Where to get diabetic socks and shoes?

By Mandy1985 Latest Reply 2016-05-17 00:07:51 -0500
Started 2014-08-10 17:46:02 -0500

What diabetic shoe does a diabetic need to get? What shoes to stay away from?

What socks to get, being a diabetic, and have neuropathy? What socks to stay away from?

Tags: finances

15 replies

MrsCDogg 2014-08-18 15:49:12 -0500 Report

Unless you are having problems with your feet you don't really need diabetic shoes and socks. Just well fitting shoes and socks are all that is necessary.

tgmore 2014-08-13 15:59:07 -0500 Report

Don't forget dextran ,glucose solids, maltose, sucrose syrup, agave nectar. There are so many glucose and sugar substitutes. I am always reading Igredients on labels for the things I eat. I have changed many things lately.plus I watch carb count sugar count.

Rose67 2014-08-11 04:07:47 -0500 Report

I buy only one style from PJMinor. I have always been very hard fit into shoes. I have found crocs that are lined at cabelas. I am wide in the toes and narrow in heels with a high instep. I was a nightmare for my mom to find shoes to fit. Also to shoe clerks for I can be in a shoe department for half a day when I was younger. Now when I find a pair, I stay with it and buy 2 pairs in different colors if possible. Socks I buy anywhere, just look for looser style.

jayabee52 2014-08-11 03:05:16 -0500 Report

Howdy Mandy
As Gabby indicated there is no need for a shoe which is marketed to those of us who have diabetes. I bought my diabetes shoes at a place called Footsmart when living in the SF bay area in CA. and my co-pay was something like $300. That included the high tech pressure map measurement which produced a pair of insoles for those shoes (that was before I found out that most any shoe which fits snug with proper width and depth is just fine for PWDs.

I do buy "medipeds" socks for PWDs at Walmart because the elastic in the sock top is not as tight as with regular socks. With regular socks I would get compression lines.

I know that I had to give up my pointy toe cowboy boots because they didn't give my toes enough room. They were all jammed together worse than sardines.
I pray this has helped!


IronOre 2014-08-11 00:57:52 -0500 Report

I really don't know.
I have been type 1 for 39 years and have always bought just normal shoes and socks

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-08-10 22:08:41 -0500 Report

I buy men's diabetic socks in the Men's Department at Wal-Mart. I find them to be better cushioned than the women's because the men's are thicker. I only wear them when the weather is cold. I also wear regular socks and buy well cushioned tennis shoes.

I don't need special shoes nor the diabetic socks I just buy them because they are comfortable. Special shoes are going to be expensive because they have to be fitted and often ordered. My podiatrist told me I didn't need either the socks or the shoes.

GabbyPA 2014-08-10 19:46:12 -0500 Report

I don't have any special shoes or socks. However, I don't wear flip flops anymore and I generally have a closed toe shoe on. I have found Sketchers to be very comfortable along with Crocs and New Balance. I wear socks that have loos elastic in them. I still wear basic cotton socks, but have heard that a blend is better for wicking away the sweat.

Mandy1985 2014-08-10 20:47:48 -0500 Report

I have been told because of my neuropathy that I have to have special fitted diabetic shoes from the pharmacy but they are expensive. Also was told that diabetic socks is what I need to be wearing to help with circulation and the cushion they have for being a sock. Question is can I get help to afford both?

GabbyPA 2014-08-11 05:32:31 -0500 Report

Some insurance plans will cover the shoes. You may want to check on that.

teaky 2014-08-12 15:39:31 -0500 Report

Some diabetics need special shoes that have a wide toe box. Shoes should not be to tight, where it restricts blood flow. At least that is what my doctor told me.

GabbyPA 2014-08-13 18:36:35 -0500 Report

That is why I love Crocs. They are very generous in the toe and offer good cushion. I wear my Crocs out in about 8 months.

kimfing 2014-08-10 21:14:30 -0500 Report

I saw diabetic socks in sock section of walmart. Don't know about shoes

Mandy1985 2014-08-10 21:33:24 -0500 Report

Yes I've seen diabetic socks at Walmart too but for 2 pair they are $7. Wanting to know if I could get more and save some $?

kimfing 2014-08-10 22:08:31 -0500 Report

Not sure. Sometimes i do see them in clearance. I don't use them myself, especially in az summers lol :-)