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22 Best Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis That Women Love Wearing

Plantar fasciitis sufferers, this one's for you.

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Plantar fasciitis happens to the best of us, and it hurts. Even typing the words plantar fasciitis causes my feet to ache. Thankfully, the best shoes for plantar fasciitis are here to save us from the sharp, shooting pains that plague PF suffers, and even help provide much-needed healing powers while amping up our outfits.

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Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue connecting your toes and your heel becomes inflamed. These “flare ups” can be caused by certain exercises, obesity, age, and simply having flat feet. Doctors recommend treating plantar fasciitis with special stretches and wearing orthotic shoes whenever you can.

What shoes do doctors recommend for plantar fasciitis?

According to Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, you’ll want to look for shoes “that are more foot-friendly and that have built-in technology such as deep heel cups, and arch support.” 

And while orthotic shoes and sandals for plantar fasciitis get a bad rap for not being stylish, the below options are far from “old lady shoes.” Thanks to top brands offering orthotic styles, you can find shoes that look cute and bring relief to feet suffering from a plantar fasciitis flare up.

Are sandals bad for plantar fasciitis? 

That depends on the sandal. Plenty of sandals and flip flops out there have little to no support — those can cause a flare-up or worsen your existing plantar fasciitis.

“In acute plantar fasciitis a sandal that is totally flat and thin can increase stress to the plantar fascia and heel,” says Dr. Splichal. “This increased stress can increase symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis such as sharp pain in the heel or along the arch.”

While it’s easy to assume sneaker-like sandals are the best option for stability and pain relief, Dr. Jacqueline Sutera, DPM, claims the strappier styles are just as effective. “The strappier the sandal the better, because it holds your feet in so you don’t have to over grip with your toe muscles. If the straps are adjustable that’s a plus, so this way you can accommodate for anything individualized like bunions, hammertoes, or a wide foot.”

What brand of shoes do podiatrists recommend for plantar fasciitis? 

“Typically anything that takes stress off of the foot or controls flat feet (over-pronation) can provide relief in acute plantar fasciitis,” says Dr. Splichal. “There are many good sandal options with arch support which means that if you have plantar fasciitis in warmer months you are not limited to only sneakers.” 

Here are all the shoe brands we love that have orthotic sandals for plantar fasciitis:

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Nike Revolution 5 Running Shoe

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Buy at DSW, $64.99

Why we like them:

  • Cushioned footbed
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Also come in black

Whether you’re looking for a gym sneaker to keep up with your cardio workout, or just want a cushy shoe for day-to-day errands, the Nike Revolution 5 is a great choice. Reviewers with plantar fasciitis rave about their arch support and comfort.

Promising review: “I was in need of new shoes for cardio and hiking and so glad I went with these. I’m overweight and flat-footed so I need comfort when I’m exercising. These were the perfect shoes for my budget!’

Nike Court Vision Women’s Sneaker

$64.99, DSW

Why we like it:

  • Mesh fabric lining
  • Cushioned footbed
  • Rubber traction sole

Timeless in style, these white sneakers give a similar impression as the original Nike Air Max, but with a simpler design and solid sole, so you don’t need to worry about the sole bursting. Crafted from fine white leather and featuring a breathable mesh lining, these sneakers are the perfect go-to that compliments all casual outfits.

One reviewer wrote: “I bought these shoes a couple of weeks ago and I love them! They are so cute and so far very comfortable. I love how they resemble Air Force Ones but are less bulky, which I love! I already had my sister buy a pair as well.”

Sorel Out-n-About Duck Boot

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Buy at DSW, $119.99

Why we like them:

  • Waterproof lower
  • Faux fur lining for extra warmth
  • Rubber traction gum sole

Duck boots are great shoes for wet, rainy days or slushy snowy conditions. The faux fur lining provides extra warmth, and the waterproof lower section will keep your feet dry in even the muckiest of weather.

Promising review: “These are by far the most comfortable boots I’ve owned! I’ve owned such nice name brand boots, leather boots, extra comfort ones and these have been the best for me! Throughout my entire pregnancy, I’ve been using these boots and they’re perfect for on-the-go! So comfortable and looks awesome! A+++”

ASICS GEL-Kayano 27

Best running shoes for women over 50 with ankle pain
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Zappos

Buy from Zappos, $139.95 (originally $160)

Why we like them:

  • Ideal for running on roads and hard surfaces
  • Rearfoot and forefoot GEL cushioning systems 
  • Superior shock absorption

Running can take its toll on some of the most vulnerable parts of our bodies, and ankles are among the most common. Luckily, finding the right running shoe can help prevent issues like sprains and swelling before they happen, or provide a more comfortable experience for those who suffer from ankle pain. Reviewers praise the ASICS GEL-Kayano 27 for its stability and cushioning, saying it’s been a game-changer in terms of accommodating their ankles. The shoe was designed with shock absorption in mind, making it an ideal choice for running on roads, and the GEL cushioning systems located at both the rearfoot and forefront make for smoother transitions.

Happy customer: “I ran cross country in college and injured my left ankle. I did PT and was seen by multiple orthopedic surgeons. I was told I needed to wear orthotics. Being a vain college kid, I said that was out of the question. The surgeon then said, “Well it’s orthotics or ASICS!” And I’ve been wearing ASICS ever since. I have zero ankle pain and can keep up with my workouts.”

Ugg Cozy Scuff Slipper

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Buy at DSW, $99.99

Why we like them:

  • Sheepskin lining & footbed
  • Lightweight
  • Multiple colors to choose from

These sheepskin slippers are like walking on a cloud. Reviewers say to size down, and that they’re ideal house shoes during the fall and winter months. They also make great gifts, but don’t forget to buy yourself a pair while you’re at it!

Promising review: “I was in need of some new slippers and stumbled upon these and couldn’t be happier! I love that the sole is substantial and won’t wear out, and I can wear these in cooler weather on my porch or inside. The sheepskin is so plush and soft and I love how comfy and cute they are. I got the black with gray sheepskin and love the contrast. I normally wear a 6 or 6.5 size shoe and went down to a 6 in these and they fit perfectly and don’t slip off my feet when I walk. These are awesome slippers, you won’t be disappointed!”

Columbia Newton Ridge Hiking Boot

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Buy at DSW, $79.99

Why we like them:

  • Completely waterproof
  • Impact-absorbing midsole
  • Omni-Grip rubber traction sole

Hiking is a great way to get your exercise outdoors. These waterproof midi boots are structured for ankle support, and have a high-impact absorbing sole for hiking on uneven ground.
Plus, the rubber traction will keep you steady during slippery adventures in the woods.

Promising review: “I love that I don’t have to waterproof these or treat them before I ventured out into the woods! Just put them on and go! Runs true to size. I usually have to buy one size bigger in other hikers bit this one was perfect. Super comfortable with the right amount of flex.”

Kelly and Katie Jordi Loafer

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Buy at DSW, $49.99

Why we like them:

  • Multiple colors
  • Extra cushioning
  • Can be dressed up or down

Loafers never go out of style, and this pair is one of the best reviewed on DSW’s website. While some flats can be narrow, these have some added room for wider widths. These also come in black, camel, and a very cute Dalmatian print!

Promising review: “I was worried the pointed toe would be too narrow for my feet — I have bunions, but they fit fine, don’t rub, and are comfortable to wear all day. I wear a 9.5 and it fits just right. [They are] comfy and super cute.”

Skechers Gratis Strolling Slip-On Sneaker

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Buy at DSW, $59.99

Why we like them:

  • Air-Cooled Memory Foam cushioned footbed
  • Machine-washable
  • Easy slip on-off

These slip-on sneakers have more than 1,000 positive reviews on DSW’s website, and it’s easy to see why. With a memory-foam sole, these are made for all-day, on-your-feet wear. They’re also machine washable, so you won’t have to worry about the hard-to-clean odors that plague other slip-on shoes.

Promising review: “I love the fact that they look like lace up sneakers but they actually slip on! Very comfortable and lightweight. These are great for walking, as are all Skechers! I walk between 12,000-15,000 steps almost every day. No discomfort at all!”

Easy Street Quinn Extra Wide Calf Riding Boot

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Buy at DSW, $79.99

Why we like them:

  • Three colors to choose from
  • Padded insole for extra comfort
  • Approx. 19½” calf circumference

Wide calf boots are thankfully embraced by more and more brands, and DSW has a wide selection (pun intended!). These can be worn over or under jeans, and also come in classic brown and black styles. Reviewers claim they’re comfy to walk in, too!

Promising review: “I was looking for some boots that work for my wide calves and these are it! They’re roomy — more so than many I’ve tried that claim to be wide calf models — and stylish.”

Journee Sarah Bootie

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Buy at DSW, $69.99

Why we like them:

  • Multiple color combinations to choose from
  • Block heel for easy wear
  • Comfortable!

These classic heeled booties have the most unique color and pattern combinations (check out the gray with herringbone). Because the heel is blocked, they’re sturdy and comfortable for everyday wear, and even walking!

Promising review: “I purchased the burgundy pair as a gift to myself and I love them! I ordered 7.5 (I normally wear a 7) and surprisingly they fit very well. I always get compliments every time I wear them. They’re pretty comfortable for all day wear. Highly recommend!”

Bearpaw Isabella Snow Boot

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Buy at DSW, $109.99

Why we like them:

  • Waterproof
  • Cozy wool lining
  • Excellent traction

Weather is no match for these tall winter boots. They have everything you need to schlep through high snow and deep puddles: quilted construction, a 100-percent waterproof shell, and excellent traction. Plus, the thick wool lining will keep your feet warm on the chilliest of days.

Promising review: “I recently took these on a trip to Steamboat Springs, CO. The temperature was negatives and single digits, but my feet and legs stayed really warm in these comfy boots! … These boots laced up tight, and kept all drafts and snow from getting in. Very comfy to walk around in!”

New Balance Fuelcore Nergize Training Shoe

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Buy at DSW, $59.99

Why we like them:

  • Memory Sole footbed
  • Lightweight and breathable
  • Perfect for all levels of activity

These New Balance trainers are more than just pretty — they have a memory sole footbed, breathable mesh upper, and sturdy construction. This style comes with an extra pair of laces in rainbow print, because why not?

Promising review: “[I] poured over reviews, shopped various retailers, and took the shoes for a “test drive” before purchase. [I] received my pair last week and could not be happier with the purchase… Wore for days straight, 8+ hours.”

Kelly & Katie Pirassa Ballet Flat

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Buy at DSW, $39.99

Why we like them:

  • Multiple colors and patterns to choose from
  • Classic slip-on style
  • Can be dressed up or down

These classic ballet flats come in so many colors, some reviewers bought multiple pairs! It’s a perfect little shoe for wearing around the house and coffee runs, but can just as easily be dressed up with a skirt and tights.

Promising review: “This is my go-to shoe, a staple in my shoe closet that I have in several colors and patterns. [There’s] no break-in period and they get even more comfy with wear!”

Vionic Lupe Sandal

Best Vionic sandals For Plantar Fasciitis
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Buy at Vionic, $109.95

Why we like them:

  • Lightweight, flexible EVA midsole with built-in orthotics
  • Received APMA Seal of Acceptance
  • Available in 5 colors and medium and wide widths

It’s hard to pick just one pair of Vionic sandals to hold the “best Vionic sandals” title (keep scrolling for several more of our faves from the renowned brand), but based on its glowing reviews and versatile design, the Lupe sandal gets our top pick. This lightweight style has a shock-resistant orthotic footbed that is biomechanically designed to relieve foot pain associated with plantar fasciitis. The adjustable strap and medium and wide width sizes allow you to get just the right fit, and the grippy sole provides excellent traction and stability. Like many Vionic styles, this one received the APMA Seal of Acceptance, proving even podiatrists are obsessed with the brand’s high-quality (and stylish!) orthotic shoes.

Happy customer: “This sandal is the BEST Vionic sandal, and I have several pairs. It has a strap that keeps it secure, and it has good arch support for those like myself who have a high arch and plantar fasciitis. It is so cute, better than the picture, and so comfortable and easy to adjust! I’m going to order another pair in black.”

Dr. Scholl’s Islander Wedge

Best flat sandals For Plantar Fasciitis
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Buy at DSW, $44.99

Why we like them:

  • Elastic straps keep your foot in place
  • Anatomical cushioning and support
  • 3 color combo

Dr. Scholl’s Islanders are technically a wedge sandal, but are low so you’ll get just enough of a lift to stretch your arches and lengthen your legs without feeling like you’re wearing heels. These come in three styles that can be dressed up or down (including an all-black option), but we love how the two-tone cheetah print can add a little pop of fashion to an everyday look. The anatomical cushioning in the sole will keep the pressure off your arches, and the straps will keep your feet from sliding around. If you have a job that keeps you on your feet all day, these will keep you pain-free.

Happy customer: “I just bought these for spring because I needed a sandal with great support. This shoe is so comfortable with great arch support! I would recommend this shoe!”

Birkenstock Mayari

best walking sandals For Plantar Fasciitis
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Buy at DSW, $135

Why we like them:

  • No break-in period
  • Contoured footbed and deep heel cup
  • 18 colors

If you plan on walking or hiking long distances, or just want the most ergonomic sandals for your feet, Birkenstocks are the way to go. They were all the rage in the ’90s, but the brand actually originated centuries ago in Germany in the 1700s. Birkenstocks developed the first contoured arch support in 1902, and have been the gold standard for comfortable shoes ever since. The Mayari’s anatomically-correct cushioned footbed and deep heel cup evenly distribute your weight, relieving pressure and preventing plantar fasciitis inflammation. The raised toe bar encourages gripping and aids in circulation. Premium leather Birko-flor™ straps are adjustable and don’t rub, allowing for a custom fit that requires no break-in period. The cherry on top? There are 18 colors to choose from!

Happy customer: “These are the best sandals made. I will never wear any other sandal every day. I’ve worn this style in August in Disney World, St. Augustine, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Las Vegas, and I can walk forever. Every color is attractive. Nothing ever rubs, there is no break-in required. I wear a 8.5 to 9 and order a 39. I have a slightly wider forefoot, and like my toes to spread – the regular has plenty of room for this. I can’t stand a thong between my 1st and 2nd toe, but with these, you can’t even feel it. I hope they never get rid of this style.”

BZees Smile Wedge Sandal

Best Slip On Wedge Sandals For Plantar Fasciitis
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Buy at BZees, $59.99

Why we like them:

  • Machine washable!
  • BZees Cloud Technology
  • 5 colors

If you’re a sucker for slip-ons like us, the Smile Wedge is a great choice. The BZees Cloud Technology feels amazing on inflamed arches, and is a favorite of those suffering from plantar fasciitis. The wedge heel is low so you can easily wear them all day, and the bow is a sweet touch that adds just the right amount of style to your outfit. The denim color goes with everything, but be sure to check out the yellow and colorful print pairs, too!

Happy customer: “My feet always hurt when I walk a distance or even just around the grocery store…at least, they did until I wore these Bzees! Cloud Technology is the perfect description of how comfortable these shoes are. I immediately ordered two more pairs and a pair of booties to wear next fall/winter! The quality is great, the designs/colors are great fun, but the comfort? Totally fantastic!! Thank you, thank you, Bzees!

Vionic Ella Sandal

Best dressy flat sandals For Plantar Fasciitis
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Buy at Vionic, $109.95

Why we like them:

  • Biomechanically designed to hug your arches
  • Vionic best-seller
  • 4 colors

We’ve talked about Vionic extensively, but in case you missed my ravings, all you really need to know is that the brand is iconic for designing beautiful orthotic shoes and sandals for people suffering from plantar fasciitis. This flat, embossed Ella sandal is a best-seller on their site, which is saying a lot because they have so many pretty pairs. Biomechanically designed to hug your arches, you’ll feel completely supported without putting an ounce of pressure on your most pained areas.

Happy customer (from Nordstrom): “Unique flat with arch support. Really comfy and does not cut against my toes as this style often does. Picked up the nude and considering getting the black, too.”

Vionic Leana Heeled Sandal

Best heeled Sandals For Plantar Fasciitis

Buy at Vionic, $139.95

Why we like them:

  • Style is exclusive to Vionic
  • Biomechanically designed for arch support
  • 3 colors

If you’re looking for heels, Vionic makes a beautiful block heel that gives you the height you crave without putting pressure on your arches. Exclusive to Vionic, the Leana sandal is adorned with metal hardware and supple suede straps that are adjustable. Like all the brand’s gorgeous styles, these have a biomechanically designed footbed that evenly distributes your weight and supports your arches in the places they feel most pained.

Happy customer: “The perfect summer (and into fall) sandal. I’m in love. So comfortable for heels and so cute!! Love they my arches are supported even in heels.”

ABEO B.I.O.system Balboa Metatarsal

Best stabilizing flip flops For Plantar Fasciitis
ABEO flip flops
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Buy at The Walking Company, $89.95

Why we like them:

  • Channeled rubber outsole for shock absorption
  • Neutral footbed for enhanced arch support
  • American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance

ABEO is changing the game when it comes to supportive footwear. These B.I.O.system flip flops come with the brand’s signature “Built-In Orthotic” support, which helps align your body and evenly distribute weight for stability and less pressure on your joints. These come with metatarsal support specifically designed to relieve plantar fasciitis — and best of all, they’re available in eight colors!

Happy customer: “I live in these! I have been wearing ABEO shoes, flip flops, and sandals for years now … I can’t live without them! I have plantar fasciitis, heel bone spurs, and Achilles tendinitis — ABEO shoes have literally given me the ability to walk again.”

OOFOS Ooahh Luxe Slide Sandal

Best Sport Slides For Plantar Fasciitis
Oofos luxe slide sandal
Oofos

Buy at OOFOS, $69.95

Why we like them:

  • OOfoam® technology absorbs impact
  • Proprietary footbed design reduces stress on knees, ankles and other joints
  • Machine washable

I know so many people who own these sporty OOFOS slides, and they all say they wouldn’t have found relief from plantar fasciitis without them. Built-in OOfoam® technology absorbs 37 percent more impact than traditional footwear, and the ultra-cushioned footbed relieves strain on your arches, legs, and knees. They’re also machine washable, so they’ll never smell!

Happy customer: “Like walking on a cloud. Sandal fit perfectly, gives arch support, and comfy from the get-go. I have a hammertoe, and a bunion and related foot disturbances so very happy to fit. I’ve had plantar fasciitis and it was creeping back. I think these sandals will help avoid a recurrence. Love the sparkly dark blue color.

Hoka One One Hopara

Best closed-toe hiking sandals For Plantar Fasciitis
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Buy at Zappos, $119.95

Why we like them:

  • Grippy outer-soles
  • Quick-lace system
  • Rubberized toe cap for added protection

Closed-toe sandals are great for summer hikes when you want support, but not an overly-sweaty sneaker. These breathable hiking sandals provide stability and have a quick-lace system for easy adjustments and a secure fit. The rubberized tip keeps your toes protected from the elements and the grippy outer-soles will keep you from slipping in wet conditions. They have ample arch support for those with plantar fasciitis, and the responsive cushioned footbed absorbs shock that eases pressure on your feet and joints.

Happy customer: “These are the best summer shoes I’ve ever owned – the fit is perfect, the arch and footbed padding is fabulous – and I gave them a workout at the beach – they are excellent water shoes – stable, comfortable, and easy to clean up and dry. The colors are great – and after a couple of weeks of hard wear, I cannot find any flaws with these!

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