Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Published on April 6th, 2022 | by Kirsten Borrink


Vionic Tide Review: Stylish Flip-Flop with Arch Support

Vionic Tide

Vionic Tide Sequins White/Black

Anne G. reviews the Vionic Tide sandal

I am a very active woman in her early 50’s. I can often spend 6-8 hour a day on my feet—not for my job but just doing life! I also like to bike, swim and mostly jog (slowly!) for exercise. I use custom orthotics in my running shoes to prevent flare-ups of plantar fasciitis. My arches are fairly flat, and I know I SHOULD pay more attention to purchasing and wearing comfortable, well-constructed shoes. But I typically just grab something cute and inexpensive from Target or Kohl’s. That worked when I was in my 30’s, but lately I have definitely been feeling more foot pain and general soreness when I wear those kind of shoes. I need to take better care of my feet!

I jumped at the chance to try the Vionic Tide sandals. They fit very true to size and honestly were comfortable right out of the box. Typically, I will get blisters from my first pair of flip-flops of the spring/summer. Not so with the Vionic Tide sandals! I literally wore them almost all day for three days—running errands, cooking, cleaning etc., and my feet were fine. They were comfortable and left my feet feeling great at the end of each day. I love the design—it looks a little dressier to me, even for a flip-flop. I did get them dusty digging dandelions, but I just washed them off—good as new. The only question left for me is what other colors do I want?

Vionic Tide Sequins White Black

Vionic Tide Sequins White/Black

I would agree with Anne, this is one fantastic flip-flop. I’ve recently developed plantar fasciitis in my left heel and love how the Vionic Tide cushions my heel while providing excellent arch support. A word on sizing: the Vionic Tide  is available in whole sizes only 5-12. I would recommend ordering down if you are between sizes. Available from Vionic,  Zappos, Amazon, and Nordstrom. 

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9 Responses to Vionic Tide Review: Stylish Flip-Flop with Arch Support

  1. cedar says:

    I find Vionics a little too aggressive in the arch for me. I was very tempted to try the Tide, though, when you first posted a review a year or two ago. (I think?) I haven’t yet tried it, just because of my past Vionic experience. Still tempting.

    My favorite flip flop type shoe, which I use for frequent travel to Hawaii is the Olukai Ohana. It’s my go-to shoe pretty much all Summer long. Mine is a champagne color with slight sheen, so goes with anything from bathing suit to casual dress. Runs TTS.

  2. Kirsten says:

    I’ve heard great things about the Ohana–it’s super cute too.

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  4. Madame K says:

    Based on this review I tried the Vionic Tide but the fabric around the part that goes between your toes was too scratchy. Can you advise on either (1) flip-flop/thong style sandals that have soft materials on that strap, or (2) slip-on sandals without a toe strap? I love this blog and have bought several shoes based on your advice.

  5. Kirsten says:

    Funny you should ask. I’m wearing the FitFlop Surfa today and thinking about how nice they feel between my toes–like thick, but soft grosgrain ribbon. It took a week or so to really soften it up. And the footbed is so cushioned and supportive.

  6. Julie Tremmel says:

    I have not tried the Vionics, but I am in love with my Aetrex. They are hands down the best flip flops I have ever worn. I wear them as my house shoes/ slippers and have had them for a year now. There is no visible wear and I don’t anticipate having to replace them anytime soon. They are a bit pricey for flip flops, but truly worth the price.

  7. Julie Tremmel says:

    I forgot to add the style name for the Aetrex I love so much: Lynco flips.

  8. Lisa says:

    Question: does the sole bend in half at the arch? My podiatrist told me I can’t wear anything that bends in half at the arch. Thanks for your help!

  9. Kirsten Borrink says:

    It bends at the forefoot above the arch, closer to the toes, but not at the arch. I hope this helps!

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