The 8 Best Shoes for Heel Spurs, According to a Podiatrist

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A cousin to common foot ailments like plantar fasciitis, bunions, and Achilles tendonitis, heel spurs are a condition that can quickly throw a wrench in the day’s work, workout or leisure plans.

“Heel spurs are a growth of bone on the bottom of your heel,” explains Dr. Mike Rushton, podiatrist, co-founder and medical director of Forward Motion headquartered in St. George, Utah. “They don’t grow straight down, they grow in the contour of your foot.”

Heel spurs don’t always cause pain, and some people might not even know they have them. But when they do cause discomfort, the symptoms are similar to plantar fasciitis — at times inducing a sharp pain (particularly after prolonged periods without moving, such as when you first wake in the morning) or a dull ache.

In certain cases, doctors may intervene surgically, however, “most doctors find it’s better to treat the symptoms,” Dr. Rushton says.

How the right shoes can help treat heel spurs

A heel spur often develops from overuse, just like plantar fasciitis, or ill-fitting shoes. Proper footwear can prevent and alleviate pain from the condition. “If your foot doesn’t have adequate padding beneath it, as you roll forward, you’re more likely to pinch between the bottom of the foot and the ground,” Dr. Rushton says.

A heel cup can also lessen the impact by stopping your heel from making contact with the ground. Dr. Rushton recommends Tuli’s brand of heel cups, which can be purchased at over-the-counter at retailers like Amazon and inserted into your shoe of choice.

What to look for in the most comfortable shoes for heel spurs

“If you have a spur, you need a cushy heel,” Dr. Rushton says. He looks to brands like Altra and Hoka One One to provide ample support.

Anatomical arch support is also helpful to promote healthy foot alignment. Good alignment means the entire foot will absorb the impact of every step, rather than just the heel.

There are plenty of shoe options on the market for men and women suffering from heel spurs, from the best work shoes and walking shoes to cute summer sandals and winter boots, and everything else in between.

Below are 15 of the best shoes for heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, including dress shoes, running shoes, tennis shoes and more.

Altra Olympus 4 Trail Running Shoes

Best Shoes for Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis

Dr. Rushton looks to Altra for orthotic support that can accommodate any foot type. For people with heel spurs, in particular, he recommends the brand’s Olympus 4 trail running shoe, since the style “has a lot of cushioning to it,” he says. These shoes feature tons of traction, making them suitable for the toughest terrain, and a wide toe box that allows digits to spread comfortably. The insole also promotes flexibility to prevent plantar fasciitis.

Podiatrist Dr. Mike Rushton counts on Altra for orthotic support that anyone can shop. He recommends the ALTRA Olympus 4 Trail Running Shoe for heel spurs, “which has a lot of cushioning to it.” These are suitable for the toughest terrain with lots of traction. The wide toe box allows digits to spread comfortably. The insole also promotes flexibility to prevent plantar fasciitis.
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Kuru Footwear Atom Shoes

Best Walking Shoes for Heel Spurs

Kuru Footwear’s Atom sneakers are some of the best walking shoes for heel spurs thanks to Kuru’s patented heel-hugging support. They also boast an ultra-cushioned midsole for full-length comfort and wedge-shaped heel that absorbs impact. Reviewers note they alleviate a variety of foot issues, from heel spurs to plantar fasciitis, and are lightweight enough to don for any athletic activity. Grab them in medium or wide width options.

Kuru Footwear Atom Sneakers
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Hoka One One Clifton 8 Shoes

Best Running Shoes for Heel Spurs

“A Hoka has a lot of cushion, and extra cushion is what you want if you have a heel spur,” Dr. Rushton says. The latest edition of the customer-loved Clifton styles, Hoka’s Clifton 8 provides the brand’s signature cushioning and compression-molded support, making them some of the best running shoes for heel spurs, but has an even lighter midsole for extra rebound with every step.

Hoka One One Clifton 8
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Asics Gel-Dedicate 6 Tennis Shoes

Best Tennis Shoes for Heel Spurs

Tennis enthusiasts know that wearing proper footwear that supports lateral movement (as opposed to traditional running shoes) is essential to bringing one’s best to the court. Asics’ Gel-Dedicate 6 is designed for the sport but also provide orthotic comfort necessary to combat heel spurs. The EVA midsole offers quick rebound and shock absorption. The sock liner is comfortable during long rallies but can also be removed if players require inserts for heel spurs. The shoe’s overall construction helps control torsion, so athletes can better move across the court.

ASICS Gel-Dedicate 6 Tennis Shoes
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Dockers Men’s Gordon Cap Toe Oxford Shoes

Best Dress Shoes for Heel Spurs

For relief from heel pain, Dockers’ Gordon cap toe oxford is one of the best dress shoes for heel spurs around. Available in a medium or wide fit, these are more flexible than the typical dress shoe, allowing your foot some give. The cushioned footbed has a heel pad for extra cushioning where you need it, while the leather lining conforms to your foot and is moisture-wicking to boot. Plus, the outsole has tread to keep you steady even on slick surfaces.

Dockers Gordon Cap Toe Oxford
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SAS Women’s Bliss Loafers

Best Work Shoes for Heel Spurs

The SAS Bliss loafers go well with office attire but are still designed with all-day comfort in mind. The polyurethane outsole absorbs shock and is lightweight, while the insole offers extra support at the foot’s three main pressure points: the inside ball, outside ball and heel. Also featuring a removable, leather-lined footbed with generous foam padding, they’re some of the best work shoes for heel spurs and offer support for flat feet and plantar fasciitis pain, too.

SAS Bliss Loafers
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Clarks Women’s Breeze Sea Flip-Flops

Best Traveling Shoes for Heel Spurs

While your favorite sneakers are a fantastic travel companion, certain occasions, like trips to the beach, call for sandals. Clarks women’s Breeze Sea Flip-Flops offer way more support than your average thong sandals or flip-flops. The Ortholite footbed cushions your heel from unnecessary impact and the EVA outsole offers extra protection from tough surfaces. These are lightweight, so they’re easy to stow in a suitcase.

Clarks Women's Breeze Sea Flip-Flops
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Asics Gel-Contend 5 Running Shoes

Best Shoes for Heel Spurs and Achilles Tendonitis

Boasting over 10,000 4.5-star reviews on Amazon, Asics’ Gel-Contend 5 running shoes are a great option that offers total foot support to prevent and eases the strain of Achilles tendonitis. The internal heel counter provides excellent support, as rearfoot gel works to ward off foot fatigue and the rubber outsole provides traction and durability. “Asics is the only brand I wear to run,” said one reviewer.

ASICS Gel-Contend 5 Running Shoes
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