Best Shoes for Fibromyalgia Foot Pain

Medical information provided by Josh White DPM  /  Written by OrthoFeet Team on October 19, 2023 Blog Home

If you have fibromyalgia - a chronic pain condition that affects the muscles and soft tissues in the body, including the feet - your feet and legs may be experiencing:

  • widespread pain throughout the body, feet included;
  • heightened sensitivity in the feet that makes it painful to walk or stand for long periods of time, or to wear shoes that rub against or press on the feet; 
  • swelling in the feet, particularly in the ankles and the tops of the feet, making it difficult to wear shoes that fit comfortably; 
  • numbness and tingling in the feet that make it difficult to feel the ground beneath the feet or to maintain balance while walking; 
  • stiffness in the muscles of the feet, making it difficult to move the feet and toes freely. 


Seeing as there is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, treatment typically focuses on managing symptoms. This includes the right footwear. 

To help you alleviate pain and improve comfort, we put together a list of the best shoes for fibromyalgia. 

All the shoes that made our list have some design features in common that are beneficial for people with fibromyalgia:

  1. Cushioning soles. Good cushioning helps to absorb shocks and reduces impact on the feet, legs and back, which can be particularly helpful for people with fibromyalgia.
  2. Arch Support. Proper arch support can help to distribute weight evenly across the feet, reducing pressure, improving foot alignment and minimizing strain on the feet.                                                                                             
  3. Lightweight. Shoes that are lightweight can help to reduce fatigue and strain on the feet, making walking more comfortable. 
  4. Adjustability. Adjustable features, such as laces or straps, can provide a customized fit, make it easier to slip in and out of the shoes and help to alleviate pressure points.
  5. Wide toe box. A roomy toe box doesn’t put pressure on the toes, allowing them to move and spread out naturally, thus easing discomfort and pain. 
  6. Air pocket. An air pocket under the heel helps soften every step you take as soon as the heel hits the ground, minimizing foot and leg pain. 


And now, here’s our list of the best shoes for foot pain caused by fibromyalgia. 

Best tennis running shoes for fibromyalgia

Kita for Women | Yari for Men


Why you’ll like it 


  • Sizes: women 5-12; men 7-14
  • Widths: women B-2E; men D-4E
  • Upper materials: stretch knit


Both Kita and Yari shoes are constructed with a breakthrough technology designed to make the process of putting on and taking off shoes as easy and painless as possible, reducing the need for bending over or struggling to fasten straps or closures. 

The back of the shoe contains a hidden spring that bends down when you insert your foot and then bounces back, securing the foot in place. This can help to improve overall comfort and mobility, especially if you have fibromyalgia, allowing you to more easily engage in daily activities.

The stretchable, airy and water resistant uppers will gently hug your feet and conform to its unique shape, prevent liquids from seeping through and keep your feet aerated to prevent odors and infections.

Available in a variety of colors and widths.


Best slippers for fibromyalgia

Louise for WomenHudson for Men


Why you’ll love it

  • Fit adjustability
  • Breathable, stretchy antimicrobial materials


  • Sizes: women 5-12; men 7-14
  • Widths: women B-2E; men D-2E
  • Upper materials: stretch knit


Although these are clog slippers, both Louise and Hudson have an adjustable closure that allows you to both secure and customize the fit, which can help to reduce pressure points and improve stability and overall comfort.

The uppers are made with soft, flexible materials that can help to reduce friction and irritation, which can be especially important for individuals with sensitive or tender feet. These materials are also breathable, allowing air flow and keeping the feet dry and odor free. 

In addition, the orthotic insole lining is antimicrobial, preventing infections and promoting foot health.

You can also venture out of the house with them thanks to the durable sole on them. And the best part is that these slippers are not only comfortable, but also quite stylish, making them perfect for everyday and all day use.


Best work shoes for fibromyalgia

For Women: Talya

Talya White

Why you’ll love it

  • Slip resistant soles
  • Highly durable


  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Widths: B-2E
  • Upper materials: waterproof leather


The outsole of these sneakers is made to keep you stable on your feet with a special tread design that offers advanced grip and improves stability on any type of surface. 

The leather exteriors are not only exceptionally durable and forgiving, but are also water repellent and stain resistant, making them extremely comfortable and easy to clean. On the inside, the soft lining creates a cushioning layer around your feet, protecting them and reducing the chances of irritation and abrasion.

Thanks to expertly designed multi-layered insoles, you can comfortably spend long hours on your feet without experiencing pain and discomfort at the end of the day.


For men: Dolomite


Why you’ll love it

  • Composite safety toe
  • Notches added to the outsole help catch ladder steps


  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Widths: D-4E
  • Upper materials: waterproof leather


These sturdy work shoes are constructed with a composite safety toe, as well as an impact, compression and electric hazard resistance. 

One of the coolest features of the Dolomite shoes is the unique design of the outsole, which features ladder grab notches that help the foot to climb up and down ladder steps more securely. The sole is also slip resistant, improving stability on various surfaces.

The upper material is durable, waterproof leather, lined with soft materials that ease pressure on the foot, but are also sturdy enough to support the anatomy of the foot. 

These features, coupled with the orthotic technology, allow anyone to be on their feet all day without feeling fatigued or pained.


Best dress shoes for fibromyalgia

For men: Zodiac for men


Why you’ll love it

  • Adjustable strap for secure fit
  • Heel to toe padding


  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Widths: D-4E
  • Upper materials: soft leather


These dress shoes come complete with an adjustable hook and loop strap across the top of the foot, allowing you to secure the fit. 

Designed with a rubber outsole, the stylish Zodiac dress shoes offer greater traction and stability, while every part of the shoe is fully padded and seam-free to cushion and protect your feet, including the uppers and collar.

The extra depth will support your feet and provide relief and comfort, and the ergonomic sole follows the shape of your feet, keeping them in their natural position and aligning them with your legs and back.


For women: Emma


Why you’ll love it

  • Stylish without compromising on comfort
  • Soft leather for a pressure-free fit


  • Sizes: 6-11
  • Widths: B-D
  • Upper materials: soft leather


The Emma booties are simply gorgeous. But, that does not mean they are not unbelievably comfortable as well.

Although they have a 2-inch heel, you will still feel like you're walking in your most comfortable sneakers, thanks to the ergonomic design of the sole and heel, which eliminates added pressure on the forefoot. 

The foam padded leather is both durable and flexible, and this allows the uppers to contour to the shape of your feet and together with the adjustable strap, provide a customized fit. 

The cushioning system provides excellent shock absorption, reducing impact of each step and relieving pressure on the feet, and the wide toe box allows the toes to spread out and move naturally, avoiding pain caused by cramped toes. 

Finally, there’s also a side zipper, guaranteeing effortless on-off wear. 

Best sandals for fibromyalgia

For men: Clearwater


Why you’ll love it

  • Designed to correct your gait
  • Fully customizable fit


  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Widths: Standard (D) - Extra Extra Wide (6E)
  • Upper materials: leather

The closed toe fisherman style will keep your feet and toes fully protected, while the airy design makes sure they’re cool when it's warm outside. The closed toe design also means these sandals are great for transitional seasons, with or without socks. 

You can walk comfortably and be active for hours in these sandals, as they were specifically designed to support the foot and absorb any shock forces. 

Both sandals help to correct your gait as you walk, thus aligning your feet with your legs and back, alleviating and minimizing pain and discomfort.  

Every part of the sandal offers a fully padded interior, providing gentle contact with the skin and eliminating rubbing and irritation.

You can customize the fit to accommodate the shape and size of your feet by very easily adjusting the bungee cord and the two-way strap system. The latter also allows you to fasten and unfasten the sandals on both the inside and outside of the shoe, which is very helpful if bending down and reaching the outside of the shoe is painful or problematic for you.

For women: Juno


Why you’ll love it

  • A two-way strap allows for easier on-off wear
  • Insoles that improve your gait


  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Widths: Standard (B) - Wide (D) 
  • Upper materials: leather


At the foundation of the closed-toe Juno sandals are its premium orthotic insoles, stealing the spotlight with anatomical arch support. These insoles not only offer a customized fit but play a pivotal role in realigning the foot and enhancing the gait. By relieving pressure on the joints, the Juno sandals address a fundamental concern for individuals navigating the challenges of fibromyalgia.

The cushioning sole, featuring a mild rocker, transforms each step into a more soothing experience, elevating walking comfort and actively mitigating the impact on your feet, legs and back.

Crafted with a wide toe box, the Juno sandals cater to the need for a spacious and non-restrictive fit. This prevents unnecessary stress on sensitive areas of the foot, as well as allows for natural movement, easing fibromyalgia discomfort and pain.

The two-way strap system adds a layer of convenience by allowing you to fasten and unfasten on both sides of the sandal. This simplifies the process of putting on and taking off the sandals, especially if you’re dealing with mobility difficulties, and offers a customized fit.

Interestingly, the Juno sandals extend their commitment to comfort beyond the exterior. The soft, padded fabric interior, free of overlays, ensures irritation-free wear, providing superior protection for sensitive feet.