The Ultimate Guide to the Best Boots for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is just the worst. Whether you’re suffering in the morning or during a hard day’s work, you don’t need the agony. Trust me: I know! I tried everything before giving in and buying myself a new pair of shoes. But I soon learned how much your entire life can change for the better when every step is pleasant and pain-free. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the absolute best boots for plantar fasciitis.

Every boot on this list features flexibility, arch support, and a deep heel that will give your plantar fascia a break from the pressure of holding you up all day.

Caterpillar Men's 2nd Shift 6" Steel Toe Boot

Look at this boot. It’s about the manliest thing you’re ever going to see on a boot review site, a boot shopping site, or your construction work site. Nobody is going to look twice at these babies, but they hide a secret: high tech interior design created with foot pain in mind! The inside is soft and supportive, surprisingly bendable, and gentle on your feet.

This particular boot also has a notoriously grippy sole. No need to aggravate your feet by scrambling for purchase! Speaking of which, if all this sounds good, you need to check out the price. Talk about bang for the buck!

Timberland PRO Men’s Hyperion 4 Inch Alloy Toe Work Boot

The Hyperion combines the best of both hiking and working worlds, resulting in a flexible steel-toed boot that comes with an incredibly supportive insole. It also features an exterior sole with unparalleled shock absorption abilities.

Expect it to conform to your foot like a hiking boot but hold up like a work boot thanks to its combination of leather and fabric uppers. It’s also waterproof, because of course it is.

Timberland often brings superb boots to the rack, and this one is no exception. No matter what you need it for, it’ll be there for you. These Timberlands are among the best boots out there for plantar fasciitis.

Ariat Men's Catalyst VX Wide Square Toe H2O Composite Toe Work Boot

Do you want a badass boot that will take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’? Do you want to feel like a 21st century cowboy as you stride through the barnyard? If so, keep reading, because do I have a boot for you!

The Catalyst is visually striking and versatile, with high sides that make it ideal for a farm or ranch. One pair has the potential to last, literally, for years. They hug your foot and give it all the support it could ever ask for.

Finally, as if all that weren’t enough, these boots feature a composite toe, meaning that nothing, but nothing, is getting through to your feet. Go ahead and drop that sledgehammer. Your boss might shout, but you’ll never feel a thing.

Thorogood Men's Heritage 8 Inch Safety Toe Work Boot

Flexibility is the watchword for anyone who suffers from plantar fasciitis, and this boot knows it. As soon as you wiggle your aching arches in this beauty of a shoe, you’re going to feel the difference.

Thorogood specializes in oil-tanned leather, which, I must say, generates some of the prettiest footwear I’d ever hope to see on a job site. Don’t be fooled by its looks, though: this shoe features dual-density shock absorption that makes it easy to pound the dirt all day. On top of all this, the Heritage and all other Thorogood products are union-made by working people who care deeply about their customers’ satisfaction. If you do have complaints, this company will take them directly to heart.

Chippewa Men's 29416 8" Waterproof Insulated Work Boot

Expect nothing less than warm, dry feet with this perennially popular work boot. Even the metal bits are impervious to the effects of the rain and snow.

The sole of these boots is handmade - yes, literally made by boot experts - to ensure that your foot gets the easiest ride possible. Save this one for jobs where your toes aren’t likely to get crushed, though: the toes are leather only, with no steel or composite to protect you from heavy falling objects. Despite that, the lack of heavy toe guards helps to make this boot lighter, which itself puts it among the best plantar fasciitis boots.


The good people who design for these brands know the pain of plantar fasciitis. They also know that the pain of searching around the world for a boot that doesn’t make your feet feel worse is even more frustrating than having a foot problem in the first place. Let them change your life - or, at least, the way you walk!

A good shoe knows that health begins with happy feet. You’ll know it too, when you can come home from a day at work and walk the dog, take a jog, or play a few rounds of golf without gritting your teeth. You’ll be amazed at the difference a good boot makes!

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