Best Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis Review 2018

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I noticed hardly anyone writes about the best trainers for plantar fasciitis. Must not be much UK love out there I take it?

Picking the right trainers is hard enough as it is. Throw plantar fasciitis into the mix and you’re in for a bad time.

But why is it so hard?

Finding the right trainers for plantar fasciitis requires special care and consideration.

You must consider:

  • Heel comfort
  • Arch support
  • Ankle support
  • Toebox tightness
  • Usecase, everyday wear or running?

We’ll cover these considerations as we cover the best trainers for plantar fasciitis. List below!

Best Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

Adidas ZX Flux (M19840)

First up, the Adidas Flux, the latest remake of the ZX 8000 from the early 90’s. These trainers are extremely supportive of your feet muscles and tendons, there is lacking arch support but insoles can remedy that relatively easily, the main benefit of these shoes is the solid sole that has just the right amount of give in their sole. Enough to be comfortable but not so loose to be a danger.

The Flux comes in a really nice navy, black, grey, and a really awful olive. Click through to amazon to take a peek or watch Adidas’ video below!

Watch this video on YouTube.

Puma Men’s Suede Low-Top Trainer

Who doesn’t like a good puma trainer? I really liked the color of these, especially the red ones.

Pros: These trainers do have a good supportive sole and average to good arch support.

Cons: Tight toe box, could lead to further plantar problems with toe alignment down the line.

While the tight toe box can be a problem for people with wider feet, we feel most people shouldn’t have any  serious problems with these shoes.

Nike Men’s T-Lite XI Cross Trainers

Much like the Puma’s a wide foot could be cause for concern in these Nike’s.

Apart from that, these shoes have serious tread and a one of the hardest and most supportive soles in our lineup. If you only get pain early in the morning or late at night and don’t need the extra comfort for most of the day these trainers might be the ones for you.

The extra support will allow your feet to heel faster and come back stronger lessening the likelihood of re-occurence.

Skechers Flex Advantage Men’s Low-Top Sneakers

Perhaps the all-rounder best trainers for plantar fasciitis and in contrast to the Nike’s above, these skechers had the softest soles in our mens lineup.

While maintaining sole and heel support necessary for plantar fasciitis these skechers managed to have some of the best arch support.

Pick these if you have severe heel pain throughout the day or have had plantar fasciitis for a long time. -- Just be aware, once your heel pains subside you will want to move to a more supportive sole like the Nike’s above.

iLoveSIA-Delocrd Men’s MultiSport Running Shoe

The cheapest trainer in our lineup, we felt these won’t last as long as others in our lineup.

In spite of that:

They actually hit the nail on the head with these trainers. Heel support, arch support, toe box, breathability and comfort. It has it all.

Pick these if you have minor heel pain from plantar fasciitis and just want something to wear while you heal up.

Adidas Zx 750 Men’s Trainers

Similar to the Flux above these are a treat for your feet indeed. Don’t let the sleek design fool you these shoes pack a healthy load of features to help manage and heal plantar fasciitis.

The one huge downside to this shoe was that its inserts were glued into the shoe -- meaning we couldn’t use our own plantar fasciitis inserts.

Pick these if you don’t need special shoe inserts.

Skechers Men’s Urbantread Refresh Sage Fashion Trainer

These things are rocks, if you don’t mind heavy footwear you would do well to give these a go.

The Urbantread is a classic refreshed, I still have the originals sitting at the bottom of my closet.

The biggest downside to these really is the weight, while I had lengthy success with a pair of these, I’ve found lighter weight footwear to be more useful in treating plantar fasciitis (not to mention just walking around is less of a core)

Adidas Galaxy 3 Men’s Trainers

Probably my least favorite shoe in our lineup, the heel support looked promising but didn’t hold up to further tests.

Avoid for plantar fasciitis.

Ok, so that wraps up the Mens section, you didn’t think I forgot about the Womens side of the equation did you? We’ve done our best to get solid recommendations for these but there really is a lacking selection out there for good women’s trainers for plantar fasciitis.

Best Womens Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

Skechers Breathe Easy Just Relax, Women’s Trainers

The name of these is really on point. They breath easy, and while they look heavy like the similar looking Urbantread above -- they’re actually really light.

Pick these for their solid arch support and firm but not tight glove-like fit.

One minor note, if you have severe pain, I would pick something with a more cushioned sole as these can be unforgiving if your feet are in a weakened state that is common with plantar fasciitis.

Skechers Womens Flex Appeal Spring Fever Trainers

The Women’s version of the above Skechers Flex. It’s hard to ignore their flexible yet supportive sole.

These trainers have similar arch support and heel support to go along with it.

We recommend these for women with severe heel pain that can sometimes last through out the day intermittent or otherwise.

Lilley Womens Black Lace Up Lightweight Trainer

The Lilley’s lace up trainer is extremely lightweight thanks to its aerated sole. These types of soles should generally be avoided for plantar fasciitis strengthening stages but can be used if you still need to do a lot of running or walking.

The one thing that sets these far apart from others in our lineup is the huge toe-box. If you have wider toe box requirements or do a lot of running and feel the need for full splay of your toes this is the trainer for you.

Skechers Women’s Agility Rewind Trainers

All-rounder best trainers for women, these trainers have comfortable arch support, are roomy enough for most foot types and still have space to spare for proper plantar fasciitis inserts.

Bottom Line

Whichever trainers you pick, ensure you check you have solid arch and ankle support and that their is ample room in the toe box.


The heel comfort is advantageous, but not to the extent of loosing heel support and a solid sole structure.