Best Footwear For Diabetics?

By BarryE Latest Reply 2015-07-07 18:15:01 -0500
Started 2008-06-30 02:26:37 -0500

Like alot of others, I'm on my feet all day at work. I'm usually in constant motion and doing alot of lifting, and my feet have been really sore lately after work. I wear Skechers and they used to be comfortable but now it seems like they are making the issue worse.

What would be the best choice in a sneaker or work shoe for a diabetic?

10 replies

nursepat1 2011-07-18 19:06:48 -0500 Report

You need to look for shoes with super support that also have a wide toe box to prevent damage to the toes. There are diabetic socks that are made to be non-constricting. If you have weight issues you may want to try light compression socks to keep the fluid from pooling in your legs and feet. These are the things that have helped me.

DonnaAnn 2008-07-17 03:20:18 -0500 Report

One important feature that i found in foot care, is not only the shoe that you purchase, but the socks you were. there are socks made just for diabetics that have seams. i am on my feet all day, which for me means my feet swell by mid day. I try to keep my socks on the thin side, not heavy, so when my feet swell, they can still have room.
To help keep my shoes dry from sweat, i put foot powder in them at night to absorb the sweat. Many people can not have a lot of powder in their shoes, so simply dump the excess powder in a baggie and use it again the next night. The residue in the shoe will be just enough to keep the sweating down a bit. dont forget, arch support in shoes are very important.

butterfly_8 2008-07-17 03:10:15 -0500 Report

If it is at all possible ,try to get a shoe especially made for dibetics.It is advisable to get at least one pair. It may be a little expensive if you do not have insurance. Your Doctor will write you a pescription and advise you where to go. The best thing is to do is discuss it with your see if they are needed.

kdroberts 2008-07-02 14:43:32 -0500 Report

Best advice I could give is go to at least one specialist store with trained staff. Get measured, talk to them about what you need and try a bunch on. Take advantage of the return policies by wearing them around the house for extended periods of time so you really get a feel for the shoe. Most importantly, go for a shoe that fits your needs. Recommending a specific shoe is really an impossible thing to do online, it's something that needs to be evaluated in person on a case by case basis.

Some good regular shoe brands I like are Ecco (my favorite brand for cofort), Josef Seibel, Born and Birkenstock. Most of the athletic companies make good shoes, but you need to find the type that fits the need, eg walking, running, cross, etc.

The perfect shoe isn't necessarily going to be the most expensive, however it probably wont be the cheapest. Shoes are important for anyone, don't make a quick choice.

Charish 2008-07-02 14:54:01 -0500 Report

thanks for that great advice. I'm in th eprocess of looking for a good athletic shoe right now and I need one that will give me great support and is made for walking. I will be sure to look for discuss my needs when I do make my final choice for shoe and I already know that it shouldn't be a quick choice.

Again thanks great advice.


nursepat1 2011-07-18 19:09:35 -0500 Report

I am overweight and have found the old stand-by Dr. Scholls has really good support in some nice looking athletic shoes.

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-02 15:43:14 -0500 Report

My husband is also on his feet most of the day. He used to wear Sketchers, but now wears Avirex. Anything would a good insole support is more comfortable. For women, my favorites are Merrell, Ecco, Keen and Chaco. They are a bit expensive but last for years. My favorite shoe website is

GabbyPA 2008-07-02 13:28:46 -0500 Report

Hey Barry,
Feet are so important. Here are some sties that have shoes just for folks like us. Of course they are more expensive than Wal-Mart, but your feet are worth it.
I have a pair of Crocs (real ones, not the knock-offs) that are a god-send. They are comfortable, supportive and let my feet breath. They don't look that fashionable, but somedays, I just don't care.

Check out these sites:

This is my favorite one, has the most selection

Medicare will pay for them and I don't know if your insurance will or not, but you might want to check.
Also, durable goods medical supply stores will have them too. And there you can get propperly fitted, which is very important too.

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