The 16 Very Best Diabetic Shoes for Men & Women

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You know you have diabetes but are you still frustrated to find sore patches when you take off your shoes at the end of the day?

Diabetes affects so much of your life from the constant testing of your glucose levels to watching what you eat. The last thing you need is trouble with your feet too.

Getting the best shoes for diabetics will help to reduce foot problems that the condition can cause.

Don't forget that socks are important as well, providing protection for your skin. It does mean taking your foot size wearing the socks you choose to ensure you get the right measurements – especially important for you.

Our picks for the best diabetic shoes are coming right up but I urge you to check out some information on what makes a good diabetic shoe which comes after the reviews.

The table below gives a quick view of the shoes covered for men and women. Use the jump links in the table and the reviews to jump up and down the page quickly and easily. Blue links are for men, pink for women.


Navigation Tables & Quick Look (Men's – Unisex – Women's)


Best Diabetic Walking Shoes for Men


Best Diabetic Walking Shoes for Women

Drew Rose Mary Jane Shoe

Hush Puppies Womens Power Walker


Men's Diabetic Shoes

Best Men's Diabetic Walking Shoes

1. SAS Time Out

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Casual Walking Shoe
Use:General Walking
Sizing:6 – 15 Half Sizes to 13.5
Widths:Narrow – Extra Wide
Upper:Breathable Soft Leather
Cushion:Excellent
Toe Box:Deep & Roomy
Sole:Rubber
Insole:Removable & Anti-Bacterial
Rating:92%
Medicare:Medicare Approved

Overview

Shoe quality takes on particular importance for diabetics and I expand on this in the importance section below. SAS make very good quality shoes.

The many features that make this shoe suited for your feet are explored in the sections below.

Sound shoe design produces an excellent comfortable shoe that you can wear all day either in the office or casually. For men, the best sneakers for diabetics you will find.

Size & Fit

SAS shoes are made in the full range of sizes as shown in the table above.

The excellent width range from narrow to extra wide covers most of the population, so you should be able to find the perfect one to suit.

The shoe last is fairly square with a slightly narrowed heel designed to help keep your foot properly positioned. Good width across the midfoot and lots of room in the toe box for your toes.

The instep height is good, with a Derby style open throat at the front of the lacing area which gives better options to for you to adjust the shoe at the front of the instep.

Plenty of adjustability at the top of the lacing area too so that you can tighten or loosen to suit the height of your foot and secure the shoe well.

Insoles & Design

Styling looks great for a shoe with so much room. Excellent quality leather uppers are perforated to improve breathability and are quite soft compared to the norm.

The shoe is designed with special pressure absorbing pads under the heel, and the two front pads under the metatarsals (balls of your feet). These soak up and distribute pressures in these hot pressure spots.

The footbed is removable. The supplied footbed is very good though, adding a further layer of cushioning and designed to keep the foot drier.

It has an anti-slip covering which allows moisture to pass down into the footbed where it is wicked away. The footbed is also anti-bacterial and washable.

If you do wash it though you may be wise to spray it with an anti-bacterial shoe spray to top up protection.

Lacing & Cushioning

Adding to what I have said above, the lacing is secured to the shoe with small metal eyelets to all but the first and last positions.

This makes the laces run smoothly in the center section of the shoe where laces in most shoes get difficult to tension because of friction at the multiple eyelet holes.

Do you get frustrated wiggling about the laces in the middle to loosen them off one by one every time you want to put them off and then yank off the shoe without undoing the laces properly at the end of the day?

After a long day out at work or shopping or simply just walking around town, undoing those laces for me is just one level of hassle I just don't need.

These shoes solve that problem with the easy flow eyelets which is a great idea, at the same time as giving lots of foot shape adaptability.

Cushioning is simply excellent with high-quality padding built into the collar opening of the shoe.

Lots of padding to the tongue under the laces too to spread out the localized lacing pressures and protecting the skin on top of your instep. The tongue is fitted to the uppers with an elastic gore to stop it slipping around.

Wrap Up

The SAS Time Out is an exceptional shoe that is very comfortable even for all-day wear.

The prolific sizing availability, deep and roomy toe box, adaptable lacing and quality of construction all contribution to make this an excellent diabetic shoe for men.

The shoe is Medicare approved.

SAS Men's Time Out – Features of Interest

Good Things

Excellent Comfort

Anti-Bacterial Removable Insole

High Quality Materials

Easy Lacing for Fit

Roomy Foot Shape & Toe Box

Great Shoe

Not So Good Things

Ummmmm – Price?

They Don't Clean Themselves


Best Diabetic Limited Mobility Shoe for Men

2. Propet Pedwalker 3

23% savings
Propet Men's MPED3 Pedwalker 3 Oxford
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Diabetic Shoe
Use:General Walking
Sizing:7 – 15 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Medium – Extra Extra Wide
Upper:Nylon & Leather
Cushion:Very Good
Toe Box:Deep & Roomy
Sole:Rubber
Insole:2x Removable & Anti-Bacterial
Rating:92%
Medicare:Medicare A5500 Diabetic

Overview

The Propet Men's Pedwalker 3 is a shoe aimed squarely at people with foot problems and the diabetic shoe market.

The styling of the shoe, like many shoes of its type, a little unusual with its nylon stretchy uppers. However, styling is not ugly and function is more important than style if you have serious foot issues.

The shoe offers many benefits which are explored below.

Size & Fit

The Pedwalker has a large square last that makes for a bit of sure-footedness and provides lots of width in the midfoot as well as a good wide toe box.

The heel area of the sole is quite large and with the leather heel counter to position the heel it is important that you feel the shoe fits properly around the heel when you try it on.

There is quite a wide range of lengths available and width fittings that go very wide so you should not have problems with size.

The rubber sole is quite soft and gives pretty good grip but is less durable than some. Durability is the cost when softer materials are used but the benefits are more shock absorbing and a softer feel underfoot as pressures cannot build up.

The uppers are elasticated nylon which is seamless across the toes and sufficiently high to avoid rubbing most foot shapes.

Insoles & Design

Double insoles are a thing in some shoe makes and for diabetic shoes, this is a good idea because it allows replacement for specialized orthotics as well as the ability to increase the height of the shoe by removing one of the insoles should it fit a little tighter than optimal.

The sole is made of air infused rubber which gives a soft and cushioned experience underfoot and the elasticated uppers allow for some give. The downside to this is that the rubber is less durable and wears quite quickly.

However, the shoe is targeted at people with serious foot issues and thus limited mobility so taken overall the comfort benefits may outweigh the durability downside.

Internal rubbing is reduced by the thin mesh lining in the shoe and together with the insole height adjustability should avoid forefoot issues.

Breathability is only moderate from the tight weave nylon uppers.

Lacing & Cushioning

Cushioning is very good as already discussed and as a result of the soft airy rubber soles and double insoles.

There is plenty of cushioning around the shoe collar too (the part around the shoe opening).

The leather back to the shoe gives the heel stability which helps avoid blisters by reducing slippage and the associated rubbing.

The shoe is very adaptable courtesy of the hook and loop fastener and wide opening for the foot to enter, so getting the shoes on and off is made easy and you can quickly adjust the strap in the event of swelling.

However, hook and loop type fasteners are not as effective as laces so for people needing a diabetic shoe to walk any serious distance the Pedwalker is probably not the best choice.

The thing to keep in mind is that it is an excellent choice for people needing a shoe for short distance walking where their issues are serious and may limit the amount of walking that is feasible anyway.

Wrap Up

A great shoe for diabetics with limited mobility and serious foot issues.

Offering lots of room and plenty of cushioning with seamless non-rubbing uppers.

Durability concerns and better options available for diabetics who are relatively active though.

A specialist diabetic shoe.

Propet Pedwalker 3 Stretchable Shoes - MPED3

Propet Pedwalker 3 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Soft Cushioned Sole

Double Insoles for Adjustment

Flexible, Seamless Uppers

Mesh Lining

Adjustable Hook & Loop Fastener

Not So Good Things

Limited Durability of Sole

Styling a Little ‘Medical Purpose'


Best Diabetic Sandal for Men

3. Drew Dublin Sandal

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Diabetic Sandal
Use:General Walking
Sizing:7 – 16 Half Sizes to 12.5
Widths:Medium – Extra Extra Wide
Upper:Suede Leather
Cushion:Good
Toe Box:Spacious
Sole:Rubber
Insole:Removable Memory Foam
Rating:88%
Medicare:A5500 Diabetic

Overview

A lightweight semi-enclosed sandal with removable insoles and double depth in the toe box that is a great option for diabetic feet.

Lots of width and length fittings and orthotic ready which is rare in a sandal.

Loads of ventilation from the sandal design ensures that your feet stay dry and reduces microbial activity.

Size & Fit

This double depth sandal stands out because it is one of the only double depth sandals on the market.

Plenty of sizes for length as well as half sizes and a wide range of width fittings will ensure a good fit for almost everyone size-wise.

Sandals are by nature a more open type structure which is beneficial to a diabetic foot in that it allows more room for the toes to move and also has optimal breathability to reduce moisture and keep feet drier. Moist, humid conditions are optimal for bacteria growth so anything that reduces that is a benefit right?

The downside for most sandals is the lack of protection against banging the foot or toes where the sandal is open, especially at the front.

The other issue with sandals is rubbing caused by the looser fit that can occur if the materials touching the skin are rough. This is more commonly an issue with cheaper sandals.

Insoles & Design

The Dublin is designed with a flexible sole and a shock-absorbing, EVA foam footbed.

The EVA foam provides a soft base under the foot which improves comfort and dissipates forces – a good thing in a diabetic shoe.

A memory foam insole is provided on top of the main sole structure to provide a soft surface for the foot to bear down on.

Memory foam is a good solution but with the caveat that it becomes compressed and ultimately ceases to provide benefits quite quickly. I have written an article on memory foam shoes that gives more information.

The solution to this is to replace the insoles as soon as you notice a loss of support to your foot. You can push with your fingers to see if the memory foam is still springing back or seems to have lost all recovery.

The Dublin has removable insoles to enable you to easily replace those supplied.

Lacing & Cushioning

The shoe has no laces but uses a pair of Velcro™ straps to fasten down the upper onto the instep. That is the only way to adjust the fit as there are no adjustments at the rear or toe area of the sandal.

This means that you will need to ensure that the sandal fits at the heel and toes even more carefully to make sure that it does not slip and rub your foot as you walk.

That said, the internal surfaces of the shoe are lined with soft suede material that reduces the effects of rubbing and potential sores.

As you have seen above the underfoot cushioning is generally good.

Wrap Up

This sandal is a good candidate for your diabetic feet if you hate the restrictions and pressure from enclosed style shoes. It is also good for those who have feet that sweat a lot and that need the better breathability of a sandal.

There is some protection to the foot as the toe area is covered and the shoe is quite well made overall.

The ability to remove the insoles and replace them means you can extend the life of the shoe once the supplied ones reach the end of their useful life or if you need custom orthotics.

Drew Men's Dublin Sandal – Features of Interest

Good Things

Open Breathability with Toe Protection

Removable Memory Foam Insole

Good Soft Linings

Double Depth Sandal

Comfortable and Cushioned

Not So Good Things

Single Strap Design

Quite Expensive – Look for Discounts


Best Diabetic Hiking Boot for Men

4. Orthofeet Shreveport 

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Diabetic Hiking Shoe
Use:Light Hiking
Sizing:7 – 14 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Medium – Extra Wide
Upper:Nubuck Leather
Cushion:Good
Toe Box:Spacious
Sole:Rubber
Insole:Orthotic Insole provided
Rating:92%
Medicare:A5500 Diabetic

Overview

Walking exercise is one of the primary recommendations for people with diabetes and diabetic neuropathy. Walking encourages blood flow which helps keep small blood vessels deliver nutrients to the extremities of your body, particularly the feet.

So hiking is a great exercise if your problems are not severe, but you still need to take care of your feet and protect against rubbing and impact damage to the foot, especially the toes.

Orthofeet offers the Shreveport hiking shoe to give diabetics who prefer light hiking a specially designed shoe to help reduce foot issues.

Size & Fit

The Shreveport comes in a wide variety of lengths with half sizes and widths up to extra wide.

Adjusting the fit is mainly via the lacing system which is referred to below.

The shoe also comes with a heel positioning system which seats the heel more securely and thus minimizes slip which in turn reduces rubbing as well as helping to stop the foot moving forwards and squashing the toes against the end of the shoe.

The overall fit of the shoe for most people should not be an issue.

Insoles & Design

This shoe is designed for people with foot issues and incorporates quite a few important design features.

The heels have an air pocket functional shock-absorbing system that also cushions the heel on impact.

The sole is made to cushion the entire foot and is greatly helped by the removable insoles that provide both further cushions underfoot as well as decent support under the arches.

The insoles are of course removable allowing you to fit your own custom insoles if need be.

The soft, nubuck leather uppers are flexible and have ventilation panels to the sides as well as perforations to the top front of the shoe. These help to improve the breathability of the upper.

Orthofeet provides internal linings under the leather to ensure that rubbing is kept to a minimum which is an important benefit to consider.

Lacing & Cushioning

The lacing system is groundbreaking in that it allows the shoelaces to be tensioned for optimal fit and ‘undone' by pulling back on hook and loop fasteners which are provided either side.

The easiest way to explain this is to recommend you look at the short video at the end of the review.

The benefits of this to a person with diabetic feet that can swell, is that the upper section of the lacing opening can be widened by simply adjusting one of the fasteners without undoing the laces. Good idea Orthofeet!

Laces provide the best solution for adjusting the fit.

Cushioning from the sole and insoles is exceptional and there is plenty of cushioning around the collar of the shoe or shoe opening. This should help alleviate blisters at the back of the foot.

More cushioning is found under the tongue of the shoe to distribute any pressure coming from the laces.

So overall cushioning is excellent.

Wrap Up

If light hiking is your passion then the Orthofeet Shreveport is an excellent option for you to consider.

The shoe is designed for issues such as diabetic feet and provides plenty of room for toes to move.

Comfort, cushioning and fit are all at the top of the range and the extra little features make this shoe our pick for the best diabetic shoe for lightweight hiking.

Orthofeet's Orthotic Shoe Tie-less Lace System Demo

Orthofeet Shreveport – Features of Interest

Good Things

Specially Designed for Diabetics

Quality Leather Uppers

Good Comfort & Cushioning

Innovative Lacing Arrangement

Easy to Put On & Take Off

Good Protective Linings

Not So Good Things

Rubber Protection Can Need Resticking


Best Diabetic Work Boot for Men

5. Dr. Comfort Ranger

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Diabetic Hiking Mid boot
Use:Hiking
Sizing:6 – 15 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Medium – Extra Wide
Upper:Leather
Cushion:Good
Toe Box:Extra Depth
Sole:Rubber
Insole:Removable & Anti-Bacterial
Rating:92%
Medicare:Medicare Approved

Overview

The Dr. Comfort Ranger doubles up as a work boot for diabetics as well as a mid style diabetic hiking boot.

The boot is not waterproof so benefits from waterproof treatment if you will be using it in the wet. In any case, any leather shoe needs treatment for long life and suppleness.

It is extra-depth, so allowing extra room in the toe box for your toes to have wiggle room and a number of other features expanded on in the sections below.

Size & Fit

As depicted in the table above there is a wide range of width and length sizes available. the boot does run to extra wide and comes up true to size for most people.

The boot is a mid style so providing a little ankle support but not more than an average boot.

You should have little problem in finding a good fit unless you have an unusually wide foot.

Insoles & Design

The boot comes with an orthotic insole to give support to your foot arch and cushion underfoot. That insole is removable so you can replace it with your own orthotic should you wish and the extra depth in the boot facilitates that.

The uppers are made of good quality breathable leather with additional protection to the toe area to help reduce the chances of stubbing your toes.

The overall sturdy construction also lends itself to better than average protection to your feet all around as well as making the boot quite durable.

The heel area has a molded heel cup which allows the heel to sit better in the heel and thus provide substantially better foot positioning and reduce rub inducing slippage.

Lacing & Cushioning

The lacing system is fairly standard for a hiking boot except that the laces are elastic and no-tie. These bungee-style laces allow for easy lacing of the shoe and provide a little give to the lacing system generally.

The benefits of the bungee style lacing system are ease of use and a little flexibility to take up minor swelling issues of the foot over a long walk.

The disbenefit is a slightly looser fit of the shoe over conventional laces. Also, elastic laces do not tend to last as long as conventional laces but you can buy replacements.

The lace ends are covered with a hook and loop strap to enable them to keep things neat and add a second method of securing the boot at the top of the instep which is very useful to reduce possible slipping.

The boot is well cushioned to the underside of the foot with good orthotic type insoles which are removable and which provide good support to your arches.

An important addition is a seamless liner to the shoe which is another feature of particular interest to your diabetic foot as it significantly reduces rubbing.

The tongue of the boot also features padding to distribute forces from the lacing system and the boot collar is also well padded to protect the Achilles.

Wrap Up

An excellent diabetic hiking boot which doubles as a diabetic work boot (no steel toe cap though).

Not great in the wet and takes a while to dry but having many features specifically to counter issues that beset those of you with diabetic neuropathy or who are susceptible to sores.

Dr. Comfort Ranger – Features of Interest

Good Things

Seamless Linings

Good All Round Cushioning

Quality Leather Uppers

Elasticated Lacing System

Double Depth Roomy Toe Box

Not So Good Things

Not Great in the Wet


Best Diabetic Casual Shoe for Men

6. Dr. Comfort William X

Dr. Comfort Men's William-X
$139.00
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Casual & Work Shoe
Use:Work & Casual Wear
Sizing:6 – 15 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Medium – Extra Extra Wide
Upper:Leather
Cushion:Very Good
Toe Box:Extra Depth
Sole:Rubber
Insole:Removable with gel Pods
Rating:88%
Medicare:A5500 Diabetic

Overview

A casual shoe employing hook and loop strap fastener to allow for easy and immediate adjustment.

Good looking leather upper and styling that allows use in most semi-formal to casual environments.

Extra depth in the toe box and range of width fittings to reduce pressure on the foot by the shoe.

Size & Fit

Many sizes for length are available along with half sizes except for the longest shoes and there are also lots of width options up to extra extra wide. So finding a size to fit should not be an issue even if you need custom orthotics thanks to the double depth design.

The fit is not quite so customizable as a laced shoe can give as the tightening is all done via the hook and loop strap which pulls the sides together at the top of the instep.

There is a plus point to this design which is that it allows a rapid adjustment should your foot swell during the day or begin to feel too loose or tight. Simply pull and reseat the hook and loop strap and voila!

Insoles & Design

High-quality insoles are supplied with the William X which incorporate gel pods to provide plenty of cushioning and comfort. These are removable to allow for your own orthotics to be fitted.

The shoe comes with an insert that can be installed to adjust the height of the shoe and adjust for feet which differ in size between left and right.

The shoe is designed with an additional 1/4 inch depth over their normal extra depth William shoe to ensure enough room even if you have swollen or high volume feet and also makes sure that custom orthotics do not restrict the space inside the shoe too much.

In the front of the shoe has a rubber wrap which is part of the design to give a protective toe box that will reduce the risk of stubbing your feet.

The overall design produces a shoe that is designed with the foot issues that diabetes can cause squarely in mind and yet which hides that it is a therapeutic shoe.

Lacing & Cushioning

A hook and loop fastener is the means of securing the shoe to your foot which has the benefit of easy adjustability but loses the benefits of a more custom fit that laces provide.

This makes it especially important that you ensure the shoe fits reasonably well to around the instep and is not either to tight or loose in that area as there is no means to adjust fit there.

Cushioning is taken care of by the excellent insoles which incorporate gel pods to soak up the pressures from the impact and push-off stages of your gait and reduce the likelihood of pressure points or sores in those areas.

The shoe has plenty of cushioning to the collar of the shoe as well as within the tongue and has top quality leather uppers and linings which will all help reduce pressure and sores.

Wrap Up

Diabetic feet need diabetic shoes that provide extra depth for a number of reasons and this shoe ensures that.

With its classic design, it looks like any one of a number of regular casual shoes which you can feel confident to wear in a casual, work or formal occasion save for the most formal.

A really good option which we believe is the best diabetic shoe with a casually formal design.

Dr. Comfort William X – Features of Interest

Good Things

Double Depth Shoe

Casually Formal

Protective Toe Box

Flexible Quick Fit Adjustment

Quality Materials

Not So Good Things

Sole Not Very Grippy

Quite a Heavy Shoe


Best Diabetic Oxford Shoe for Men

7. Drew Walker II Oxford

Drew Shoe Men's Walker II Oxford
$120.00 - $190.00
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Casual Walking Shoe
Use:General Walking & Casual Wear
Sizing:8.5 – 16 Half Sizes to 13.5
Widths:Medium – Extra Extra Wide
Upper:Leather
Cushion:Good
Toe Box:Extra Depth
Sole:Rubber
Insole:Double Removable Insoles
Rating:84%
Medicare:A5500 Diabetic

Overview

An Oxford shoe with extra depth designed for walking.

The Drew Walker II Oxford has classic looks integrated with its therapeutic design producing a walking shoe that can be equally worn to work in more formal office environments.

Extra depth, adjustable fit and heel stabilizers are just some of the features that lend this shoe as a possible choice for you as a diabetic.

Size & Fit

Although the smallest feet are not catered for, the sizing does extend to the longer foot right up to size 16!

Lots of width fitting options too in this shoe which is already built on a fairly wide last make for no problems for most in getting the size to fit your feet.

Insoles & Design

Two pairs of insoles come with the Drew Walker II which is useful since you can fit either just one or both and by so doing adjust the height inside the shoe.

Alternatively, you can fit your own custom orthotics and the extra depth in the shoe provides enough room to allow this without cramping the foot.

An extended medial heel stabilizer, which is another name for a heel counter with longer sides, provides a lot of extra stability to the shoe and helps the heel avoid slippage. This is a worthy addition to a diabetic shoe.

What is a heel counter? It is a rigid material, commonly some form of plastic, that extends around the heel and part way down the side of the shoe and up towards the top of the heel finishing before any padding around the collar.

It is fixed to the sole of the shoe and thus stiffens the heel and makes the whole shoe more stable. In so doing it helps your heel stay better positioned and reduces foot slippage.

Also, a steel shank in the midsole provides even more stability in the form of torsional resistance which helps reduce pronation.

Lacing & Cushioning

The traditional laces provide a good means of adjusting instep fit which is a major contributor to avoiding slippage and rubbing from shoes that are too loose.

I have already discussed the double insoles which themselves provide quite a lot of cushioning.

In addition to this, the insoles provide good support under the heel from their dual density construction with stiffer material under the arch for support overlaid with cushioning for softness and better pressure distribution from the ground to your foot.

There is also plenty of cushioning around the collar of the shoe and to the tongue under the laces to distribute that lacing pressure more evenly

Wrap Up

If you are looking for a shoe that is a bit more formal in style then the Drew Walker II Oxford is a good candidate.

Although labeled as a walking shoe, the outsole tends to wear quickly on rough surfaces and it is really better as a shoe to be worn inside or for regular walking about rather than daily extensive exercise walking.

Drew Walker II – Features of Interest

Good Things

Good Fit From Lacing System

Double Insoles for Fit

Quality Materials

Comfortable Formal Diabetic Shoe

Good Stability for Overpronators

Added Depth & Widths

Not So Good Things

Outsole Wears Quickly Outside


Best Formal Diabetic Shoe for Men

8. Orthofeet Gramercy

Orthofeet 467 Men's
$135.95
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Formal or Casual Shoe
Use:Formal or Casual Wear
Sizing:7 – 14 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Medium – Extra Wide
Upper:Leather
Cushion:Very Good
Toe Box:Extra Deep
Sole:Rubber
Insole:Orthotic and Removable
Rating:90%
Medicare:A5500 Diabetic

Overview

Perhaps the best formal style diabetic shoe is this one from Orthofeet.

A shoe designed for diabetics from this specialist shoe company that provides extra depth and width in the toe box within a well-designed whole that looks smart without standing out from the crowd because it is a therapeutic shoe.

Lots of features to read about below.

Size & Fit

In the basic sizing, most foot lengths and widths are catered for although the very largest and longest feet will miss an extra extra wide width and the very longest shoe lengths.

This is a comfortable shoe designed for all day wear whether at work or around and about but equally suited to a casual night out or engagement.

Available in brown or black so not the greatest range of colors, but perfectly suited to the use type it targets.

Insoles & Design

Orthofeet makes orthotic insoles that they sell separately but which are included as the insoles for these shoes.

These premium orthotics have gel inserts at the heel and forefoot which really cut down the pressures in these high-risk areas and aside from that provide support under your arch and cushioning throughout the length of the shoe.

The shoe has a rubber sole that is fairly durable and bonded to quality leather uppers that look great with some nice detail stitching to the front of the shoe uppers.

The shoe is lined with a seam-free interior lining that avoids any lumps and bumps that might rub your skin.

Lacing & Cushioning

A traditional lacing system to this shoe provides you with the chance to better fit the shoe at the instep and so help reduce slippage.

There is plenty of cushioning to the collar and tongue as is the case with most of the shoes in our list.

The insoles and general shoe design make for a very comfortable mid-priced shoe that does the job.

Wrap Up

A good looking diabetic shoe to wear around the office or casually.

Good fitting features and a good seamless lining to greatly reduce rubbing risk and specially designed to bring relief to those who are suffering from diabetic neuropathy.

Orthofeet Gramercy – Features of Interest

Good Things

Good Looking Formal Diabetic Shoe

Double Depth Design

Range of Sizing Options

Good Classic Design

Cushioned and Comfortable

Not So Good Things

Can Squeak

Slippery on Smooth Wet Surfaces


Women's Diabetic Shoes

Best Diabetic Mary Jane for Women

9. Drew Rose Mary Jane

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Work & Casual Shoe
Use:Work or Casual Wear
Sizing:5 – 13 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Narrow – Extra Wide
Upper:Leather
Cushion:Good
Toe Box:Extra Depth
Sole:Polyurethane
Insole:Double Removable
Ratiing:87%
Medicare:A5500 Diabetic

A simple design in a wide range of colors that is classic and smart enough to wear at work or for casual engagements.

Double depth design which can be adjusted via orthotics or by fitting your own.

Size & Fit

You'll find a wide range of length and width fittings that should enable you to grab exactly the size you need.

The fit is roomy thanks to the double depth design that allows your toes plenty of room to wiggle about.

Insoles & Design

The Drew Rose Mary Jane is supplied with two sets of insoles. You can use these to adjust the fit of the shoe.

Fit just the main insole for slightly greater depth if you have a higher volume foot than most. Fit both insoles if you find the shoe too roomy and to give a slightly more snug fit.

Or you can take them both out and fit custom orthotics.

The shoe has a clean and simple design as you'd expect from a classic Mary Jane style shoe. The last is fairly square giving you good width across the midfoot too.

The rubber sole has a slight rocker bottom to augment a normal stride and there is a slight heel which gives a modicum of lift.

Good design in the linings which are soft and will not rub coupled with the extra depth design make this a great classic diabetic shoe for women.

The design is classy enough for any workplace and yet casual enough to wear out.

Lacing & Cushioning

No laces here but instead a Velcro™ strap that loops across the top of the instep to secure the shoe.

The downside to this is that the shoe has only one point where you can adjust the fit which means it is more susceptible to slipping.

For this reason, it is less suited to use types that involve a lot of walking but then the style of the shoe does not lend itself to exercise walking anyway.

Cushioning is good with the leather uppers fitted with a soft cushioned collar at the top which is an excellent design feature to reduce rubbing and the sores which rubbing produces.

The outsoles are polyurethane and have plenty of grip whilst the softer midsole provides shock absorbance and cushioning.

Working together, the midsoles and insoles provide a high level of cushioning and plenty of support for your arches.

Wrap Up

The Rose Mary Jane is an excellent choice for you if you are after a more formal type work and casual shoe.

The shoe has lots of features for feet suffering from poor blood flow. Perhaps one of the best shoes for diabetics with neuropathy and a great choice to have in your wardrobe.

The result of the coming together of all these features is one of the most comfortable therapeutic shoes on the market which is suited to all day wear – but not for walking miles and miles!

Drew Rose Mary Jane – Features of Interest

Good Things

Very Comfortable

Great Color Range

Comfortable Arch Support

▲Double Depth

Classic Design

Not So Good Things

Soles a Little Inflexible for Some


Best Diabetic Ankle Boot for Women

10. Orthofeet Milano

Orthofeet Women's Milano
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Ankle Boot
Use:Work or Casual Wear
Sizing:5 – 12 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Medium – Extra Wide
Upper:Leather
Cushion:Very Good
Toe Box:Extra Depth
Sole:Synthetic
Insole:Orthotic Removable
Ratiing:89%
Medicare:A5500 Diabetic

There aren't an awful lot of double depth ankle boots on the market so the Milano is a boon if you want that style but have diabetic neuroma or other issues affecting diabetic feet.

The toe box is spacious and roomy as is the upper part of the boot but there is less flexibility at the front end of the lacing area so be sure to check for a good fit there – see the section on lacing below.

Size & Fit

Plenty of sizing options to choose from but not including extra extra wide width fittings although the last is wider than usual.

The biggest issue with fit will be at the bottom of the instep.

Adjustable spacers are provided with the ankle boot to allow you to customize it to fit your particular foot shape.

Insoles & Design

With a rather stiff sole, this boot will not suit you if you are used to very flexible shoes. But plenty of users prefer a stiffer sole, especially in ankle boot style footwear.

There is plenty of arch support available for all but the highest arches, in which case you will likely run into instep height issues too.

The premium orthotic insole provides a very good platform for your foot and lots of cushioning making the boot very comfortable overall.

Heel and metatarsal pads in the orthotic help with force distribution making it easy on your feet and are specially designed for people with foot problems. The company makes and sells these premium insoles separately and is a company that specializes in therapeutic footwear including diabetic shoes and to wear with diabetic neuroma, so you can be confident of quality and suitability.

Lacing & Cushioning

Cushioning from the midsole is good with several features in the shoe to up the level of comfort including air sprung heels and lightweight soles that soften the step whilst adding a spring to it.

Although the ankle boot has leather uppers they have soft materials around the collar that protect the Achilles, ankle. and top of the instep.

The lacing design does have a flaw that will affect some which are that the section nearest the front of the foot is largely fixed by the design. Much greater adaptability is provided just above but the lowest part of your instep will need to fit properly.

Seam-free linings inside the ankle boot are another great addition which will reduce friction and rubbing and so ease pressure and sores.

Wrap Up

A cute looking ankle boot with suede detailing to the heel, toe cap, lacing area, and collar.

The benefits of double-depth and plenty of width fittings and a very comfortable feel as long as you are Ok with a slightly inflexible sole.

Orthofeet Milano – Features of Interest

Good Things

Excellent Orthotics with Support

Double Depth Toe Box

Sylish & Cute

Very Comfortable

Seam Free Linings

Not So Good Things

A Stiffer Sole


Best Diabetic Sneaker for Women

11. Orthofeet Joelle

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Sneaker Shoe
Use:Exercise or Casual Wear
Sizing:5 – 12 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Medium – Extra Wide
Upper:Stretchable Fabric
Cushion:Good
Toe Box:Extra Depth
Sole:Synthetic
Insole:Orthotic Removable
Ratiing:87%
Medicare:A5500 Diabetic

Orthofeet Joelle – a diabetic sneaker for walking exercise or casual wear with orthotic support from a company specializing in therapeutic shoes.

Sporting an athletic design the shoe lends itself to your daily constitutionals and simply casual wear.

Essentially a slip on diabetic sneaker with laces.

Size & Fit

Most lengths and widths are catered for unless you have an exceptionally long or wide foot.

The shoe does run slightly small so in this style order a half size bigger than normal.

The uppers are stretchy fabric and the shoe is intended to be used as a slip on.

Insoles & Design

Orthofeet makes and markets orthotic insoles, as well as shoes, and the Joelle comes with a set of their premium insoles.

These insoles have gel pads at the heel and offer full length cushioning for your foot as well as arch support to a good standard. They are anti-microbial and do a good job of wicking away moisture, keeping your foot drier and healthier.

The insoles are removable so you can replace them with custom orthotics if necessary.

Of particular mention are the seamless linings which reduce rubbing on your skin and are of particular importance in diabetic shoes.

Lacing & Cushioning

Apart from the insoles the foam midsoles also provide shock absorbance and soft cushioning to make the shoe cushioning good overall.

Air pockets in the heels give extra dampening under the heel and the dual density orthotic does the rest.

The lacing system is basically a bungee style set of laces which are more for show than effect. The main means of fastening is by the Velcro™ strap that enables a quick method of getting the shoes on and off.

Wrap Up

An athletic style shoe for diabetic feet which will cater for diabetic neuropathy too.

Plenty of room in the toe box and extra depth too.

Seamless linings and comfortable supportive insoles all add up to make this a contender for you if you prefer athletic styled footwear.

Orthofeet Joelle – Features of Interest

Good Things

Stretchy Fabric Type Uppers

Seamless Shoe Lining

Comfortable & Supportive

Athletic Styling

Therapeutic Diabetic Sneaker

Not So Good Things

Runs Small – Order Up 1/2 Size


Best Diabetic Walking Shoe for Women

12. Hush Puppies Power Walker

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Everyday Walking Shoe
Use:Work or Casual Wear
Sizing:5 – 12 Half Sizes to 9.5
Widths:Narrow – Extra Wide
Upper:Soft Leather
Cushion:Excellent
Toe Box:Extra Depth
Sole:Synthetic
Insole:Removable
Ratiing:88%
Medicare:

Not a therapeutic shoe per se but an extra depth shoe from Hush Puppies that is recommended by many women suffering from diabetes.

This casual semi-sporty womens diabetic shoe is soft and comfortable with excellent linings and comfort levels. read on to find out more.

Size & Fit

Hush Puppies are not made to fit the largest feet so sizing only runs to a 12. Width fittings cover a little wider range but, as with some other shoes in our list, only go up to extra wide but the shoes do come up wider in the last than most other manufacturers.

The Power Walker last is quite square shaped which makes it feel a relaxed fit.

The round shaped and slightly deeper toe box give lots of room in the shoe which is perfect for diabetic feet.

Insoles & Design

The insoles supplied are removable but are high-quality, offering plenty of support and high levels of cushioning under your foot.

DriMesh® lining and sock lining provides a seam-free excellent lining that wicks away moisture and helps reduce sores from rubbing.

Bounce­­® technology is the moniker given to Hush Puppies midsole foam which is similar to most other quality midsoles being quite soft, shock absorbing and springy. This gives a spring in your step and reduces and distributes pressure on the foot to avoid pressure points that can cause calluses and sores.

The soles give good traction and grip which keeps you safer on less than perfect surfaces.

Lacing & Cushioning

Apart from the midsole and insole cushioning to the undersides of your feet, there is also ample cushioning around the Achilles area, ankles and under the tongue of the shoe.

These shoes are remarkably comfortable and soft and need little break-in which is another plus for diabetic shoes.

The lacing system provides plenty of opportunity to tension and fit around the instep which can go a long way toward reducing slippage and rubbing, especially in conjunction with the special shoe lining.

Wrap Up

Hush Puppies are a company that makes consistently good quality shoes and are renowned for their comfort and fit.

These shoes meet those high standards with the special shoe linings, quality removable insoles, and lovely soft leather uppers.

All of these qualities make the Hush Puppies Power Walker amongst the best women's diabetic walking shoes.

Hush Puppies Power Walker – Features of Interest

Good Things

Reliable Brand

Top Quality Linings

Lovely Soft Leather Uppers

Practically No Break-in

Super Comfortable

Extra Depth

Not So Good Things

If More Support Needed Swap Out the Insoles


Best Diabetic Hiking Boot for Women

13. Dr, Comfort Vigor

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Hiking & Work Boot
Use:Hiking & Work
Sizing:4 – 12 Half Sizes to 10.5
Widths:Narrow – Extra Wide
Upper:Leather
Cushion:Good
Toe Box:Extra Depth
Sole:Rubber
Insole:Removable
Ratiing:89%
Medicare:A5500 Diabetic

Neither diabetic work boots nor diabetic hiking boots are very commonplace and so are quite hard to come across.

Dr. Comfort is a brand that makes therapeutic footwear to reduce foot pain and offers the Vigor for diabetics who want to hike or need a work boot that can protect their feet.

Extra width and depth and many other features set this diabetic boot apart from the crowd.

Size & Fit

A good set of sizing options from a very small 4 up to 12 and lots of half sizes. Widths ranging from narrow to extra wide will be wide enough for most people too.

This diabetic work boot is not available in extra wide and has a slightly narrow last in the midfoot so will probably not be wide enough for people with wider than normal feet at the midfoot or very very wide feet at the forefoot.

The shoes open up nice and wide to make them relatively easy to put on and take off and being designed as a therapeutic shoe there is plenty of depth and width in the toe box.

The boot has a toe cap to give a bit of extra protection to avoid stubbing your toes too.

Insoles & Design

The insoles are good quality providing plenty of cushioning to the foot and with gel inserts to the heels to take up any shocks from heel strike through your stride.

The design is suited to hiking, though not the most rugged type, or for work but not work that involves the risk of items dropping on your foot.

The toe cap is not metal nor is the boot protective enough for those dangerous environments even though the sole has good slip resistance.

Perfectly suited to casual wear too though or working on a shop floor etc.

The uppers come in good quality leather which has a seamless lining inside to reduce the risk of rubbing.

Lacing & Cushioning

The Dr. Comfort Vigor is provided with copious cushioning around the ankle and collar of the shoe and padding as well as a seamless lining internally to give as much cushion and protection as possible to the skin.

Coupled with the extra depth toe box and quality orthotics you also have the opportunity to whip out the supplied insoles and swap for custom ones if needed which are given plenty of fitting room.

The lacing is by means of elasticated bungee-style laces which are augmented with a velcro fastener which is the primary means of fastening.

Wrap Up

Precious few therapeutic work boots or hiking boots on the market but Dr. Comfort have a good diabetic hiking boot in the Vigor which comes well respected.

It doubles as a good diabetic work boot as well but only for less dangerous environments.

Dr. Comfort Vigor – Features of Interest

Good Things

Surprisingly Comfy Work Boot

Great Seamless Linings

Soft Leather Uppers

Extra Depth Toe Box

Good Orthotics

Good Grip

Not So Good Things

Soles Stiff (It's a Hiking Style Boot)


Best Diabetic Dress Shoe for Women

14. Dr. Comfort Paradise Mary Jane

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Dress & Smart Casual Shoe
Use:Work or Smart Casual Wear
Sizing:4 – 11 Half Sizes to 10.5
Widths:Narrow – Extra Wide
Upper:Leather
Cushion:Excellent
Toe Box:Extra Depth
Sole:Rubber
Insole:Removable
Ratiing:94%
Medicare:A5500 Diabetic

The selection of women's dress shoes that are made to tackle problems that diabetes can bring is not very attractive.

There must be some shoes that sacrifice design and style for function and some which can blend both because foot issues can be severe or mild depending.

The Dr. Comfort Paradise is a shoe in the middle. A smart looking shoe that looks like a regular shoe but with features to help your diabetic feet.

Size & Fit

Extremes in length and width are not catered for as length only runs up to 11 and widths to extra wide which will exclude a few people.

In the width, there is some comfort from the fact that the midfoot width is wider than normal thanks to the less contoured shoe profile shape.

If you have a wide midfoot relative to the widest part of your foot then it may be that an extra wide shoe will be wide enough. Many people do not understand that the width fittings reported in shoe sizing relate to the width of the shoe at the widest point which is usually diagonally across the balls of your feet.

If you often feel tightness in the middle of your foot and conclude the shoe width is not wide enough, it may be that the shoe shape is wrong rather than the width.

A shoe that is not wide enough at the forefoot will feel tight around your toes and at the side of your foot near the big toe. If you have tightness in the middle of your foot then it is the shoe shape that you need to focus on.

Insoles & Design

Removable foam cushioned insoles provide you with lots of cushion and gel pods to the heel and metatarsal area soak up impact forces in those high-pressure points.

The extra depth in the toe box allows for these insoles to be replaced with custom orthotics if you need those and there's plenty of room for your toes to move around.

The metatarsal pods help if you have diabetic neuropathy, reducing and distributing pressure even though you don't have much feeling in your toes.

The insoles are also quite supportive under your arches despite the extra soft cushioning they provide.

The shoe has a leather lining that is seamless except at the side of the heel area where extra cushioning is provided for heel protection.

Lacing & Cushioning

There are no laces with fastening being achieved via the classic Mary Jane strap across the instep. The strap is easily adjustable but obviously offers less flexibility than a laced style shoe.

That said the open instep styling avoids any pressure from the uppers except at the front of the foot which avoids rubbing in that area.

The front of the toe box has a slightly extended sole beyond the front of the upper which provides protection against stubbing your toes.

Wrap Up

The Paradise is one of the top rated most comfortable diabetic dress shoes for women on the market.

The classic design is adapted for the diabetic foot with extra depth, seamless linings, excellent materials and a superbly comfortable insole.

A great choice if you are looking for a smart casual style dress shoe.

Dr. Comfort Paradise Mary Jane – Features of Interest

Good Things

Classic Mary Jane Styling

Extra Depth Toe Box

High Quality Materials

Super Comfy Removable Insoles

Very Lightweight for All Day Wear

Not So Good Things

Extreme Sizes Not Available


Best Diabetic Athletic Shoe for Women

15. Orthofeet Verve

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Diabetic Athletic Shoe
Use:Casual and Walking Exercise
Sizing:5 – 12 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Medium – Extra Wide
Upper:Synthetic
Cushion:Very Good
Toe Box:Extra Depth
Sole:Rubber
Insole:Removable
Ratiing:84%
Medicare:A5500 Diabetic

Diabetic Athletic Shoes are few and far between but Orthofeet have you covered with the Verve so you can sing on your Bittersweet Symphony!

These extra depth, extra width diabetic athletic shoes are designed to solve the problems from poor circulation and diabetic neuropathy that affect your feet.

Casual sporty styling and lots of features which I go into below.

Size & Fit

A good range of lengths and widths available that will suit most people.

A relaxed profile with extra width across the midfoot to fit those with squarer shaped feet and special lacing system to make using the shoe so much easier.

The midsole has an Ergonomic Stride™ system which is their trademark for their particular foam midsoles which are soft to cushion the foot and responsive to give back energy as it springs back after compression.

You have to love all these trademarks for what are essentially similar materials and effects though I must admit that some are better than others. Orthofeet shoes are pretty good for a therapeutic shoe.

Insoles & Design

Orthofeet provides their specialist orthotic insoles with these shoes which offer better than usual comfort and good arch support. Gel inserts add another layer of shock absorbance to the shoe.

The design is fairly straightforward from a walking point of view for the most part with breathable uppers and soft foam midsole with a more durable outsole. The innovative features are in the lacing and shape of the shoe which I have already mentioned.

Lacing & Cushioning

Cushioning is as good as most shoes with the orthotic insole complimenting the foam midsole for cushion and shock absorbance.

Loads of padding and cushioning around the collar of the shoe and under the tongue to stop the laces pressurizing your instep

Lacing is more interesting from the point of view of a diabetic shoe.

The main lacing system looks fairly standard with the twist that it is quickly released by flipping open the hook and loop fasteners that secure the top lacing thread – check out the video below!

As well as this there is a handy strap which fits around the back of the shoe which you can use to tighten or loosen the heel fit of the shoe for a better fit.

Wrap Up

There are not many therapeutic trainers on the market that are designed as a specialist diabetic shoe. This is one of the best on the market in that sector.

The extra depth and width toe box coupled with a sensibly shaped last and lots of padding and cushioning provides the room and softness you need.

Orthofeet's Orthotic Shoe Tie-less Lace System Demo

Orthofeet Verve – Features of Interest

Good Things

Quick Release Easy Adjust Laces

Heel Adjustment

Extra Depth & Width Fore & Midfoot

Very Comfortable

Great Orthotic Removable Insoles

Not So Good Things

Just Not Quite Excellent


Best Diabetic Walking Shoe for Women

16. SAS Free Time

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Diabetic Walking Shoe
Use:Casual & Walking Exercise
Sizing:4 – 12 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Narrow – Extra Extra Wide
Upper:Top Quality Leather
Cushion:Excellent
Toe Box:Extra Depth
Sole:Synthetic
Insole:Excellent & Removable
Ratiing:96%
Medicare:Medicare Approved

When you eat your dinner do you save the best bits for last?

I do – it's only sensible really as it leaves your favorite taste on your tongue. So with the SAS Free Time which is the cream of the crop in women's diabetic walking shoes.

SAS makes excellent shoes, from excellent materials and with excellent designs.

If you want the best diabetic walking shoe this is it – an all day wonder in lots of colors that's as versatile as it is comfortable. For women, the best sneakers for diabetics you will find.

Size & Fit

From Narrow to Extra Extra Wide, and sizes and half sizes up to 12. If you can't find a fit you're in trouble.

These top of the range shoes from SAS are handcrafted and thoughtfully designed to be perhaps the most comfortable diabetic walking shoes you can buy.

If you decide on these then when they arrive please check for sizing. It is important as they are an investment for your wardrobe that will last years with the proper care.

Put on the socks you'll likely wear, open up the laces and slide them on.

They should fit gently but snugly across the balls of your feet, the widest part, but at the same time allow your toes a little wiggle room. They should not feet tight across your midfoot (and likely will not because of the last shape) and your heel should fit quite snug and certainly not slip as you walk.

If you have all that you have won the lottery because these shoes will likely be one of your best friends for quite a while.

Insoles & Design

The insoles of these shoes are top quality providing excellent cushioning throughout the length of the shoe. The CoolStep™ removable footbed (insoles) is designed to keep the foot dry by wicking away moisture which is important to reduce bacterial action.

To really zap those microbes the insoles are also treated with an anti-bacterial agent. Not only that you can wash them too!

But the real beauty of these shoes is the excellent linings that protect the foot all around. Wrapped around the toe and stitched in to give a soft inner surface that protects all of your foot.

The heel has a rigid heel counter enclosed within the soft leather that helps stabilize the shoe and position the heel.

Lacing & Cushioning

Underneath the insoles, in the cushioned midsole are shock absorbing pads beneath the heel and the large and small balls of your feet. These up the comfort level another notch.

Lots of cushioning all around this shoe and within the quality leather uppers around the shoe collar and heel with additional padding inside to ensure rubbing is minimized.

Underneath the laces, there is a well-cushioned tongue that spreads out the pressure from those laces to ensure no hot pressure points hit your instep skin.

The tongue is not much good if it slips around as you walk so on this shoe the tongue is stitched in with elastic gore to hold it gently in position.

And what about the laces. A great lacing system extending down to the front of the instep and up to the top of the shoe. With metal loop eyelets the laces slide easily and thus create an equal tension and make it easier to get the shoes on and off.

Wrap Up

This may seem a rather all positive review but that is because these are the best of the best diabetic walking shoes. Excellent in every way.

Obviously, no shoe can be perfect for every single person but these will be a really good buy for the vast majority and I hope you have the confidence to give them a try because I think you will be amazed.

SAS Free Time – Features of Interest

Good Things

Top Quality Manufacturer

Top Quality Materials

Super Super Comfortable

Excellent Shoe Linings Throughout

Well Cushioned

Removable Insoles

Not So Good Things

Maybe You Can't Afford Them


What are diabetic shoes?

Diabetic shoes have features that can reduce foot problems that people with diabetes can be prone to. They typically have wider and deeper toe boxes than normal shoes, a closed end to protect toes, and a good lacing system for fit. Good cushioning and materials that will not rub are also essential.

To understand what makes a good diabetic shoe we must first have, at least a cursory, understanding of the disease and the problems it can cause in the feet.

A quick overview of Diabetes

There are two major types of diabetes aptly named Type 1 and Type 2. There are a few other less common types which you can read more about here.

“An estimated 30.3 million people in the United States, or 9.4 percent of the population, have diabetes. About one in four people with diabetes don’t know they have the disease. An estimated 84.1 million Americans aged 18 years or older have prediabetes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

 

That's nearly 10% with diabetes and nearly 30% more on their way to developing it!

The difference between Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes is in the way that sugar in the form of glucose is managed and distributed to cells. Glucose interacts with the insulin to enable access to the cell where it is needed for the cell to be healthy, grow, function and repair itself.

Type 1 diabetics produce insufficient insulin which means adding replacement insulin, usually by injection.

Type 2 diabetics usually produce insulin but it is not effective. One way this occurs is because the glucose does not attach to the insulin.

Image of possible diabetes complications
Some Complications From Diabetes

The other way is through insulin resistance which can gradually come about through many factors, one of these is a connection with being overweight or sedentary.

This is why diabetics need to exercise and walking is one of the best exercises you can do for free. It helps get the blood moving and can help reduce weight too if done regularly.

Cells need glucose to function and repair and become unhealthy if they do not get enough and as a result, their ability to repair themselves becomes greatly less.

If you want to learn more there is up to date expert information on these U.S. Department of Health – National Institute of Diabetes pages.

There are many ramifications of diabetes, some of which you can see in the image, but in this article, we are mainly concerned with feet and footwear.

What is a diabetic foot and what causes it?

As explained above you have seen that diabetes reduces the ability of cells to heal themselves. This process can cause nerve damage in the foot and other parts of the body

In the foot, this called peripheral neuropathy – peripheral as it affects the peripheral parts of the body such as the hands, feet but also in other parts of the body.

The damage to the nerves can cause pain of various intensities from a feeling of walking on pebbles to intense pain making walking unbearable or it can cause numbness. One extreme to the other so to speak.

The problem with pain is obvious and can be helped with shoes that have good cushioning.

The problem with numbness is that you just may not be aware of the damage being caused to your feet.

Another issue is that diabetes can restrict blood flow through small blood vessels. That is another problem walking exercise can help reduce by promoting blood flow through the feet and arms and more.

You could even take up Nordic Walking or Beach Walking to up the calorie burn and increase your exercise intensity easily and without overexertion.

And finally, there is the swelling. The lack of circulation often causes the foot to swell which obviously is a problem for footwear. On the one hand, you have to get a good fit that is not too tight and not too loose to avoid construction and slipping. On the other hand, if your foot swells up, well fitting shoes will suddenly become tight and constrictive.

How do you overcome this dilemma?

Let me explain…..

Useful Features of the Diabetic Shoe

Shoe Fitting

The first and most important feature is that the shoe has to fit your foot in a way that promotes good positioning and reduces slippage.

Obviously getting the right length and width is important but let's not forget that the foot is three dimensional and so instep height is also important.

It may be that as high as  80% of people actually wear the wrong shoe size. Either too long, too short, too narrow, too wide, too low at the instep or too high!

This is a serious issue if you are diabetic so it is incredibly important that you measure your feet to ensure you are getting the right size as a starting point.

In order to reduce the risk of rubbing injuries like blisters and sores or calluses, diabetics need shoes that provide protection against or at least mitigate the risk of sores and blisters.

It is important because of the much longer times to heal, especially in the bacterial, sweaty environment of a shoe.

These sores can be caused by soft tissue rubbing against the materials where a shoe is badly fitting or too tight or because the foot is slipping about in a shoe is too loose.

Sores can also be caused if the footbed is badly cushioned allowing pressure hot spots on the foot which turn into sores or calluses.

A further cause can be the uppers being too restrictive and low or having internal seams and protrusions that can easily rub the soft tissue which is already compromised by your diabetes.

Lastly, it is important to remember that the foot swells ordinarily during the day and that socks are an essential guard against rubbing.

So you should always try on shoes in the late afternoon and whilst wearing socks of the type that you would ordinarily wear.

Toe Box Width and Height

One of the most common areas that sores can appear on a diabetic foot is in the toe box area.

If the toe box is too narrow then the feet will rub against the upper materials which will eventually cause sores. If you have diabetic neuropathy too then you won't even realize it is happening because of the numbness, which is why you need to examine your feet and take special care every day.

Similarly, if the toe box is too low inside then the tops of the toes will rub and get sore.

You also need to take steps to ensure that if your foot swells up, the toe box area has room to accommodate the swollen foot.

For all these reasons the toe box on diabetic shoes is made wide and roomy in the height too.

The Importance of the Footbed in a Diabetic Shoe

Another problem area is the footbed. Your foot has to absorb significant shocks through walking and supporting your body weight.

Your body weight is supported at the heel, where the shock impact is high and then passes to the foot arch midstride and the passed on again to the forefoot.

The shock of the heel strike and the rapid loading of force from your weight has a tendency for the heel to rotate inward and potentially slip.

The pressure of pushing off at the forefoot is also significant as your toes propel you forward.

So it is hardly surprising that blisters are common at the heel and calluses and pressure sores common at the forefoot for the diabetic foot. The soft tissue is already sub-par because of the poor blood flow and cell efficiency and so is much more susceptible to damage.

Not only is there that issue but your foot sweats like the rest of you creating a humid atmosphere perfect for microbes to live and breed and infect your sore, badly healing skin.

A good footbed will have moisture wicking properties that can expel some of the humidity build up and aerate the shoe to reduce this issue. Some insoles are also treated to reduce microbial action which provides an altogether healthier atmosphere for your foot.

Not only that but the insole can provide and augment cushioning from the main sole of the shoe, mostly from the midsole materials which reduce and distribute pressures and help reduce calluses and pressure sores in these sensitive areas.

Diabetic Shoe Materials and Especially the Uppers

It is probably no surprise that a diabetic shoe will benefit from being constructed in premium materials and with the best possible design.

The uppers need to provide protection from stubbing your toes whilst also allowing as much breathability to ventilate the shoe and allow moisture to escape.

The design of the shoe should avoid seams in the materials in the key places where rubbing can occur and should be cushioned with the best materials throughout with attention to the stitching methods and locations.

From the point of view of design, it is important to enable the shoe to be fitted securely to the foot whilst allowing some freedom for the toes to move around and for the foot to expand.

For these reasons slip-on shoes are a poor partner and lace-up shoes with a good lacing system design is important. This can allow the shoe to be loosened or tightened as if the foot swells.

The design of the sole and shoe generally is a significant factor for diabetic shoes. A decent sole will play a large part in distributing pressure loads and reducing pressure hotspots will reduce shock from walking and can help with the foot environment through ventilation and cushioning.

So the takeaway here is to buy shoes of the best quality available.

Aside from the benefits above, quality shoes will last longer meaning you will not have the discomfort of wearing in new shoes so often.

Why Diabetic Shoes are Important

To control blood sugar levels through various exercises and diet, one should consider regular walking. Performing all sorts of exercises while having diabetes may not be the best option for all individuals.

Based on studies and physician recommendations, walking is one of the safest exercises to control blood sugar. A diabetic person should also take extra care of his foot health because of the possible risk associated with this condition.

Therefore, choosing the right walking shoe is essential. With so many choices of footwear available, it can be sometimes difficult to make the right choice.

In this article, a list of the best walking shoes for diabetic individuals. Because foot problems are a common concern among diabetics, wearing the correct shoe is the key.

Foot injuries can take a long time to heal because diabetes makes the healing process longer. To reduce the risk of foot injury, select from any of these highly recommended diabetic walking sneakers.

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