Plantar Fasciitis has to be one of those things that was just invented to give us headaches. Or, rather, heel aches. When something as simple as walking or standing up can become a painful chore, you know there’s something you need to do about it. Thankfully, shoe manufacturers have caught on to this need, and many of them now make an assortment of footwear specifically designed for those suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. Let’s take a look at the cream of the crop of these specialist Plantar Fasciitis Shoes — perhaps there’s something for you in there, too?
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Plantar Fasciitis Shoes Comparison Chart
|New Balance 990V4||Shoes||Pigskin/Mesh||4.6|
|Brooks Men’s Beasts||Sneakers||Mesh/Rubber||4.4|
|ASICS Gel Nimbus||Shoes||Textile & Synthetic||4.5|
|Brooks Addiction Walkers||Shoes||Leather||4.5|
|Vionic Contest Active Lace Up Shoe||Shoes||Synthetic||4.3|
|Orthofeet Sprint Sneakers||Sneakers||Synthetic||4.4|
|RockDove Memory Foam Slippers||Slipper||Cotton/Spandex||4.3|
|RockDove Memory Foam Moccasin Slippers||Moccasin||_||4.1|
|Vionic Tide Sandals||Sandals||Leather, Rubber||4.5|
Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes For Men
Here are high-quality men’s shoes for those suffering from this ailment.
For runners, Plantar Fasciitis can be a death sentence. After all, how can you maintain proper form throughout your sprint when the act of running itself becomes painful?
These Sneakers by New Balance aim to fix that problem, big time. They’re not the cheapest in the world but as everyone knows, quality demands its price.
Featuring extensive webbed mesh all around for optimum ventilation, even on the slightly longer than average tongue, your feet will never get sticky or sweaty inside these Runners, not even when sprinting in the hot of summer.
The varying materials used, all synthetic, all optimized for lightness and breathability, give the NBs an additional high-end edge.
- Hug your feet better than any other of this type
- Very well ventilated
- Avoids heel pain, even after long running or jogging
- High quality
- Not cheap by any means
Another pair of sneakers on our list, but this one is a strict fashion item, a shoe for casual wear along with arc support, not particularly sports enthusiasts or workout freaks .
Simply put, if you don’t particularly need, but don’t want to give up the sneaker style of footwear, this pair would be a good one to take a look at.
With looks sporty enough to remind most, if not all onlookers of their teen and tween years and a distinctively Nike-style swoosh at the side, the Beasts make a clear statement about themselves and the wearer: Agile, not willing to take compromises, idiosyncratic.
The Brooks Beasts are, at their core, the exact same kind of shoe you’ll see most sixteen year olds wearing around the block, just with some extra goodies hidden behind the scenes that make living with them a lot easier, especially when you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis.
- Stylish; makes an impression
- Vented exterior
- Multi-layer shock absorption and arch support
- Not for those with high standards of performance; a pure style and leisure sneaker
- Not the most affordable
Another pair of runners, but this time around, they’re made for pros and those aspiring to be.
The FluidRide midsole is arguably the pair’s party piece: A sort of hybrid sole that acts both as a shock-absorber and cushion at the same time.
Does it work? Yes, and not just that; it takes much of the bulk and hassle out of wearing a shoe that just feels great, especially when you’re suffering from something like Plantar Fasciitis.
When you’re a runner, that can be very important, and the lightness of the ASICS is one that we have yet to see being matched by any other pair in this rough price range.
Additionally, these runners adopt a low-key ventilation system that leaves much of the mesh on the outside hidden or color keyed to give it a subdued appearance.
- Lightweight and high-performing in every respect
- Hybrid midsole does its job perfectly
- Subdued-looking, but effective ventilation
- Neon colors certainly not for everybody
‘Addiction’ is quite a strange name to give a shoe, let alone one that looks like this one simple, low-key, understated, yet decidedly casual, but we think that Brooks had good reasons to go with that particular term over any other in this case.
The Addiction Walkers, with their thick soles, unusually high rear collar and tongue, and generally high profile, seem to be encompassing your foot from all sides when you’re wearing them, and that’s fully intentional.
Unlike many walkers, they were not designed for performance or style over all else; rather, these represent a rare breed, one that focuses on letting you enjoy a comfortable jog over a particularly brisk or good-looking one.
When you have Plantar Fasciitis, that is refreshing to hear. With great low arch support and impact absorption, it attacks the most important problem zones in particular.
Though the Addiction Walkers frankly look quite ridiculous in anything but plain black or white—other combinations, such as brown and black, accentuate the immense thickness of the soles and the height of the shoes themselves that shouldn’t be nearly as important as their performance, right?
- Supremely comfortable
- All the right features to combat Plantar
- Fasciitis perfect thick soles, cushioning, shock absorption and more
- Unattractive appearance
- Not exactly a bargain
Vionic is a relatively new, relatively unheard of footwear brand, and one that specializes in creating products that work against a variety of orthodontic complications. It is no surprise that Plantar Fasciitis is one complication they seem to be specializing in with many of their designs; after all, it is one of the most common ones.
They certainly care about creating an image of professionalism and trustworthiness, from their website design to the online shop, which makes it abundantly clear that all reviews are genuine, as one of the current top ones eloquently states, ‘These suck. One star.
And going to their page on these walkers, you will be attacked with lots of PR and, surprisingly, lots of options. Not only are there tons of sizes, even half-sizes like 10.5 and 9.5, but also three color schemes and the choice between medium and wide fit.
Furthermore, the walkers, like all Vionic shoes, were created with health, comfort and support in mind.
You’ll see lots of marketing terms here, from Active Motion System technology to Biomechanical Removable Orthotic, but what this gibberish all means in practice is, as we found out during testing, that the Vionic Classic Walkers are one pair of well-made, surprisingly good-looking and extremely comfortable sneakers; their multi-layer soles and arch support surprised us in particular.
Wearing them is kind of like wearing some sort of brace or prosthetic, you can actually feel the minute points of your feet where the shoes are pulling, tugging at and making sure everything is as it should be.
- Amazing, Plantar Fasciitis-friendly design
- Very comfortable multi-layer soles; excellent arch support
- Not that bad-looking
- While not very affordable, not particularly expensive either
- More customization options than you’ll find elsewhere
- Brand appeal
- Wear out relatively quickly, according to some reviews
Let’s take a look at this Orthofeet product, which is a pair of sneakers dubbed the Sprints.
With a youthful look and slightly above average price, one would expect these shoes to be nothing more than a fashion product like any other, but anyone who has had any contact with the Orthofeet brand name knows there’s more to them than that.
In fact, the Sprints are designed with immense attention to detail to cater specifically to victims of Plantar Fasciitis, and range of other common orthopedic conditions.
With premium in, mid nd outsoles, each multi-layered and equipped with strong arch support, as well as cushioning that feels almost excessive in places, these sneakers really learn to conform to the very contours and angles of your feet after just a few days of wearing them.
Just to make things a little easier, the shoes come with a special layer of soft pain relief surfaces’ near the heel and arch, perfect for Plantar Fasciitis, and a so called BioFit tab that makes slipping into them and adjusting the fit just a tad bit easier. If you find any pair of shoes that treat you, the wearer, with softer gloves, let us know.
- Dozens of small features that make a big difference, from soles to cushioning to things like the BioFit
- Very comfortable and perfect for countering Plantar Fasciitis
- Divisive looks
Best Plantar Fasciitis Men’s Slippers
Here are some top-rated men’s slippers for plantar fasciitis.
These neat slippers by RockDove couldn’t look any simpler, but that’s where the magic comes from.
Through intelligent use of cushioning and some very detail-oriented design, these RockDoves cling to your feet like no others but around the heels, where it matters, the stepping feel is made to be especially soft and subdued.
Shocks are absorbed with great accuracy thanks to thick soles, which, again, get even thicker towards the heels, and the plush, cotton-lined interior provides enough warmth even for Siberian winters.
- Comfortable at all times
- Fit tight where they should, whilst achieving optimal comfort close to the heels in particulars
- Shock-absorbing where it’s important for those with Plantar Fasciitis
- Not bad-looking
- A bit generic but they’re slippers, after all
You better get used to seeing quite a few slippers on this list—for those with Plantar Fasciitis.
They’re usually the safest, most comfortable kind of all-round shoe one can wear for nearly every occasion, and depending on the brand, they can get stylish enough to be worn as a fashion item, too.
With gentle, but noticeable arch support, it’s not just your heels that get special treatment; other problem zones are attacked before they can even become serious issues.
- Perfect comfort
- Arch support, shock-absorbing Memory Foam, faux wool lining and more add to the experience
- Stylish enough to be worn (nearly) anywhere
- Somewhat more expensive than your average pair of slippers
Make no mistake; these RockDoves, unlike their cheaper counterparts above, are in every way deluxe slippers.
Now, for something different, let’s take a long look at the Orthofeet Ashville slippers.
As the name implies, these were designed specifically with people with various orthodontic problems in mind, among them, of course, Plantar Fasciitis.
With a leather-heavy look that evokes classic dress shoes and immensely thick wool lining, these slippers make an equally strong statement about their style and comfort.
The outsole employs a unique air cushioning system, which softens every step and prevents joint pain from heavy impact, while also encouraging an easy, healthy gait.
For ease of entry, the whole tongue and much of the front portion of the shoe can be rolled up, then fastened with Velcro to ensure a tight fit. Simply put, Orthofeet thought about every detail, no matter how insignificant it may appear to the vast majority of shoppers.
- Practical as no other for those with Plantar Fasciitis (and a wide range of other conditions)
- Tailored for people with orthodontic problems
- Easy to wear, comfortable and practical
- Unique air cushioning system
- Very expensive for slipper standards
For those suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, the Orthofeet Ashevilles might seem like a godsend. These shoes aren’t just great for alleviating the pain and health complications that go along with the condition, but they were made to, which makes a huge difference.
If you want a shoe that cares about you, then the Orthofeet Ashevilles would be a very good pick. Not to mention they look pretty classy, oo.
Sandals are hard to do right, despite looking so simple.
Somehow, they almost always manage to be extremely comfortable when you wear them for more than, say, an hour or two.
When you have a condition like Plantar Fasciitis, cut those numbers down to twenty, perhaps thirty minutes. Given this predicament, it should be very promising to say the least to see Vionic of all brands release an orthodontically optimized pair of men’s sandals, called the Tide.
In true Vionic fashion, they’re available in countless sizes and colors, and only premium materials are used throughout, mostly leather and thick, textured rubber.
With the same basic Orthaheel design as most other Vionics, these sandals prove to be very effective at guiding the foot into the proper position once seated properly, despite looking like fairly average sandals.
We don’t know how they did it, but the Tides are some of the best sandals we’ve ever tested, and certainly suitable for those suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.
- Some of the best sandals on the market in terms of comfort and health
- High build quality
- Trusted Vionic design as found on many other products of the brand
- Insanely expensive for slipper standards
Still, precisely because they’re not going to be worn that often, how does Vionic expect buyers to flock towards them at the current list price?
Wrapping it up
After all this, you should be armed and ready to take on the challenge of taking down Plantar Fasciitis and living a more stress-free life, filled with less pain and needless vexation. Remember that this condition is anything but permanent; as long as you keep headstrong, you’ll get through this, no problem! We’re crossing our fingers for you!