My work shoes are destroying my feet!

posted 6 months ago in Wellness
Post # 17
1479 posts
Bumble bee


missinthecity :  was just about to say that OP may want to consider a short wedge heel. Flats kill me.

Post # 19
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Good brands are Clarks or Rockport. My mum has a great pair of Mary Jane-style shoes with arch support, and I have borrowed them and they wear like a dream and are professional looking. I have wide feet and they were comfortable, with a buttery leather.’ defer=’defer

Post # 20
2454 posts
Buzzing bee

Following. I have bunions and wide feet so I can’t really do heels or pointed toed shoes anymore, and I need brands that carry wide sizes or happen to run wide. To make matters more complicated I don’t wear leather for ethical reasons, so a lot of the typically recommended brands are out. 🙁 

I also don’t have high arches though and I find flats infinitely more comfortable to even low wedge heels. Flats with gel inserts for added support are my ideal. For casual shoes I find the most comfortable to be Dr Martens or Birkenstocks, but I need dressier shoes that don’t kill my feet. Right now I do low-heeled booties typically when I need to look professional, and I suffer through heels at events, but my feet hate me for it. 

Post # 21
4757 posts
Honey bee

bouviebee :  I have horrid feet and also have PF and hardware in my ankle (so no heels for me). I love and use Vionic every day. I love them! I read the reviews to see which ones have more arch support because it varies. 

Post # 22
47172 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you seen a physiotherapist about your plantar fascitiis?

Post # 23
912 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Vionics are my life.  I’m a teacher and basically live on my feet.  Vionics have saved my feet.  I go from vionic shoes at work to vionic slippers at home.  I walked 10+ miles a day in Vionic sandals at Disney World.  They also make insoles so I often buy those to put in my inepensive shoes (hello payless!).  The one thing I will say is that they do take a day or two to get used to so if they feel funny at first, that isn’t unusual.  

Post # 24
816 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

bouviebee :  definitely see a podiatrist and look into cold laser therapy for the plantar fasciitis. In the meantime, switch your shoes to something with a small heel, about 1inch. Flats are the worst for plantar fasciitis as they stretch out the fascia too much and provide no arch support. 

Post # 25
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

I have to use inserts as well. I have horrible pain in my knees if I don’t use them. I would get fitted for some. I usually get mine from a running store or I go see my podiatrist and get them from him.

Post # 26
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Dansko, will solve your foot problems. I used to bartend for 10 hours straight, and my body would be so tired and achy, right down to my ankles. My feet were fine. 

Also, for the plantar fasciitis. I cured it by exercising my arches. Walk around the house, up on your toes as often as you can, and it’ll strengthen your arches. I’d say mine are 95% cured. Once it a while, they’ll act up, and I’ll go right on my toes and have it cured in a couple of days. 

For warm weather casual, I recommend Chaco, particularly their basic, rubber sole flips. They fit like a glove, and have amazingly perfect arch support. 


Post # 27
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2019

OP, I don’t have any shoe suggestions that haven’t been said, but whenever my PF flares, frozen water bottles save me. I put them on the floor and stick a thin sock on and then rest my feet. You probably already know this trick if you have a brace, but just in case. Good luck!

Post # 28
1111 posts
Bumble bee

bouviebee :  I am on my feet a lot and I have found that calf stretches do the most to make it go away quickly. Hang your heels off a step or really lean into a wall for more than 30 seconds a couple times a day (runners stretch each foot).  I also like Happy Feet shoe inserts off Amazon.  You can still wear your TB shoes if you pull out the standard insert and replace it with these.  I put them in most of my flatter shoes.  Vionic shoes just killed my arches which are high but collapse when standing.  I have rather narrow feet and your’s sound small so maybe Bionica Footwear would work for you too. I found them while on vacation in Florida and they are so comfortable.  I have their sandals, boots, shoes, etc.  They feel like walking on marshmallow’s. Sign up for 25% coupon codes and there is free shipping and returns for online purchases.  Another great brands is Taos as well…also see a podiatrist when you can!

Post # 29
989 posts
Busy bee

I dont have any suggestions for shoes but could you buy a pair of comfortable walking/running shoes to wear to and from the car, and wear the nicer heels inside? It’s annoying to swap shoes constantly but if it helps your feet heal it might be worth it

Post # 30
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I feel you Bee. I recently found out I have arthritis in both big toes. Had surgey on one toe so far, the other will happen over the summer. I would check out the site Barking Dog Shoes. She is a blogger with RA that reviews and shares tons of great shoes that are good for problem feet. She even has categories so you can find shoes right for your foot problems. It’s tough trying to wear dress shoes when you have problem feet.

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