Meet the Best Western Boots for Heel Pain Relief
Plantar fasciitis can make wearing boots of any kind very uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to keep you in the saddle and around the barn.
Plantar fasciitis can be tricky, but it’s easier to find the right cowboy boot if you know what to look for. You need a boot that has a one- to two-inch heel and a square or wide toe. Choose a brand (like
If you like a brand that doesn’t have a strong midsole, choose one with a removable insole so you can put in a better one. Waterproof boots are a safe bet if you do a lot of outdoor work or need to stay warm in the winter.
Boot Basics: What to Look for in a Riding Boot
Plantar Fasciitis is essentially inflammation of the thick tissue bad connecting your heel bone and toes. Pain is typically located along the bottom of the foot, including a ‘stabbing pain’ near the heel.
While needing to alleviate discomfort, remember the primary purpose of riding boots—keeping you safe (e.g. protecting toes from being stepped on, keeping the foot from sliding through the stirrup).
That’s why boots that have at least a one-inch heel and grippy rubber sole are essential.
What to Look For:
- An elevated heel
- Excellent arch support
- A firm heel counter
Our Picks for Plantar Fasciitis
|Ariat Women’s Heritage Dapper Fatbaby
|Wide heel offers good support, premium leather
|Best Men’s Boot
|Ariat Men’s Amos Western
|Shock shield technology, excellent arch support
|Best Women’s Boot
|Ariat Ladies Fiona Western
|Stylish prints, safe for riding
|Best for Summer
|Justin Ladies Gypsy Raya Square Toe
|Wide heel, easy to pull on
|Best for Winter
|Dan Post Men’s Albuquerque
|Comes in regular, wide, and extra wide; antimicrobial insole
|Best on a Budget
|Ariat Women’s Fatbaby II
|Multiple colors, one-and-a-half-inch heel
|Best for a Splurge
|Corral Boots A3753
|Pure leather, glow-in-the-dark
Ariat Women’s Heritage Dapper Fatbaby
The short shaft and square toe of Ariat’s Heritage Dapper Fatbaby offers a great fitting boot that offers excellent support.
You can ride and work in these boots (or wear them for fun).
- 4LR technology (adds both stability and comfort)
- Extra cushioning in the sole
- Bold colors make a statement
- No break-in period
- Not waterproof
Ariat Men’s Amos Western
These boots from Ariat offer both style and comfort. The one-and-a-half-inch heel is just the right height for plantar fasciitis.
- ATS technology
- Intricate, stylish stitch pattern
- Foam footbed
- You may need to try more than one size to get the right fit
Ariat Ladies Fiona Western
Boots that are good for your feet don’t have to be boring. The Fiona boot combines comfort and style.
ATS technology supports your heel while the insole provides shock absorption and cushioning.
- High-quality leather
- Removable insole (in case you prefer or need a different one)
- Duratread sole
- If you’re tall, the shaft may hit your calf in an awkward place
Justin Ladies Gypsy Raya Tan Square Toe
Justin has a long history of producing top-quality boots, and these are no exception.
They’re perfect for summer with the fun pop of color and the square toe and heel offer plantar fasciitis support.
- Great for riding, working, and going out
- Features the J-Flex comfort system
- Needs regular cleaning and maintenance
Dan Post Men’s Albuquerque
These boots are great for working and riding, a handy combo if you spend your days in a ranch setting.
The waterproofing will keep your feet dry, and the orthotic insole provides ample support.
- Breathability (thanks to the mesh lining)
- Rubber sole
- They lack the traditional cowboy flair
Ariat Women’s Fatbaby II Western
This 100% leather shoe doesn’t just look good, it will feel great on your foot.
The ATS technology, combined with the right-sized heel, will offer you plenty of relief.
- Round toe
- Comes in half sizes
- Good fit for wide calves
- This boot has a rubber sole but isn’t slip-resistant certified
Corral Boots A3753
These boots are so pretty you won’t want to ride in them (but you could).
The double rose scallop detail is very eye-catching and looks great with dresses, skirts, and jeans.
- Great fit
- Beautiful white design (that glows in the dark)
- Has a taller fit (about mid-calf)
- May need a half-size larger if you have big calves
- The toe is narrow (may make the boot uncomfortable to wear for long periods)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are cowboy boots good for plantar fasciitis?
A well-made cowboy boot can actually be great for people with plantar fasciitis.
Q: Are cowboy boots good for arches?
Many cowboy boots lack a midsole, so they’re not inherently good for arches. However, some brands (like
Q: Can cowboy boots cause plantar fasciitis?
This depends on the boot. Ones with narrow toes, no arch support, and a low heel can make plantar fasciitis worse. However, boots with a higher heel and good insoles can provide relief.
Q: What are the best boots to wear if you have plantar fasciitis?
Cowboy boots with a higher heel and square toes are your best bets.
Plantar fasciitis doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying a well-made pair of cowboy boots. Any of these options can offer comfort and support.
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