Best Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis Dansko

Most people with plantar fasciitis have already tried every shoe in their closet. But there are some shoes that are better than others when it comes to relieving the pain of plantar fasciitis.

The best shoes for plantar fasciitis are supportive, but not too stiff. They should have a good arch support, which helps absorb shock and distribute body weight evenly across the foot. The heel should be wide enough to support your foot and prevent you from overpronating as you walk; this is especially important if you’ve been diagnosed with pronation or overpronation. Finally, the shoe should be comfortable enough that you don’t feel like you’re walking on rocks all day long!

Here are some of our favorite shoes for plantar fasciitis:

Dansko Professional Mule – Dansko makes some of our favorite nursing shoes for women suffering from plantar fasciitis because their designs focus on comfort and support. One example is the Dansko Professional Mule which features an extra-wide heel cup and a removable insole for custom orthotic inserts (if needed). The soft leather uppers are flexible enough to conform to your feet while still providing plenty of

Best Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis Dansko

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Whenever I see someone wearing flat flip-flops, I have to hold myself back from walking right over and explaining how choosing footwear with such a lack of support could come to haunt them. My own experience in years of non-supportive footwear lead to 18 months of a seriously painful condition called Plantar Fasciitis (PF). I’m still preventatively managing mine years later.

Plantar Fasciitis happens when your plantar fascia, the ligament that runs from your toes to your heel, tightens. Every step then causes the important ligament to tear a small amount, more and more, which leads to moderate to severe pain. 

This pain has come to be the bane of my existence.

Kenneth Cornell, DPM, podiatrist at Austin Regional Clinic in Texas says this condition is the single most common reason he sees people with heel and arch pain. He adds, “One of the biggest culprits of plantar fasciitis is shoes with not enough support for your arch or heel.”

You know what that means? It’s time to go shoe shopping.

Pro tip: I’ve learned that in addition to finding the best shoes for heel pain, three other things were key to helping me manage the condition: stretching, a few essential medical do-dads and knick-knacks, and a great doctor.

Best running shoes for plantar fasciitis

Image of Brooks Glycerin GTS 19


Whether you’re getting back to running or just walking around the house, the Brooks Glycerin GTS 19 provides the ideal amount of cushion with each step alongside reliable arch support, a lightweight feel, and a stylish look.

Pros: Sleek look, strong arch support, lightweight, all day comfort

Cons: Stock is often low for certain sizes and colors, slightly less cushion than bulkier brands

At the beginning of my PF journey, I found doctor-recommended HOKA Bondis or Cliftons to be saviors. While Hoka will always hold a place near and dear in my heart, the Brooks Glycerin offer similar foot support at the same price point, but feel lighter underfoot. 

Now, I actually lost sleep over which I would recommend most, so you really can’t go wrong with either the Brooks or the Hokas. But the Brooks Glycerin truly offers the perfect amount of arch support as well as removable inserts if you want to use your customized orthotics instead (we recommend Tread Labs). 

Whether you are getting back to running with plantar fasciitis, looking for a walking shoe for plantar fasciitis, or just something to hobble around in the midst of a severe flare-up, the Brooks’ heel delivers a completely cushioned step. This is oh-so-important for people with plantar fasciitis, as this shoe helps to ease that intense shooting pain on the bottom of the heel or middle of the arch.

Finally, these Brooks are stylish — within hours of wearing them I’d received multiple compliments. Though many colors are often sold out for all the above reasons, I found the Grey/Ombre/White to match most outfits and look sleek without having to worry about showing dirt, like with white.

Best sneakers for plantar fasciitis

Dansko Pace


Dansko Pace match our experts’ recommendations with its stiff foot bed, strong arch support, and sub-2-inch heel height, plus they’re more attractive than most orthotic sneakers.

Pros: Extremely supportive foot bed, fits well with a variety of arch types

Cons: Not the cutest shoe

The holy grail of shoes for plantar fasciitis is finding a good, supportive casual shoe for standing all day. Most non-orthopedic shoes offers very little arch support or heel cushioning, and in my experience, adding an orthopedic insert to most casual sneakers leave the foot feeling squished.

But not with Dansko. The orthopedic-specific brand is best known for keeping health care providers and teachers comfortable with its ubiquitious clogs. 

Its casual sneaker, the Dansko Pace, is pretty understanded and aesthetically agreeable, which is the most you can ask for in the orthotics category. The Pace have a removable insert and a stiff foot bed with a strong arch support, so this shoe meets all of our experts’ requirements for PF support. 

These shoes also feel incredibly well made, like they aren’t going to break down on you. That longevity helps justify the price. And with a heel heigh of under two inches and resistance to bending easily, these shoes follow our experts’ recommendations. These are also what we recommend as the best shoes for nurses with plantar fasciitis or the best shoes for standing all day.

Best sandals for plantar fasciitis

Vionic Tide


Vionic Tide II Toe Post Sandal is easy to slide on quickly, increasing the chances you’ll wear supportive shoes 24/7, and uses grippy “beads” to prevent your foot sliding around as you walk.

Pros: Support “beads” on footbed to prevent sliding when wet, supportive arch for multiple arch types

Cons: Stretches out a bit over time, less foot cushion than some may need, not true to size 

I absolutely love Vionic’s ultra-popular High Tide Sandal, which you can still find at a few shoe stores but the company is discontinuing the model. That makes Vionic’s Tide II Post Sandal the next best option. 

It’s a strong go-to sandal for everyday wear as it’s easy to slip on and off. This is ideal at the beginning of your PF journey when you want to wear shoes every moment you’re not sitting (that rule significantly helped me recover). 

Vionic Tide II Post sandals have solid arch support and little grippers on the insole. At first, these seem like a simple design element but over time, the grippers start to feel like little massagers as they also work to keep your foot in place. I recommend sizing down in these and the High Tides, as they can get a little too flippy floppy, especially with regular use. 

The one downside is that they might not be “cushy” enough if you are in your initial and most difficult PF phase.

Best house shoe for plantar fasciitis

Hoka Recovery Slide

$50.00 FROM HOKA

Hoka Women’s Ora Recovery Slide feel like clouds underfoot and are the ideal slide to support your tendons as you walk around the house.

Pros: The cushiest shoe of all for serious foot pain, no sliding around or falling off them

Cons: Pretty unattractive, very bulky (yet light), not warm for winter months

If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, you need to ensure their feet never hit the ground without support, so slippers or house shoes are one of the top necessities. Hoka’s Recovery Slides are my go-to pick for powing around the house. 

Hoka’s Recovery Slides are originally intended for runners post-workout, which is why they feel as close to literally walking on a cloud as you can get. They’re not the prettiest — although they definitely fall into the so-ugly-they’re-cute category — but it just really doesn’t matter when you are in serious pain around the house.

And wearing supportive shoes around the house is crucial: Not only do many people feel a sharp or dull heel pain first thing in the morning, but your feet should be supported with every single step, which includes those around the house, Dr. Cornell explains. 

For me and others struggling with this condition, barefoot time is a thing of the past. But with how soft and lightweight these Hoka Recovery Slides are, you won’t mind the support. They feature an ultra-supportive outer layer of EVA foam which allows them to feel cushy to the touch. 

These Recovery Slides are not as stiff as other footbeds, but also aren’t bendable, which is key according to our experts. They also integrate Hoka’s signature rocking technology, and that rolling sensation with every step helps ease the pain in my experience.

I also love that you can throw a pair of socks on with these slides in the winter, and that being made of foam, you can wear them in the shower, too.

Best women’s dress shoe for plantar fasciitis

Naot Fantasy

$169.95 FROM NAOT

Naot Oz/5041 allow your foot to stay supported during fancier occasions, like a wedding or work meeting.

Pros: Hugs your foot, supports your arch, perfect heel height, can be dressed up or down

Cons: Seasonal

Formal footwear can induce an anxiety attack if you have plantar fasciitis. I’m excited to say I will no longer be declining wedding or dinner party invites based on potential foot pain after discovering these Naot Oz wedge shoes. 

The insoles hug your feet, comforming to your exact arch support needs. The heel size is perfect for adequate structure. When I wore these to an event, I commented multiple times to my partner that they were more comfortable than my sneakers — how is that possible?

I also love that the Naot Oz utilizes a velcro adjustable heel strap to adjust the tension on the fly if I’m having any discomfort. 

Best winter boot for plantar fasciitis

Dankso Bessie Taupe Burnished Nubuck


The Dansko Bessie Burnished Nubuck boot are stylish, warm, and provide memory-foam cushioning and support during winter months.

Pros: All weather friendly, roll down fuzzy part, very strong and supportive footbed and arch

Cons: Slightly clunkier and heavier than other boots

Supportive boots can be hard for people with plantar fasciitis, as many have the weather-protectant factors with little attention paid to footbed comfort.  Dansko, however, comes in for the win again.

The Dansko Bessie Burnished Nubuck boot rocks the brand’s signature base that provides structure, solid arch support, and a perfectly cushioned heel bed. They feature memory-foam cushioning yet still maintain a lightweight feel.

I love the simple slip on style, and that these boots can be styled straight up or rolled down to reveal the cozy shearling inside. They’re also real leather, which I feel helps justify the $190 price tag, and they’re treated with 3M Scotchgard stain resistor to protect thm.

In other boots we tested, we sacrificed comfort and arch support for style, but these down, and can be styled for a variety of outfits and weather conditions.

Best shoes for plantar fasciitis for men

Ecco Street Sneaker

Ecco Soft 7 Men’s Street Sneaker is the best option for men with plantar fasciitis with its cushy-yet-supportive footbed and stylish look.

Pros: Cushy all day comfort, heel and arch support, versatile style

Cons: Gets dirty easily, shoe strings are a little short for those double knotters out there

When it comes to men’s supportive footwear, the category is pretty limited for PF prevention and management. Our male tester tried a handful of options, and most didn’t provide enough heel and arch support to last the whole day (or pass our expert’s guidelines). 

But Ecco’s Soft 7 Street Sneaker delivered. They feature a cushy-yet-supportive footbed, stylish look, and were able to prevent sore feet, legs, and back through an entire workday. The arch support was easy to feel, as the experts recommended.

What’s more, the leather touches elevate the style from basic white sneakers to fashionable go-to’s. That makes these sneakers ideal for everything from stylish daily wear to business casual. The one con is that if you go with the white colorway, unsurprisingly we found it got dirty very easily.

What else we tested

All the shoes we tested

What else we recommend

Naot Aura Rivotra:  Part bootie, part dress shoe, these boots offer solid arch support in a true-to-size, well-fashioned style. It has a cushioned heel, but this may not be cushioned enough for a full-blown PF flare-up. In my experience, they are excellent for day-to-day living with PF.

Vionic Shawna Bootie: This trendy bootie was a cross between the casual sneaker and boot category, leaving it as a middle ground that didn’t have a home in this guide. But it deserves some serious love anyway: Sitting at a slight angle, the slightly lower arch support might be better for people with a flatter foot. It’s also certainly the most stylish shoe we tested, with serious daily wearability that can be dressed up or down.

Hoka Cliftons or Hoka Bondi 7: Hoka’s running shoes have long been recommended by foot specialists for PF heel pain relief. Originally meant for long distance runners, the brand focuses on shoes that provide support without sacrificing the feel of the shoe — they are like walking on a cloud. There are multiple inches of cushion before your foot is anywhere near the ground. They also have memory foam meant to accommodate a narrower heel and they cradle the Achilles, which can sometimes get sore with PF. 

Hoka Toa GoreTex Hiking Boots: We tested in the winter, so hiking boot trials are forthcoming. But we did initially love this HOKA hiking boot and look forward to testing others to compare to later. 

What we don’t recommend

Aetrex Shelby Open Toe Slipper: While we love the fluffy goodness of these slippers and Aetrex as an orthothics brand, I found these shoes to be slippery and not stable, which can be an issue for people who already have foot concerns. 

What to look for in good plantar fasciitis shoes

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What makes a comfortable, supportive PF-friendly shoe? Our experts say the below factors are crucial to alleviating your pain and helping the tendon find relief in the long term. Any shoe, whether it be a sandal, boot, or sneaker, should:

  • Fit correctly left to right and front to back, meaning your heel and toe aren’t rubbing against the ends of the shoes, and your foot has enough wiggle room on each side of the shoe, but it isn’t too wide if you have a narrow foot.
  • Have orthotic inserts or the ability to remove their foot pad and add your own insert. Inserts help with cushioning and shock absorption to avoid heel pain.
  • Have solid heel and arch support. Dr. Summer Bochat, DPM at Northern Illinois Foot & Ankle Specialists says that you should be able to literally feel the arch in the shoe. If you have high arches, you’ll want more arch support than someone with flat feet. This helps support the ligament causing the issue so it’s not getting too much strain on the heel.
  • Be hard to bend. This denotes that the shoe has good heel and arch support, as you want to avoid flimsy and thin shoes such as flip flops without any structure

Have a 1-2 inch heel. Completely flat is not ideal, nor is a high heel. The angle your foot sits at as you step can pull on not only the plantar fascia, but also the Achilles tendon and potentially tendons in your ankle, depending on your mobility there. A slight drop of 1-2 inches is ideal because it angles your foot in a way that strains all these tendons the least, while anything higher will cause the Achilles to contract too much, causing worse PF pain.

How I tested

Test #1: Pain prevention and relief

When you are in serious pain you really don’t care about much else, which is why this was the most important test. If I was trying a pair of shoes that didn’t play nice with PF, I’d know it in just a few minutes. When I was having less serious flare ups, I’d learn this by later that night, I wishing I’d worn more supportive shoes. All of the selections included in this guide were pain-free after wearing all day.

Test #2: Arch support

Proper arch support, as the doctors discussed, gives relief to your struggling Plantar Fascia ligament. “Proper” here depends on your  natural arch height — I have high arches, so I analyzed which shoes would be most supportive for someone with a mid to high arch. If you have low arches or flat feet, it’s smart to check my selections for yourself. 

Test #3: Heel cushioning

When you first strike down on your foot with PF, there are only two things that can happen: You have shooting pain and wish you were in bed, or you are met with a fluffy heel pad that makes you want to take another step. These selections focused on the latter, of course.

Test #4: Attractiveness and style

Becuase we’re real humans, we hold style as a key marker for making us actually want to wear supportive shoes out of the house. Orthopedic footwear still has some work to do, but it is possible to find shoes that are both attractive and pain-free. We also tried to choose options that will work in many seasons with many styles and outfits, as they can be pricey and you probably won’t be able to buy one in every color.

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