Best Boots for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a terribly painful ailment. At the best of times, it’s a huge discomfort and at the worst, it feels like you’re standing on knives, and can be downright debilitating.

It doesn’t help that when you tell people why you’re pulling those faces, they look at you like you just completely made up the word on the spot.

The right footwear can’t cure you all on its own, but it can be a great way to facilitate the process. They offer huge amounts of support, taking some of the strain off your poor ligaments, thereby easing your pain.

That’s all well and good, but the problem is, almost all medically approved footwear for plantar fasciitis are sandals, slippers, or shoes.

What about those who have to wear boots for work, like to hike, or just prefer the style of a boot?

This is where we come in. We’ve compiled a list of five of the very best boots for plantar fasciitis, sure to ease the burden a little and provide you with a relatively normal day to day, boot-clad life.

We’ve even cobbled together an in-depth buyer’s guide and brief FAQ section so you can get the support you need.

OUR TOP PICK

Wolverine Men's Raider 6-Inch Steel Work Boot Safety Toe,Brown,7.5 XW US

Summary

Keeping your arch from feeling like a crumbling Grecian ruin here at our number one spot is a boot so comfortable and supportive, you wouldn’t be surprised if they were cobbled cloud.

The thing you’ll be most happy to hear about is the multiple compression pads that run along the outsole. They’re incredibly springy.

They soak up pressure, compress, and exert the absorbed force back into your step, keeping the heat off your troubled arches and heels. They’re also steel capped, perfect for full protection on the job.

You also get the awesome relief of the removable, full-cushion Wolverine MultiShox insole.

A removable insole is ideal for plantar fasciitis because you can wash it, and replace it with a new cushion as soon as it wears. This will save you money on new boots as the rest of the design is built to last.

The wolverine is made of premium leather and for a boot primarily designed for comfort, they’re strikingly handsome.

They’re a clean, classic design that keep you looking great as well as feeling great all day long.

These boots are a ContourWelp construction designed to be as forgiving as possible with loads of flexibility.

The comfort flex arch reduces pressure on your ligaments as you move, and the PU midsole adds a third layer of comfort and protection.

Pros

  • Steel toe cap protects your feet at work
  • Advanced comfort PU midsole adds comfortable support
  • MultiShox insole is a full cushion removable design
  • They look awesome
  • Comfort flex arch keeps movement natural
  • Full-grain leather upper construction
  • Shock absorbing compression pads in the outsole
  • Mesh lining allows your feet to breathe

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Expensive

EDITORS CHOICE

Timberland PRO Women's Titan WaterProof Boot,Brown,8 M US

Summary

Fighting the good fight under your feet at our number two spot is an incredibly well made pair of boots perfect for the workplace or hiking over rough terrain.

The power fit comfort construction of these boots gives you the support you need during those long days on the job. The ergonomically designed elements provide you with both flexibility and support.

Again, you get three layers of specialized protection here. Firstly, you have the contoured, breathable, anti-fatigue PU footbed.

In between, you get the super lightweight and padded PU midsole. Lastly, you get the rugged and shock absorbent, slip-proof rubber outsoles.

The Titan also boasts an alloy toe cap, perfect for protecting your feet in hazardous work environments, and the full-grain leather uppers are durable and completely waterproof. 

But these boots don’t just protect you from the big heavy things, they also focus on the microscopic.

The insoles are treated with antimicrobial substances to prevent any unsavory buildups over time, and the open cell lining adds an amazing amount of breathability to the design.

Pros

  • Great for work and hiking
  • Anti-fatigue breathable PU insole
  • Super cushioned PU midsole
  • Exceedingly grippy and shock absorbent outsole
  • Waterproof
  • Alloy to cap keeps your toes snug and secure
  • High-rebound heel design deflects shock
  • Antimicrobial treatment reduces odors
  • Full-grain leather uppers are flexible
  • Open cell lining lets your feet breathe
  • Fit true to size

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Some claimed they weren’t as durable as they thought they’d be

BEST VALUE

Caterpillar Men's Second Shift Work Boot, Tan, 10.5 M US

Summary

As you can tell from the name, our number three pick is designed to give you that essential relief you need to get you through those extra long days.

The Goodyear welt construction juxtaposes heavy duty and flexibility in a perfect and seemingly contradictory marriage, while the removable cushioned Climasphere sock insole liners keep your sensitive soles in a state of perpetual bliss, even as the rest of you aches for home.

A steel shank runs through the midsole of the Second Shift boots, providing long-lasting shape and unparalleled support where you really need it. This is an awesome addition to a work boot as they often have little to no arch shaping.

The second shift can be tough, but with the oil, heat, shock and slip resistant outsoles, you’ll practically fly through those last, monotonous hours.

You can also expect 100% full-grain leather uppers providing you with rugged full-coverage protection.

The Second Shifts are shower-resistant for keeping your feet nice and dry on those drizzly, grey days, and the steel toe cap will protect your toes from heavy impacts.

Not only do these keep water out, but the mesh lining also has great water wicking qualities that expels sweat molecules, keeping you fresh all day.

Pros

  • Flexible design reduces strain on your feet and allows for natural movement
  • Cushioned sock insole liner keeps your feet comfortable
  • Full-grain durable leather construction
  • Water-resistant
  • Mesh lining lets your feet breathe
  • Steel toe cap protected you from impacts
  • The outsole is grippy and shock-resistant
  • Steel shank offers amazing arch support

Cons

  • Can be quite expensive
  • Not waterproof
  • We’d prefer them if they had some extra padding in the midsole
  • It can be difficult finding the right size

RUNNER UP

Columbia womens Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Hiking Boot, Quarry/Cool Wave, 11 US

Summary

Kicking up dust at our number four spot is a fantastic hiking boot with all the support you need to prevent a flareup out in the wilderness.

These boots have an amazing cushioned midsole that’s primed for optimal energy return, taking loads of stress from your beleaguered ligaments and repurposing that force to put a little spring in your step.

The advanced traction rubber sole has a very unique grip pattern sure to give you some serious hold in all weathers and on any kind of terrain. This is essential for reducing the toll a hike takes on your feet.

The full-grain leather and mesh construction makes these things incredibly durable, warm in cold weather, and breathable and cool in hot weather.

They’re also waterproof so no need for multiple shoes for different applications. The Newton Ridge does it all.

They are a flex design which is great for your heel and arch, but some customers said it brought the top inside layer down abrasively against your toes.

That’s definitely a drawback, but we feel as long as you get the right fit and appropriate socks, it will reduce the chance of rubbing.

Pros

  • Shock absorbent, cushioning midsole for support over a long hike
  • Waterproof
  • Full-grain leather construction
  • Advanced grip patterns to keep you on your feet
  • Breathable mesh lining keep them nice and breathable
  • They’re also great for keeping you warm in cold weather
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Can rub the top side of your foot if they’re not well-fitting

RUNNER UP

Dr. Scholl's Shoes Women's Rate Ankle Boot, Olive Perforated Microfiber Suede, 8.5 M US

Summary

Obliterating your plantar fasciitis in style at our fifth and final spot is a semi-casual option well suited for more formal workplaces or casual use.

Pulling a long and relaxed sigh from everyone that wears these low profile boots is the memory foam cool fit insole.

Back this up with some anatomical shaping and you’ve got yourself one comfortable shoe. They’re like lovely pillows for your feet, that just happen to look amazing too.

The minimal lightweight construction provides loads of flexibility while the sturdy outsole keeps everything secure and offers you loads of grip.

Decorated with eye-pleasing geometric perforation patterning, these versatile boots would look great with a variety of outfits.

They’re also the only boot on our list with lots of thought put into easy removal. The deep cuts on either side of the boot allow you to slip your feet in and out without putting strain on your sole.

Pros

  • Memory foam cool insole
  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy outsole
  • Deep cuts for easy removal
  • Pretty design
  • Versatile look

Cons

  • Can be quite expensive
  • Only appropriate for hard surfaces

Best Boots for Plantar Fasciitis Buying Guide

Let’s look at some of the things you should be considering to ease your ligament’s lamenting.

Budget

First thing’s first.

It’s a good idea to come up with some sort of budget as all these comfy boots come at a wide array of prices. 

Where Do You Suffer?

Your boot needs to medicate you. Think about where specifically the pain occurs. Is it just your heel, just your arch, both, or does it radiate elsewhere?

Knowing where the pain occurs lets you know what aspect of the boots needs to have an advanced design.  

Application

Nothing’s going to narrow down your search quicker than having a specific application in mind. Do you need them for work or do you need some for walking?

Perhaps you just want some nice casual wear. Luckily, most of these boots are well marketed to these applications so it shouldn’t be difficult to find a pair for your specific needs.

Cushioning

Obviously, comfort is key when you have plantar fasciitis. You need something that’s going to take off as much stress as possible off your ligaments.

Your boot should be everything short of a foot massage.

Insole

Your insole is the most important part of the cushioning aspect of your support. It needs to be specialized to give you form-fitting and contoured padding.

Look out for brands that have patented insole designs. This means they’ve done their research and put a lot of effort into comfort in the development stages of production.

Midsole

This is the part of your boot’s composition that will provide the most support. Ideally, it will offer both extra padding and an anatomically sound shape to keep your arches braced but relaxed.

The best ones also help the outsole by absorbing any excess shock and pinging it back out towards the ground.

Some may even be doubled up with shanks. Shanks are basically bars made of rigid material that provide the shaping with more stability.

They keep your feet in the correct position and normally give the boot a longer life.

Outsole

The outsole is all about shock-resistance. They should be firm yet springy.

The idea is that they compress just enough with added help from the midsole to recoil as much energy as possible back towards the ground.

Grip

There’s a lot of focus on the layering and comfortability of boots when it comes to plantar fasciitis, but grip couldn’t be more important.

Nothing is going to strain your feet more than the sudden muscle contractions experienced to help stabilize you when your slip.

Make sure the boots you choose have an appropriate grip for your chosen application.

Putting them on, Taking them off

Here’s another oft-forgotten part of soothing plantar fasciitis. As you wrestle to get your shoes on and off, your foot flexes and strains into unnatural positions.

This is going to be agony for you, which is why searching for boots that are easily removed is essential.

Heavy duty boots will have easily loosened laces and finger loops. More casual shoes may have deep cuts like our number five pick.

Breathability

This is mostly for heavy duty and hiking designs, but it doesn’t hurt to have some breathability in your smart-casual wear as well.

The inside of your boots need to be lined with a material that prevents the entry of liquid water, while giving passage to water vapor from the inside. 

These materials are often meshes and they prevent the build-up of sweat. While this might not seem relevant to plantar fasciitis, we think it is.

The more you sweat, the more your foot is going to shift in your boot, causing unnecessary stress.

Durability

Obviously, you want your boots to last as long as possible, so take a look at the materials they’re made out of.

Full-grain leather is perfect. It’s hard-wearing, breathable, and can be used to make a waterproof boot. If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, look for rugged fabric designs.

Try Them On

Finally, whenever possible, give them a try and walk around a bit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I limit walking with plantar fasciitis?

Yes, resting is part of the healing process for plantar fasciitis.

That said, we’re not doctors. Please seek a doctor’s advice before making any decisions that will affect your day to day life.

Can plantar fasciitis be cured?

Yes, it can be cured over a period of months with a mixture of cold treatment, stretching, and rest.

More severe cases will require surgery.

Walk with Confidence

There you have it, folks.

We’ve covered a lot of ground here, and now with a pair of one of these boots, you can too!

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