Best shoes for plantar fasciitis of 2017
As a person who had been through many issues with the plantar fasciitis (heel pain) I used to spend a lot of money on shoes in order to eliminate my pain. Among many shoes that I tried, some caused partially relief and rarely eliminated the pain and some, rather, did the opposite and exacerbate my heel pain. In addition to that I consulted with some podiatrists, which helped me to decide which shoe fit the best for me. So, as you can guess I gained a lot of a useful experience during my research for the best shoes for plantar fasciitis and I hope that my post will help people like me to save their money and eliminate their pain. In short, this post is dedicated to showing and recommending people who suffer from plantar fasciitis (heel pain) which shoes to buy.
When you are looking for shoes for your plantar fasciitis, you need to look for three major properties.
- Heel support (Better shock absorption).
- Arch support with a Firm ankle.
- Good cushioning.
It may sound complicated but, don’t worry, all the hard work and the tedious searching have done for you!
The following post will be divided into two parts, the first part: list of the top five shoes for plantar fasciitis that excelling in all of the criteria, you can notice that all of them are running shoes, which are the best for heel pain and any issue that caused by the plantar fasciitis. I know that the running shoes design is not formal or casual, but you have to consider that your top priority is for the support and not for the look or design! By the way, in my opinion they have good look too. The second part is for people who really can’t deal with the look of the running shoes and looking for more casual or formal shoe design, but REMEMBER that the running shoes are still the best for your healing and should be number one on your list.
The best shoes for plantar fasciitis – Men & Women
*Full reviews below the table
1. Asics Gel Nimbus 18
The Nimbus 18 is the best cushioning shoe in the market today thanks to its improved midsole system. The new heel clutching system provides a suited environment for the heel while supporting the foot and keeping its stability, what make it perfect for heel pain. In this model, Asics improved the Rearfoot and forefoot GEL units in order to create a perfect cushioning area. People with natural or high arch feet (supinators) will enjoy the most from the Nimbus 18 amazing features but, for over pronators or people with flat feet I would highly recommend checking the Kayano 22 down below.
2. Asics Gel Kayano 22
This shoe worked the best in my case and I am still using it since the 20 model, the Kayano 22 is the Asics latest release for overpronators and people with flat feet. The DueMax support system grants outstanding arch support by placing firmer foam on the arch side and that’s in addition to the same amazing midsole and heel clutching from the Nimbus 18. In my opinion, the Kayano 22 is the best shoe for over pronators who suffer from plantar fasciitis and this is thanks to its support system, but, despite my opinion, I would recommend it to natural runners too, since I’ve met a lot of natural runners that using this shoe. By the way, if you can’t afford it due to the expensive price, you should check the Asics GT 2000 4, but always consider that the Kayano’s are still better.
Cons: Price tag, The fit is slightly tight (just take 1/2 size up or wider size).
3. New Balance 1540V2
The New Balance 1540v2 is one of the best motion control shoes that available in the market today. This model, which is recommended by many podiatrists, has received mass of support and positive feedbacks from the plantar fasciitis crowd. This shoe was designed not just with ultimate stability and motion control properties, but also with soft cushioning in order to grant comfortable supportive fit from the heel to the toe box. The combining of the ROLLBAR technology with the 10mm heel-to-toe drop provides amazing heel and arch support all over your foot. I think that it is enough to read a few customer reviews (that related to plantar fasciitis) on amazon to understand that this shoe is perfect for heel pain. I also highly recommend the New Balance Men’s 990V3 for another plantar fasciitis friendly shoes.
4. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 16
Brooks! I had such a good time with this company and till today I’m recommending big part of their shoes for people with different feet issue’s. What I love about the Adrenaline GTS 16 is the ability to provide incredible support, cushion, and balance at the same time without detracting a quality from other features. I used the 14′ and the 15′ models (before the Kayano 22) and had an amazing relief with great feel even in long runs, my friend, Montana, bought this shoe 2 months ago by following my advice, so I decided to bring her SMS message from week ago:
“Thank you Alice I own you! I really love them, they are absoulotly work for my plantar issues. I can actually walk and even run pain free now. They do run just a bit small. I’m consistently a size 7 but I wish I would have ordered 1/2 size bigger”.
For my opinion if you have severe heel pain and really bad plantar fasciitis you should take the Adrenaline GTS 15, which have a bit more cushioning in the heel, but if you have moderate issue’s, the Adrenaline GTS 16 is probably the best for you.
5. Saucony Guide 9
Saucony are offering a lot of shoes who claim to be “Plantar fasciitis supportive” but in this case, I guarantee you will get the most relief with the Guide 9, which is probably the best for heel pain in this series. The Saucony Guide 9 has PowerGrid midsole – a combination of power foam and grid technology in order to absorb impact and distribute pressure all over the leg. This feature provides a lot more cushioning, reduced weight, smooth heel to toe motion and durable heel support, but we didn’t finish yet. The 9′ model has built with the SRC Crash Pad and IBR+ outsole technologies, these technologies in addition to the midsole properties are generating perfect support and cushion for the heel and that’s what make the Saucony Guide 9 excellent for people with plantar fasciitis. If you are looking for a great replacement check the Kinvara 7.
Ok, so this was part one of this post, by the way, the shoes that I listed here are also the best running shoes for plantar fasciitis as you can understand. Part two of the post will engage with casual shoes, work shoes and walking shoes for plantar fasciitis.
The best casual / work shoes for plantar fasciitis – Women
Reviews below the table
|Orthaheel Action Walker||~4/5|
|FitFlop Women's Lunetta Thong Sandal||~4.5/5|
|Alegria Women's Paloma Flat||~4.3/5|
1. Orthaheel Action Walker
To all the women out there who suffer from plantar fasciitis and need a bit more casual shoe I can definitely say without any doubt that this is the shoe for you! I had an amazing experience with the Orthaheel Walker during my plantar fasciitis treatment and I can say proudly that this shoe made my “everyday work routine” better by any mean. Orthaheel shoes are most know as Podiatrist-designed shoes so you have someone to rely on in this area. Comfortability, arch supporting and deep heel cap are just few of features that I can mention in quick thought about this shoe, and if you still worried I suggest you to read the detailed feedbacks and buyers reviews here .
Alternative: Brooks Women’s Addiction.
2. FitFlop Lunetta Thong Sandal
As for today, I own four FitFlop pairs and all of them serving my interest in the best way that I can expect supportive sandal. With the Lunetta Thong model, FitFlop are offering comfort and style in the same package which is great for woman who looks for them both. The comfortable sole features a biomechanically engineered Mircrowobbleboard midsole – maybe sound a bit long but can be summed up into one word and it is: satisfaction, at least in the way that I feel about it. Another great feature is the shock absorption that done by the padded footbed combining with high heel support. the Lunetta Thong is also jewel-embellished what is making it looks good and more stylish
Alternative: Vionic Julie II Sandal.
3. Alegria Paloma Flat
The best mary jane flat from Alegria that offers a wide range of amazing colors and designs, what’s making it wonderful for women, as you know we have individual taste in colors, sometimes it can take hours for choosing only one shoe and actually we love it!. The Paloma not just looks good but also feel great on the feet and that’s because of the ultra soft leather interior that built in, like the FitFlops it has high heel support and padded footbed what cause support in the plantar fasciitis by shock absorption. From my experience, you will feel good at the moment that they will be on your feet, definitely worth the price for Women who can not compromise on their style!
Alternative: Orthaheel Women’s Elisa Mary Jane.
The best casual / work shoes for plantar fasciitis – Men
Reviews below the table
|ORTHAHEEL Men's Walker||~4/5|
|Brooks Men's Addiction Walker||~4.6/5|
|New Balance Men's MW928||~4.4/5|
1. Orthaheel Men’s Walker
The Orthaheel Walker is definitely the best-rated shoe that designed especially for plantar fasciitis care, you can read what I wrote above in the women section about the Orthaheel action walker that I had experience with, now I present the men’s model. Like I mentioned above Orthaheel shoes are Podiatrist-developed, this current model is coming equipped with a contoured arch support and a deep heel cup combined with the Molded EVA midsole. This features will not only eliminate the heel pain but also improve the gait at the heel-to-toe strike zone. If you need shoes for standing all day at work or even little bit casually instead the running shoes this is your model.
Alternative: Propet Men’s Stability Walker Sneaker.
2. Brooks Men’s Addiction Walker
When I am reviewing Brooks products I always inform the readers that they have a deal with one of the most trusted manufacturers in the healthy shoes area out there. As you can read in the top at the Adrenaline GTS 14 review, I had good times with their shoes and this is one of many. The Addiction Walker has full-grain leather upper that grants it softness of a running shoes in addition of strong support, new resistant outsole and unique durability. This shoe is supported by many people with plantar fasciitis and achieved almost full positive rate as you can see in the consumer reviews . In my opinion, they look awesome for everyday work and even for formal events, trust me, I am a female!
Alternative: Saucony Men’s Grid Omni.
3. New Balance Men’s MW928 Walking Shoe
The New Balance MW928 is the newest model from the New Balance’s 920 series which is best known for its massive stability and motion control which is important for plantar fasciitis treatment. Using the NB exclusive ROLLBAR technology with ABZORB midfoot structure this shoe provides soft cushioning and maximum stability especially for overpronators. Personally I didn’t have experience with this model but over 750 happy consumers with positive reviews are not wrong. Like all of the New Balance shoes, this one is approved by Medicare for diabetics and recommended by a lot of podiatrists. So if you had previous experience with New Balance and you are trying to eliminate your heel pain even for long standing on your feet at work, you should try this one.
Alternative: Birkenstock Unisex Arizona Sandal.
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