BEST 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 and the average adult takes in excess of 18,000 steps. 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, therefore if you are suffering from back pain you need good shoes and well-fitted shoes.

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 – and the rest of your body – in as little as three days!

Is wearing flat shoes bad for your back?

Wearing completely flat shoes can cause you back pain for the reason that there is no heel or arch support. A thin sole unit does not provide the support required to protect your feet – and therefore the rest of your body – from impact. The repeated impact can cause stress on joints over time, therefore having supportive shoes is vital to your overall health.

Likewise, wearing heels every day can put pressure on your back because your feet are pushed into an unnatural shape which does not allow any shock absorbency. This means that with every step, the impact is not absorbed and is sent straight up the leg towards your back. For more advice, read our top tips for wearing high heels blog.

We advise wearing shoes that have arch and heel support, along with flexible and shock absorbent sole units.

Men’s Shoes for Back Pain

What to look for

Arch support

Heel support

Shock Absorbant



Leather or soft fabric upper

What to avoid

Completely flat shoes

Hard or stiff upper


Rigid sole unit

No arch support

Thin sole unit

How to 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. 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. Keeping your feet in the correct shape and choosing correctly fitted shoes can help to keep the rest of the body in shape.

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.

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.

The Best Shoes for Back Pain

1. Ara Osaka Sport GTX, £110

Best trainers for back pain

Ara Osaka Sport GTX Trainers for Back Pain

Lightweight shoes are ideal for avoiding extra pressure on your feet, and therefore the rest of your body. The leather upper is flexible and breathable, allowing your feet the freedom to move. The lightweight, flexible and hard-wearing sole unit is shock absorbent to help protect your feet from impact. Ara are well known for their superb comfort both around and underfoot. These trainers benefit from having a Gore Tex membrane, designed to keep your feet 100% dry.


2. ecco oFFROAD lADY, £90

Best walking sandals for back pain

ECCO Offroad Lady Walking Sandals for Back Pain

One of the best footwear brands in the world, ECCO are well-known for their premium materials, supportive comfort and top-notch shoe construction. These walking sandals feature three-point Velcro straps so that you can get the best fit for your feet. The direct injection polyurethane sole unit is lightweight, flexible and shock absorbent, designed to protect your feet and the rest of your body from repetitive impact.


3. Gabor Riband, £89.99

Best pumps for back pain

Gabor Riband Fuchsia Pumps for Back Pain

We love Gabor for their flattering styles and supportive shoes. From built-in arch and heel support, Gabor shoes effortlessly combine style and comfort. These pumps feature a gorgeous bright pink nubuck leather upper and supportive insole. They have a little extra height at the heel which makes these pumps suitable for those who suffer from back pain.


4. IMAC Britney G Lace, £69.99

Best work shoes for back pain

IMAC Britney G Lace Work Shoes for Back Pain

One of our own exclusive brands, IMAC offers Italian shoes designed with comfort in mind. These women’s brogues have built-in arch support whilst the raised heel provides additional support. The supple patent 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 women’s IMAC to find shoes for those who suffer from back pain at affordable prices.


5. Legero Tanaro Stitch, £75

Best comfort lacing shoes for back pain

Legero Tanaro Stitch Lacing Shoes

A top style from Legero, these lacing shoes are a colourful version of the popular Legero Tanaro shoe. The direct injection polyurethane sole unit is hard-wearing and lightweight, whilst the exterior side zip allows a quick and easy fastening. The removable insole features a cupped heel and built-in arch support, designed to give your feet relief from fatigue.


6. Skechers Go Walk Slipper, £67

Best slippers for back pain

Skechers Go Walk Slippers for Back Pain

Loved for their athletic styles and memory foam footbeds, Skechers have branched out with their range to include slippers. The Skechers GO Walk range features responsive cushioning and comfort pillars on the outsole for amazing support. The lightweight slippers are cosy and can be worn outside too.


7. IMAC Runner, £65

Best walking shoes for back pain

IMAC Runner Walking Shoes for Back Pain

One of our most popular styles, these IMAC walking shoes are loved for their superb comfort and supportive qualities. The direct injection PU sole unit is hard wearing, light, flexible and shock absorbent – ideal if you suffer from back pain or plantar fasciitis. The breathable leather upper will help to keep your feet cool and comfortable, whilst the removable footbed offers extra width if required.


8. Legero Monta Lace GTX, £150

Best boots for back pain

Legero Monta Lace Gore Tex Boots for Back Pain

These Legero boots are stylish, waterproof and supportive. The women’s boots feature a gorgeous brugndy leather upper which is breathable and pliable. There is a full lace-up front plus a handy side zip for easy foot entry. The direct injection polyurethane midsole is flexible and shock absorbent, whilst the cleated sole unit offers improved traction.


9. Hotter Mist GTX, £95

Best waterproof shoes for back pain

Hotter Mist Gore Tex Walking Shoes

One of our most popular brands, Hotter Shoes and 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 nubuck leather upper offers freedom of movement and breathability, and these waterproof shoes can be worn on a variety of terrains.