Published on April 17th, 2013 | by Kirsten Borrink25
Stylish, Spunky Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis Happiness
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? Whether you need sandals, casual shoes, or dress shoes for plantar fasciitis, here are six comfortable options that will cradle the heel, support the arches and give your toes room to spread out.
Reviewers with plantar fasciitis love the cushioning and support of the versatile Taos Trophy sandal, which also has adjustable straps for a customized fit, a microfiber-lined footbed (no sweaty feet!), and is available in 11 (!) stylish colors. Available at TaosFootwear.com, Zappos, and Amazon.
Flats with arch support can be hard to come by. The Aetrex Jodi delivers! This adorable flat also has lovely floral detailing and a comfy memory foam footbed. They’re a perfect dress-up-or-down shoe. Available at Amazon, 6pm.com, and Shoes.com.
The Naot Kata sandal-shoe hybrid is orthotic-friendly, offers plenty of toe room, and has fashionable, wear-with-everything boho-chic styling. One online reviewer after another raves about its out-of-the-box comfort and great arch support. Available at Zappos, and Amazon.
Need a dressier or more professional-looking shoe? It can be challenging to find appropriate dress shoes for plantar fasciitis, but the Rockport Cobb Hill Salma is a great option. One reviewer says “They have an arch support that is out of this world, and the entire foot bed is really padded and comfortable.” With that kind of support you may not need orthotics, but if you wear them, the footbed is removable. The reasonable 2-inch heel, roomy toe box and rubber sole complete the perfect formula for all-day comfort. Available in extended sizes and widths from Zappos, Amazon, and Rockport.com.
Many women with fussy feet swear by Alegria shoes. We love the cute fisherman-sandal styling of the Alegria Pesca, which 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. Available at Zappos, and Amazon.
Do you think having foot issues means no more sexy shoes? Think again – the Earthies Saletto is soft, supportive, and smokin’ hot! The fashionable block heel and adds stability, the contoured footbed supports your foot from heel to toe, and the soft suede uppers will pamper your feet. “The best high heel shoes I’ve ever had,” says a reviewer. Available at Zappos, and Nordstrom,
Have you found any great casual or dress shoes for plantar fasciitis? We learn so much from our readers – please share your picks!