World Diabetes Day

Shoes for Diabetics should be at the forefront of every Diabetics mind as poor footwear can cause serious complications for them. Without a doubt everyone reading this article knows at least 1 person who has diabetes. With World Diabetes Day on the 14th of November 2020, this article is not intended to diagnose anyone who may suspect they have diabetes, but I hope to educate and 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 is not only confusing, but potentially risky for the burdens we bear ”

  • By Stuart: Begg Shoes Head Office.


what’s the best shoes for diabetics?

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

  • Wear lace-up or velcro shoes so that when temperatures fluctuate and your feet swell they can be adjusted.
  • Inside the shoes should be seam-free where possible this includes any socks. The seams tend to cause friction/pressure points.
  • Shoes and socks made from natural materials are best as they are breathable such as leather and cotton.
  • Don’t buy a new pair of shoes and wear then for hours and days at first, wear them in 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.
  • We now have a reason for you to buy many shoes… Wearing different shoes daily will allow pressure areas on the feet to rest and your feet won’t get used to one pair. It also allows the shoes to dry out naturally.
  • Try to avoid wearing woollen socks, they shrink and the fibres can become detached and prevent circulation in the toes.

Ideals brands if you’re looking for Diabetic Shoes

1. Legero Shoes

Legero EssenceLegero aim 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 Shoes

Hotter Shoes for DiabetesHotter shoes feature plenty of depth throughout the shoe and many have a removable cushioned insole. There’s a wide range of attractive styles that feature adjustable fastenings such as laces or straps. What makes Hotter Shoes the ideal pair of diabetic shoes is they may include the following features: touch-close fastening, deep toe box for extra wiggle room, padded collar for extra comfort, leather/nubuck materials and removable insoles to name a few.

3.ECCO Shoes

ECCO Soft 7 LaceYou 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 Shoes

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 Shoes

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. 

Do diabetics need special shoes?

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 diabetics 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, this is when uncontrolled diabetes damages your nerves and if you have damaged nerves in your legs and feet you may not feel heat, cold or pain. I’m sure you could imagine that 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. Your muscles may then be affected and get damaged. Your foot is then not able to align properly and create too much pressure in one area of the foot and 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 and it goes without saying that 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 which means you’re then at risk for developing an ulcer on your foot which could end up gangrene with more serious complications.

We have covered foot problems before and some of you may have already suffered from things such as bunions, corns and calluses but for people with diabetes, these common foot problems can possibly lead to serious infections and complications.

So what to do?

Doctors and Podiatrists go to great lengths to warn their diabetic patients of the importance of foot health because feet are often out of sight, out of mind and are therefore prone to ulcers. It is important for a diabetic to have a look at their feet every day and to dry them carefully. But 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. But conversely, shoes that are too loose will mean the feet move around and rub in the shoes which could result in blisters. We always recommend to seek medical advice and not to dwell on worries however small they may seem and 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 a SSF Qualified Shoe Fitter who can help you to find the right fit for your next shoes.