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.
Here are the best Plantar Fasciitis shoes for women to stay stylish AND pain-free.
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?
A common foot pain problem among runners, it 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.
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.
How to choose the best shoes for plantar fasciitis
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.
They offer no support for your arches so your Plantar Fascia (the tissues in your foot), can’t distribute your weight and movement properly.
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.
- good arch support
- A heel with a broad base, rather than narrow heels, to absorb movement
- 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.
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.
The best shoes for plantar fasciitis women
Whether you have plantar fasciitis or not, you may find that a pair of shoes with a small heel works best for you.
If you do opt for flats, you will need to make sure they have great arch support and heel support.
You may find that like Eleni, you like to have a style of shoes which offers some stylish heel support. She has opted for sneakers with a little bit of a wedge at the heel.
Check out this similar pair of wedge sneakers from Geox.
Metallic shoes for Plantar Fasciitis
Okay, I know silver or gold shoes isn’t a category in itself, in the same way as sandals, booties, or flats.
But, I love silver shoes for the way they go with anything, and instantly lift an outfit.
Plus, I’m particularly impressed this season with the silver collection from Naturalizer, where there’s a great range of silver loafers, wedges and heels!
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.
Adeea (below) wears a beautiful pair of nude sandals.
You can get a similar pair of ankle strap sandals from Naturalizer which provide arch support.
Vionic Paros sandals have excellent arch support as well as cushioning all around the sole.
They also have orthaheel technology, which is vital for so many plantar fasciitis sufferers, and they distribute your weight evenly.
These could be a good option if you are still enjoying warmer weather or if you are heading off on vacation.
However, if you are heading into fall, there are some fabulous shoe booties ideal for transitional weather.
As we are soon coming to the season of festive parties, you can also find formal sandals which will give your feet good support – even more important if you are standing or dancing for long periods of time.
5 Plantar Fasciitis boot styles for you
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 summer to fall.
Helen (below) opts for a pair of comfy boots to add casual style to her outfit.
Check out this similar pair of booties from Kork-Ease that has cushioned footbeds and elastic gore insets for a custom fit.
If you opt for paler colors such as taupe or grey, rather than black, you will instantly get an autumnal 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 fall too.
You will find that booties with arch support are just as stylish as “normal” styles.
As well as booties, you will also see that many brands offer support in knee-high styles.
So, you really don’t have to miss out on wearing what you like, even if you do have plantar fasciitis.
Another way to transition from warmer to cooler weather is to opt for a style which is open at the heel.
A flat bootie will give your outfit more of a casual feel.
But, your feet will probably thank you if you choose a style with a one to two inch heel rather than opting for a completely flat boot.
dress shoes for plantar fasciitis
Yes, I know I said you couldn’t wear heels.
But I meant those skyscraper heels of four inches or more.
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.
A block heel will make sure that your weight is more evenly distributed so won’t put as much strain on your feet.
flat plantar fasciitis shoes for women
I know! I also said flats were also a no-no. But, these aren’t just any flats.
These are flats with arch support and cushioned insoles which will provide more support than a normal flip-flop or sandal, for example.
Mules and loafers are on trend and look great with jeans or cropped pants.
Or, you could opt for a classic style such as a ballet flat.
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.
You may also like to take a look at this article on the best sneakers for plantar fasciitis.
Keen’s Whisper sandals have long been a favorite among walkers and travelers looking for a comfortable shoe for sightseeing on vacation.
If you are going for a stroll, rather than a serious walk, you may prefer to look at slip-on sneakers.
tennis shoes for plantar fasciitis
Another option to stay comfortable while walking or running errands is to opt for a casual tennis shoe style.
Anita (above) gets the balance between casual and formal just right with her sneakers, which look similar to the ones above.
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.
The Vionic Women’s Relax slipper have biomechanical contact for your feet, giving support even if you are just walking around your home.
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 some 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.
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?
- Best Shoes With Arch Support – Comfortable Walking Shoes To Walk In All Day!
- The Best Sneakers For Plantar Fasciitis That Are Comfortable AND On-Trend
- The Best Wide Calf Boots For Winter And Fall
Do you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis? What are the best plantar fasciitis shoes you have worn? Which shoe brands and styles do you find gives you comfort from heel pain? Let us know!
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