Selecting The Best Diabetic Shoes

Diabetics with diabetic neuropathy or simply skin breakdown at the feet use diabetic, therapeutic, extra depth or Sugar shoes. These are uniquely designed foot wares that help to reduce complications such as calluses, ulcers and even strain especially when one has a foot disease. Today, these shoes come in different forms i.e. from closed shoes to padded sandals. This variation is only meant to meet various needs of all diabetics. It is therefore important to seek prescription from a podiatrist before shopping for these shoes. This will help you make the right selection for any occasion.


This is a critical part that determines whether you will properly protect your foot. Shoe manufacturers have been able to come up with many designs that are medically approved with only a handful lacking approval. For example, diabetics are encouraged to avoid high–heeled shoes since they increase pressure at the ball area of the foot while reducing the stability at the back of the foot. Such shoes also cause the foot tissues to move in opposite directions resulting to ulcers, calluses and blisters. So what do you look for during selection? Some factors to consider include: the shoe size, appearance, lacing options and comfort through a test run.

Shoe Size and Comfort through Test Run

Feet size and shape change over time and it is important to always have your feet measured using the Brannock Device. This device helps to determine the width, arc length and finally the feet length. With such measurements, an expert fitter identifies the most appropriate shoe. For example, if you are found to have thick feet, he or she will provide “extra-depth” shoes that accommodate the bulk. After identifying the right size and style of shoes, put on the shoes and lace up, strap or buckle then rise on your feet. Walk around and feel the shoes to ensure there is enough room inside and only slips slightly.

Lacing Options and Appearance

Lacing of shoes helps to improve their fit while improving their appearance. Some facts to remember about the laces include: round laces have a tendency of stretching better than the flat laces thus round laces are preferable for walking shoes. When walking, feet change in shape and flexible laces help to accommodate the changes. On the other hand, rigid laces cause a build-up of pressure on your skin. Finally, always remember that the loops and punched-out holes on shoes help irate the top section of the feet. Such shoes are highly recommended since they also have a unique appearance.


The best diabetic shoes are those that fit comfortably, allow for foot movements within, have ideal laces and are impressive to your eyes. Even though a certified podiatrist will guide you on what shoes to buy, you have to purchase them in a shoe store with certified shoe fitters (pedorthists) too. Also, select a store that stocks shoes from all over the world for a wider selection and find out about their return policy in case you chose the wrong size.