If you leap out of bed, only to want to leap back in again because of a stabbing pain in your heels, then you may well be suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. In this article, you will find the best Plantar Fasciitis shoes for women to stay stylish AND pain-free.
Read on to find out what to look out for if choosing shoes for plantar fasciitis, along with some of the best options in stores now for plantar fasciitis sandals, flats, heels, sneakers and boots.
The good news is that beauty, or fashion, as the saying goes, does not have to be painful!
There are plenty of Plantar Fasciitis shoes available which offer support without looking ugly.
No one will ever know that you’re wearing heel or arch support shoes.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
First of all, what is plantar fasciitis, and could you be suffering from this condition? A common foot pain problem among runners, plantar fasciitis also affects many of us as we hit middle age because our feet naturally start to widen and flatten, putting extra pressure on the ligaments in the foot.
Your feet are also places where you start to lose some padding (if only we could remove some ‘padding’ from elsewhere and put it in our heels!) so your heel bone isn’t as well protected as it was when you were younger.
Do you need plantar fasciitis shoes?
While plantar fasciitis shoes won’t cure the condition, they can help to avoid further damage, so it’s definitely worth investing in a pair to safeguard your long-term foot health. You’ll find some of the best plantar fasciitis shoes for women to choose from below.
How to choose the best shoes for heel pain
Podiatrists have even coined the term shoe-icide when they talk about wearing ultra high heels.
Stilettos are a big no-no if you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis as they raise your foot arch to an unnatural angle.
But, flats are equally problematic when it comes to choosing the best plantar fasciitis shoes for women.
They offer no support for your arches so your Plantar Fascia (the tissues in your foot), can’t distribute your weight and movement properly.
Lizzi (above) wears a stylish pair of loafers. If you opt for similar flats, look out for a pair with arch support.
For more inspiration check out our article on what shoes to wear with different styles of pants.
What to look out for when choosing shoes for plantar fasciitis
There really is no one-size-fits-all because everyone’s feet are unique.
However, these are some things to look for when searching for comfortable shoes if you suffer from plantar fasciitis. Let’s take a look at a quick checklist when looking for the perfect plantar fasciitis shoes for women.
- Good arch support
- A heel with a broad base, rather than narrow heels, to absorb movement. Take a look at these comfortable heels
- Removable insoles so you can use them if they work for you and take them out if they don’t
- A deep heel cup to keep your heel in the correct position
- Cushioned footbeds to offer comfort and keep your foot where it should be
- Heels of no more than two to three inches (no stilettos!)
- A shoe which offers a rocking motion to reduce heel stress. Fitflop shoes are a classic example which rock to absorb stress. Plus they now come in many more styles than flip flops.
Shoes for heel pain – What to wear to get Plantar Fasciitis support
Okay, so you can’t wear high heels and you can’t wear flats! So what can you wear if you need Plantar Fasciitis footwear?
Shoes which offer good arch support are vital.
While everyone’s foot shape is different and you may have to try a few before you find your favorite brand, there are now lots of arch support shoes which look trendy.
Below you’ll find my favorite shoes for Plantar Fasciitis.
But, don’t forget to tell me what your favorite shoes and brands are in the comments.
I also wanted to mention that we have a separate article on arch support shoes as well, which includes a complete roundup of all brands that offer arch support shoes.
Dayle (above) wears a pair of wedges that would be ideal for offering plantar fasciitis support.
Good shoes for plantar fasciitis
There are so many stylish arch support shoes available nowadays and they really don’t look any different to ‘normal’ shoes.
It’s often advisable to start to look at comfort shoes even before you suffer any foot pain, as a preventative measure.
You will find that same plantar fasciitis shoes your friend swears by simply won’t work for you so you may have to try a few before finding the brand which best suits your feet.
Sandals for plantar fasciitis
Just because you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, that doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the latest sandal trends, either for evening wear or for warmer weather (depending on where you are in the world).
Thankfully, arch support shoes are a lot hipper these days and comfort sandals incorporate the latest trends including chunky soles, metallics and gladiator styles.
Another good brand to try is Kork-Ease as the cork soles offer support and mould to the shape of your feet.
3. Cole Haan
For a minimal style that offers support and will go with everything, how about the Cole Haan flats (below). They have a cushioned insole for shock absorption.
If you’re swapping your booties for sandals for the spring and summer season, the Söfft Mirabelle sandals (below) has a cushioned footbed, and the adjustable straps mean you can alter the fit to suit your feet and ankles.
5. Anne klein
To add a little edge to your summer outfits, you could try a gladiator style of sandals with studs like the Anne Klein embellished pair (below). They would look beautiful to add a pop of color to your white jeans.
I also love the monochrome look of the Anne Klein slingbacks (below). the zigzag soles will make them stand out from the crowd. Plus, the contoured, cushioned footbed will support you and the small heel will make them more comfortable to wear.
If you like the look of flipflops but find they don’t offer you enough support, another good option could be a pair of minimalist slides. The Aetrex slides (below) have a footbed that is anatomically designed for support and relief.
7. Gentle Souls Signature
A pair of wedges is always a stylish option when the weather starts to warm up. The Gentle Souls wedges (below) have cushioning and come in a wide range of neutrals colors.
8. GENTLE SOULS by kenneth cole
Asymmetry on shoe straps has been a particular trend for spring and summer shoe styles. Multi-layered cushioning should keep you comfy.
With flipflop styling but additional support, Bernardo’s Gala sandals (below) have a small stacked heel which you may find offers you comfort if you have plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis shoes: Flats
I know! I also said flats were also a no-no. But, these aren’t just any flats.
Below, you will find flats with arch support and cushioned insoles which will provide more support than a normal flip-flop or sandal, for example, making them a great option if you have plantar fasciitis.
If you do opt for flats, you will need to make sure they have great arch support and heel support.
For more style inspiration on how to wear your pair of loafers, see our article on the best loafers for women over 40.
1. Ballet flats
2. D’Orsay flats
A pair of pointed flats can be a beautiful option for both daytime and evening. They’re also a great option if yo are looking at tips to look taller and slimmer (only if you want to, of course).
This Naturalizer Samantha style can usually be found year-after-year in a variety of colors so you can be sure they will remain on trend. Plus, they have good built-in heel support.
3. Animal print flats
A pair of animal print flats would look lovely with your skinny jeans for spring and summer. The Dr. Scholl’s slip-ons (below) are stretch, have heel support and are also kind to the environment as they are made from recycled bottles.
4. Pointed flats
A pair of pointed flats can be perfect for adding the illusion of extra height even when wearing flats, as they have an elongating effect.
The Calvin Klein flats (below) are minimally stylish on the outside, but have a cushioned footbed inside.
Loafers and lug soles are particularly on trend at the moment, and the Vionic pair (below) combine both. they have a cushioned footbed as well as arch support.
6. gold flats
A pair of metallic shoes is always a good investment as they go with everything. The Naturalizer ballet flats (below) would be a great way to elevate a simple jeans and t-shirt look.
7. Trotters flat
8. børn flat
Minimalist and subtly stylish, the Born flats (below) will go with anything in your closet.
9. Vionic flat
With clean lines and minimal styling, Vionic’s loafers (below) come in a choice of black or nude.
Can you wear heels if you have plantar fasciitis?
Whether you have plantar fasciitis or not, you may find that a pair of shoes with a small heel works best for you.
As we are heading into the season where you may wish to wear a heel for summer events or on your vacation, here are two comfort heels options for you.
Yes, I know I said you couldn’t wear heels and I’ve already given you some heel options. Now I’m giving you more!
What I really meant was not to wear those skyscraper heels of four inches or more if you suffer from plantar fasciitis.
There are plenty of comfortable options out there if you want to wear heels for a dinner party or, well, just because you want to.
You may find it more comfortable to choose a lower heel, like a kitten heel, or a block heel.
Anita (above) shows how a small pair of heels can be just as stylish as skyscraper stilettos .
Also take a look at the best comfortable and stylish heels.
Plantar fasciitis shoes for women – heels
1. Classic black sandals
I can’t think of anything these black Rockport pumps won’t go with.
This heel may be too high for you but it does come with a foam footbed with arch support, rebound and shock-absorbing technology which will help to reduce the pressure on your feet.
2. Comfy kitten heels
A narrower heel can be harder to wear if you have plantar fasciitis. But if you do prefer a narrow heel, I would look at kitten heels rather than stilettos. The good news is they are skill bang on trend.
A block heel like both of these below will make sure that your weight is more evenly distributed so won’t put as much strain on your feet.
3. block heel
The Söfft Pesha sandal will go with everything in your summer closet from your dresses to jeans.
4. Ankle strap
Naturalizer’s ankle strap sandals (below) are available each season in different colors, including the metallic shade shown.
Best sneakers for plantar fasciitis
Sneakers are always a good option for comfort, whether you have plantar fasciitis or not. Plus, they’re still very on trend.
1. Classic white sneakers
A pair of white sneakers is always a good addition to any closet, and is a good pair of shoes to think about if you are putting together a capsule closet.
Tamara (above) teams her white sneakers with her beige pants.
A pair of slip-on sneakers is always an easy style to wear. Naturalizer’s slip-ons (below) feature an on-trend tie-dye print.
3. Gold sneakers
If you want a pair of sneakers which go with everything, metallics are another good option.
The Cole Haan oxfords (below) combine the style of sneakers with Oxfords.
4. vans sneaker
Vans’ Old Skool Sneakers (below) are a good option for summer as they feature moisture-wicking material inside.
5. rag & bone sneaker
Another retro option for you; the Rag & Bone sneakers (below) have a removable sole and cushioned footbed.
Running shoes for plantar fasciitis
Of course, it may be that you prefer more aerobic exercise rather than a walk. In that case, you will want to look for running shoes which offer the right support.
Madeline (above) looks stylish and ready for an exercise session in her gray sneakers.
Skechers are often recommended for plantar fasciitis when looking for suggestions for plantar fasciitis shoes for women because they have good ankle support and memory foam inserts.
ASICS is another brand to consider if you’re looking for sneakers to exercise in rather than just for casual wear. The running shoes (below) feature a gel insert to keep your feet comfy.
Plantar fasciitis boot options
There are some fabulous shoe or ankle booties in stores now if you’re searching for stylish plantar fasciitis shoes for women, which are ideal for transitional weather as the weather warms up.
Booties can be a great option if you need some ankle support as well as arch support.
They add casual chic to an outfit and look great paired with jeans, or with a summer dress for transitioning from winter to spring.
If you opt for paler colors such as taupe or grey, rather than black, you will instantly get a more spring and summer-like vibe.
Or you can opt to add your black booties with black opaque tights to transform a summer dress into a piece you can wear during the cooler months too.
Gabbi (above) chooses tan booties with her black pants.
1. earth origins
Earth‘s peep-toe ankle booties (below) are kind of a cross between an ankle boot and a sandal, which makes them perfect for wearing with your summer dresses.
ECCO has another option for you if you like the warmth and support of a bootie, but prefer to keep your look more casual. The high-top sneaker boots (below) have a cushioned insole to alleviate pressure on your heels.
Munro is a good go-to for classic booties that won’t date, like the gray pair (below). the zip up sides mean these will be easy to get on, and the different textures on the back and front of the boots add interest.
Animal print is always on-trend. If you opt for either a snakeprint or a leopard print, you can be sure you’ll get plenty of wear out of your booties for many seasons to come.
PIKOLINOS have a timeless pair of knee boots (below) if the weather is still cool where you are. You could add a pair of opaque tights and wear with a dress or wear over skinny jeans or leggings.
Best walking shoes for plantar fasciitis
While embarking on a long walk or a hike may seem like the stuff of nightmares if you suffer from the heel pain that comes with plantar fasciitis, if you opt for specially-designed walking shoes which provide the support you need, you will find that your feet are aligned correctly and you can walk in comfort.
You could either opt for athletic shoes, or special walking shoes.
If the weather is warm, you might prefer a pair of walking sandals to full walking shoes. The L.L. Bean sandals (below) are adjustable to help you get the right fit, and they have a cushioned sole for comfort.
If you’re thinking you may do some sight-seeing (if you can travel), but you aren’t going for a full-on hike, how about this pair from ECCO, which have an on-trend sole.
They would look good worn with shorts or cropped pants.
You may also like to take a look at this article on the best sneakers for plantar fasciitis.
Slippers for plantar fasciitis
You may find that walking barefoot hurts your feet if you have plantar fasciitis.
But you obviously won’t want to wear your plantar fasciitis shoes 24/7, when you are at home. That’s where a pair of comfort slippers could come in handy.
A pair of crisscross slippers like the ones from Vionic (below) are easy to put on. There’s a small heel so you don’t have the discomfort of walking on bare, flat feet, and the sculpted footbed should keep your feet secure.
2. easy spirit
These slippers from Easy Spirit (below) are good if you want to keep your toes warm! There’s a cushioned footbed and a tractioned sole to
Shoe brands for plantar fasciitis
There are so many brands which have realized that women need shoes which are both comfy AND stylish.
These are some of my favorites. What are yours? Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below, so together we can make this a great resource for women with plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis Insoles
If you have shoes you love, but which don’t offer the support you need, there’s no need to bin them, or give them away.
There are plenty of insoles on the market but not all offer the same level of support.
Look for plantar fasciitis inserts which offer good support in the arch, as this helps to take the strain from the heel.
Proper heel support is also vital, and a deep heel cup will provide stability and keep the bones of your foot properly aligned.
Plantar Fasciitis Inserts
Just as choosing the shoe brand which is best for your feet can need a bit of trial and error, not all Plantar Fasciitis inserts fit in the same way.
Rather than switching insoles between shoes, many people opt to buy several pairs of inserts and leave them in their favorite shoes.
Plantar Fasciitis Orthotics
Plantar fasciitis orthotics are designed to relieve the pain you may feel from this condition.
You can wear them all day or just when you feel you need them.
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Do you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis? What are the best plantar fasciitis shoes for women you have worn? Which shoe brands and styles do you find gives you comfort from heel pain? Let us know!
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