Plantar Fasciitis - Our Favorites to Find Relief

Tony Chiappetta
Tony Chiappetta

A couple of weeks ago, I was at the hospital waiting for the birth of my first child. It was a crazy day and I thought I had brought everything to be as comfortable as possible. I had good shoes, good socks, and some Tylenol (just to be safe).


That next morning, you know what happened? After walking, standing, and stamping my feet all day waiting in anticipation for hours, my feet especially my heels and arches were killing me. As I walked down to the café to get some coffee and breakfast, I thought about where I went wrong. I had everything I thought I needed, but it wasn’t enough to stay keep comfortable.

As anyone who has experienced plantar fasciitis knows, the pain can be absolutely terrible. The Mayo Clinic explains the symptoms as:

"Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or when you get up after sitting."


The minute I got home; I grabbed a couple of things that I thought would help. I grabbed my shoes with the most amount of cushion, my trusty pair of Blue BIRKENSTOCK Footbeds, and my pair of Sockwell Athletic Socks. These 3 things combined helped me tremendously. When I got back into the office, I was talking to Tony about it, and he gave me some of his recommendations to help ease Plantar Fasciitis symptoms.

Tony's Top Picks


The Arizona from Birkenstock is a great sandal and is extremely comfortable to wear. The Arizona EVA version is lightweight and offers very nice cushioning. The footbed is the same as a normal BIRKENSTOCK Footbed, but it is like the name suggest made of EVA.


Haflinger Slippers

For finding foot comfort around the house, Haflingers is the way to go. Made of boiled wool, they will keep your feet warm and dry. For Plantar Fasciitis, Tony recommends the cork bottom slipper or the rubber sole version.

Shop Haflinger Slippers

Vionic Tide 2 Sandals

Another sandal that offers great relief, is the Vionic Tide II sandal. It offers the same great Orthaheel Technology and is proven to effectively alleviate heel pain. The Orthaheel Technology is biomechanically designed to hug your arches and support your feet, which is why it is so great for Plantar Fasciitis.

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Finn Comfort Sansibar

This sandal has a soft comfortable footbed that is constructed with added cushioning for sensitive feet. It has an anatomic shape that evenly distributes your body weight and a resilient, cork/latex base that reduces foot fatigue.

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Finn Comfort Toro

The Finn Comfort Toro is a closed back men’s sandal that has a snug fit and offers amazing heel support due to the double adjustable straps. It has a removable insole that offers added comfort for sensitive feet.

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Birkenstock Blue Footbed

This footbed is fantastic, this is the one that I used the minute I got home. It’s a cork footbed, that follows the shape of the classic BIRKENSTOCK footbed. It has great heel/arch support and I find the metatarsal pad to be very nice.

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Sockwell Athletic Socks

These socks are great! The banding that wraps around the instep and your arch is great while the cushioning on the heel and toes makes it extremely comfortable all day long.

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Brown's Foot Bath

This is a product that we love, we suggest it to just about anyone who is experiencing some sort of foot pain or discomfort. Apart from being great for Corns, Callouses, and Bunions. Brown’s Foot Bath is nice relaxing way to soak your feet and provide some soothing pain relief.

Shop Brown's Foot Bath

Are you experiencing foot pain?

Give us a call at (262) 657-9142 and we can help you find relief!

About the Author

Chris is the head of marketing at Chiappetta Shoes. He is new to the shoe industry, but has had his battles with foot pain and finding relief. Some of his favorite shoes are from On Running, Red Wing Heritage, and New Balance.


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