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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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@dorisena. Keeps us busy doesn't it
We are having a heat wave and I still have to wear socks to bed because my feet get so cold when I sit for a while. At 2:00 a.m. I have to take the socks off because I am too hot. Today my air conditioner broke down. I must sleep in the basement until the repairman comes. Dorisena
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@dorisena You can't win I do same with socks and covers. I remember one year it went to -25 for a whole week we slept in the basement near the furnace . Glad I'm out here now .
I can’t find a good shoe either although I have an old pair of Saucony running shoe that works well. Socks hurt though. Can’t wear the new pair even though they’re the same brand.
I like Dr Comfort and Wigwam socks. There are several brands of low compression socks that are comfortable, but $20/pair.
I recommend you get some advice from a foot doctor. I have worn leather orthotics for years but my son is wearing the plastic ones which don't work well for me. I have worn SAS shoes that tie and most of my friends my age have them as well. I also wear Finn shoes, recommended by a therapist, terribly expensive and imported from Germany. I really like them and they never wear out. They solved all my feet problems without surgery, in addition to stretching with bands for a long period of time. I do not run at all, and haven't worn sports type tennis shoes for years now. The SAS shoes do the job well for me, so I am no longer a "little old lady in tennis shoes,". But you need to get accustomed to spending money for brands that are so well made they do not wear out. I also purchase pricey socks which are shaped to fit the toes and are marked for right and left feet. I buy wide shoes for the treadmill but haven't been doing that recently.
I had to give up buying bargain shoes on sale but it has been worth it. Dorisena
Hello @lmcfm1, You will notice that we moved your post to an existing discussion — Does anyone find that a type of shoe helps your foot neuropathy? so that you can meet other members who have the same symptoms and you can learn what they have shared. If you click the VIEW & REPLY button at the bottom of the email notification for this post it will take you to the discussion.
There is also another discussion that you may want to join and read what others have shared.
If the shoe fits, wear it!: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/if-the-shoe-fits-wear-it/
Before I developed lymphedema in my legs and was looking for comfortable socks for my feet with neuropathy, I found that socks made with bamboo were very soft and stretchy and felt really good on my feet. I now have to wear compression socks which help the lymphedema but not without great discomfort on my part. Here's an idea of what's available for 2020 – https://bamboo-comfort.com/reviews/best-bamboo-socks/
I normally wear Sketchers slip on shoes made with leather and not their canvas ones. What type of shoe are you wearing now?
I have been wearing Keds sneakers a size up and with inserts. I still can get callouses easily unless I have the Sherpa lining. Ugg slippers are the best and provide the cushion I need but I hate having to wear slippers in public. My feet are sooo sensitive and become red on the outer edge very easily unless they are padded with thick socks and soft type shoe.
I too had extremely sore and red feet and had gone from Medium to W, E2. E4 to loosen friction—For me, that was totally wrong. Much of the redness and pain came from friction of foot and socks sliding around. I have found that buying the correct size shoe, which fits snugly around the heel along with high quality socks made for people with diabetes and neuropathy helped a great deal. I wear SAS walking shoes, Protals inserts and Dr Comfort socks. There are even better sock—at $12 to $20 per pair,
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When I had ankle injuries in the past, I found that wearing leather shoes instead of tennis shoes provided more support and comfort while healing. I also found that walking on soft dirt in the garden caused more pain than walking of firm sidewalks or asphalt. it also took a long time to heal, but I stuck with leather ties shoes for support. It wasn't difficult to give up high heeled dress shoes, either. I now wear wide shoes, but am comfortable at last. My fashionable look disappeared some time ago. Dorisena
@dorisena I can definitely relate to your — My fashionable look disappeared some time ago statement. That fits me to a T when it comes to shoes.
John, my late husband used to refer to my shoe choices as "Indian" shoes. I didn't choose moccasins but he didn't like the wide toe, flat shoe look. I have short toes and do not like to pinch them together in pointed toe shoes. Of course, my husband was never known to be reasonable with others. I do hate the Mary Jane look but it is used a lot in orthotic shoes. It can be a "little girl" look. A doctor once told me that a small heel was best for women's feet.
I've purchased several pairs of Spring Step Women's Burbank Shoes — helps my feet from feeling the effects of the concrete/floor on the bottom of my feet and the periodical electrical shocks up my feet and ankles. I didn't buy them because they look stylish, but I keep getting compliments on the shoes (from younger people too) and wanting to know the brand. 🙂
I used to come home and kick off shoes. Now I can’t. Have all kinds of problems with my feet.
They feel numb and tingling. A pin dropping on foot feels like a brick. Walking on sand is impossible. Can’t wear socks because the folds hurt terribly. On and on with different sensations and pains.
As for shoes, the only kind that are comfortable for me are “Merrell’s Encore Breeze 4”.
Since I don’t wear socks, They have a great insole that is washable or one can replace with new insoles. The outside shoe lasts for years. They come in different colors. Some might think they are too expensive but they are not if you don’t need a new pair for several years.
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It took me 12 to get shoes that cause me the least pain. My neuropathy is toes to thighs and hands. I would suggest buying shoes as soon as the old ones start to wear in order to preserve the benefits. I wear seamless socks—like you I felt every stitch.Price vs benefit, I wear Dr Comfort, Wigwam $7+. There are even better brands that cost $12/pr up to $75, which I cannot afford. I also wear shoes before I get out of bed until I go to bed in the evenings.
@terryrose I cannot be bare footed either, but shoes remain so hard to me, too!!! I do have Spenco flip flops, which my Neuropathic foot will tolerate. I used to love buying shoes, and now they are a perpetual problem. Such bizarre sensations from shoes from Neuropathy. Oy. It kills me….. Lori Renee
My problem is balance. So far I’ve only gone to Schuler shoes and my balance is worse with shoes then without shoes. I would certainly like to have shoes that would give me confidence in walking without the fear of falling. Any suggestion as to where I could go? Thanks very much JIM
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