Best Shoes for Diabetes this Spring


Why the Right Footwear is so Important for Diabetes Sufferers

Did you know that there are over 4.7 million people in the UK living with diabetes? Or that 1 in 10 over 40s have Type 2 Diabetes, with Type 2 Diabetes accounting for around 90% of all diagnoses? But what is diabetes and why is a wide fitting shoe company writing about it? Well, read on!

Simply, "Diabetes is a serious condition where your blood glucose level is too high"[2]. There are two main types, Type 1 and Type 2, which are different conditions, but both serious.

There are also some other rarer types of diabetes too but we will focus on the main types in this article.

Disclaimer: This information is of a general nature and should not be taken as a diagnosis. All questions and concerns should be directed to your Doctor, Podiatrist or other health advisor.

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What are the Symptoms of Diabetes


WBoth forms of Diabetes are caused by a failure of our pancreas to create the right amount of an enzyme called insulin - which allows glucose to enter our cells and fuel our body - at the right time. This leads to a build-up of glucose in the bloodstream.

With Type 1 Diabetes, your body doesn't produce any insulin at all but with Type 2 Diabetes your body isn't able to produce the right amount, as a result of the body initially building up a resistance to insulin [3], meaning that too much glucose builds up in your blood, leading to further complications, such as the symptoms of diabetes, including:

- Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night. - Being really thirsty. - Feeling more tired than usual. - Losing weight without trying to. - Genital itching or thrush. - Cuts and wounds take longer to heal. - Blurred vision [4].

Left unchecked Type 1 diabetes can result in much more serious illness and even death, whilst Type 2 diabetes - being much harder to spot - can creep up and affect major organs including the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys.


The link between diabetes and wide fitting shoes


So back to how diabetes affects footwear...Well, many people might believe that Diabetes is caused by being overweight, which could therefore cause foot issues, but this is not always the case. Around 20% of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are of normal weight, and Type 1 Diabetes might well be normal weight, underweight or even overweight. [3]

The problem caused by Diabetes that will impact our foot health, and hence our footwear, is the link to Peripheral Oedema. Oedema "is the result of damage to capillaries or increased pressure causing capillaries to leak fluid into surrounding tissues and result in swelling" whilst Peripheral Oedema is "swelling from the collection of fluid in the feet, ankles, and legs."[5]

This often happens because one symptom of Diabetes is that it can cause wounds to heal slowly or not at all, meaning that damaged capillaries will remain damaged and continue to leak fluid into tissue. It can also be caused by taking large amounts of insulin as well as many other factors associated with Diabetes. [6]

Oedema can be very painful indeed and cause a lot of discomfort for sufferers, making it difficult to put on footwear, which can limit activity. This then, can exacerbate the problem, as can be seen below.

See also our blog about Shoes for Oedema & Lymphoedema


Practices to alleviate Oedema in the feet & ankles


There are many practices that you can try to reduce oedema in your legs and ankles, including elevating the feet above heart level regularly, reducing salt intake, remaining active and not sitting down for long periods of time without some activity, drinking more water and other practices aimed at making it easier for the heart to pump blood fully round the body with blockages.

But if you continue to suffer from Oedema in the feet and ankles, then it is vital that you are able to find well-fitting footwear. Firstly because it is likely that you will have to wear footwear - whether because you work, or have to run errands and be on your feet - or because it is so important to remain active, and this is so difficult to do if your shoes cause you so much pain.

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Where We Come In


Our shoes are designed to accommodate wide, deep and problem feet, with many features to accommodate different issues. We also understand though that you don't just want wide & deep footwear, but you want to look as well as feel great. So we offer style & comfort in every pair of shoes.


Some of the benefits of DB Wider Fit Shoes for Diabetes Sufferers


In the first instance, our shoes are wider and deeper than High Street shoes, simply meaning that there is more room in them than you would get from typical High Street shoes - to allow for extra width and less pressure on swollen areas caused by Oedema.

A dangerous effect of peripheral oedema is that it also causes loss of feeling in the nerves in the affected area, and so it is important that the sufferer performs daily checks to ensure they have not injured or cut their feet.

For this reason, correctly fitting footwear is vitally important. Our shoes come in a wide range of fittings, from E to 8E width, and many come with removable insoles, adjustable straps, stretch panels or elasticated straps & gussets to ensure that you can get the perfect fit to avoid rubbing and causing blisters and sores.

In addition, lace-fastening shoes offer the most secure fitting and can be the best way to reduce rubbing as far as possible.

Secondly, our shoes are designed to be as smooth internally as possible, with few internal seams and even styles with seam-free toe boxes, so there is reduced likelihood of rubbing against painful areas or worse, causing sores and open wounds which do not heal, leading to further possible complications in Diabetes sufferers.

On top of this you'll find a host of other features designed to offer style & comfort for wider feet.

Please note that if you have diabetes and a narrow or regular width foot, our shoes are NOT suitable as the foot will move around causing sores and rubbing. It is important that you visit a professional to check the fit of the shoe to know your correct width requirement.

Make an appointment at one of our gold star stockists or visit a qualified podiatrist who will examine your feet and give you expert advice about the most suitable footwear for you.


The Best Shoes For Diabetes


We offer shoes for people with diabetes across our full range, including trainers, boots, everyday shoes and even dress shoes. When you see the icon on the left hand side on a product page then you will know that the shoe is ideal for those with diabetes.


The Best Canvas Pumps For Diabetes


Bumper Sole canvas style Mira is diabetes, bunion and vegan-friendly! And, made with recycled materials itís also earth-friendly.

We also produce a whole range of styles with stretch fabrics, to mould to the shape of your foot for supreme comfort.

Our classic lace-up Bumper Sole canvas cleverly hides the depth of the shoe so that nobody will know youíre wearing wide-fitting shoes. It offers a seam-free toe-box to reduce rubbing, a back stiffener for support and is SO comfy you wonít want to take it off.


The Best Trainers For Diabetes


The best trainers for people with diabetes are well fitting with lace-up design for a secure fit, so thereís no rubbing, with no internal seams and soft materials that offer enough give to reduce rubbing against feet. But theyíre lightweight enough for active feet!

Garforth is just the ticket when it comes to meeting these criteria. A classic trainer style with seam-free stretch panel toe-box, flared heel for increased stability and grippy rubber sole for active feet.


The Best Casual Shoes For Diabetes


Super-popular Hawaii is a lightweight active style with touch fastening straps designed for easy access and adjustment, almond shape toe and air-cooled design that allows air to flow around the foot for greater comfort in hot weather.

It also opens up for easy access and gives greater adjustment whilst the soft stretch material moulds to the shape of your foot so thereís no rubbing, just pure comfort!


The Best Soft Canvas For Diabetes


Soft canvas Mary-Jane style Abstract is super cute, super lightweight and super comfy! It is light enough to be worn indoors as a house shoe but sturdy and supportive enough to be worn outdoors, with a hard-wearing sole and built-in back stiffener.

Itís also arthritis-friendly with its secure strap fastening.


Walking Boots For Diabetes


Finding walking shoes that offer the right support, are waterproof and offer the comfort you need for long walks is no mean feat for people with wide feet, and even more so for people with diabetes.

Our waterproof walking boot Nebraska has all the features you need: Not only is it the widest and deepest walking boot on the market, it comes with seam free toe-box and lace-up design, fully waterproof with bellows tongue to reduce the risk of water getting into the shoe from above, it features an extra rugged grippy rubber sole, lace-up to the ankle and a soft padded collar for comfort around the calf.

Now available in stunning mahogany leather as well as brown, navy or plum suede.


Vegan Shoes For Diabetes


As well as canvas styles like Mira and Abstract already mentioned, sporty everyday shoe Jazz is perfect for all occasions, and our full range of house shoes and slippers are vegan friendly (excluding Guillemot, made with wool), with many styles including Vermont, Eve, Eliza, Duck, Whitby, Pitsford, Harper and many more, suitable for people with diabetes.


Everyday Shoes For Diabetes


Our Everyday Shoes collection is a range of classically styled casual shoes and boots for pure comfort all day, every day. They include many of our best-selling styles, and itís easy to see why. Supremely comfortable and with a range of features for wide feet.

Gannet and Egret are new styles in soft stretch fabric with stylish diagonal cut-to-fit straps, square toe-shape and super comfy air-bubble sole. Theyíre also both arthritis and bunion-friendly!

Colby is a cute the perfect spring shoe! The neat cut-out detail allows air to flow around the foot for greater comfort in warm weather and makes it almost a sandal but with the benefit of a built-in heel support. The elasticated V-insert stretches if your foot swells during the day too.

Lace-up style Swan is another updated best-seller, replacing Glossop; a classic lace-up that is supremely comfortable and just too cute. They also open wide for easy access, and the laces are easily adjustable - good for swollen feet or feet that can swell during the day.


Lightweight Shoes, House Shoes and Slippers for people with diabetes


Our house shoes and wide-fitting slippers styles are light as a feather and made with soft textile uppers for comfort on sensitive feet.

Styles with backs have back stiffeners for added support and house shoes come with hard-wearing soles so they can be worn inside or outdoors and are all available in our 2V or 6V dual-width fittings, meaning theyíre the perfect fit for even the widest feet.

Lightweight Roberta is made from our special stretch fabric, so it stretches to the shape of your foot. The cute patterned fabric also cleverly disguises bumpy feet and adjustable cut-to-fit straps can be cut to the length required.

House shoes Vermont and Eve offer the comfort of a slipper with the support of a shoe, so they can be worn indoors or outdoors. Stretch panels mould to the shape of your foot for an extremely comfortable wear.

Caroline 2 is a classically styled slipper in soft velour with a round toe shape and deep, seam-free toe box that gives plenty of room for your toes.

All of our House Shoes and Slippers are animal product free (excluding Guillemot) so, if youíre looking for wide-fitting vegan slippers or house shoes, youíre in the right place!

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We also have shoes suitable for people with diabetes across our other ranges too, even including dress shoes, so you can be sure of style and comfort whatever the occasion.


Wide & Deep Fitting Shoes For Men With Diabetes


Of course, men suffer from diabetes and need wide shoes too and we have a huge range of wide-fitting menís shoes, many of which have features making them ideal for people with diabetes. Menís walking boots Colorado and rugged Odessa are completely waterproof and completely suitable for people with Diabetes. So take to the hills in comfort and style!

Menís trainers Archie & Andy are contemporary styles in breathable mesh with either lace-up or secure, adjustable, cut-to-fit straps. Both have round toe box and uppers that mould to the shape of your foot, meaning no rubbing! Bliss!

Menís walking boots Colorado are completely waterproof and completely suitable for people with Diabetes, too!

So take to the hills in comfort and style!

Finally, menís House Shoe Desmond is both stylish and practical, with a single touch fastening cut-to-fit strap in breathable mesh that stretches to mould to the shape of your foot for ultimate comfort.

Youíll also find many other house shoe and slipper styles such as Kendal, Tartan, or Hallam are diabetes friendly.

One thing is for sure, diabetes related foot issues canít prevent you from looking, and feeling, great!

Browse our full range of wide-fitting menís shoes here.

Disclaimer: This information is of a general nature and should not be taken as a diagnosis. All questions and concerns should be directed to your Doctor, Podiatrist or other health advisor.