Best Shoes for Corns & Calluses

What are corns & calluses?

Corns & Calluses

It goes without saying that our feet really do take a lot of strain and often people won’t think about their feet until a foot problem develops. We at Begg Shoes strongly believe in ensuring our customers are properly fitted for their shoes whether it’s a pair of ankle boots or summer sandals. This goes a long way to helping or at least slow down the development of foot problems.

First let’s define the difference between a corn & a callus:

  • Corn: Corns are small circles of thick skin that usually develop on the sides and tops of your toes or even on the sole of the foot but they can occur anywhere.
  • Calluses: Similar to a corn, these are hard, rough areas of skin that are often yellowish in colour.

What Causes Corns & Calluses?

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One thing everyone should know is that if shoes don’t fit well then areas of pressure are created and the skin reacts accordingly. This applies to men, women and children. This consistent pressure will result in the body producing a cushion to act as a shock absorber against the pressure.

If this persists it starts with a blister and the outer layer of the skin thickens. Over time this becomes hard and calloused, while a corn is smaller and more localised, often found over the toe joints.

Corns appear wherever the foot is receiving a repetitive shock. Such as the rubbing on footwear or bones striking the ground unusually. It should be noted that a corn may only be the symptom of a larger problem and not the cause.

If you discover that you do in fact have a corn or callus you need to consider a few things:

What shoes do you wear?

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  • Is there a hard lump of glue or a seam on the inside causing friction?
  • Is there enough cushioning on the insole of the shoes?
  • Are they the right size? Too small and they could cause pressure. Too big and they can rub as your foot slips backwards & forwards while walking.
  • Do you need wide fit shoes?

What lifestyle do you lead?

Nurses FeetWhat about your lifestyle?

  • Does your job see you on your feet all day wearing specific (& often incorrect) footwear?
  • Do you partake in regular sports activities in the wrong footwear/socks?
  • Do you need special safety shoes for work?


The constant areas of pressure over time may cause you problems with your feet.

things you can do to Prevent Corns & Calluses

Foot Health Guide Corns and Calluses

Looking after your feet and choosing the right shoes goes a long way to helping to prevent corns and calluses. You need to stop any hard skin developing and we have the following suggestions:


Dry your feet thoroughly after washing them and apply a moisturising foot cream. This will help keep your skin soft & supple.


If you find any areas on your feet that have slightly hardened skin, then gently use a pumice stone or foot file to remove the hard skin.


We know it’s not always possible, but try to avoid wearing high heels as they increase the pressure on the front of your feet.


Wear comfortable lacing shoes that are well fitted. A good idea is to always be professionally fitted for every pair you buy as each manufacturer and style may have a slightly different size. You should be able to move your toes with a small gap between the front of the shoe and your longest toe.


If you’re experiencing any pain or discomfort we always recommend seeing a professional such a podiatrist or your GP for help. They can advise you on a treatment plan to help you with your corns and/or calluses. If you struggle with other foot problems such as bunions, read our guide on the Best Shoes for Bunions.


Our suggestions for the best shoes for corns & calluses

Think about your shoes you were the most? These are the shoes you should ensure have used the highest quality materials as these are usually the softest of leathers while the insole is more often than like very cushioned. With brands like Rieker shoes additional technology has gone into the making of many styles, giving them fantastic features like Antistress. A large factor when buying a new pair of shoes is making sure that there are no seams which are going to hit on/catch over the corns as this could worsen the problem.

From seeing lots of customers feet, I would say that people wearing ballet pumps all the time can get corns because of the way these type of shoes fit ( short on length so toes end up cramped and can rub against the top of the pumps).

  • Nikki from our Inverness Store had the following comment:

1. Ecco – Soft 7 Lace 430003-51483

ECCO Soft 7 LaceThese Ecco trainers are extremely popular and well known for their comfort. Available in various colours, there is something to suit everyone’s style. Made using the finest leather uppers you’ll find these shoes are ideal for those struggling with calluses or corns. The laces ensure you have a secure fit to reduce rubbing which only makes a corn or callus worse. The insoles are removable giving a more roomier fit as well as allowing you to insert your own orthotics.

2. Clarks – Un Adorn Zip 261443205E

Best Clarks Shoes for Corns or CallusesThese leather shoes from Clarks are perfect for those who suffer from Corns or Calluses. The soft leather upper and Ortholite footbed blends together beautifully to bring a pair of super comfortable shoes. The leather lining & sock which reduce discomfort on your corns & calluses and your feet will stay fresh all day long. The EVA & rubber sole means they’re lightweight and flexible making them perfect shoes for all day wear.

3. IMAC – 7230-54025018 Edith slip 01

IMAC Trainers for CornsIf you’re looking for a trendy yet super comfortable footwear choice then you can’t go wrong with a pair of IMAC shoes. Featuring a PU injected sole these shoes will be lightweight & breathable which is ideal for those who suffer from Corns & Calluses. The laces will ensure a secure fit to reduce friction helping to ease any discomfort from your corns or calluses. The soft leather uppers will ensure every step you take is a comfortable one.

4. Legero – Essence 09923-72

Legero EssenceThese suede leather ankle boots from Legero are ideal for cooler days and are perfect for those who suffer from Calluses & Corns. Featuring a GORE-TEX lining you’ll be guaranteed to have dry feet all day long, while still being able to breathe. The laces ensure a secure fit to reduce any rubbing on those corns or calluses while the soft leather upper will be gentle & comfortable against your skin.

Best Shoes for Corns & Calluses on SALE

Once a pair of shoes goes onto SALE at Begg Shoes it stays on sale, but when it’s gone it’s gone! Here are our top 3 picks of sale shoes which are ideal for corns & calluses due to their soft materials & cushioned insole.

5. Rieker – L32h0-46 Memochel

Rieker shoesThe innovative MemoSoft insole ensures optimal wearing comfort, keeping you moving all day long.


6. IMAC – 9258-72251013 Rochet 37 Tex

IMAC have used their PU injected sole units for these ankle boots making them lightweight and durable, perfect for everyday.


7. Gabor – brilliant 31.610.16

Gabor Brilliant Ankle bootsWith a medium heel height of only 35mm and a thermoplastic rubber sole, these Gabor boots will give you many happy and comfortable steps.