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I am on a constant quest for shoes that don’t kill my feet due to the neuropathy. I find that Spencos and Wolky shoes seem the best. Are there any other suggestions? Shoes can be just crippling for me. Horrid.
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@lorirenee1 I would love to have the answer for that too. Wonderful question. I have tried soft soles and hard soles and orthopedic inserts and gel inserts. I have found nothing that keeps my feet from feeling as if I'm walking on broken glass. If you find something, will you let me know? I am almost to the point of not being able to walk. I'm sure there are others who would like suggestions too.
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@lorirenee1 and @retiredteacher — I buy Sketchers slip ons but like any shoes with memory foam inserts they aren't much good after 5 or 6 months. For me I need shoes that I can easily slip on but yet give support sideways. Most tennis shoe type shoes don't give me ankle support.
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Dr Comfort — anything with a big box by the toes — inserts may help — expensive but worth it — if you have diabetes Medicare pays for one pair of shoes per year
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I know, Carol. I have so many horrible feelings in shoes. Sometimes I feel like I am walking on pebbles. Sometimes I feel like I am walking on cotton balls, or that my socks are all bunched up in my shoes. Sometimes I feel crazy sharp edges from no where. But the best shoes that do not feel quite as crazy are Spencos and Wolkys. The crazy thing is, barefoot, is also terrible, for other reasons. Let's face it, neuropathy is so difficult. Lori Renee
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SAS sandels. They come in all widths. A bit expensive but they last a long time. Wore them before SFN diagnosis. ☺
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My mom has Dr. Comfort shoes that are lightweight with stretch fabric and use velcro ties. They also come with inserts. My mom has foot pain and cannot stand on her feet unless she is wearing these shoes. They are recommended for diabetics. You may want to consult a podiatrist for purchasing shoes. My mom's podiatrist has a selection in his office and took the order for her with his recommendation.
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Thank you so much for the info, Jennifer! It is so useful!!!! Lori Renee
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Thanks! And I have a SAS store by my house. Gonna go in and try on some shoes! Lori Renee
Yes, fully agree! Right now my feet hate everything I have tried. I am wearing SAS tour mesh, a sneaker type, but they feel so hard and looking for something else. Do you order the Wolkys and Spenco online? I saw a Wolky sandal that looked comfortable because of a Velcro strap you could adjust near the toes and they were on Amazon. I also need something that’s good for balls of feet…I just keep thinking there is a perfect shoe out there…haha!
@lorirenee1 You're welcome! The podiatrist was very helpful with recommendations and has the shoes on display. He even sold orthotics and I bought a pair on them for myself that were just as good as ones that were custom made for me years ago.
Laura, I order the Spencos, (specifically the Spencos, One Nation Mules) on QVC.com), and the Wolkys I buy on eBay. Wolkys are very expensive, excellent shoes, and sometimes I hit it lucky, and find brand new ones for between 20 and 35 bucks, which is insane, because they are 150 to about 300 dollar shoes. Do not be afraid of eBay. It is excellent and utterly reputable. If you buy a Wolky and are between sizes, go up a size. Wolkys run small. If you are between sizes in a Spenco, go down. Spenco has a custom orthotic inside them, and are fabulous. With both shoes, I feel close to having feet!!!!! I also have terrible balls of feet. They throb, burn, and contort. Fun, fun. Oy. Good luck. Lori Renee
Laura, Also, There is a wolky.com but you will pay a fortune for shoes there. Their shoes are European sizes, I am a size 41.which correlates to a size 10 to a 10 and a half. If you need any help with sizing, let me know. Lori
Sounds good to me!!!! Lori Renee
Lori -Thanks SO much for all the shoe tips!!! I ordered the Spenco First Nation Mules. They look like the Merrell mules I used to love but they just don’t make the toe bed wide enough. You are a gem. -Laura
Laura, I hope you just love the Spencos. I find the orthotics in them very good, and you can take them out, and put them in other shoes. The big area for the toes is a God send when you have neuropathy. The shoe is made the way the human foot really is. I have them in many different colors. They were even cheaper on Amazon, but not any more. I always check there, though. QVC is slow in shipping, so if you have never shopped there, do not worry. The shoes will come. Wolky is a higher end shoe, in gorgeous leather, and very comfy on the foot, so if ever you feel inclined, get one. Very supportive shoes. Everyone is so different with shoes, and neuropathy is so darn hard, so who really knows how you will feel. But I hope you love them. No shoe is perfect for me any longer. But at least I can get through the day in a Spenco without wanting to shoot myself….OY!!!!!! Lori Renee
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