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Top 10 Diabetic and Therapeutic Shoes

Diabetic and therapeutic shoes are sometimes referred to shoes with an extra depth or orthopaedic shoes. They are specially designed shoes, intended to reduce the risk of having any skin breakdown in few different pathologies.

Designed to support the structure and mechanics of the foot, specifically the ankle and leg, these shoes must also be equipped with a removable neutral insoles.

Well fitting, supportive footwear plays a key role in keeping people mobile and pain free. This leads to a more active and thus better quality of life.

Who are wearing diabetic and therapeutic shoes?

People of all ages who suffer from deficient foot mechanics:

  • Diabetics with pre-existing foot disease

  • People swollen feet, lymphedema, edoema

  • Arthritis

  • Hallux valgus (aka bunions)

  • Hammertoes

  • Heel spurs

  • Flat feet and fallen arches

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Here is the list of Top 10 Diabetic and Therapeutic Shoes:

1. Propet Travelactiv Olivia


  • Soft leather and stretchable instep for a flexible fit

  • Adjustable hook and loop instep strap securing the foot in place

  • Double removable footbed accommodating custom orthotics for a more personalised fit

  • Padded collar and tongue for added comfort

  • Decent design


  • The rubber sole could have been anti slippery and with a better finish

  • Basic heel part


2. New Balance Model: MW928V2 White/White


  • Design is aesthetically pleasing for its purpose

  • Spacious sneakers for wide feet

  • Compression moulded midsole

  • Includes rollbar

  • Removable PU footbed

  • High endurance

  • Walking strike path


  • 75% synthetic

  • Rubber sole


3. Dr. Kong


  • Casual & daily shoes, breathable, white outsole and anti slip.

  • Hard heel counter to stabilise the heel bone alignment.

  • Arch support to support the foot arch.

  • Metatarsal pad to shift forefoot pressure backward.

  • Very reasonable price


  • Basic design

  • Finishing could be improved

  • Leather quality could be higher


4. Skechers Performance Go Walk 4.


  • 100% Mesh

  • Radically lightweight and comfy

  • Innovative and highly responsive 5GEN midsole cushioning witch could be removable as well

  • New Goga Max high rebound footbed energises every step

  • Soft mesh upper and virtually seamless construction for comfortable fit


  • Not enough support for the medio foot and arch but can be compensated by custom made insoles

  • Rubber sole could bring some instability if long walk


5. Drew Savannah London II


  • A great addition to our comfort wedges.

  • Double depth with two removable insoles creates space for custom orthotics or simply some extra toe room.

  • Breathable, complete with stretch fabric vamp with maximum padding where you need it most.

  • Flexible Lightweight Polyurethane Outsole

  • Tempered Steel Shank

  • Drilex® Lined Footbed with AEGIS Microbe Shield and Metatarsal Support

  • Soft Fabric Lining

  • Firm Heel Counter

  • Accommodates Prescribed Orthotics


  • Upper part may cause rubbing or abrasion

  • Upper part is not bringing enough support


6. Orthofeet Milan


  • Orthofeet prevents Bunions and Plantar Fasciitis Relief.

  • Extended width for wide feet

  • Arch support


  • In certain cases shoes going above the ankle can create some blisters on the ankle bones or on the Achilles tendon.


7. Apis Mt. Emey Women


  • Nice for casual walking and leisure shoes design

  • Premium Collection features genuine leather uppers with seamless linings

  • Added width at toe & extra support at the ankle with velcro strap

  • Added depth - approximately 8mm deeper than conventional shoes

  • Better accommodation for orthotic feet

  • Long medial counter to provide support and stability

  • Removable inserts for flexible fitting


  • Not enough support for the medio foot and arch but can be compensated by custom made insoles

  • Rubber sole could bring some instability if long walk


8. Podoline Dario


  • Very comfortable working shoes (large width)

  • Highly recommended by doctors

  • Extremely light 345g / foot

  • 100% leather

  • No frictions or extra pressure to the foot

  • Removable inserts in order to place custom made orthotics.

  • Breathable shoes


  • Outer insole is not very aesthetically pleasing


9. Fitec 9710 Black


  • Light-Weight knitted walking shoe

  • Double-depth

  • Knitted upper with water repellent

  • Slip-resistant rubber outsole

  • Seamless lining to decrease friction

  • Better accommodation for orthotics


  • Could have been firmer

  • Could provide supportive heel to support the rear of the foot


10. Oasis Chrissie


  • Designed with minimal internal seams to reduce the risk of chafing and maximise comfort

  • Unparalleled in quality and comfort

  • Look as good as they feel, not to look orthopaedic

  • Premium materials combined with unique constructions provide relief from myriad foot ailments.

  • Extra-depth and include removable spacers to accommodate orthotics

  • Lightweight Full-grain leather shoe with a pigskin collar lining


  • A bit too narrow on the front part for the toes.


Feel free to reach out to me for any further enquiries!


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