Are there any good Barefoot Shoes for plantar fasciitis?

If you are looking for barefoot shoes for plantar fasciitis, it is safe to assume that you have foot pain. Plantar fasciitis is a pain at the back of the foot, due to the connective tissue disorder. The pain goes beyond the back and the bottom of the foot.

The ages at the highest risk of this condition are between 40 – 60. Sports that cause a sharp impact to the feet may also lead to this injury. This includes long-distance running. Although you may not have a sharp impact, you are on your feet for prolonged periods.

What do you look for in barefoot shoes for plantar fasciitis? Well for starters you need something that doesn’t worsen the pain. It would have to be great in two ways:

  • Comfortable.
  • Offer some protection to the feet in case of a strike.

You would probably also want them to be somewhat breathable. Plantar fasciitis is agony enough. It is very difficult to find barefoot shoes that would tick these two boxes. By nature, barefoot shoes allow for contact with the ground, which is usually what you may be trying to avoid when suffering from plantar fasciitis.

The best way to find a good fit is to look at the best manufacturers in this category and choose from them. That is what we have done. We have picked a pair of Xero, Vivobarefoot, Hoka One and Merrell.


After hours of research, we could not find an adequate pair of barefoot shoes for plantar fasciitis. You will find some links to further material about the condition, including some treatment tips.

None of them offers enough cushioning to alleviate the pain that would come with being barefoot. Perhaps barefoot walking just is not compatible with this condition. If you have found another brand or a pair from any of the three brands that we have considered, please let us know. We would be happy to add it to this article.

Hi there. This is Clare. Dave and I manage this site. We are outdoor enthusiasts. Most of the content is about products that we love using or have researched.
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