Can cheap shoes ease the foot pain that so many people experience on a daily basis? Or do you have to invest major money in order to get the comfort and support you need?
Time investigated the issue through popular opinion circulating on Facebook. One Facebook member asked for suggestions to ease their foot pain on the Non-consumer Advocate Page. The specific complain was one of plantar fasciitis, a heel pain that afflicts 1 in every 10 Americans at some point in their life. Clearly, comfort is the highest priority for people looking to relieve the associated pain. But if the shoe fit the frugal living category, even better.
The thread ended up garnering tons of responses and helpful suggestions.
Many people suggested Birkenstocks’ as their go-to brand for the comfort they need. The only problem with the famous shoe company is that their products aren’t exactly frugal living friendly. A pair of classic Birkenstock sandals will run customers around $100; for clogs, boots, and other styles that price goes up considerably.
So Can Cheap Shoes Provide Support?
But it turns out that there actually are some shoe brands that can provide relief fro plantar fasciitis without breaking your budget. The most popular one amongst the members who commented in this Facebook thread were Sketchers.
Founded in 1992, Sketchers has made a name for itself by selling lifestyle and performance footwear at a reasonable cost to consumers. Some of their casual shoes are priced at less than $30 a pair. And even their most expensive models geared towards performance tend to be cheaper than competitor brands.
So some cheap shoes can provide the support that people with foot pain need. But that comes with several caveats. Of course, “foot pain” is a broad term, and no one shoe will cover the issues that every person needs to address.
And if you’ve ever experienced plantar fasciitis or other foot ailments, you know how excruciating it can be. So this is one time that it’s better to find a pair of shoes that might be a bit pricier, but that you’ll wear for a longer amount of time.
Data Source: time.com, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov