Finding the Best Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

Best Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis

 When I was first diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, my doctor strongly suggested I give up running. So did many of my friends that weren’t runners. But the thought of giving up something that meant so much to me was out of the question. The first thing I did was find the right pair of shoes for me. (I still had to take some time off, but very soon I slowly and shortly got back to my road work.)

Thanks to finally getting the right running shoes for my plantar fasciitis, I’m able to run today pain free and with happy feet.

Below are some of the most popular, best reviewed (with hundreds of 4 – 5 star reviews) and highly recommended running shoes specifically designed for plantar fasciitis (whether you’re a runner or not). like you and me.
If you would rather find the best plantar fasciitis sneakers, you can read my guide here.

Personal Favorite: GEL-Kayano 21 Running Shoe

Sideview photo of Asics Gel Kayano 21 one of the most popular and best running shoes for plantar fasciitis in teal and purple and yellow accents.

These are my personal favorites right now. And yes, my tastes may change more frequently than the weather, but I’ve grown accustomed to Asics and maybe a little bit spoiled by all the tech they’ve put into making my steps as smooth and pain free as possible.

The Kayano features Asics’ IGS (Impact Guidance System) for motion stability, rear and fore GEL cushioning to absorb shock throughout the step and their DUOMAX midsole system for enhanced support and stability. Did I mention the shoes have the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Approval? They do.

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Top Rated: New Balance 990v4

Sideview photo of one of the top recommended running shoes for plantar fasciitis, the New Balance 990v4 in navy blue with bright orange highlight.

The New Balance 990s are a classic runner and for many people the throwback, traditional look matches their style but others have complained the shoe makes their feet look too big. But they all agree the shoe delivers remarkable stability, support and cushioning – all critical to minimizing heel pain for those of us who suffer it.

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Latest Design: New Balance W1260v6

Sideview of New Balance 1260v6 running shoe in slate grey and baby blue for sufferers of plantar fasciitis

I haven’t had a chance to try these new New Balance 1260s but I’m really looking forward to it! According to New Balance, these shoes will offer premium stability and cushioning. So, fingers crossed – I will let you know my thoughts as soon as I slip them on – in the meantime, you can see what others think by checking out the reviews on Amazon.

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Top Rated: New Balance  W1340v2

Sideview of the New Balance 1340v2 running shoe in purple and grey with purple and pink outer sole designed for sufferers of heel pain.

The W1340 is a well-known choice in foot pain circles – boasting New Balance’s Stabilicore medial support system, a lightweight midsole and a heel measuring over an inch, these shoes are a go-to favorite for suffers with severe foot pain. I haven’t personally tried them, so if you have please share your thoughts!

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Saucony Kinvara 4        

Sideview or white and coral orange Saucony Kinvara 4 running shoe one of the most recommended running shoes for plantar fasciitis.  

These eye-catching runners immediately caught my attention at the shoe store — no real surprise there. I didn’t walk out with them at the time, but I still have lingering memories of the smooth, supportive heel-cradling fit of these Saucony Kinvaras. Since I didn’t take them for a test run, I can’t confirm the PowerGrid technology efficacy, but my foot and stride was pain-free as I walked around the store.

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS16       

Sideview of turqouise and grey Brooks Adrenaline GTS running shoes for plantar fascitiis  

If you’re looking to step out to make a statement, you may want to take a look at the Brooks Adrenaline. These runners come in several color and pattern combos from “mild to wild” depending on your personal brand of fashion. Most importantly, the shoe features impressive midsole cushioning and a “progressive diagonal roll bar” to help guide your foot’s motion along with a segmented crash pad that runs the length of the shoe to cushion your foot no matter how you land.

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What Should You Look For?

About Pronation and Choosing Running Shoes

First and foremost, you want to find a shoe that’s made specifically for your arch. Do you have high arches? Mid? Or low to fallen (flat feet)? Your arches often (but not always) determine your gait and whether you under or over pronate or have a neutral step.

If you have high arches, you’re more prone to over pronation. Normal arches typically have neutral pronation and low arches under pronate or supinate.


Shoes – especially specialized shoes like those for running – are built for different foot arches. This is why many people recommend good running shoes for plantar fasciitis as a great alternative to orthopedic shoes (which are also designed for specific feet and conditions).

Wearing shoes that were not designed for your feet can not only cause discomfort but injury so it is extremely important you get the right shoes.

You want running shoes that offer:

  • Strong arch support that can withstand the stress of running and strenuous activity
  • Superior cushioning and shock absorption to dampen and disperse the force of your heel striking the ground
  • Well known and respected brand with real, positive reviews and feedback from runners with plantar fasciitis

The Asics GEL Kayano is my personal favorite and has been for a while now. It’s also one of the most highly rated and recommended by many other runners and people suffering from plantar fasciitis, heel pain and over pronation. So, I won’t hesitate to recommend you at least try them out and see how they feel.

Not only do the GEL Kayano’s look good but they offer fantastic cushion and support. Just remember, the best shoe for you is going to be the one that fits and supports your foot the way you need (and looks the way you want J).

I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on these – or any other running shoe – that you try. The more we share, the more we all learn and the happier all our feet will be so please drop a comment or an email to me with your feedback.

And remember, keep moving and keep smiling!




Terri Hendrick
I'm a professional mom and amateur runner. After losing sight of my own health and fitness while raising a family, I jumped back into running -- and injuries. But I've learned a lot and am so much happier for it. I am back running with a vengeance and look forward to sharing my success and yours!
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