Best Shoes for Corns And Calluses

lady feeling sore sole of foot in high heel

It goes without saying that our feet take a lot of strain and we don’t particularly give them the thought and care they deserve – until a foot problem develops that is. At Begg Shoes, we are committed to 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 slowing down the development of) foot problems such as corns and calluses.

What Causes Corns or Calluses?

One thing everyone should know is that if shoes don’t fit well, then there is a high chance of added pressure or rubbing and abrasion. Your skin will have to react and adapt and applies to men, women and children equally. Consistent pressure will result in the body producing a cushion to act as a shock absorber against the pressure.

If this persists, a blister starts 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.

The Best Shoes for Corns and Calluses

Think about the shoes you wear the most. These are the shoes you should ensure are made using the highest quality materials. This is typically the softest of leathers with an insole that is cushioned. One of our go-to brands for overall comfort and excellent fit is Rieker shoes, but there are many other options available. Take a look at our independently reviewed recommendations:

1. IMAC Karla Tex, £79.99

Best Trainers for Corns and Calluses

Imac Karla Tex Waterproof Trainers for Corns


  • Soft Leather Upper
  • Padded Footbed
  • Cushioned lining
  • Bungee lace for an adjustable fit
  • Waterproof

If you’re looking for a pair of trainers which are bang on trend with the latest fashion then these are an excellent choice. The soft leather upper will be gentle against your skin while the padded footbed will feel comfortable underfoot. This will make walking in these a delight even with corns or calluses.


2. Skechers Arch Fit Go Walk SLip On, £77.00

Best Slip-On Shoes for Corns and Calluses

Skechers Arch Fit Go Walk Slip On Trainers


  • Stretchy Fabric Upper
  • Built-in arch support
  • Easy Slip-On fit
  • Machine Washable
  • Vegan

For an easy everyday shoe, these slip-on Skechers must be tried on to appreciate their high level of comfort. The soft fabric upper is made even more comfortable by a little extra stretch. Built-in arch support combined with Skechers Go Walk technology offers superb support and comfort whilst wearing.


3. Hotter Chase 2 Wide, £85.00

Best Wide Fit Shoes for Corns and Calluses

Hotter Chase 2 Wide Fit Trainers


  • Soft Leather Upper
  • Padded Insole
  • Wide Fit
  • Removable Insole

Comfort and fashion are beautifully combined together in these women’s trainers which are ideal for those needing a wider fit. This style is wide fitting and has a padded insole and soft leather upper, you’ll love these on your feet without irritation to your corns or calluses. These supportive women’s wide fit shoes also feature a removable insole which allows you to use your own orthotics.




4. Legero Tanaro5 Zip gTx, £115.00

Best Waterproof Shoes for Corns and Calluses

Legero Tanaro5 Zip Gtx Waterproof Trainers


  • Soft Leather Upper & Lining
  • Side Zip for Easy Access
  • Laces for an Adjustable Fit
  • Removable Insole
  • Cushioned Footbed
  • GORE-TEX = Guaranteed Waterproof

As is evident by the long list of great features that these Legero comfort lacing shoes provide, you can’t beat the quality and comfort in these waterproof trainers. From the leather upper and lining which will be soft against your corns & calluses to the supportive yet removable insole. This will offer you a roomier fit or allow you to use your own orthotics if needed. The laces give you an adjustable fit while the side zip offers a little help with getting shoes on and off. The cherry on top would be that these are manufactured using GORE-TEX technology which means your feet are guaranteed to stay dry while still allowing them to breathe no matter what the weather.


The Best Shoes for Corns & Calluses on SALE

When a pair of shoes go on sale at Begg Shoes it stays on sale, but when it’s gone it’s gone! Here are our top picks of sale shoes that are ideal for corns and calluses due to their soft materials and cushioned insole.

5.REGARDE LE CIEL, OLGA 09 FUR, WaS £120.00 – Now £90.00

Best Boots for Corns and Calluses

brown lac-up boots with fur feature


  • Soft Leather Upper
  • Padded Footbed
  • Cushioned lining
  • Laces for an adjustable fit
  • Interior side zip for easy fastening

If you’re looking for a pair of boots which are bang on trend with the latest fashion then these are an excellent choice. The soft leather upper will be gentle against your skin while the faux fur lining is super cosy and comfy. This will make walking in these a delight even with corns or calluses. Regarde le Ciel use the softest leather uppers, often described as buttery soft, so there is plenty give and flexibility.


6. Rieker Vanit, Was £57.00 – Now £52.00

Best Black Trainers for Corns and Calluses

black laced trainer



  • Soft Neoprene collar and lining
  • Padded footbed
  • Laces for an adjustable fit
  • Rieker Antistress footbed

These women’s Rieker trainers combine the comfort for which they are well-known with contemporary styling, all for excellent value. The soft neoprene upper and collar will feel gentle to your feet, whilst the padded Rieker Antistress footbed offers a lightweight walking experience.


7. RIEKER TALABOO TEX, WAS £69.00 – NOW£59.99

Best Colourful Boots for Corns and Calluses

yellow laced womens boot


  • Fun and colourful
  • Padded Footbed
  • Side zip
  • Laces for an adjustable fit
  • Water-resistant Tex membrane

Who says comfortable boots have to be boring? These Rieker lace-up boots have a popping upper with full laces for an adjustable fastening. The padded footbed will feel superb underfoot whilst the slight wedge heel will make you feel like you are walking on air.



Can Lifestyle Cause Corns and Calluses?

Lifestyle can be one of the main factors in causing corns or calluses. Consider the following:

  • Does your job mean you are on your feet all day wearing specific (or badly fitting) footwear?
  • Do you need special safety shoes for work?
  • Are you looking for style or comfort?
  • Do you take part in regular sports activities where you feel discomfort from your footwear or socks?

We always recommend adapting your footwear choices to match your lifestyle but there are some simple things you can do to help.

Which Shoes Should You Wear? Our Top tips

Fundamentally the best way to avoid corns and calluses is to ensure a secure and comfortable fit, with every shoe that you wear. This is not always easy or practical though. If you follow these tips, you should be more confident in finding the right shoe for your needs. You might even be able to adapt and improve some of your favourite shoes at home.

  1. Invest in good quality work shoes. Corns and Calluses are often caused by work shoes, worn all day. These may have specific safety features such as steel toe caps, or perhaps something with a heel for a smarter office environment. Look for a secure fastening, plenty of room to wiggle toes, but also a nice secure fastening. Buying the cheapest shoe tends to increase the likelihood you will have a bad experience.
  2. Make sure your shoes are the correct size. Buying shoes that are too small, or just not the right shape for your foot, can cause excess pressure. This will become worse as the day goes on and make your feet swell. It’s really important for work shoes or shoes that you are going to wear all day that you get the size right. Too big and they can rub as your foot slips backwards & forwards while walking.
  3. Only buy wide fit shoes if you need really them. A really common mistake is to buy shoes that are too wide and allow your foot to slide around inside. This builds up heat and wears really hard on your skin – expect calluses. You can reduce the volume inside a shoe using insoles and we always recommend upgrading to an arch support insole for best results. Generally, cheap foam insoles are a false economy, best not to skimp on good quality insoles when you invest in good quality shoes. Insoles with a naturally absorbent sock lining such as leather as a great choice.
  4. Check for a hard lump of glue or a seam on the inside causing friction. It is possible to remove or soften the lump or seam with help from a shoe repairer. For lumps of glue or fastening tacks (small nails), it may even be possible to remove these yourself – very carefully avoid damage to your lovely shoes.
  5. Ensure there is sufficient cushioning on the insole of the shoes, for their intended purpose. For some shoes, you can add an extra insole, or better, a padded arch support insole for added overall comfort and cushioning. For very neat fitting shoes or dressy styles, this may not be possible but it can certainly help.

Professional Shoe Fitter Advice

Nikki – Store Manager in our Inverness Store and Professional Shoe Fitter advised on another common problem:

“From helping lots of customers over the years, I would say that people wearing ballet pumps all the time most commonly develop corns. Quite often I see that to get a secure fit, some will buy their pumps a little bit too short on length, which helps keep the shoe firmly on the foot. This has the unfortunate side effect of causing them to be cramped up at the end of the shoe and toes can rub against the top of the pumps for long periods. I always advise customers to go for something that fits really well, as a priority, when wearing for long days.”


Things You Can Do To Prevent Corns and Calluses

Cleaning Feet

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 from 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 comfort 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 as 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