I started thinking about choosing the best flip flops for plantar fasciitis when I started experiencing heel pain several years ago. When I mentioned this to my sister, she told me what her experience was like (she had plantar fasciitis, too) and that the right shoes, exercises, and stretches really helped.
So much so, that she has never needed surgery.
So I’ve been doing some easy stretches and am very aware of what shoes and sandals exacerbate the pain and which ones seem to do well for me. I’m loving these flip flops right now – I feel like I’m walking on a squishy cloud!
Flip flops – the right ones, anyway – are my choice for (almost) daily footwear because they allow for a full range of movement. I’m not talking about the $2 kind you can buy from Old Navy. I’m talking about supportive, cushiony (it’s a word!), perfect-fitting sandals that – if I needed to – I could wear all day at Disneyland.
My mom was a connoisseur of flip flops you could walk in and still feel good at the end of the day. I guess she passed that high expectation on to me.
My search for the best flip flops for someone with plantar fasciitis began and I started digging. First, for myself and my sister. Then, I started reading about what other people thought were a good fit (pun intended!) for them.
Comfortable flip flops for plantar fasciitis are pretty easy to find but the varieties are endless and I wanted to know what options were good for my feet, not just comfortable.
==> In a Hurry?
The Best Flip Flops – for men OR women – if you Have Plantar Fasciitis:
Best Sandals and Flip Flops for Plantar Fasciitis
What makes a particular brand or type of sandal the best? In my opinion, when you have plantar fasciitis, the best footwear needs to be supportive with amazing cushion and arch support, must stay on my foot without any effort from me, needs to allow for complete flexibility, and should be easy for me to wear ALL DAY.
I want to end the day with happy, pain-free feet.
Sounds good, right?
I’m also pretty picky about how flip flops look. Some are pretty unattractive and, even though some people swear by them, I’m just not willing to sacrifice form for function.
Being a woman, I like feminine designs that are practical – and yes, I’ve found some excellent ones.
I think men’s options shouldn’t be any different. You want a good-looking sandal that feels good to wear and is actually good for your feet.
That’s not too much to ask!
Check out Reviews of the Best Sandals for Plantar Fasciitis
- “As a former shoe salesperson, Reefs are extremely popular for their comfort, as are Tevas and Sanuks.
I, personally, have been a huge fan of Skechers Goga Mat flip flops. I’ve had mine for about 2 years and I love them. Still as comfy as they were the day I bought them. I’m currently hunting for a new pair, actually…”
- “I wear either Olu Kai or Vionic. They both have great arch support and my feet aren’t blistered by the end of the day.”
- “MY daughter loves her Rainbows.”
- “I love my Reefs and they are the only shoes I wear [when I’ll be walking all day.]”
- “I always wear OOFOS in the [Disney] parks. I have plantar and they are super comfortable and at the end of the day my feet never hurt!! Even after park hopping and being out from open to close!”
Women’s Flip Flops for Plantar Fasciitis
Vionic with Orthaheel Tide Sequins Women’s SandalVionic Floriana Womens Thong Sandals Natural SnakeVionic with Orthaheel Technology Women’s Tide Sport SandalVionic Cassie – Women’s Pewter Snake ShoeVionic Bella – Womens Orthotic SandalsReef Women’s Sandy Flip Flop Sandal in BlackReef Women’s Swing 2 Flip Flop SandalReef Women’s Chill Leather SandalReef Women’s Rover SandalReef Women’s Reef Braided Cushion Flip Flop SandalSkechers Womens Ez Flex Cool Golden Coast Black SandalSkechers Women’s Unrivaled Prefer Flip Flop
Men’s Flip Flops for Plantar Fasciitis
Vionic Orthaheel Technology Ryder Flip Flop SandalVionic with Orthaheel Technology Men’s Tide Flip Flop SandalVionic by Orthaheel Men’s Bryce SandalOrthaheel Wave – Men’s Flip Flops BrownOrthaheel Wave – Motion Control Flip Flop KhakiReef Fanning Flip Flop – Men’s Black/SilverReef Men’s Twinpin Flip Flop Sandal, BrownReef Men’s Fanning Prints Sandal, Stars/StripesReef Men’s Reef Draftsmen Sandal,Bronze Brown
What Kind of Flip Flop Sandals Do You Need if You Have Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spurs?
You need good quality footwear, whether you’re wearing closed-toe shoes, cross trainers, or flip flops. I know that when I’m wearing flip flops with a flimsy sole, I don’t feel supported, my feet are working harder to stay stable, and if I wear them long enough, I’ll feel pain in my heel.
However, when I wear good-quality flip flops and sandals that have a sturdy sole, arch support, the right amount of cushion, and a supportive fit (so that the shoe stays on my feet effortlessly), I can wear them out and about all day and my feet feel great at the end of the day.
I think that’s important!