Best Shoes To Wear After Knee Replacement Surgery for 2019

Some of the key features you should look for in your shoes after a TKR are:

  • Shoes that are well cushioned to absorb impact forces and reduce shock
  • Shoes that are supportive but custom insoles can improve this,
  • Shoes without too much heel to toe drop,
  • Shoes that are available in various width fittings as swelling is common, and
  • Shoes that have excellent traction to avoid slipping.

Last Reviewed on 22 January 2019 - Content Additions for 2019 & All New Reviews

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The Best Walking Shoes After TKR for Men & Women in 2019 Are:

Brooks Adrenaline GTS19, Propet Wash N Wear Slip on II, ASICS Cumulus, Z-Coil Shoes

If you want to learn more about why I have chosen these shoes, about TKR Surgery and why you need new shoes afterwards that may be different to those you bought before TKR then skip past the reviews using the blue button directly below.


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Best Walking Shoes for After TKR in 2019


Brooks Adrenaline GTS19

Brooks Men's Adrenaline GTS 19
$130.00 (USD)
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Pros

  • High Cushioned Shoe
  • Spacious Toe Box
  • Lots of Width Fittings
  • Guiderail System
  • Very Comfortable
  • Removable Insole

Cons

  • Lace Up

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Propet Wash N Wear 3851 Slip-On

Propet Men's M3851 Wash & Wear
$84.95 (USD)
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Pros

  • Cushioned Orthotic
  • Spacious Toe Box
  • Lightweight
  • Removable Insoles
  • Semi-Formal Styling
  • Easy On / Off Slip-On
  • Rubber Sole


Cons

  • Support or Cushioning May Need Upgrading According to Your Specific Circumstances

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ASIC S GEL-Cumulus

ASICS Women's Gel-Cumulus 20 Shoe
$119.95 (USD)
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Asics Shoes
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Pros

  • Supportive
  • Lightweight
  • Decent Cushioning
  • Removable Insoles
  • Nice & Stable
  • Breathable Uppers
  • Lots of Width Fittings

Cons

  • Toe Box a Little Skinny
  • Order Wider
  • Use Custom Orthotics If Necessary

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Z-Coil Freedom Tennis Shoe

Z-CoiL Men's Freedom
$279.95 (USD)
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Pros

  • Super Shock Absorbent
  • Supportive Orthotic
  • Sprung System to Absorb Impact Forces
  • Well Cushioned
  • Rubber Anti-Slip Sole
  • Leather & Mesh Uppers
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Order size larger
  • Not for Everyone
  • Shoe Specifically for Shock Attenuation
  • Ugly

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So, you’ve decided to take the step towards a painless life and undergo a full knee replacement surgery. As someone whose partner had the surgery before, I can tell you that you’re making an excellent decision.

After it’s all said and done, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner in the first place. However, there’s more to the recovery from a knee replacement surgery than just rest.

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The Surgery

Stairs are hard on the knees

Knee replacements are usually required when the knee joint has become severely degraded.

Essentially, there’s a cushion between the bones of your knee (see here for more info), and once that cushion is eaten away over time – either through injury, arthritis, or something else – you start to feel the pain of bone basically rubbing on bone.

That’s a lot of pain. The surgery’s goal is to replace that deteriorated joint with a fabricated joint piece.

As you might imagine, there’s a bit of recovery time after the surgery has been performed. While knee surgery has vastly improved over the years, you’ll still need to take some time off to recover at home.

Physical therapy is required, too. You’ll also want to consider an often looked-over concept: What Shoes to wear.

Shoes and Recovery Time

A pair of shoes whilst seated

One of the key problems you may face after a surgery is tenderness in your leg. 

Walking is a recommended exercise to keep your new knee from locking up and remaining flexible.

There is no argument that walking is a much preferred exercise to running because the forces on your legs are much less. 

Running has you legs dealing with forces up to eight times more than standing still, whilst walking is more like a maximum of three times the force - much less yet still providing excellent exercise to keep knee function improvement as you recover from TKR.

However, if you wear the wrong pair of shoes, you might end causing yourself more pain than necessary.

You might even injure your knee again (see my article about good shoes for bad knees).

What Features do TKR Shoes Need?

Shoes that are well cushioned to reduce shock from the forces of walking

You will be looking for cushioned shoes because the main cause of pain will be from the jarring on your new knee as your heel hits the ground.  It is also helpful to give comfort through your stride and into the push off stage of the walking cycle.

Shoes that are stable but usually not motion control shoes

You want shoes that are stable, but this does not mean shoes that are inflexible such as motion control shoes. Motion control shoes are reinforced to stop longitudinal flexing to correct severe overpronation. You are looking to follow a neutral path so neutral shoes are better.

Shoes that are supportive to your foot arches

Shoes that support your foot arches are important to help distribute forces evenly while you get used to your new knee and a whole new way of walking properly that knee replacement surgery gives you.

Some brands do not have very good orthotics but other technology in the shoe is excellent. In these cases, where the supplied orthotics are not good enough, you can replace the stock insole with a better quality custom one. In fact in most cases this will bring you additional benefits.

Shoes without too much heel to toe drop

High heels are an ovbious no-no but even shoes with small heels are not recommended for at least 6 months after your op. Choose shoes with lower heels around 1 - 1.5 inches or 25-35 mm or lower. This ensures better balance which you need while you get used to the new way of walking.

Shoes that are available in various width fittings

Shoes that come in a range of width fittings are also important because you will be looking to order shoes that are wider than you wore before. You need wider shoes to allow for swelling that will likely occur in the afternoon or after you have been on your feet a while.

As well as that wider shoes allow room for orthotics which may be a great help to you.

The last thing you want are shoes that cramp your feet and constrain your toes. Remember that your toes perform a very important job in giving you balance.

Shoes that have excellent traction to avoid slipping

Perhaps the biggest danger to you as you recover is potential serious injury from falls. When your knee is still new, it has not reached its full strength. Add to that the fact that you have not yet become acclimatized to the new way you will be walking and you do not have complete balance.

This leads to an increased likelihood of stumbling because of balance and if you fall the danger of dislodging things. 

So you need shoes that will not make the situation worse because they have insufficient grip. 

Avoid flat soles and soles made from hard rubber with poor grip.

Post op, especially, can be a dangerous time if you slip and fall.

You’ll also want to consider shoes that are easier to put on your foot that doesn’t require a lot of bending. 

Slip-ons can serve you well here, or shoes that open wide so you are not trying to wriggle them on.

In addition, because swelling sometimes occurs during recovery time after TKR, you may want to select a shoe that is wide enough to provide comfort during any swelling periods you might have.

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Best Shoes To Wear After Knee Replacement Surgery for 2019
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