Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

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Dansko Lulu Ankle Strap Wedge

Dansko Lulu Wedge

Dansko Lulu

Pride cometh before a fall. I was feeling a bit smug about my feet recently. Why yes, I have bunions, a semi-fallen arch, arthritic toes and a slight case of hallux limitus, but no, I don’t have plantar fasciitis. Heel pain? Nope. How could it happen me, wearer of all shoes sensible?

But after a winter of doing what podiatrists would advise against to avoid plantar fasciitis (walking around in socks on hard floors instead of supportive slippers), I now hobble and wince while making my morning cup of coffee. I should know better. My Haflinger clogs have brought some relief, and adding a pair of Superfeet 3/4″ orthotics under the insoles of my Asics alleviates pain when I go for walks with Harley the Wheaten Terrier. I’ve even rolled my feet across frozen water bottles, but the pain persists. I’m determined to kick this without doctor intervention and I don’t want a cortisone shot…yet.

Dansko Lulu Black

Dansko Lulu

While googling “best shoes for plantar fasciitis,” I clicked on my own blog. I read what I wrote and took my own advice. I needed a dress casual shoe for church, meetings, outings–something a bit more dressed-up than my work-at-home clogs. The Dansko Lulu looked promising and so did the reviews from PF sufferers. My only concern was the thick ankle strap–would it look garish?

A Zappos box appeared at my door step freakishly fast. I quickly strapped on the Lulus and knew after a few steps my heels had met their match. The Dansko Lulu is a fantastic shoe from toe to heel.

In pictures, the vamp appears to cross right over the bunions area, but I find that it doesn’t irritate. The toe box is wide enough to accommodate the bunions. Since I have hallux limitus (arthritis in big toe that limits movement), my big toe knuckle feels a little compressed but I already feel the leather stretching after three wearings.

The footbed is heavenly, providing cushion to the heel and toes and the perfect amount of arch support for my medium-high arches (one is lower than the other due to midfoot surgery). Honestly, these are the most comfortable closed-toe Danskos I’ve ever worn. If you’ve all but given up on Dansko clogs because the footbed is too hard or you’re afraid of rolling an ankle, I encourage you to try the Lulu (before the company discontinues the style as they do all too quickly).

Dansko Lulu

Dansko Lulu

My favorite part of the Dansko Lulu is the wedge heel. It’s made of lightweight crepe-textured rubber. The heel is the perfect height at 1 3/4″ inches. It provides the lift my achy heels need–flats are a huge NO-NO for plantar fasciitis feet. The shock-absorbing outsole and cushioned insole work together to cushion my heels and take the pressure off the strained fascia. Walking is a pleasure in my new Lulus.

The ankle strap isn’t as obtrusive as I thought it would be. In fact, as you can see in the photo above, I wear them with slim black pants. All you can see is the cute wedge shoe part–not the strap. But the ankle strap keeps the shoe from slipping on my narrow heel. The only time it bothers me is when I’m driving. It tightens up as I press on the gas pedal or brake. So I just undo the strap when I drive and velcro back up when I arrive at my destination.

If you wear orthotics, you’ll be pleased to know that the footbed is removable.

I ordered the euro size 41 for my almost size 10 feet. Dansko has the 41 listed to fit a 10.5-11 which I definitely am not. I think the shoe runs a tad small. I’d recommend the Dansko Lulu for medium to slightly wide feet (or wide forefoot, narrow heel combo).

The Lulu comes in black leather and black, plum and charcoal nubuck (Amazon carries the cobalt and red nubuck from last season).

Find the Lulu at a Dansko retailer near you, or order online at:

  • Zappos: $149.95, free shipping and returns.
  • Amazon (carries the red and cobalt blue nubuck too): $99-149.99, free shipping/free returns on some color-size combos.
  • The Walking Company: $149.95, free shipping, free returns to store.
  • $104.99-149.99, free shipping.

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14 Responses to Dansko Lulu Ankle Strap Wedge

  1. Anna says:

    Hi do you know if the Dansko Lois has the same footbed and fit? It has two ankle straps instead of one large one? Thanks and love your website!

  2. Kirsten says:

    Yes to same footbed!

  3. Linda says:

    I tried the Lulu’s several months ago and agree that the footbed is a dream. BUT……I could not wear them due to the vamp cutting into my big toe (bunion) joints. If only shoe companies would use a more “V” shaped vamp instead of the straight across shape that problem would be solved. And a “V” shaped vamp is so much more attractive on the foot and sophisticated in style.

  4. Kirsten says:

    I get it. Have you seen the Wolky Ballet? It has a v-cut vamp and I think it looks really modern.

  5. Margaret says:

    I read your Feb. 23, 2016 review on the Lulu and thought I would give them a try and have not been disappointed. As a matter of fact, they are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes I own! I have severe plantar fasciitis but these are the one pair of shoes I can wear ALL day with no pain at all. The look great with everything – jeans, work pants, dresses and skirts. I get compliments on them all of the time. I have always been comfortable spending money on quality shoes but I try to be judicious in my purchases and buy items that have multiple purposes. These have been a dream.

  6. Kirsten says:

    Yea!! I hope Dansko keeps this footbed and wedge sole around for a while. Glad they work for you 🙂

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  8. Diane S. says:

    I love these shoes more than air. I own two colors and, after payday, I will own three. Thank you for the recommendation!

  9. Kirsten says:

    Scoop ’em up in every color!! I sure hope they keep this style around, or at least the footbed/wedge heel combo…

  10. Michelle says:

    I am so sad that these don’t work for my feet. I have the same bunion problem as Linda said, my bunions are just too wide. I will check out the Wolky ballet.

  11. Elle says:

    I love these. I find dansko comfortable but there selection of size 35 is limited?

  12. M. Pamela says:

    Kirsten, do you know anything about the Dansko Linda? Anyone? Just came across them on Amazon and they look darling ….

  13. Kirsten Borrink says:

    I know, aren’t those cute? I haven’t seen any online reviews yet. The Louise model is similar, but oxford upper..again, no reviews yet.

  14. Brenda Brown says:

    what size should I order I wear a size 9 show

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