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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.

Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis : Taos Trophy

Taos Trophy

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.comZappos, and Amazon.

Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis: Aetrex Jodi

Aetrex Jodi

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.

Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis: Naot Kata

Naot Kata

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.

shoes for plantar fasciitis: Rockport Cobb Hill Salma

Rockport Cobb Hill Salma

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.

Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis: Alegria Pesca

Alegria Pesca

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.

Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis: Earthies Saletto

Earthies Saletto

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!

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25 Responses to Stylish, Spunky Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis Happiness

  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!

    • LPG says:

      get laser treatments. After physio for my hurting feet, a friend recommended laser treatment and an orthotic. Healed my fascitis in 6 treatments. It honestly was a miracle. Checked your local hospital wellness center or physiotherapy center. I swear by this !

  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. Kirsten@BarkingDogShoes says:

    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!
    http://www.zappos.com/earth-vista-alpaca

  7. http://fancynancysfashionsafari.blogspot.com says:

    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. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. KT says:

    Any suggestions for winter boots in the UGG style?

  12. Deborah says:

    For shearling boots with arch support I like the Emu Australia line. The insoles are somewhat contoured, removable and replaceable. I do need to add a 3/4 length orthotic for additional arch support or my PF flares up but I lived in my Emus last winter. I have found them on sale occasionally on Amazon. I find the fit to be a little bit wider than Uggs. Same rules for sizing as Uggs, expect them to stretch during the first few wearings.

  13. Ladysylvia says:

    Hi,
    I have very high arches with PF. I’ve tried Orthaheel shoes but find the footbed very hard and I shutter to think about Birkens. I live in Florida so I wear sandals when I’m not working. Can you recommend a sandal with good arch support but has a soft footbed? I prefer not to be too flat, too so a one inch heel would work. I’m not price conscious because it’s for my health. I’ve looked at several shoes on line but would like your recommendations to help with decision.

    • Connie A. Feick says:

      I have the same high arches along with PF. Have relied on custom orthotics or Finn Comfort brand shoes, without them. Any of the Finn Comfort sandals will work for you. Most have the one inch heel, my favorite for comfort are the “Jersey.” I’ve accidentally purchased the “Sylt,” and returned them as the heel is slightly lower, and not quite as comfortable. Unfortunately they are very expensive, but the footbeds are removable, and easily purchased separately, so the shoes will last a very long time even with constant wear. If price is a serious issue, they are always on ebay, new and used.

  14. Valerie McGaha says:

    What would you recommend for a women’s shoe suitable for a wedding? My son’s wedding is August 5 and as the mother of the groom I need something dressy enough but that won’t kill my feet. My biggest problem is plantar fasciitis but I also have a narrow heel. My dress is tan/beige with a little silvery glitter throughout the dress and either right above or below the knee. I have looked on zappos and the walking company. Any recommendations would be GREATLY appreciated.

    • Janet says:

      I purchased a pair of black Dansko Tasha sandles a couple of years ago for two summer weddings. I have worn to four weddings and they are very comfortable and dressy. I have PF and bad knees, love them.

  15. Sandra Aldridge says:

    I have plantar facilitis and as well hip and back pain. Vionic shoes are the best! I can walk in the sandals for hours without pain. They are well worth the money. I wish they could design some nice low heel pumps. If I had those, my feet would be in heaven.

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