Metatarsal, or ball of foot, pain happens when the joint where the metatarsal bones meet the toes becomes inflamed. This can be caused by repetitive stress on the foot, over-pronation and wearing too-tight footwear. If you suffer from pain on the ball of your foot, it’s important to invest in the proper pair of shoes to keep you comfortable. It’s best to speak to an orthopedic specialist first to find out what type of shoe fits your specific needs. Some key features to look for include stability features for promoting proper alignment of the foot, ample cushioning and wide toe boxes. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best men’s shoes to help relieve metatarsal pain — from athletic to dressier styles.
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1. Brooks Ghost 11
Brooks Ghost 11 features a BioMoGo midsole and the brand’s DNA Loft cushioning for shock absorption and high energy-return underfoot.
Pros: It features a breathable mesh upper that comfortably hugs the foot, as well as a plush tongue and collar. It comes in over a dozen colorways.
Cons: Some users may find the dye on the lining of the shoes easily rubs off.
2. Rockport Men's Eureka Walking Shoe
This polished style includes a latex foam footbed. Its sturdy construction offers heel stability, yet features soft leather in the upper to flexibly move with your feet.
Pros: These feature a padded tongue and collar for added comfort, as well as a breathable mesh liner. Grippy traction keeps you stable. These come in extended width sizes and can easily be dressed up or down for a range of occasions.
Cons: These may be stiff at first.
3. New Balance Men's Suede 928v3
New Balance’s 928v3 features shock-absorbing cushioning, a stiff sole and the brand’s Rollbar stability technologies for motion control.
Pros: They also come with a wide toe box and mesh accents for ventilation atop a smooth suede upper. They come in six neutral colors.
Cons: They’re on the more expensive end.