Shoes for Back Pain

Shoes for Back Pain

Your Shoes Could Be Affecting Your Back Pain

Comfortable and functional feet are vital for a healthy and active life. Feet walk approximately 70,000 miles in a lifetime with the average adult taking in excess of 18,000 steps and even more for children. Each foot has 19 muscles, 26 bones, over 100 ligaments and thousands of nerve endings – it’s no wonder that Leonardo da Vinci called the foot a masterpiece of engineering!

Footwear is essential to a person’s physiology, and good footwear and shoe fitting should be taken seriously for the sake of your health. Incorrectly fitting shoes can be as damaging as the shoes themselves, so if you are suffering from back pain not only do you need good shoes, but these shoes need to be well fitted too. Footwear is the only item of clothing that can seriously damage your health for life. It is known that poorly fitted shoes can do irreversible damage to your feet in as little as three days!

Keep Your Feet In Shape

A well-made shoe has at least 60 different components used in its construction, with some shoes having up to 200 components! These parts give a shoe its structure and will keep the foot in the shape it is designed to be. The foot supports the whole of the bodies muscular-skeletal system, and if the foot is out of alignment, then the rest of the body will be. This includes your back, hence why shoes can be the cause of back pain. Misaligned feet can result in increased wear and tear on the ankle, knee and hip joints as well as the back, shoulders and neck. Keep your feet in the correct shape and it will keep the rest of the body in shape.

Here at Begg Shoes, we hope to alleviate some of your concerns about back pain so we have compiled a handy list of the 10 best shoes for back pain.  Top brands such as ECCO, Legero and Gabor are featured, along with advice on what to look for, and perhaps more importantly, what to avoid. Those who suffer from back pain may use their own orthotics or insoles so take a look at our range of wide fit shoes which offer extra room for additional support.

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What to look for

Arch support

Heel support

Shock Absorbance


Light weight

Leather or soft fabric upper

What to avoid

Completely flat shoes

Hard or stiff upper

Heavy weight

Rigid sole unit

No arch support

Thin sole unit

The Best Shoes for Back Pain

Shoes for Back Pain Legero Tanaro

Lightweight shoes are ideal for avoiding extra pressure on your feet, and therefore the rest of your body. The suede upper is flexible and breathable, allowing your feet the freedom to move. The direct injection PU sole unit is the best sole construction for those suffering from back pain, as the lightweight, flexible and hard-wearing sole unit is shock absorbent to help protect your feet from impact. Legero Tanaro trainers are made in many different colours and features, browse the full range of Legero Tanaro shoes to find your favourite.

Shoes for Back Pain IMAC Kiaring Tex 95

One of our own exclusive brands, IMAC offer Italian shoes designed with comfort in mind. These ladies boots have built-in arch support whilst the raised heel provides additional support. The soft leather upper is flexible and allows your feet freedom of movement. The PU sole is shock absorbent, protecting your feet from impact. These shoes are lightweight, flexible and hard-wearing. Take a look at our entire collection of womens IMAC shoes to find the shoes and boots for those who suffer from back pain at affordable prices.

Shoes for Back Pain Alpina Eikelea 95 Tex

One of our best selling shoes for back pain, the Alpina Eikelea Tex has a light and flexible sole unit designed to help reduce fatigue while walking. The padded collar adds comfort whilst the raised wedge sole provides superior heel support. These comfy slip-on shoes are ideal for long days on your feet or commuting to work, thanks to the waterproof Alpina Tex membrane. Browse our range of womens Alpina Shoes which includes pumps, trainers and boots.

Shoes for Back Pain ECCO Aspina Hi Gore

These ladies walking boots are ideal for the wintery weather. The leather upper allows feet freedom of movement and the removable insole provides extra width or room for orthotics. Incredible arch and heel support combine to look after your feet where it matters. The direct injection Polyurethane sole is shock absorbent so that your feet are protected from impact, especially concrete. The sole is lightweight, flexible and hard-wearing, so you can be sure that your feet are being protected with every step. Begg Shoes stock a wide range of womens ECCO boots, take a look to find your favourite.

Shoes for Back Pain Hotter Rutland Gtx E

Hotter are known for their wide fitting shoes, and the built-in arch and heel reinforcements offer support where it is needed most. The PU midsole is shock absorbent, flexible and hard-wearing. Nubuck leather upper is flexible and the natural material helps to increase ventilation. Lightweight shoes are better for those who suffer from back pain as they won’t drag your feet down. We have a huge collection of womens Hotter shoes, many of which feature a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane.

Shoes for Back Pain Legero Soana Gore-Tex

One of our most popular brands this time of year, Legero boots feature direct injection Polyurethane sole units which are lightweight and flexible. The cupped heel ensures your feet do not roll side to side as you walk, helping to maintain posture and stability. The soft leather upper offers freedom of movement and breathability, and these black Chelsea boots can be worn for work or casual wear.

Shoes for Back Pain Clarks Un Loop

The most well known British footwear brand, Clarks shoes are synonymous with quality, comfort and excellent value for money. These comfy slip-on shoes have a soft leather upper and wide toe box, both of which offer freedom of movement and flexibility. The Clarks Unstructured shoes have an anatomically shaped sole unit and additional heel support will help to alleviate heel pain.

Shoes for Back Pain IMAC Alfalace 95

So good they get mentioned twice, IMAC shoes are fast becoming one of our most popular exclusive brands at Begg Shoes. The Italian leather shoes are made from premium leather which will stretch to accommodate a truly unique fit. The PU sole unit is shock absorbent, helping to protect feet from impact and the lightweight design helps to prevent extra pressure on your feet and back. Cushioning around the collar and tongue offers a snug fit whilst the raised heel provides extra heel support.

Shoes for Back Pain Ara Posio Gore

The ideal companion for wet weather is a pair of Gore-Tex boots. These 100% waterproof boots are also breathable, which helps to keep feet warm as well as dry. The versatile styling of the Ara boots means they can be worn both casually or for commuting to work. The soft padded footbed and lining provide lasting comfort during wear whilst the hard-wearing sole unit features grooving details for improved grip.


Best Footwear Brands for Back Pain

Direct injection PU sole units are shock absorbent

Lightweight and flexible shoes

Cushioned arch support

Cupped heel

Shop Womens ECCO

Polyurethane sole units absorb impact with every step

Flexible and lightweight

Soft Italian leather uppers

Built in arch and heel support

Shop Womens IMAC

Direct Injection moulded sole units are lightweight and durable

All season styles

Many GORE-TEX shoes

Cupped heel

Shop Womens Legero

Polyurethane sole units are lightweight and flexible

Built in arch and heel support

Breathable leather upper

Wide fitting shoes

Shop Womens Padders

Looking for men’s shoes for back pain? Take a look at our blog post discussing the best shoe for back pain for men.

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Begg Shoes are certified by The Society of Shoe Fitters, and we have over 150 years worth of knowledge and experience in shoe fitting. The advice above is intended to help those who suffer from back pain, rather than to offer medical advice. Please contact your local GP or health services if you are seeking medical advice on back pain or issues.