Warm weather means we’re spending a ton of time outdoors (which is a good thing!). Not a good thing? Chronic foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Thankfully, a pair of orthotic sandals can help you move freely and pain-free all summer long.
With these supportive, orthotic sandals (or a pair of great-fitting running shoes), you can prevent plantar fasciitis flare-ups and spend hours free from discomfort. Bonus, they’re stylish and don’t look like orthotic shoes at all!
Keep scrolling to shop Woman’s World’s picks for the best orthotic sandals so all your steps are pain-free!
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Best Slide Sandals
Birkenstocks are a tried-and-true classic orthotic sandal for women and men. From the soft fleece on the underside of the straps to the breathable suede footbed, these sandals are all about comfort. Add a deep heel cup to bolster the foot, arch support that runs the length of the footbed, a raised toe bar for extra grip, and plenty of toe room to prevent cramped feet, and you have a recipe for the best orthotic sandals — that are totally in style, too.
Where to buy: $99.95, Birkenstock
Best Casual Sandal
When you need a pair you can slip on without a second thought, opt for Vionic's Tide Sandal. They are made of a soft, supportive material that conforms to your foot's arches and absorbs shocks to reduce pressure on your ankles, feet, and knees. Though they look like your average flip-flop, there's a reason hundreds of people have awarded this sandal a five-star rating.
"I recently was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, but I love my flip flops in the summer. I got these hoping but not convinced that they would feel good, help my feet and look good. I am soooo happy with them! They exceeded my expectations!" one buyer exclaimed.
Where to buy: $69.95, Vionic
Best Orthotic Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis
OOFOS' slide sandals are designed to relieve pressure and pain after a workout or a long day on your feet. The foam footbed massages tired toes while absorbing stress and shocks from walking that can aggravate ankles and joints. They are made from a water-resistant material, so cleaning is easy, and they double as a great beach sandal! People with plantar fasciitis and bone spurs (a calcium deposit on the heel that causes a bony protrusion) rave about these shoes, with one woman writing, "After trying store bought orthopedic inserts and having two rounds of cortisone shots in both heels.....the pain kept coming back. So my friend recommended this brand....and I promptly ordered it! OMG - They are like Heaven! For the first time in weeks I was able to walk around without any pain!!!"
Where to buy: $43.50-$129.95, Amazon
Best Colorful Sandal
Don't let the pretty bow and floral pattern of the Bella sandal from Vionic fool you, this shoe offers some serious support. Made with the same Vionic Technology that everyone loves, these sandals cushion your heels while still molding to your feet to support your foot's arches and alleviate pressure.
"These sandals are so much cuter on than you would think! I bought them thinking, I will wear them once or twice....I wear them a lot! Super cute on! Go great with summer dresses! I am a teacher and can wear them all day without my feet hurting. I have plantar fasciitis and these shoes support my feet well!" one woman gushed.
Where to buy: $74.95, Vionic
Best Offroad Sandal
Foot pain shouldn't stop you from appreciating the great outdoors. With ECCO's popular Yucatan hiking sandals, you can enjoy the views and pain-free hiking thanks to a footbed that molds to your arches. Receptor Technology provides stability for the foot so each step feels secure. These sandals may get stinky over time, especially if you wear them every day, but you can quickly deodorize them with a sprinkle of baking soda.
Where to buy: $60.75-$254.42, Amazon
Best Wedge Sandals
NOAT's Kayla wedge sandals are a lightweight option that offers medium arch support. Many women rave about how comfy these sandals are for walking long distances. "Living in NYC, comfort of shoes trumps style any day. These sandals are incredibly lightweight with its cork material, provides arch support and are overall very comfortable. As an added bonus, fellow ladies with bunions, these shoes were designed in a way that your bunions will peek out of the side straps.. no constriction! Oh, bliss.." one satisfied customer wrote.
Where to buy: $139.95-$140, Amazon
Best Heeled Sandal
Vionic's Blaire Heeled Sandals finally solve the problem of finding heels that are stylish and comfy. Available in medium and wide widths as well as half sizes, these beautiful sandals are easy to walk in thanks to the shoe's chunky block heel. The hardest part will be choosing from Vionic's fashion-forward colors, including wine suede and an eye-catching snake print.
Where to buy: $139.95, Vionic
Best Platform Sandal
Put your best foot forward in Dankso's Sophie Sandal, which has earned a seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association. These stylish heels add a bit more than two inches of height, yet the shock-absorbing foam in the sole will make you feel like you're walking on clouds. Your arches will thank you for this trendy pick — and the girls at the office will be dying to know where you got them.
Where to buy: $109.95-$120, Amazon