Diabetic Shoes

By BreC Latest Reply 2014-12-28 07:57:19 -0600
Started 2014-12-16 13:15:46 -0600

I have a pair of diabetic shoes that I have worn for a couple of years. I plan on getting new ones after the first of the year. When I first got mine, my feet did hurt for a short while but eventually I got them broken in and really like them. I choose the tennis shoes. I am thinking about a different style. If I get boots they would be great for the winter weather but too warm for the spring and summer months. With my insurance I am allowed 1 pair a year and I don't want to make a wrong choice. I have to get a prescription to get them. Do any of you wear diabetic shoes and what is your over all opinion of them.


15 replies

NewSong53 2014-12-17 06:29:37 -0600 Report

I buy S.A.S. leather shoes. They are about $100 at the store (they do a great job of fitting your feet — after I know my size I can buy online). These days I really have to economize, so I buy the same shoes on eBay with minimal wear, used. I look for those that have photos of the entire shoe — the back and sides (so I can see if they're run down or worn on the back). They are usually like new and I pay less than $30, not including shipping and tax, if any.

GabbyPA 2014-12-17 05:31:44 -0600 Report

I have never tried them. I use crocks most of the time and sketchers. They seem to offer me what I need. Any shoe makes my feet ache if I wear them long enough. I don't have insurance...what do they cost?

BreC 2014-12-17 08:11:06 -0600 Report

Gabby, my first pair are Dr Comfort. They were over $300 but after my insurance was applied I paid $65. That was when we had BCBS insurance. Now we have Cigna and I don't know what the out of pocket cost will be.

GabbyPA 2014-12-17 11:38:59 -0600 Report

$300.00 is a bunch of money. A month of groceries...so I guess I will stick to my crocks.

BreC 2014-12-22 18:02:14 -0600 Report

I am very hesitant to spent more than $30.00 for a pair of shoes so spending the $65 was huge for me. I finally found a pair of boots I like that were marked down from $29.99 to $19.99. They are flat heel and easy for me to wear.

jayabee52 2014-12-16 21:07:55 -0600 Report

Howdy Bre
I have Diabetes shoes that I bought in 2009 at a Good Feet srore in SF bay area CA. I really love them and they are super durable. Hardly seems to be any wear on them. They have been comfortable from the first time I tried them on. They definitely are expensive but my insurance paid for most of them. Only had a $30. co pay. Sorry, it was so long ago I don't remember the brand name for the diabetes shoes..

I do have another pair of shoes which are white sneakers I do trade off occasionally but I like mine just fine.

In fact my wife at the time liked the service I got so much that she said she was thinking of getting her a pair. It didn't take much to convince her and she bought some also. She had a bad fit with orthotic shoes so there was a little resistence there. She loved her shoes too!

Christmas blessings to all!

correctionsnurse1 2014-12-16 17:58:00 -0600 Report

I am on my second pair and choose sneakers. I wish insurance would allow a pair for casual wear and one for special occasions, but wishful thinking I guess. My feet swell frequently, so I bought a pair of slipper boots that are pretty cute :-) No support, but… Good luck!

RosalieM 2014-12-16 16:27:36 -0600 Report

Hi Brec,
Diabetic shoes are just shoes that don't rub on any part of your foot. They are way over priced. If you buy shoes or boots that have plenty of room in the toes. they will be every bit as good as "diabetic" shoes. I have several pair that are not diabetic shoes and they are fine. Try on some on that are the wider width.
They will afford you the toe room you need for way less the money.
Grandma Rose

vensa 2014-12-16 22:27:07 -0600 Report

I agree. A wider and one size bigger shoe would be ideal. I learnt it the hard way. My golf shoes at one time was a bit tight and restricted the circulation of blood. I bought a tight fitting golf shoe so that it would help with golf swing. But after a round of golf my toes would hurt and one of the toe nails turned black and became brittle. I discontinued using those shoes and it took couple of months for new healthy toenails to grow fully.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-16 16:07:12 -0600 Report

I have 2 pair of diabetic shoes, and getting my third pair in January. I have a pair of tennis shoes and a pair of semi dress shoes (mary jane style).. I have a cheap pair of boots, I only wear my boots to go out and shovel off the car, and in really bad snow storms, so I figured it wasn't worth it to waste my prescription on boots. I just thought I'd stay with good sturdy shoes that i could change out of my cheap boots and into my shoes in the car or when I arrived wherever I was going. I personally would rather have 2 pair of shoes than one pair of boots, but that is just my opinion, and I live in New Hampshire where we get a lot of snow and ice. Good Luck, HUGS, Heidi

BreC 2014-12-16 16:14:27 -0600 Report

I looked at the Mary Jane style when I got my first pair of tennis shoes. I can't wear anything that has much of a heal because I am considered high risk for falls. Maybe I will revisit the Mary Janes