Walking or working with pain is not the smoothest experience to share or go through. The pains resulting from your lower back, radiating to the back of your leg, is called sciatica. As you must have been told by your doctor, among other causes of sciatica is the impingement of the nerve that innervates your lower extremities. This nerve is called the sciatic nerve, and it is the largest nerve in the human body. The impingement of this nerve occurs in the lumbar region of your spinal cord. When there is an impingement or pressure, it radiates pain to your lower extremities, limits your activities of daily living, and thus reduces one’s quality of life.
Sciatica is not as bad as you might have presumed though, there are different medical approaches to it. These approaches range from surgery, depending on the cause of the pain and the severity of the condition, to prescription of various medications. But of course, theatre is not a playground. Unless very necessary, doctors advise going for conservative treatments. One such effective conservative management is the use of appropriate footwear. This is why I have taken my time to educate you on the different available footwear that can help you reduce your pain.
While this is not difficult at all, you should know that putting on inappropriate footwear could worsen your pain. Apart from helping with the pain, I am also concerned about how good you will look in this footwear. Therefore, if you want to look good and as well feel good by comfortably dealing with the pain you are feeling, here is a list of top 10 best shoes for sciatica.

TOP 10 BEST SHOES FOR SCIATICA

VIONIC WOMEN’S KEA ORTHOTIC TRAINERS

This is fashionable footwear that appeals to many, due to its ability to function as an Orthotic shoe and also cosmetically desirable. To suppress the pain from sciatica, you will need a shoe that provides excellent support, particularly for the arches of the foot, in other to maintain proper anatomical alignment of the body structures. Vionic shoes provide this arch support with a lovely cushioning of your feet.
The Vionic shoe has a durable outsole and a firm, yet very flexible, removable orthotic insert. Despite these, the shoe as a whole is still very light in weight, which affords you an extended wearing period without feeling uncomfortable or putting unnecessary strain on your ankle. So if you are experiencing sciatica, Vionic trainer might be the right choice for you. This shoe also affords you great comfort. Either you are going out all day, or you are just stepping out for a little while. You don’t have to worry about its mesh because it uses the gore panel, and this certainly helps to reinforce and prevent the shoe from splitting open.
In most shoes, maintaining durability as well as offering comfort happens to pose a significant challenge. With Kea Trainers, however, this is easily accessible. You will be pleased to know that you can clean this shoe in a washing machine while you dry the insole using air dry. One more thing which is mind-blowing about this shoe is that it has an excellent breathable capacity that allows air into the shoes to keep your foot alive and dry. In addition to this, it also enables the evaporation of sweat, which makes it very desirable to wear for long periods. No matter how long you wear these shoes, you can be sure that you won’t come back home with a foul-smelling shoe nor feet. The confidence will be there to remove your shoes anytime and anywhere. You may want to watch the YouTube reviews of this shoe too.

What We Like:

  • Breathable capacity
  • Desirable for sciatica support
  • Desirable for varying circumstances
  • It is light-weight
  • It is easy to clean up.

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Might require a pair of socks for an allergic skin

MARRELL WOMEN’S BARE ACCESS ARC 4 TRAIL RUNNING SHOE

When a shoe provides an amazing performance without sacrifice durability, quality, and desirable design, that is just so good. Little wonder the Marrell shoe ranks among the most desirable ladies’ shoes. This is partly due to its cuteness and light-weight.
The shoe comes with a well-padded interior, with synthetics that are skin-friendly. It affords an easy ride with its flexible outsole, a mesh that allows entry of air and exit of sweat while flexibility is not compromised. This shoe is adequate both for brisk walking and running as it comes with a natural lace which makes it security fit. Wearing this shoe affords you comfort, security, and confidence while it supports the arches of your feet, thus adequate in people with sciatica.

What We Like:

  • Lace closure makes it security- fit
  • Light-weight
  • Breathable upper mesh lining
  • Availability of multiple colours

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Tends to expand after some times
  • Sole is not so supportive

New Balance Men’S M1260v6 Running Shoe

This shoe entered the market with great values and has consistently met the demand of customers. I recommend this shoe because of its sustainable design and stable mechanism. The latest features and innovations embedded in this shoe make it supportive for pain relief. The materials in this shoe are 75% synthetic and 25% mesh. With this, the shoe will serve you for long and as well provide your feet with adequate ventilation.
New Balance shoe has a rubber sole which offers high comfort on long-wearing. I love this shoe because it has a special activity, lite midsole cushioning system which holds the ankle tightly to the heels. It is a perfect shoe for long-distance coverage, eliminating intense pressure, providing excellent arch support and as well, doing well in eliminating the pains resulting from sciatica, hip, knee, or ankle joint dysfunctions in the first week of usage. You can as well watch the YouTube reviews of this shoe too.

What We Like:

  • Amazing arch support system
  • Special Active lite midsole
  • The rubber sole which offers good support and durability
  • No-sew material integration is a stand-out feature of the New Balance shoes.

What We Didn’t Like:

  • It is expensive

Brook’S Women’S Addiction Walker Walking Shoes

Would you like to look bold, beautiful and stunning in a pair of shoes, yet comfortable? Then I recommend you consider Brooks Addiction shoe. It is 100% human-made shoe which greatly assists with sciatica. Wherever it is you want to go, whichever terrain your heart leads you, this shoe is also ready to lead your two feet there, wherever, and whenever. This shoe offers maximum cushioning and a long-lasting support system. The human-made materials in this shoe eliminate overheating, stuffiness and rigidity.
Brooks Addict shoe gives you an immeasurable comfort you can never get from ordinary shoes. No matter the current level of soreness, this shoe eliminates all pains, controls over-pronation and makes you walk normally without developing abnormal gait patterns. It has breathable fabrics coupled with energy-returning Mogo midsoles. If you want to walk long distances without feeling the slightest of pains at your lower back or behind your legs, Brooks Addiction Walker is an incredible option. It also has a few more colour options than others.

What We Like:

  • An amazing over-pronation control
  • It is 100% human-made
  • Incredible energy-returning Mogo midsole
  • Fantastic pain relief in people with sciatica

What We Didn’t Like:

  • It is costly
  • It is not slip-resistant

Orthofeet Gramercy Black Men’S Oxford Shoes

What about if at your workplace, your boss has an issue with trainers? Perhaps, he so much believes in formal shoes as the only acceptable footwear for formal workplace. If you have sciatica, you might see this as a great problem. You don’t want to defy your boss, and also, you can’t deal with the pain resulting from sciatica. Instead of thinking about getting another job which might not be an easy decision, why not take your time to go through this. You might still retain your position as the oldest staff in that company, you know. I will be introducing you to Gramercy shoe. This shoe is formerly designed, and in black and brown colours. It is the ultimate tool for commanding respect and love. This shoe helps to achieve a secure fit with its soft rubber and natural lace. Inside it is a layer of foam padding. Deeper into it is a noteworthy Gramercy insole with antimicrobial treatment. Isn’t that amazing? This shoe’s design also enables it to serve as a proper foot arches’ support.
During the stance phase of walking, you land with the heel. This, we all know, takes most of the force and shock of the body during the walking cycle. This amounts to great pressure at the heel and could lead to pain. Gramercy shoe comes with EVA cushioned outsole, which reduces this pressure and also strengthens the heel with gel padding. Therefore, eliminating any sort of pain that might want to occur.

What We Like:

  • Heel pain support
  • Incredible depth design
  • The seam-free lining of the interior
  • Formerly adapted designs

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Limited colour options
  • Sole tends to open up after long use

Orthofeet Sprint Men’S Athletic Shoes

There is no limit to the functionality of this shoe. Apart from providing relief from pain due to sciatica, it also relieves pain from heel spurs, bunions, plus every other condition you can probably remember. Many people will already think this is an exaggeration, but before you make that conclusion, kindly give me a minute to tell you how exactly this shoe does all those as mentioned earlier. The Orthofeet Sprint shoe has very soft synthetic materials which do not rub on your skin either do these materials wear off themselves.
When you wear a shoe that is poorly ventilated, there is a high possibility of overheating, which enhances microbial growth. This, nobody needs to tell you is not good for the health of your feet. Orthofeet shoes do not give room for heat accumulation as the top fabric is densely meshed.
If you have sciatica, you don’t want anything that will add to the existing pain. You are looking for a way to eradicate the pain, and if not possible, at least, reduce the pain to the minimum. That is why Orthofeet shoe has unique biomechanics for people with sciatica and other conditions resulting in a painful foot. It has extra padding and seamless construction which helps to ensure a smooth walking and running session. Its anatomical arch support is wonderful. I can rightly say this shoe makes walking more fun and pain-free.

What We Like:

  • Stable leg alignment technology
  • High-quality Orthotic insoles
  • Light-weight pad
  • Inherent extra depth footpads
  • Wide range of use

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Upper tends to pull away from the sole

Asics Men’S Gel Nimbus 18 Running Shoe

Those who suffer from sciatica and even those who do not will prefer a pair of shoes they can comfortably use in running and exercising. A pair of shoes that exhibits high flexibility. ASICS is the shoe! This shoe has just everything you will need when running or exercising generally. It even has a fluid ride which exposes us to an amazing combination of rare and forefoot cushioning, and bounce back, resulting in overall stability, plus reduced weight in all dimensions. This shoe creates fluidity with each step as it helps with shock absorption and the outsole, which consists of a foamy material, helps to adjust to feet sizes. Thus, this shoe does not widen overtime.
You will agree with me that one of the best feelings in this world is that experienced in a fluid-fit system that hugs, retracts, and stretches the foot during movement. There is also a PGuard toe protector which affords the user protection and safety. The confidence this shoe affords is top-notched.

What We Like:

  • The upper is 100% synthetic
  • Safety from PGUARD toe protector
  • The shock absorption capacity of the rare-foot and fore-foot GEL cushioning system
  • It is a by-product of seamless material
  • Amazing fluid-fit step stretch

What We Didn’t Like:

  • Tends to wear out fast
  • Heel support might be rigid
  • Ankle support not so effective
  • The width often tends to be too narrow

Gravity Defyer Women’S G-Defy Mighty Walk

As we walk every day from one place to the other, we put a lot of pressure on our feet, particularly our heels. G-Defy shoes have an inbuilt, uniquely designed Versotech technology. This technology consists of a spring system at the sole of the shoes. This helps in the redistribution of shock as the shoe absorbs it during our everyday walking. The redistribution takes a lot of unnecessary pains off our sciatic nerve and hips, to other parts of the body. This leads to an overall free movement and negligible pain felt if any at all.
Apart from this technology, the G-Defy shoes also have the ability to exchange insoles which were constructed specially for your foot. This simply implies that you can customize your experience with this shoe to ensure that you attain a pain-free gait pattern, a comfortable long walk, with no low back pains, hip pains or leg pains.

What We Like:

  • It has removable insoles for a customized experience
  • Seamless interior design
  • VasoShock technology for shock redistribution
  • It has a front rocker sole

What We Didn’t Like:

  • The shoe is somewhat heavy
  • The shoe appears bulky

Skechers Performance Men’S Go

Have you ever wondered how it would feel walking on a cloud? Stop wondering, feel it, as Skechers shoes bring this experience right to you. There must be something about this shoe that makes it so acceptable by a lot of people. Well, the secret is not so much of a secret now that I’m about to tell you. Skechers shoe mesh at the upper side which allows your feet to get to breath, and as well, quickly get dry when wet. Nothing like sweating on your feet, and no smell comes when you remove the shoes.
The heel of this shoe is about 1.5 cm, this provides you with a spring anytime you are walking. This also assists in supporting and adequately balancing your body weight, thus relieving you of pain originating from sciatica. The inside, consist of the Goga pillar soles. No matter the weight exerted on the sole of this shoe, its Goga mat technology helps to cushion your feet, dispersing the exerted pressure. The sole rebound pretty quickly because it has embedded memory foam.
When you wear this shoe, it fits so perfectly as if it was perfectly custom. This is because of this foam padding which is especially thick around the heel. It is also slip-resistant, so you have nothing to worry. All in all, Skechers shoe is an extremely light shoe, comfortable for running and relieves foot pain, hip pain and sciatica. You can also watch the YouTube reviews of this shoe.

What We Like:

  • Breathing capacity of the shoe
  • Amazing custom fit
  • Natural comfort from its high rebounding, memory foam cushion.

What We Didn’t Like:

  • It tends to wear out after a long use
  • Sizes tend to be different on various designs

HOKA ONE ONE WOMEN’S VANQUISH 3 RUNNNG SHOE

HOKA offers a springy ride, a responsive walk with a comforting little push. That glorious, extra push that makes walking so effortless. Starting right from the design of this shoe, it is quite amazing. A colourful 3D runs across the top to meet the dual-layer midsole. The seamless top presents with breathable meshes which help in proper feet ventilation and temperature regulation. Your feet will never smell nor get messy. Is it cushioning? HOKA does not lag. This shoe helps to curb sciatica and other pains that could result from lower extremities’ deformities or conditions.
Additionally, this shoe has a Zonal 3D Puff print which provides extra breathability and support. The shoe offers comfort and reduces the risk of irritation and discomfort with its fitted padded Tongue which does not rub against the skin. The upper also has an advanced proprietary polyurethane formula, an Ortholite sock liner with recycled rubber content. This guarantees a combination of benefits not easily accessible in other insoles. The High Rebound Body EVA provides comfort and responsiveness while the High Cushion EVA Top Midsole provides additional comfort. Zonal Rubber Placement Outsole, which is the durable rubber used in making the outsole prevents the bottom of the shoe from wearing away easily.

What We Like:

  • Zonal 3D puff print
  • Upper mesh breathable design
  • Its cuteness
  • High rebound body EVA

What We Didn’t Like:

  • It is expensive

Conclusion

There are various brands in the shoe market, making very quality shoes that can help you reduce the pain you are going through. You can always count on the brands listed here for very high-quality shoes that is tailored to your foot’s needs. Now that you have seen lots of available options out there for you, you do not need to keep bearing the pains all along. These shoes’ designs help you to reduce if not completely eliminate sciatica.
When you want to buy these shoes, carefully go through this list and make sure you put your condition into consideration. What exactly is the problem, and which of these shoes will serve the purpose? It is also equally important that you put your circumstances into consideration. Where do you want to use this pair of shoes? Do you need a former shoe for office work? Do you want to exercise in them or just to have something on, when resting or taking a brief walk at home? All of these should contribute to your decision making.
The most important thing here is to make sure that whatever decision you make helps in relieving your pain, give you comfort, and affords you a great deal of confidence. With this list, you can enjoy the comfort you never thought existed.