The right shoes should be at the forefront of every Diabetics mind as poor footwear can cause serious complications for them. With World Diabetes Day on the 14th of November, I hope to guide those who have diabetes into choosing the right footwear.

“Having managed type 1 diabetes for 17 years, you still learn new things every week. I certainly learnt the meaning between shoes that look good and shoes that are good for you. Luckily when I purchased my first pair of IMAC Shoes 2 years ago I received best of both worlds. Not only did they look smart but the genuine real leather eliminated the sweating that can happen with most formal shoes and thus prevented complications. Investing in the right footwear can not only be confusing, but potentially risky for the burdens we bear.”

  • By Stuart: Begg Shoes Head Office.



World Diabetes Day

What Happens to your feet when you have diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body cannot produce insulin which therefore means that carbohydrates are not broken down as they should be which results in elevated levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. When people with diabetes struggle to control their blood sugar this can have a negative impact on many parts of the body, including the nerves and vessels that go to the feet.  Developing foot problems are therefore an increased risk for people with diabetes.


Diabetic Neuropathy is when uncontrolled diabetes damages your nerves which means you may not feel heat, cold or pain. Not being able to feel a cut or sore on your foot could mean it gets a lot worse and becomes infected before you notice. Muscles may then be affected and get damaged. Your foot is then not able to align properly and creates too much pressure in one area of the foot. It is estimated that up to 10% of people with diabetes will develop foot ulcers. Foot ulcers occur because of nerve damage and peripheral vascular disease.


Diabetes also affects the flow of blood to your feet. Without good blood flow in the arms and legs, it will take longer for a sore or cut to heal. Peripheral Vascular Disease is a circulation disorder that affects blood vessels away from the heart. If you have an infection it will struggle to heal because of poor blood flow. This means you are then at risk for developing an ulcer on your foot, which could end up with more serious complications.

We have covered foot problems before such as bunions, corns and calluses. For people with diabetes, these common foot problems can possibly lead to serious infections and complications.

How to Care for Diabetic Feet

Doctors and Podiatrists go to great lengths to warn their diabetic patients of the importance of foot health. Feet are often out of sight and out of mind which can make them more prone to ulcers. It is important for a diabetic to have a look at their feet every day and to dry them carefully.

Most importantly they need to ensure that every pair of shoes they wear is correctly fitted. Make sure that the shoes and socks are not too tight as this will restrict blood to the feet. Conversely, shoes that are too loose will mean the feet move around and rub in the shoes which could result in blisters. If you’re looking for a new pair of shoes, pop into one of our stores and get yourself professionally fitted. In each of our stores, we have an SSF Qualified Shoe Fitter who can help you to find the right fit for your next shoes.

what To Look for When Choosing shoes for diabetics

When it comes to choosing the right shoes there are few suggestions:

    • Wear lace-up or velcro shoes so that they can be adjusted.
    • Shoes and socks should be seam-free inside to reduce friction.
    • Shoes and socks made from natural and breathable materials, such as leather and cotton.
    • Wear new shoes in slowly so that they can gently mould to your feet.
    • Low heels are best so that there is not too much stress on the ball of the foot or on the toes.
    • Wear different shoes daily allows pressure areas on the feet to rest and allows the shoes to dry out naturally.

Top Women’s Shoes for Diabetics

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1. Legero Lima Kelli, £115

Best Trainers for Diabetics

Legero Lima Kelli Trainers for Diabetics

These Legero trainers are not only eye-catching but are also practical if you have diabetes. The leather upper and lining will absorb excess moisture and the lace-up front ensures a snug and adjustable fastening. There is a direct injection polyurethane sole unit which is lightweight, flexible and shock absorbent too.

Legero aims to create shoes which have the latest designs but are also light and comfortable. They produce women’s footwear which is functional, using the best technologies to craft shoes which are of high quality and superior comfort. Legero shoes are made with Direct-Injection moulding which allows the shoes to be light and durable meaning they’re lighter on the feet for less friction and pressure.

2. Hotter Mist GTX 95 E Fit, £95

Best Walking Shoes for Diabetics

Hotter Mist Gore Tex Walking Shoes for Diabetics

Perfect for outdoor rambling, these leather walking shoes are suitable for those with diabetes. The navy nubuck leather upper will gently mould to the shape of your feet and is flexible too. There is a Gore-tex membrane which is not only 100% waterproof but also benefits from being breathable to keep your feet dry and comfortable.

Hotter shoes feature plenty of depth throughout the shoe and many have a removable cushioned insole. There’s a wide range of styles that feature adjustable fastenings such as laces or straps. What makes Hotter a good brand for diabetics is that many include features that we mentioned above. These include adjustable fastenings, deep toe boxes, padded collars, leather materials and removable insoles to name a few.

3. ECCO Offroad Lady, £90

Best Sandals for Diabetics

ECCO Offroad Lady Walking Sandals for Diabetes

Ideal for the warmer months, these ECCO sandals are a welcome pop of colour. The leather upper and open design will keep your feet cool and comfortable, whilst the soft stretchy neoprene lining is super soft against your feet. There are three Velcro straps for extra adjustment so that you can find the best fit for you. We stock this style in a variety of colours so that you can find a pair to match your wardrobe.

You will find that ECCO shoes are some of the most comfortable shoes you’ve ever put on your feet. Their belief is that shoes should not be broken in, they should fit like a glove as soon as you put them on!  They control the entire manufacturing process which means they can guarantee that only the finest quality of leathers are used in making their shoes. They have a fantastic collection of shoes with laces and soft leathers making them more than suitable diabetic shoes.

4. IMAC Rocky Tex, £79.99

Best Boots for Diabetes

IMAC Rocky Tex Boots for Diabetics

I love these IMAC boots because they are both pretty AND practical! The supple nubuck leather upper is flexible, whilst the waterproof Tex membrane is breathable too. There is a lace-up front offers an adjustable and secure fastening, whilst the lightweight PU sole unit is flexible and shock absorbent.

IMAC shoes are of the highest quality, super comfortable and are on par with the latest trends. IMAC manufacture shoes using some of the best technologies within the footwear industry, including direct injection moulding of the sole onto the polyurethane bottom. This allows IMAC to create women’s shoes which are not only durable but also light and very flexible. These benefits are a big proportion of what makes their shoes so comfortable and sought after.

5. Padders SKye 2, £69.95 £59.95

The Best Work Shoes for Diabetics

Padders Skye Black Leather Shoes for Diabetics

Smart and practical, these slip-on shoes are suitable for work. These Padders shoes feature a breathable leather upper which is soft and supple. There are elastic tabs on the sides for easy slip-on fit and the 4cm wedge heel offers additional support underfoot.

Most Padders Shoes are ideal for people with Diabetes and have a collection of podiatrist approved shoes which are particularly suitable. The women’s Padders shoes are made using a tough PU (polyurethane) sole which is the optimum material for comfortable, light-weight, shock absorbing underfoot support. 

6. Walk in the City Muleibel, £45

The Best Slippers for Diabetics

Walk in the City Leather Slippers for Diabetics

Whether you wear them for lounging around the house or for pottering about the garden, these leather slippers are a great option for diabetics. The leather upper and lining will gently absorb excess moisture to keep your feet dry, whilst the deep toe box ensures your toes aren’t cramped. There is a stitch construction sole unit which offers a flexible and breathable fit.

Walk in the City create premium Italian leather shoes for excellent value for money. They use premium leathers and suedes designed to give you the utmost comfort, and the stitch construction soles are flexible and breathable. This brand are considered a roomier fit, which make them ideal for those who require a wider fit.

Top Men’s Shoes for Diabetics

1. ECCO Byway Tred Gore, £120

Best Men’s Trainers for Diabetics

ECCO Byway Tred Gore Tex Men's Shoes for Diabetes

These men’s ECCO shoes combine casual style with premium comfort. The breathable, supple leather upper will absorb excess moisture and the Gore-Tex membrane ensures your feet are kept dry and comfortable. Cushioning around the collar and the adjustable laces ensure a snug fit, whilst the direct injection PU sole unit flexible and shock absorbent.

2. IMAC Countryroad Tex, £75

Best Men’s Work Shoes for Diabetics

IMAC Countryroad Tex Men's Work Shoes for Diabetes

IMAC shoes are well-known amongst our customers and staff as offering superb comfort and quality all around. The padded lining ensures a snug fit whilst the leather upper is supple and breathable. Smart and practical, these leather shoes benefit from being waterproof too because of the IMACtex membrane.

3. Walk in the City Leamu, £47

Best Men’s Slippers for Diabetics

Walk in the City Men's Slippers for Diabetics

Flexible and supportive, these Walk in the City men’s slippers are a great option for diabetics. The square toe box is deeper than other styles which reduces the risk of your toes being cramped. The breathable leather upper is flexible and supple, whilst the leather insole will absorb excess moisture to keep your feet dry and comfortable.