The Best Trainers for Plantar Fasciitis

I noticed hardly anyone writes about the best trainers for plantar fasciitis.

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 to find shoes that work for you?

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!

Adidas ZX Flux

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!

Puma Tazon

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 Flex Experience

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 Ultra Flex

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.

Adidas Cloudfoam Pure

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.

Adidas Gamecourt 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.

Skechers Breathe Easy Sneaker

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.

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.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. I am someone who suffered from Plantar Fasciitis off and on for 3 years before my heel pain fully subsided. The following information is based off my own experience and research into what works best for plantar fasciitis.