The Best Shoe Brands for Dealing With Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot health problem that many suffer from. In this blog, we’ve called upon the expertise of our experienced Inverness store manager Nikki. She will dive into what Plantar Fasciitis is before introducing the best brands on the market for dealing with the condition alongside her personal recommendations.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

The Plantar Fascia is the main ligament (or fascia) covering the base of your foot. There are 26 bones in each foot, as well as additional ligaments and tendons which all work together to keep our feet working as nature intended. These structures take a huge amount of strain during walking/exercising. When the Plantar Fascia becomes inflamed or damaged, this causes excruciating pain around the heel area, where the fascia inserts onto the heel bone. This pain is usually the most intense first thing in the morning when you take those first few steps out of bed.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

There are a few factors that could contribute to developing heel pain, such as:

  1. Spending day after day on your feet (weight-bearing occupation)
  2. Being overweight
  3. Flat feet
  4. High arched feet
  5. Tight calf muscles

As this can be an overuse syndrome, increasing your training intensity or volume too quickly could also be a risk factor. It is now thought that it is likely a degenerative condition and not an inflammatory one as previously thought.

What Is The Best Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis?

Strengthening your foot muscles has been known to help with heel pain as studies show that there is a correlation between the two. A quick daily foot exercise is advised as well as eccentric loading exercises. Podiatrists will often strap their patients who suffer from plantar fasciitis as it is a very good method to initially reduce their pain levels to proceed with their treatment plan. Orthotics are generally beneficial in treating heel pain and if more conservative measures fail, then steroids may be considered.

Can Footwear Help Plantar Fasciitis?

When suffering from plantar fasciitis you should avoid walking barefoot and always try to wear supportive and well-cushioned shoes. You need footwear that offers great arch support, shock absorption and cushioning. Lightweight and comfortable footwear will make each step a more comfortable one and shoes that have removable insoles will allow you to use your own orthotics if necessary.

Choosing the best shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

When it comes to choosing the right footwear for your individual case of Plantar Fasciitis, there are a few important points to consider. Look for shoes that have:

  1. Cushioned footbeds
  2. Shock-absorbing heels and sole units, preferably with a broad base shape
  3. Decent level of arch support
  4. Lace-up fastenings provide the best level of support.

The Best Brands For Plantar Fasciitis – Our Recommendations

There isn’t one brand that is sold purely for Plantar Fasciitis. However, we do stock many different brands of shoes that offer the support required for dealing with the condition and alleviating symptoms. Here are our recommendations.

Recommendations are made by Nikki Munro, our Inverness Shoe Shop manager. She is not only an experienced store manager but also a professionally trained shoe fitter by the Society of Shoe Fitters.

Skechers for plantar fasciitis

Skechers trainers feature super soft cushioned footbeds for the ultimate comfort from the very first moment. Soft, expandable fabric uppers will mould around your foot to give you a unique experience. The extremely lightweight designs are shock-absorbent thanks to the EVA sole units.

Skechers Arch Fit Comfy, £84

Skechers Arch Fit Comfy Navy Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

PROS

  • Built-in Arch Fit support
  • Lightweight, sporty design
  • Flexible textile upper
  • Secure lace fastening
  • Memory foam footbed

CONS

  • Not waterproof

 

Skechers Synergy Arch, £84

Skechers Synergy Arch Fit Black Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

PROS

  • Breathable ubuck leather upper
  • All black colour suitable for work
  • Secure lace fastening
  • Memory foam footbed

CONS

  • Not waterproof

 

Skechers Bobs Squad 3, £67

Skechers Bobs Squad Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

PROS

  • Attractive plum and coral colour
  • Breathable textile upper
  • Secure lace fastening
  • Memory foam footbed

CONS

  • Not waterproof

Skechers Trego Base Camp, £87

Skechers Trego Base Camp Tan Walking Boots for Women with Plantar Fasciitis

PROS

  • Waterproof
  • Metal lace holes for durability
  • Adjustable lace fastening
  • Rubber outsole for improved traction
  • Padded collar
  • Memory foam footbed

CONS

  • Not as lightweight as other Skechers styles

 

Skechers DLux Walker Tex, £97

Skechers Dlux Walker Tex Charcoal Grey Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

PROS

  • Waterproof
  • Vegan
  • Wide Fit
  • Memory Foam footbed
  • Sporty, lightweight design

CONS

  • The white sole may get dirtier more easily in the winter
  • Higher price point

 

ECCO Shoes for plantar fasciitis

Ecco Shoes have removable footbeds in most styles which allows you to use your own orthotics. Built-in arch and heel reinforcements provide superior support and comfort with the optimum fit. The lightweight, durable construction has PU outer soles which will absorb impact with each step.

ECCO MX WOMENS Gore, £115

MX Womens Gore Walking Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

PROS

  • Gore-Tex is guaranteed waterproof
  • The sole unit is hard-wearing and durable
  • Reflective details for night-time
  • Removable insole
  • Built-in arch support

CONS

  • The white sole may get dirtier more easily in the winter
  • Higher price point

 

ECCO Soft 7 Lace, £110

Ecco Soft 7 Lace White Leather Trainers

PROS

  • Super soft leather upper
  • Versatile style
  • Adjustable laces
  • Built-in arch support and cupsole
  • Removable footbed
  • Lightweight and flexible

CONS

  • May get dirtier more easily in the winter
  • Higher price point

ECCO Soft 7 Tred GTX, £140

Ecco Soft 7 Tred Gtx women's black waterproof shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

PROS

  • Gore-Tex is guaranteed waterproof
  • The sole unit is hard-wearing and durable
  • Grooved outsole for improved traction
  • Removable insole
  • Built-in arch support
  • Warm lining

CONS

  • Higher price point

 

Rieker Shoes for plantar fasciitis

Rieker shoes feature Antistress technology for fantastic comfort. Certain styles feature removable footbeds for individual orthotics or additional supports. Soft, flexible and lightweight designs are built on stitch construction sole units, one of the oldest and most popular methods of shoe-making.

Rieker Munziclo, £65

Rieker Black Ankle Boots for Plantar

PROS

  • Lightweight and flexible
  • Easy zip fastening
  • Rubber details on the outsole for extra traction
  • Sporty silhouette and support

CONS

  • Not to everyone’s taste
  • No adjustable fastening

 

Rieker Cheerbaz, £67

Rieker Black Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

PROS

  • Supportive sole unit
  • Bungee lace fastening
  • The black design is ideal for work

CONS

  • Not leather
  • No adjustable fastening

 

Rieker Niton Lace, £67

Rieker Black Lace Up Boots with Chunky Heel

PROS

  • Secure lace fastening
  • Chunky platform sole offers support underfoot
  • Stylish design

CONS

  • Not leather

 

Birkenstock For Plantar Fasciitis

Dealing with plantar fasciitis shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Birkenstock is a leading summer brand and its products are designed with both comfort and fashion in mind.

Birkenstock Bend Low, £135

Birkenstock Bend Low Ladies Black Leather Trainers

PROS

  • Secure lace fastening
  • Breathable Leather Upper
  • Anatomically shaped footbed with built-in arch support

CONS

  • Higher price point

 

Birkenstock Zermatt Ladies, £59.99

Birkenstock Zermatt Ladies Slippers with Arch Support

PROS

  • Easy slip-on fit
  • Perfect for wearing at home
  • Anatomically shaped footbed with built-in arch support

CONS

  • No adjustable fastening

 

Legero Shoes

Most Legero Shoes feature removable insoles, offering extra width or room for additional orthotics. The footbeds are anatomically shaped for firm support and comfort. And the direct injection polyurethane sole units are lightweight, flexible, shock-absorbent and extremely hard-wearing.

Legero Tanaro5 Zip Gtx, £115

Legero Tanaro5 Zip Gtx Waterproof Trainers

PROS

  • Gore-Tex = Guaranteed waterproof
  • Breathable Suede Leather Upper
  • Zip and lace fastening
  • Durable, shock-absorbent sole unit
  • Built-in arch support and cupsole
  • Available in a variety of colours, lace-only or non-waterproof options

CONS

  • Suede is not as easy to clean compared to other materials

Legero Mystic GTX Chelsea, £135

Legero Mystic Gtx Chelsea Boots for Plantar Fasciitis

PROS

  • Easy slip-on fit with side zip
  • Breathable leather upper
  • Guaranteed waterproof Gore-Tex membrane
  • Stylish and versatile
  • The removable insole is padded and features arch support

CONS

  • No adjustable fastening
  • Higher price point

Legero Novara GTX, £135

Legero Novara GTX women's grey suede waterproof winter boots

PROS

  • Cosy winter style
  • Secure lace fastening
  • Waterproof Gore-tex membrane
  • Grooved outsole for improved traction
  • Built-in arch support

CONS

  • Suede is not as easy to clean
  • Higher price point

 

IMAC Shoes

IMAC Shoes are made from premium Italian leather and shock-absorbing polyurethane outer sole units. The lightweight and flexible designs are extremely hard-wearing. There are supportive and cushioned footbeds for incredible comfort underfoot.

IMAC Ellen, £79.99

Imac women's navy trainers for heel pain

PROS

  • Zip and lace fastening
  • Padded lining and footbed
  • Shock absorbent outsole
  • Superb comfort
  • Excellent value for money

CONS

  • Not a well-known brand

 

IMAC Keniata Fur Tex, £85

Imac Women's Grey Winter Waterproof Boots for Plantar Fasciitis

PROS

  • Cosy winter style
  • Waterproof and breathable
  • Secure lace fastening
  • Hard-wearing and durable
  • Removable insole
  • Wide Fit

CONS

  • Not a well-known brand

 

IMAC Karenal Zip, £75

Imac Women's black lacing shoes for plantar fasciitis

PROS

  • Smooth leather upper
  • Zip and lace fastening
  • Removable insole
  • Padded lining and footbed
  • Shock absorbent
  • Ideal for work

CONS

  • Not a well-known brand

 

Conclusion

In short, whilst plantar fasciitis can be a very uncomfortable condition, you will find that there are plenty of shoes and brands out there that you will find comfortable. Knowing what features and materials to look for when shoe shopping with plantar fasciitis will give you all the tools you need for a successful shopping trip!

Sources:

  1. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/plantar-fasciitis/
  2. https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/understanding-plantar-fasciitis-basics
  3. https://www.healthline.com/health/plantar-fasciitis
  4. https://www.shoefitters-uk.org/