Ever tried to hike with PF?

I know I have... and it's not a pleasant experience.

In order to spare my dear Boot Bomb readers from having to withstand the same agony I've put myself through all those years ago when I was still young and naive, I hereby proudly present to you the finest selection of PF hikers that I could find.

Please enjoy!

Women's Hiking Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis 

1. KEEN Women's Voyageur Mid Hiking Boot

KEEN Women's Voyageur Mid Hiking Boot, Brindle/Custard, 9 B - Medium
  • UPPER: Water-resistant suede upper repels water...
  • TRACTION: KEEN ALL –TERRAIN rubber outsole...
  • FIT & DESIGN: Built on a women-specific foot form;...
  • SUPPORT & COMFORT: External stability shank offers...
  • CARE TIPS: Gently brush with a soft bristle brush...

Introduced as breathable and lightweight hikers for warm-weather hiking, these shoes come with all the features you need when it comes to a good summer shoe for your high temperature, outdoor adventures. The toe box is roomy, allowing your toes to move freely. At the same time, it is lightweight, which allows you to cover more ground with less fatigue. The shoe is available in low-cut and mid versions. It can provide a high range of ankle motion, while ensuring your ankles remain supported. There is a toe protection at the front, making them feel more supportive and durable around the forefoot. The sole and the multi-directional lugs offer good traction, especially on terrains that are not very technical. They are durable and sturdy. The extra rubber fitted on the toes, protects against toe stubbing when you are descending on steep slopes. An EVA midsole makes them comfortable and light. The shoe is lined with moisture wicking textile, that is very efficient in repelling water. If your hiking trail has a lot of dew coated grass or shallow streams that need to be crossed, this boot will perform well.

2. KEEN Women's Targhee 3 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

KEEN womens Targhee 3 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot, Weiss/Boysenberry, 5.5 US
  • WATERPROOF: KEEN.DRY waterproof, breathable...
  • TRACTION: KEEN ALL –TERRAIN rubber outsole...
  • FIT & DESIGN: Built on a women-specific foot form;...
  • SUPPORT & COMFORT: External stability shank offers...
  • CARE TIPS: Gently brush with a soft bristle brush...

Excellent comfort, great traction and very lightweight. That best describes this KEEN hiker. And it also explains why they are so immensly popular among hikers all around the world. If you are looking for hiking shoes for wide feet, then these are ideal. These Targhee IIs contain a shank that give your feet extra stability. This translates to less fatigue when going on those long hikes. You can lace these shoes up so well that they will remain on your feet comfortably, even when you are stepping around on uneven ground. It’s also very roomy, allowing you to wear thick socks in colder seasons. The upper of this hiker features nubuck leather, together with breathable mesh around the tongue. The shoe has also been fitted a dual density EVA midsole together with a large rubber toe rand, to offer extra protection. Despite the high levels of stability offered by this shoe, comfort is not compromised. The EVA dual density footbed provides the necessary cushioning needed for extra packweight and long hikes. The thick ankle cuff will keep your feet comfortable and protected, especially when descending steeply downhill.

3. Keen Gypsum II Mid Wp-w Boot

Keen Women's Gypsum Ii Mid Wp-w Boot,Midnight Navy/Opaline,8.5 M US
  • Waterproof nubuck and mesh upper repels h2o and...
  • KEEN dry waterproof, breathable membrane
  • Removable, metatomical dual-density eva foot bed
  • KEEN zorb eva strobel for shock absorption
  • Heel support structure for stability

Whether you are planning to hike for long or short distances, this versatile pair of shoesis ready to handle whatever you might encounter along the way. These plantar fasciitis hiking shoes for ladies feature an upper made of nubuck leather and mesh. The combination of these materials delivers a durable but breathable. On the other hand, the proprietary Keen.Dry waterproofing technology protects your feet against moisture. Also, this membrane allows sweat and perspiration to escape, therefore preventing blisters and hotspots. Furthermore, they are equipped with a gusseted tongue that supplies extra protection against trail debris. The rear pull-on tab provides an easy on and off while the padded tongue and collar provide ankle support and protection.

Keen is renowned for producing comfortable hiking shoes, and the Gypsum II will not disappoint you. These plantar fasciitis hiking shoes for adults are fitted with removable, dual-density footbeds. The footbeds conform to the shape of your foot, therefore providing support, comfort and arch support. They also supply flexibility. Keen has used the Cleansport NXT technology to ensure your feet remain fresh. On the other hand, the exclusive Keen.Zorb technology supplies an extra layer of comfort. If you will be hiking on wet or slippery terrains, then you can trek with confidence, knowing that you are safe from slips or falls. These shoes feature non-marking, grippy rubber outsoles, which also have a self-cleaning mechanism.

4. Adidas Outdoor Terrex AX2R Carbon/Grey Four/Solar Slime 9 D (M)

The Adidas Outdoor Terrex Shoes are excellent for exploring the hiking trails, camping, hunting, and more. It's easy to see why these shoes are popular among outdoor enthusiasts. For instance, these shoes are comfortable and stylish, to make them an excellent addition to your hiking regimen. Plus, their “laid back” design means that you can even use them for an activity-packed schedule. When investing in hiking shoes, ensure you go durable shoes, and customized for the challenges of outdoors. These include stumps, rocks, sharp objects, swamps, and more. This is nothing short of what you can expect when you have the Adidas AXXR2 hiking shoes. While these shoes have a heavy-duty design to suit the ruggedness of trails, they are also compact. Thus, you can wear them for several hours without feeling any discomfort. The interior section of the shoe is padded and covered using breathable material – which takes your comfort to the next level!

As you have noticed, ventilation is a key factor to consider when investing in good shoes. Therefore, the Adidas AXXR2 shoes are also breathable, to ensure your feet stay fresh. You will be pleased with a unique lug sole, which means you can tear through muddy or slippery terrains with ease. Plus, the inclusion of a molded sock liner makes the shoes comfortable and provides a snug fit.

5. Salomon Women's Ellipse 3 CS Waterproof USA Hiking Shoe

Salomon Women's Ellipse 3 CS Waterproof USA Hiking Shoe, Lead, 7 M US
  • Salomon has spent years engineering a precise...
  • Contagrip with varied, deep lugs provides traction...
  • A full ClimaSalomon Waterproof bootie keeps feet...
  • Salomon 2 year limited warranty

Without a doubt, the Salomon Ellipse 3 CS is one of the best hiking shoes for plantar fasciitis. These shoes are engineered to provide support, comfort, and protection to your feet during your hiking adventures – come rain or shine. They are equipped with abrasion-resistant, nylon mesh uppers, featuring synthetic overlays, which lock and secure your instep, to give you the right fit. On the other hand, the fully waterproof ClimaSalomon waterproof booties will ensure that your feet will remain dry, even when you encounter wet conditions.

The Ellipse 3 CS are also equipped with durable toe caps, which help to protect your toes against rocks, roots, and stumps. Their interior features polyester mesh linings, which help to wick away moisture from your feet, thus making sure that your feet remain dry and comfortable the entire day. Unlike other hiking shoes, these are designed using a women-specific last, which means you should not struggle to find your ideal fit.

These women’s hiking shoes for plantar fasciitis come with EVA midsoles, which cushion your feet with every step. Therefore, even if you encounter rugged or uneven terrain, your legs and feet will remain comfortable all through, thanks to the exceptional shock-absorption capabilities of these shoes. They also feature molded arch shanks, which provide support while enhancing the fit. On the other hand, the OS Tendon thermoplastic urethane frames running along their outsoles heel to facilitate smooth heel-to-toe transitions while their Contagrip outsoles will ensure that you have adequate traction on wet, dry, slippery or smooth surfaces.

Men's Hiking Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis Reviews 

1. Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Gtx Hiking Boot

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Gtx Hiking Boot, Earth, 10 M US
  • GORE-TEX waterproof membrane, exceptional...
  • Synthetic leather and mesh upper
  • Bellows, closed-cell foam tongue keeps moisture...
  • Protective rubber toe cap
  • Vibram TC5+ sole

The Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Gtx Hiking Boot is a breathable, yet waterproof hiking shoe, suitable for different conditions. It features a GORE-TEX lining for breathability and total weather protection. They also come with a bellows tongue, which helps in keeping out debris, such as small stones, sticks, clumps of dirt and other stuff you’d rather keep out. A heel counter and a synthetic leather toe cap, keep your feet and toes protected really well. Featuring Aegis Antimicrobial solution, maximum foot comfort is ensured. Also in the long run, because these will never stink the place up due to their antimicrobial treatment. The Merrell Air Cushion fitted on the heels, helps to add stability and also absorps shocks really well. The Vibram multi sport outsole, provides reliable traction when you are hiking on different terrains.

2. Vasque Juxt Multi-Sport Shoe

Vasque Men's Juxt Multisport Shoe,Peat/Sudan Brown,13 M
  • Sporty shoe for day hiking with approach-shoe...
  • 1.6mm suede leather upper
  • Highly tunable lace system
  • Molded EVA and TPU Plate midsole for stability
  • Vasque Off the Grid rubber outsole for added...

The Vasque Juxt Multi-Sport Shoe offers a great choice for light backpacking and day hiking. Thanks to its highly tunable lacing system, you are going to have the snuggest fit of your life. The shoe features a very breathable construction. Next to hiking, you can use this shoe for your everyday casual wear. It is comfortable and fits well, without you having to break them in. On top of that, it comes with minimal and flexible padding around the opening, providing the ankle with a great feel. It comes with a unique lacing system, that allows you to adjust the tightness of the shoe in great detail. It has no waterproof lining, so it not so much suitable for taking a hike in wet conditions and/or weather. The small vent holes on the leather tongue still make it highly breathable. The traction is sufficient and the support is also more than adequate for its intended purpose.

3. Merrell Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe,Espresso,11 M US
  • Waterproof Dura leather and mesh upper
  • Bellows tongue keeps debris out
  • Synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter
  • Waterproof membrane treated with Aegis...
  • Molded nylon arch shank

Just like its name suggests, the Merrell Moab Waterproof Hiking Men’s Shoe is waterproof. It will keep your feet dry, whether you are hiking in a light rain shower or through an inch of snow. The antimicrobial treatment will ensure that you are not going to have stinky feet or shoes after having used them a couple of times. The also have GORE-TEX lining, which means you can look forward to a cool and dry hike. Don’t worry about swimming around in your own sweat in these shoes after a few hours of hiking in the hot weather. It also features M select Dry technology that helps to shed external moisture from wet surfaces, such as dewy drass. When crossing streams or creeks, it drains and dries more quickly than your average hiker boot. It provides excellent traction on gravel and dry rock. The wide forefoot offers you a stable platform. They are available in both wide and regular sizes, so you can always find a good fit. This shoe has a great lacing system, which will definitely help when you want it to fit comfortably. It has great support, even on strenuous trails. You’ll be surprised by how strong the grip of this shoe is, even on loose gravel. When your feet get wet, the shoe dries very fast.

4. KEEN Voyageur Hiking Shoe

KEEN Men's Voyageur Hiking Shoe, Midnight Navy/Gargoyle, 12 M US
  • UPPER: Water-resistant leather upper repels water...
  • TRACTION: KEEN ALL-TERRAIN rubber outsole provides...
  • SUPPORT: The torsion stability support shank...
  • FIT & COMFORT: Low-profile upper for comfort and...
  • CARE TIPS: Gently brush with a soft bristle brush...

Let have a look at these totally smashing KEENs! The toe box is roomy, allowing your toes to move freely. These Voyageurs are also lightweight, so you won’t become tired from dragging around weight on your feet all day long. Next to the low cut version you see displayed here, there is also a mid cut version available. They support your ankles really well, but leave enough room for them to have some motion. You can see the toe protection prominently displayed at the front. This goes a long way in preventing painful toe stubs. You will also feel well protected in them, for sure. The sole features lugs, pointing in multiple directions. This can really help you in gaining traction where needed. But keep in mind that these are still shoes and not boots, so don’t take them with you on terrains that are too technical. Then you should probably go with the mid cut version of the Voyageurs, which are more boot’ey than shoe’ey. They are definitely sturdy though to last you for a long time. The toe protection is really handy for when you stub your toes. And stub them you shall, especially when you are going down a steep slope. They are very comfortable to wear and lightweight too, in part thanks to the EVA midsole. It is lined with moisture wicking textile that is very efficient in repelling water. Don’t be afraid to take this boot through shallow bodies of water, or even grass that is coated in dew. It will hold up. Despite its waterproofness, the shoe is also ideal for hiking in desert landscapes or other hot weather terrains. They are lightweight, supportive, and comfortable. If you’re a lightweight backpacker, you are going to love the Voyageur!

5. Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch Hiking Shoe

Merrell Men's Chameleon 7 Stretch Hiking Shoe, Black, 12.0 M US
  • Vibram TC5+ outsole
  • Kinetic Fit Base removable contoured insole for...

The Merrell Chameleon 7 Stretch is a powerful and lightweight trail running pair of shoes, which can tackle any terrain at whatever pace. From the outsole to the upper, you will appreciate its high-quality workmanship. Merrell is a renowned manufacturer when it comes to hiking shoes. And with the Chameleon 7 Stretch, you will enjoy lightweight hiking on diverse terrains. These men’s hiking shoes for plantar fasciitis are equipped with a Vibram TC5 outsole, which supplies lightweight and secure traction. As for the upper, these shoes are designed to deliver a great blend of protection and breathability.

Merrell has used their proprietary Tuned Flexplate technology in the midsole, designed to supply a stable ride for hikers and trail runners. Apart from that, this technology ensures that your feet have ample protection against inward rolling – a major contributor to foot injuries. And as much as this pair of shoes comes with high levels of stability, they have not compromised on flexibility. They deliver a great degree of responsiveness, thus making it easy to change direction and speed. These shoes are further fitted with a removable EVA insole, which molds to the shape of your feet, to give you a customized fit.

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Hi, I’m Brian Bradshaw. I’m a super duper mega hiking enthusiast, with a love for everything that has to do with outdoors, hiking, gear, footwear and more.

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  1. I am looking for a High Boot that gives strong support in the ankle. Since I have Plantar Fasciitis I will need a boot that would help with the pain. Could you let me know if you have a boot that could help me.

    1. Hi Missy,

      Hiking shoes usually come with good heel support out of the box. If hiking shoes didn’t support you, they wouldn’t be much good in the first place.

      If you want to increase your heel support in any shoe, try Tread Labs insoles.



  2. I was wearing either a cross-trainer or walking New Balance sneakers with my wide/flat feet. At times, I have also suffered from arthritis, Morton’s Neuroma an planatar fasciitis. I overpronate and suffered cellulitis in my left foot and could not wear my New Balance sneakers so started wearing the Moab from Merrill and these were wider to accommodate my swollen foot (even wider than the New Balance 4W). Am I doing myself a disservice? I found that the New Balance model I was wearing had the tongue sewn-in later and the laces never stayed tied so I must have tied them too tight and the tongue made an abrasion on my foot. The Merrills are all one piece inside with the tongue.

    1. Hi Andy,

      Thanks for sharing these insights with me and my readers. Good job on persevering just as long until you’ve found something that works for you.



  3. Hi Brian, I love Merrell boots for their comfort and arch support. But I find them really slippery on wet surfaces. While friends rarely slip over, I am like Bambi on ice in some terrains. Is there a Merrell boot (or any other make) that manages to combine top class arch support with good grip? Thanks

    1. Hi John,

      My go-to brand is KEEN. I never slip on them, even when jumping from one slippery rock to the next.

      If you want top notch support, put Tread Labs in your boots. You’ll never go back. Trust me on that one.



  4. I am experiencing heel pain after hiking over 5 miles.
    I suspect that a shoe with greater cushioning in the hell would help, as thicker socks help a bit.

    1. Could you recommend a specific PF shoe to mitigate this ?
    2. Would mid ankle height boots be better than low cut ?

    1. Hi Richard,

      I’d go for a KEEN, myself. They have nice cushioning and strike just the right balance between stiff & flexible.

      For PF, you want a shoe that doesn’t lock your foot in completely, but also a shoe that takes the balancing load off of your foot, so that it can rest properly.

      I don’t think the shoe/boot height is going to make any difference.



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