wear Naot’s all summer long. they work wonders on my PF. I do miss a good flip flop though

  3. Louise says:

    Total Naot fan here. Over the last several years, I have replaced all my shoes with Naots and can finally get rid of my custom orthotics. Their shoes are just perfect for my poor PF feet.

    I now have Naot boots, booties, oxfords, sandals, ballet flats, and heels. Like Charlene, I miss having flip flops, but it’s worth it to have so much less heel pain!

  4. Diana says:

    Another fan of Naots here! For summer, I like the cork footbed ones the best since they don’t make your feet sweat.

    Question about the Sanitas: how do they compare to the very similar-looking Dansko Sausalito family sandals (like the Sissy, etc)? I’m hoping they’re a little lower volume since my low-volume feet can’t really fill out the Danskos!

  5. Good question, Diana. Don’t they look so much like the Sissy from Dansko’s Sausalito a few seasons back? This is a new collection for them and they seem to be taking cues from Dansko–the sole is lightweight, footbed is cushioned and moisture-wicking; sounds like the Sausalito line to me! My friend just got a pair, and I’ll ask her how they fit. I would think the adjustable forefoot would help with low volume foot. I do know they run a tad small.

  6. Theresa says:

    I just bought this pair of Earthies. VERY comfortable with my PF and really cute!
    link to zappos.com

  7. 2 questions:
    1. Has anyone tried Ziera (formerly Kumfs) have heard they are great for PF but very difficult to find in the US.

    2. Do Naots ever come in wide and if so, where can I find them?

  8. Bridget says:

    I treated myself to a pair of the Alegria Pesca shoes, which I’d never heard of before. I LOVE them, thanks so much for writing about them.

  9. ml says:

    you can find Ziera in line at link to luckyfeetshoes.com

  10. Christina says:

    I don’t have PF, but extreme pain in the ball of my foot. I’ve done Birkenstocks which are fair to good. Allegria is ok, even a newer pair of sketched with a “bible” sole that has some decent cushioning. I can only wear any of them for a day or two & then must switch. I dread getting out of bed. The balls of my feet are painful as soon as I step on them. I also have high arches & a somewhat narrow foot. Any shoe suggestions. Some days my calves & feet feel like sausages that want to burst. I’d appreciate any help!! Thanks SO much!

  11. Nancy says:

    I am the Queen of PF with 3 surgeries and 7 podiatrists in my past. I have to wear custom orthotics and for 20 years have done well w/Clarks clogs. They hold the orthotic in place w/a deep heel cup. Until they stopped making that style. I’m stuck. I’ve tried various brands but anyone find a deep heel cup sandal or clog which will hold an orthotic? Too curvy a footbed, too supportive and that won’t work either. I hate feet and shoes.

    • admin admin says:

      Nancy,

      What about the Naot Trovador? It’s a gladiator-type sandal with a removable latex cushioned insole. It also has a back to it so the orthotic will stay put better. Read through the comments–I saw at least three women happy with how it fits an orthotic..link to zappos.com

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