Best Shoes for Diabetic Neuropathy

What are the Best Shoes for Diabetic Neuropathy?

The best shoe for diabetic neuropathy treatment helps protect the foot and reduce pain. Shoes that offer the most comfort with cushioning and protection in the right places are ideal.  Perfect shoes are different for each individual and there is no single answer to what is best when it comes to diabetes and neuropathy shoes.

In general, people tend to like good walking shoes.  Neuropathy sneakers or running shoes, or the more formal leather shoes often work well for walking.  Some people can only tolerate open-toed sandals or “flip-flops.”

There are many manufacturers of shoes for diabetic neuropathy.    Look for high customer reviews and top quality shoes for less than $200.  There are several major shoe brands like Skechers and Nike that make specialty shoes for diabetics as part of their large line of shoes, but their retail prices are often well over $200.  The companies I will refer you to all offer their top of the line shoes for less than $200 . . . some far less.

Prices for diabetic and neuropathy shoes range from expensive to relatively inexpensive.  In my opinion, the high price should not be an indicator of expected satisfaction.  I have never paid more than $135 and have been extremely satisfied with the shoes I purchased.

What to Keep in Mind When Buying Diabetic Shoes?

  • Avoid wearing shoes that have inner seams that can rub and cause hot spot or blister. You can check the quality of the inner seam by running your fingers around inside. The inner lining should be smooth.
  • Avoid buying slip-ons as they cannot be adjusted. The feet of a person usually swell as the day goes on, which may cut off the circulation of blood in the afternoon.
  • When buying shoes, shop in the afternoon as the feet swell during such time of the day.

Where to Buy Diabetic-friendly Shoes?

When buying diabetic shoes, you should have your feet checked first by your primary care physician or podiatrist. Your doctor might order special diabetic shoes on your behalf.

He can also prescribe diabetic shoes and your insurance might cover the cost for one pair of diabetic shoes. So, you might as well check your insurance provider to know more about your coverage.

What is special about diabetic shoes?

Diabetic shoes are special because they are designed to provide protection for diabetic feet and reduce the possibility of skin breakdown secondary to neuropathy, poor circulation of blood, and foot-related deformities.

What is a good shoe for diabetics?

A good shoe for diabetics is the one that offers superior comfort, traction, breathability, adequate toe box, and extra depth to accommodate foot changes.

Do diabetics need special shoes?

Yes. A poorly controlled blood sugar such as in the case of diabetes can damage various parts of the body such as the nerves and vessels in the feet.

People with diabetes are at risk of developing foot problems. That is why they need shoes specially designed for people with diabetes.

Are diabetic shoes covered by insurance?

Diabetic shoes may be covered by insurance. To qualify for coverage, a qualified doctor like a podiatrist should prescribe them.

Does Medicaid cover diabetic shoes?

Yes. Medicaid may cover up to two pairs of prescribed diabetic shoes.

What are the benefits of diabetic shoes?

Diabetic shoes improve the proper circulation of blood, prevent calluses, provide an optimum level of comfort, prevent skin breakdown, and alleviate pain.

Can diabetics walk barefoot?

People with diabetes are highly discouraged to walk barefoot even indoors. Diabetics have circulation problems and walking barefooted can increase the risk of infection.

Are shoe inserts covered by insurance?

Most insurance companies cover inserts if they are a part of a covered leg brace or if the insurance contract includes benefits for orthotics.

What shoes are best for diabetic neuropathy?

Shoes that are best for diabetic neuropathy are the ones that offer superior comfort such as good walking or running shoes. You just need to find the ones that work for you.

Can diabetics wear steel-toed shoes?

Diabetics are highly discouraged to wear steel-toed shoes as they are heavy and extra weight can cause foot fatigue. If your work requires you to wear one, then you should choose a lighter shoe and a wider toe box.

Why do diabetics need to see a podiatrist?

Diabetics should see a podiatrist at least once a year to detect any problem at an early stage and prevent complications such as ulcers.


I am passionate about Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. After suffering with DPN for many years I finally discovered there are solutions to relieve the pain and even reverse the disease. I am an American expat living with my family in Quezon City, Philippines.

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