Quite a few people love New Balance running shoes for the great arch and heel support. While New Balance shoes are not directly designed for people with Plantar Fasciitis, they still work pretty well for plantar fasciitis shoes (especially running shoes).
Are there other shoes for plantar fasciitis? Quite a few actually. One company that makes a good set of shoes, sandals, and slippers designed specifically for people with plantar fasciitis is Orthaheel. This means the shoes have solid arch support while providing a lot of comfort. They are not half bad looking either!
How to Determine If Your Shoes are Suitable Plantar Fasciitis Shoes
You’ll find a lot of people tell you what to look for in a pair of shoes if you have plantar fasciitis and it can get pretty darn confusing putting all that information together. Here’s my real of thumb when looking for a shoe to treat heel conditions like plantar fasciitis:
Pick the shoe up with both hands and bend it. If the shoes bends in any place other where the ball of your foot would be located in the shoe, it’s NOT a good shoe to wear with plantar fasciitis. Obviously, there is some leeway to this “rule of thumb” guide for plantar fasciitis shoes. But I’ve found in my own case, it’s worked pretty well.
This rule applies to general shoes NOT designed specifically for people with plantar fasciitis. The key to finding the perfect shoe for you is to try different brands. What works best for Joe’s plantar fasciitis condition may NOT work best for Sam’s condition. So be prepared to try a few shoe brands before you find a pair of shoes that you find comfortable to wear with your plantar fasciitis condition.
We’ve found a few shoe brands are particularly good for plantar fasciitis: New Balance, Orthaheel, and Birkenstock. Personally, I find New Balance have the best running shoes for plantar fasciitis, while Birkenstock offer some of the best heel support but are just flat out ugly. A nice compromise between the two shoe brands are Orthaheel shoes. Orthaheel make particularly good women’s sandals and slippers. So let’s look at some of the Orthaheel shoe models.
Orthaheel Shoe Recommendations (for Plantar Fasciitis)
- EVA midsole absorbs shock, reducing stress on your feet.
- Flexible rubber outsole provides extra grip, keeping you steady as you walk.
- Full grain leather & mesh upper, polyester upper lining and sockliner, EVA insole, midsole and shank, rubber outsole.
- Care: Spot clean with a damp cloth.
Why We Recommend Them
These shoes offer the same features as the women’s version, but are shaped from men’s feet. These are a good option if you are looking for some straight up waking shoes for plantar fasciitis. I’ve had a pair of these for a while and they are a good alternative to the New Balance walking shoes. Keep in mind these are best for men looking for casual walking shoes (work, shopping, weight lifting, casual activities that don’t require heavy running). But don’t buy these thinking you can run marathon’s in them – they are a bit too heavy for that.
On the plus side, the Orthaheel Men’s Action Walkers have really sturdy heels; if you have a severe case of plantar fasciitis and you need some shoes with maximum support, these shoes will deliver what you need. The price too is pretty reasonable (you can get them for about $100 on amazon) as shoes go.
So here’s the breakdown: if you want running shoes for plantar fasciitis, we’ve yet to find better than New Balance running shoes. But if you want walking shoes or casual shoes, the Orthaheel Men’s Action walkers are a great pair of shoes that offer more heel support build in than the New Balance shoes.
• I Orthotic footbed realigns your foot and ankle to a natural position.
• EVA midsole absorbs shock, reducing stress on your feet.
• Flexible rubber outsole provides extra grip, keeping you steady as you walk.
• Mesh webbing upper, neoprene upper lining, EVA insole, rubber outsole.
Why We Recommend Them
Normally, wearing any sort of sandals or flip flops is a bad bad idea when you have plantar fasciitis. The reason is because sandals and flip flops don’t have sturdy support and can easily bend pretty much anywhere. This means that extra stress is placed on your plantar fascia which can cause more micro tears in your ligament, making your condition worse.
The solution is to wear sandals/flip flops/sippers that are designed for people with such foot conditions. The Orthaheel brand some of the best sandals for plantar fasciitis that we’ve come across.
This Orthotic Flip Flops will help to control overpronation of the foot and reduce the pain. There are a tone of great reviews about these specific flip flops and a lot of people with plantar fasciitis recommend them.
As a bonus, they are reasonably priced when compared to other brands such as Mephistos or Birkenstocks.
The one con I’ll point out is that these sandals ARE a bit heavier than your usual sandal, but since they are designed for people with plantar fasciitis problems, they are built a bit heavier. If you want a lighter sandal, go with the Orthaheel Tide model. The Orthaheel Wave are better if you need more support.
Not only does this slipper relieve plantar fasciitis pain, it feels soft with a stretch cable knit upper. The removable EVA orthotic footbed helps realign your feet and ankles. Indoor / outdoor thermoplastic rubber outsole.
- Convenient- pain-free “natural healing” solution to many of the common aches and pains associated with poor lower limb alignment
- Orthaheel technology is clinically proven to reduce excess pronation- a contributing factor to “flat feet.” & plantar fasciitisPodiatrist-designed- biomechanical Tri-planar Motion Control footbed with a deep heel cup helps stabilize- support and realign the feet back to their natural position.
Why We Recommend Them
By far, the most popular Orthaheel sandal would be the Women’s Orthaheel Tide. Why? It looks great with a classic flip flop style and it features Orthaheel’s patiented biomechanical support system. Normally, plantar fasciitis sandals are quite heavy (and clunky looking!). Any girl I know wouldn’t want to be caught dead wearing the usual plantar fasciitis sandal. But the Orthaheel Tide actually looks pretty good. It’s also quite light as these type of sandals go. So for style and comfort in a plantar fasciitis sandal, you can’t get better then the Orthaheel Tide. As a note I’ve recommended this specific model to a couple fashion conscious female friends and the feedback has been VERY positive. So I can recommend these sandals to women without hesitation. The sandals also come in a bunch of different colors which is a bonus.
- Very comfortable
Has a motion controlling contoured arch support with very deep seated heel cups that help to control the motion of your feet as you walk.
- Breathable moisture absorbing mesh liner with friction reducing PA foam base.
Why We Recommend Them
The Orthaheel Walker Women’s plantar fasciitis shoe is pretty darn comfortable. Now as I’m a guy, I’m not an expert when it comes to wearing women’s shoes, but I have tried the Orthaheel Men’s Action Walkers and they are comfortable as anything I’ve tried.
These shoes are specifically designed for active women, so if you find yourself out and about a lot, then give these shoes a shot (I’ve heard they are great for going to the gym). If you plan to do a lot of running, however,I would recommend New Balance shoes over these. I’ve yet to find a better running shoe for plantar fasciitis than New Balance shoes. But for walking shoes, Orthaheel are a good alternative (and in some cases cheaper).
- Convenient- pain-free “natural healing” solution to many of the common aches and pains associated with poor lower limb alignment.
- Active removable orthotic footbed with Tri-planar Motion Control supports the foot and helps realign lower legs- improving posture and balance.
Why We Recommend Them
It’s a big no no to wear bare feet around the house if you have plantar fasciitis – this can make the condition worse. It can be cumbersome wearing a clunky pair of plantar fasciitis shoes in the house too. And while you can wear a night splint around the house, it’s not a practical solution. What I suggest is to get a pair of slippers for plantar fasciitis, specifically Orthaheel’s Gelly Plantar Fasciitis Slipper. These are specifically designed for plantar fasciitis and you’ll notice it. Trust me, these are not just a pair of cheap slippers marketed for plantar fasciitis – there is a lot under the “hood” of these heels as it is. There’s a solid rubber sole that provides more support than regular slippers. These offer you the benefits of solid heel and arch support in a lightweight and breathable slipper.
If you want an alternative to plantar fasciitis shoes, consider a good pair of orthotics. We have a nice long post about the best orthotics for plantar fasciitis should you need some help finding some!