Plantar fasciitis should not get in the way of being active and selecting good quality footwear can enable you to still enjoy the outdoor activities, like walking, that you love.
Overall features to look for:
1. Wider forefoot base
2. Cushioning & arch support
3. Removable footbed
4. Firm heel counter & stability features
Now that you have an idea on the features to look for, it's time to decide what kind of walking you intend of doing as this will affect the type of shoes that are best for your plantar fasciitis. Do you enjoy daily walks or hiking and long treks?
Here are our walking shoes for plantar fasciitis in these two categories.
Hoka Clifton Series
With quite a few different models of the Hoka Clifton now on the market, there is ample choice in colour and style to suit everyone. This walking shoe is a great option for those with the dreaded heel pain but also wider feet. Lightweight with maximum cushioning neutral running/walking shoe.
Brooks Addiction Walker 2
Arch support and over-pronation stability in one, the Brooks Addiction Walker is great for those who need midsole support. Slip-resistant and max support for severe over-pronators.
Hoka Arahi 5
The rocker sole makes this shoe great for walking and is packed with the stability and cushioning features Hoka is known for. Stability shoe that is slightly lighter than its market counterparts. Moderate to mild over-pronation.
Ascent Creed 3
The Ironbark Creed 3 from Ascent is as durable as it looks with its waxed leather upper and lugged outsole design. A men's hiking shoe, it can easily be worn by the ladies with a D width foot if the Explore or Pace styles are too narrow.
A lower cut than the traditional hiking boot, you'll feel like you've got a runner on with more protection.
A variation of the Creed 3 from Ascent, the Journey offers more stability in a durable and cushioned design with the option to remove the inserts to allow for custom orthotics; as with all Ascent shoes.
Similar to the Creed 3, Pace is the women's hiking shoe must-have for 2022, especially if you suffer from plantar fasciitis underfoot. Great for over-pronators, the built-in arch support cradles your foot in all the right places while the Kinetic Matrix technology absorbs the impact of your stride for optimal comfort.