People suffering from plantar fasciitis know very well that choosing supportive and comfortable footwear is of the utmost importance to avoid a painful flare-up. Often times, it’s recommended to avoid standing for long periods of time or walking barefoot around the house to avoid heel pain at night. Finding a good pair of dress shoes for plantar fasciitis can be a challenge, and that’s why we’re here to help. In this guide, we share the best loafers for plantar fasciitis and tips on how to choose the right pair for your foot.
Before we get started with an overview of the five shoes in our guide below, I want to highlight several key factors that went into our decision-making process. Heel support & cushioning is the #1 factor we consider when selecting the best footwear for plantar fasciitis. Adequate heel support & cushioning helps to relieve and reduce plantar fasciitis pain.
Next, we look for quality insoles, padded midsoles, and arch support. In fact, there are shoe brands that provide orthotic support right out of the box, which is very helpful for plantar fasciitis to evenly distribute pressure along your foot when walking and standing. The shoes in this guide give you the best chance of comfort without the need to buy a custom orthotic insert.
Top 5 Loafers for Plantar Fasciitis
|#1) Vionic Preston Slip On Loafer||
|#2) Clarks Un.Seal||
|#3) Dansko Wyatt Full Grain Loafer||
|#4) Mephisto Cap Vert Slip-On||
|#5) Skechers Relaxed Fit: Expected – Avillo||
Reviews of the Best Loafers for Plantar Fasciitis
We made sure to provide a variety of choices to suit different settings, including dress, casual, leisure, and even for use around the house. You’ll find that each of the shoes in this guide features special technology that enhances the comfort of the shoe. In each review below, we go over the offered technology in greater detail to give you a clear idea of what to expect.
In addition to the highlights of each shoe, we share lists of pros & cons that include points to consider before you buy a shoe. Also, we share positive and negative trends we found reported by current owners for each shoe. These points are all worth considering before making your final selection.
#1) Vionic Preston Slip On Loafer
The Vionic Preston loafer is the ideal choice for plantar fasciitis mainly because of its Orthaheel Technology. The Orthaheel tech provides additional padding in the heel for orthotic support. Additionally, Vionic tech helps to stabilize the foot and prevent overpronation which can lead to heel pain.
Another feature we like in the Preston loafer is the removable leather-covered EVA footbed. EVA stands for Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate, and it’s often used to build soles because it’s lighter and more flexible than rubber. A lighter sole helps to prevent foot fatigue, especially on days that you walk a lot or for jobs that require you to be on your feet all day.
Lastly, the shoe itself is handsome and suits just about any occasion from formal to casual. Also, you’ll definitely have no problem slipping the shoe on and off with the dual elastic goring panels in the uppers. Currently, there are black and tan colors available, though, one drawback to this shoe is no wide widths available. If you have a wide foot, you may want to consider Clarks Un.Seal or Skechers Avillo.
- High arch support and cupped heels
- Very comfortable and long-lasting according to plantar fasciitis sufferers
- May help to alleviate and prevent heel pain
- Excellent support
- Helps to prevent overpronation (good for people with flat feet)
- Recommended by owners with heel spurs
- Great for casual and formal use (they look good with jeans and formal clothing)
- True to size
- Some durability issues reported
- They may feel narrow to people with wide feet
- A couple of complaints about the stitching coming undone
#2) Clarks Un.Seal
Clarks Unstructured collection is another favorite shoe of plantar fasciitis sufferers because of its ideal blend of comfort and visual appeal. The Un.Seal model is our current favorite of the Clarks unstructured models. The first feature we want to mention is the soft lambskin lining with reduced stitching that gives the shoe a true cloud-like feel.
Next, if you’re worried about the lambskin lining causing your foot to sweat or get too hot, Clarks considered this issue during the design process and added a special air circulation system. The system allows warm, moist air to escape through exhaust vents built into the sole while allowing fresh air to enter.
Aside from the lining and unique ventilation system, this shoe aims to please in the comfort department with its soft leather insole and Ultra Flex EVA outsole. The lightweight outsole helps to combat foot fatigue and keep you comfortable on your feet all day without experiencing pain that can arise due to excess pressure on your plantar fascia.
- Wide sizes available for people with wide flat feet
- Good arch support out of the box
- Excellent all-around comfort
- They stand the test of time, positive reports after 2+ years of use
- A good shoe for wearing to the office or for casual wear with jeans
- No break-in period
- There’s a good chance you won’t need to buy an orthotic insert
- Comfortable when worn for long hours (a good shoe for male nurses)
- Feet can get wet in rainy weather
- You may prefer a shoe with more cushioning
#3) Dansko Wyatt Full Grain Loafer
Of the five shoes in this guide, the Dansko Wyatt loafer has the thickest sole and most support in the heel. One thing that impresses us the most about this shoe is the APMA Seal of Acceptance on the outsole. Shoes that carry this seal are specifically made to promote foot health in individuals with common foot issues including plantar fasciitis. In other words, you can be sure this shoe is built for comfort first.
Design features that really set the Wyatt loafer apart from its competitors are the 3/4 tuck board with riveted shank construction to help stabilize your foot, a removable triple-density EVA molded footbed, and a PU midsole for an extra layer of cushioning throughout your foot. Most wearers find that the footbed gets the job done without the need to purchase a separate orthotic.
A couple of final highlights are the antimicrobial protection in the anti-odor sock liner that also wicks moisture away from your foot and the slip-resistant rubber outsole that will keep you sure-footed on wet and oily surfaces. Overall, the Wyatt is a worthy selection for all plantar fasciitis sufferers, and there’s a good chance you’ll agree with current owners who say it’s the most comfortable shoe they’ve ever worn.
- The most supportive shoe of the five in this guide
- An excellent choice for people who work on concrete or typically walk on hard surfaces
- All-day comfort of 8+ hours
- Well-built with durable materials
- Ample padding in the heel
- May help to eliminate plantar fasciitis pain
- Good arch support for all foot types
- Very comfortable for walking long distances
- Heavier than the other shoes in our guide
- A bit of a break-in period
- The look of the shoe isn’t for everyone
#4) Mephisto Cap Vert Slip-On
If you appreciate style just as much as comfort, the handmade Mephisto Cap Vert slip-on loafer is the most attractive shoe in our guide. Mephisto is well-known for making some of the most comfortable walking shoes on Earth. All of their shoes are made with premium materials in Europe. In 2006, the company began integrating its SOFT-AIR Technology into all of its shoes.
The SOFT-AIR tech is what makes the Cap Vert a truly special loafer and a good choice for PF. The heart of the SOFT-AIR tech lies in the pillow-soft flexible midsole. With this shoe, you get superior shock absorption that helps to prevent added stress on your plantar fascia when standing or walking.
Lastly, the natural rubber outsoles are quite durable, and you’ll also find the signature Mephisto “Shock Absorber” located at the heel of the shoe that helps pad your steps. All in all, if you want a handsome shoe that’s built for walking comfortably that sports a thinner sole than the other shoes in this guide, the Cap Vert is a superb choice.
- The most stylish shoe of the five in this guide
- Very easy to slip on and off
- Top-notch quality materials and leather
- Unmatched comfort in a loafer
- Lightweight and easy to care for
- No break-in period
- An excellent casual shoe that can be worn comfortably for long hours
- They fit like a glove
- Not the best grip on slick surfaces
- Sizing can be tricky
- The most expensive shoe in our guide
#5) Skechers Relaxed Fit: Expected – Avillo
Last up is our top budget loafer pick. Of the five shoes in this guide, the Avillo is the most casual, and you might find that it also makes a good house shoe for plantar fasciitis. A couple of advantages of this shoe over the others – outside of its lower price – are the wide range of styles to choose from along with multiple wide widths available. For people with extra-wide feet, Skechers X-wide width is almost always a good fit.
Several comfort features we like in this shoe are the padded collar, soft fabric lining, shock-absorbing midsole, and the memory foam topped insole. The insole has several layers including gel-infused, high-rebound memory foam, which is one of those signature Skechers comfort touches that make their shoes popular among people who value comfort first.
Secondly, there’s a layer of perforated Dual-Lite below the memory foam for added cushioning throughout the shoe. The Dual-Lite layer also helps the shoe breathe. All things considered, Skechers Avillo is a good and affordable casual loafer for PF sufferers.
- The most affordable shoe of the five in this guide
- Multiple colors and widths to choose from
- Recommended by owners with bunions and plantar fasciitis
- The uppers have a very soft feel to them
- Enough support out of the box to skip an orthotic for some people
- A good lightweight shoe to bring on vacations with a lot of walking
- They may help to prevent pain due to standing for long hours
- Zero break-in time required
- You may desire more arch support
- Not a good choice for formal use
- Comfortable, yet not as comfortable as the other four shoes in our guide
Now that you’ve checked out the best loafers for plantar fasciitis currently on the market, we’re confident that you’ve already decided which pair(s) suit you the best.
In the comfort department, Vionic, Dansko, Clarks, Mephisto, and Skechers all shine. However, if we had to choose just two brands for good orthotic support out of the box, Vionic and Dansko are the winners.
Best Insoles for Loafers
Lastly, depending on your foot shape and the severity of your plantar fasciitis, you may still want to consider adding your own orthotic insert to your loafers. The advantage of choosing a good insert is that you can essentially transform any loafer into a good shoe for plantar fasciitis if you prefer a shoe that’s not included in our guide.
Currently, the Superfeet EASYFIT insert for dress shoes is the best insole for loafers: