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Which are the Best Shoes for Diabetics


It is common for people with diabetes, especially those who have struggled to manage the condition at various points in their life, to develop circulatory-related complications. One common issue is ‘peripheral neuropathy, which causes nerve damage in the extremities.

Damaged nerves in the feet can be problematic because they can lead to secondary infections, ulcers, and other problems. Their feet go numb, they do not notice cuts or ulcers, and they can have serious inflammation, infections, and even the need to amputate their feet.

For this reason, people with diabetes need to take good care of their feet. They should clean them regularly, wear good shoes, and see a podiatrist if they ever notice that they have burning, tingling, prickling, or impaired sensation in their feet.

Shoes for Women with Diabetes

The SAS Free Time shoes are smart shoes aimed at people with diabetes and those with foot deformities.  They are simple and are designed with comfort in mind, with a removable area for an insole insert.

They have leather uppers and a durable sole and lace up easily. The tripod cushions ensure that your feet are always supported, and the padded tongue provides optimal comfort for the whole foot.

Unfortunately, these are not the most stylish of shoes; however, they are the best shoes for diabetic women when it comes to comfort. If you work in an office and wear long trousers that would cover a lot of the upper of the shoe, then these may be the ideal choice.

However, the Mary Jane shoes look far nicer while offering a good fit. What makes the SAS Free Time shoes stand out are the washable, removable insoles and the generous sizing, which can be significant for people who have feet that have swollen a lot. Many of these shoes are unisex, so male diabetics might find them useful.

Comfort Flute Diabetic Mary Jane Shoes

These shoes are ideal for both casual wear and office wear. They are smart but comfortable, and they do not look like a shoe aimed at people with diabetes. The sole and the upper are designed to move with the foot while still offering support, making them comfortable and healthy.

They will not chafe, rub or constrict your circulation, and support the foot in all areas that need support. These shoes are well worth the price if you want comfort and style. As with other shoes, you can add extra insoles to provide more support if required.

New Balance WW928v2 Walking Shoe

These shoes are designed for more ‘off-road’ wear and walking. They have good grips and cushioning and lace up securely.

They are highly supportive, and they will serve you well if you spend a lot of time on your feet. They are not explicitly aimed at diabetics, but they are an excellent option because they build quality, support, and fit.

When it comes to style points, New Balance is the clear winner. These are the superior choice for people whose feet are still relatively healthy and want to stay active and mobile. There are men’s versions of these shoes, which are a good choice.

These are more for casual wear, but if you choose dark colors, you may be able to get away with them in a smart casual situation. The comfort and health of your feet are far more important than appearances, so you may want to wear them regularly.

Finding a Good Supplier

Do not be tempted to buy shoes from a cheap discount store. Instead, get in touch with the Pediatric Footcare Association, and know what professional shoe fitters and podiatrists there are in your area.

You should be able to find a company that sells diabetes-friendly shoes – which are wider and offer better cushioning and more support than traditional shoes.

The good news is that there are plenty of designs to choose from. While some shoes aimed at people with diabetes are big and annoying looking, if you don’t have incredibly specialist needs, you should be able to find some sleek designs, including slip-on, lace-ups, Mary Jane shoes, and ankle boots.

Brands to Look Out For – the Best Shoes for Diabetic Women

There are a lot of major brands that make high-quality shoes for people with diabetes. Some of the best-known include Drew, Aetrex, Dr. Comfort, Propét, OrthoFeed, Ped-Lite, and Mt. Emey shoes. They are offered in various sizes, starting at 4 and up to 20, with widths from the slim AA to the wide-fitting 9E.

If you wear the right fit the shoe and manage your diabetes in general – eating the right foods, not smoking, and trying to exercise when you can, you should be able to keep your condition under control.

Don’t forget to wear compression socks that massage your feet as well. These will help promote circulation and be very beneficial in the long run.

Choosing the Best Shoes for Diabetic Women

If you have diabetes and are concerned that you might be developing nerve damage, you must wear shoes that fit properly.

People who have neuropathy may not be able to tell that their shoes are not correctly fitted, so you must go to a shoe store that uses trained fitters and gets your feet measured properly. A podiatrist will be able to help you if you have unusual shoe requirements.

Choosing Diabetic Women’s Shoes

1. Supportive Soles

It is not a good idea to wear high heels if you have neuropathy. High heels can change the architecture of your foot, and you could end up with pinched, damaged toes or problems with the sole. Proper cushioning and a relatively flat sole that supports your arches can help.

Opt for shoes that lace up rather than loafers. Have them fitted properly and laced correctly to adjust them to the correct level of tightness.  Your shoes should lace up to support your foot and not rub or chafe.

2. A Good, Soft Interior

Avoid shoes with extensive stitching and heavy seams because these could irritate your foot, and you may not notice the irritation until it has already done a lot of damage. Soft seams and a good, gentle lining are important.

3. A Closed Toe

Avoid open-toed sandals or other shoes because these can increase your risk of injury. You are less likely to stub your toe or suffer damage if you drop something on your foot with a fully closed toe.

4. A Large Toe Box

Make sure that the toe box is big enough to allow your toes to wiggle. It will hamper your circulation even more and worsen any existing circulatory damage if it is too tight.

5. Space for another Insole if Needed

If your feet are swollen (edema) or you need an extra insole for support, you will need a shoe with extra room. Some people need to get custom-made shoes. However, this can be expensive. Shop around before you do this to see if you can find a shoe that is already a good fit from a store.

6. Supple Material

Opt for a soft leather shoe rather than a synthetic upper; This will ensure that the shoe will stretch to support your foot if necessary.  Have regular check-ups to ensure that the shoes fit right and your circulatory issues are not getting worse.

If you have diabetes, you are at risk of foot problems, and if you are showing signs of neuropathy, even at an early stage, you must manage it aggressively.


Finding good shoes and things like pressure-offloading insoles might seem difficult, but it is possible, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. You can often get help with this sort of thing from Medicaid. So, get a prescription from your doctor and contact your insurance provider for advice about what suppliers you can use.

Everyone, diabetic or not, should take good care of their feet. Buy new shoes whenever your old ones are starting to show signs of wear, and replace the insoles every couple of months if you do a lot of standing or walking; it helps ensure that they always give you enough cushioning and support.

Diabetes is a serious condition, and if peripheral neuropathy is left untreated, the resulting complications could lead to you needing toes amputated or even your entire foot.

Losing mobility in this way only worsens the other problems associated with diabetes, so anything you can do to be proactive about taking care of your feet is important.

Dr Christine Nolan is the CEO and founder of Footdiagnosis.com. She also has extensive clinical experience and is therefore uniquely qualified to detect and manage diseases of the lower extremities including those related to peripheral arterial disease and diabetes.