BEST Shoes for Back Pain
top 9 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!
CAN GOOD SHOES HELP BACK PAIN?
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 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. 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 absorbence. 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.
What to look for
Leather or soft fabric upper
What to avoid
Completely flat shoes
Hard or stiff upper
Rigid sole unit
No arch support
Thin sole unit
The Best Shoes for Back Pain
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 shoes to find your favourite.
One of our own exclusive brands, IMAC offer Italian shoes designed with comfort in mind. These ladies walking shoes 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 to find shoes for those who suffer from back pain at affordable prices.
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.
These ECCO shoes are ideal for the summer season. The leather upper allows 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.
Hotter are known for their wider 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 Hotter shoes, many of which feature a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane.
One of our most popular brands, Legero shoes 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 suede upper offers freedom of movement and breathability, and these Mary Jane shoes can be worn for work or casual wear.
The most well known British footwear brand, Clarks shoes are synonymous with quality, comfort and excellent value for money. These comfy lacing shoes have a soft nubuck leather upper and wide toe box, both of which offer freedom of movement and flexibility. The anatomically shaped sole unit and additional heel support will help to alleviate heel pain.
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.
Superbly comfortable, these high top trainers will make you feel like you are walking on soft fluffy clouds. Ara shoes are known for their comfort properties, and these white trainers are perfect for summer wear. The soft padded footbed and lining provide lasting comfort during wear whilst the hard-wearing sole unit features grooving details for improved grip.
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.
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.