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Finding the right shoes can be challenging for anyone, but it’s especially crucial for obese individuals dealing with edema. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the key features to look for and recommend some of the best shoes available to keep you comfortable and supported.

Understanding the Challenges

Obesity and edema can significantly impact foot health and comfort. Excess weight puts additional pressure on the feet, while edema causes swelling that can make regular shoes feel tight and uncomfortable.

Feature Description Importance
👞Width Wide toe box to accommodate swelling ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🏗️Support Sturdy arch support and stable sole ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌬️Breathability Mesh panels for air circulation ⭐⭐⭐⭐
🔧Adjustability Adjustable straps or laces for custom fit ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🛋️Comfort Cushioning and soft insoles ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Key Features to Look for in Shoes

When choosing shoes for obese individuals with edema, consider these essential features:

  1. Wide Toe Box: A spacious toe area allows for natural toe spread and accommodates swelling.
  2. Adjustable Fit: Look for shoes with Velcro straps or laces that can be easily adjusted throughout the day as swelling fluctuates.
  3. Supportive Soles: Firm, supportive soles help distribute weight evenly and reduce pressure on specific areas of the foot.
  4. Breathable Materials: Shoes made with breathable fabrics like mesh help keep feet cool and dry, reducing the risk of skin irritation.
  5. Cushioning: Ample cushioning in the insole and midsole provides comfort and shock absorption.

Top Shoe Recommendations

1. Women’s Extra Depth Shoe 9301-E

Women's Extra Depth Orthopedic Shoe Triple Depth | Apis 9301E

Women's Extra Depth Orthopedic Shoe Triple Depth | Apis 9301E
"Supra Depth" women's shoe relieves those with lymphedema, edema feet, and swollen ankles.

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Color:

Black

Size:

4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Width:

10E, 14E

This shoe offers excellent width and depth, making it perfect for those with swollen feet. Its soft, breathable upper and cushioned insole provide all-day comfort.

2. Men’s Extra Depth Dress Shoes 502

Men's Extra Depth Dress Shoes | 502

Men's Extra Depth Dress Shoes | 502
Men’s “Extra Depth” single velcro shoe is great for Bunions, Hammertoes, and Swelling.

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Color:

Black, Brown

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Width:

D, 2E, 4E, 6E, 9E, 10E, 14E

For formal occasions, these dress shoes combine style with comfort. The extra depth design accommodates custom orthotics and provides ample room for swollen feet.

3. Orthofeet Chelsea Women’s Slip-On Shoe

Women's Easy Slip-On Leather Shoe | Cheslea

Women's Easy Slip-On Leather Shoe | Cheslea
The Chelsea by Orthofeet is designed to provide ultimate comfort for those with foot and heel pain and those with sensitive feet or mobility issues.

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Color:

Black, Cherry

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12

Width:

AA, B, D, 3E

These slip-on shoes feature an ergonomic design that offers excellent support and cushioning. The stretchable upper adapts to foot swelling throughout the day.

4. Apis 9704-V Men’s Double Velcro Strap Athletic Shoe

Men Athletic Mesh Velcro Walking Shoes | 9704-V

Men Athletic Mesh Velcro Walking Shoes | 9704-V
The Apis 9704-V men's velcro shoe combines comfort, style, and practical support, making it an ideal choice for everyday wear and for those with mild foot conditions like swelling or bunions.

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Pros:
  • Comfort and Support: This shoe is noted for its supportive design, which is particularly advantageous for individuals with specific foot needs.
  • Durability: Made with high-quality materials, the shoe is durable and suitable for prolonged use.
  • Customizable Fit: The shoe features design elements like removable insoles, offering flexibility and customization to accommodate different foot shapes and orthotics.
Cons:
  • Limited Color Options: The shoe is available in only a few color choices - black or grey.
  • Size Availability: Certain widths and sizes are only available through special order, which may involve longer wait times and restrictions on returns or exchanges.
  • Fit Concerns: Some users have reported issues with the fit, such as the shoe running slightly narrow or having a tongue that could be wider for better comfort.
Color:

Black, Grey

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Width:

D, 4E, 6E, 9E, 10E, 14E

The double Velcro strap on this shoe by Apis is one of our best selling wide shoes available in widths up to 14E in mens. It allows for easy adjustment, making it ideal for those with varying levels of foot swelling throughout the day.

Step-by-Step Guide to Choosing the Right Shoes

1. Measure Your Feet

Use a measuring tape to get accurate foot dimensions, including width. Do this later in the day when swelling is typically at its peak.

2. Choose Wide Width Options

Look for shoes labeled as 6E or extra-extra wide 10E and 14E widths to accommodate swelling. All of the shoes we’ve recommended come in multiple width options.

Pro Tip!
If your foot is twice the size or larger, a 6E shoe is not wide enought. You’ll need a 10E or 14E shoe in most cases.

3. Prioritize Support

Select shoes with good arch support and a stable sole for better weight distribution. This is crucial for obese individuals to maintain proper foot alignment.

4. Ensure Breathability

Opt for shoes with breathable materials to reduce moisture and heat buildup. This helps prevent skin irritation and fungal infections.


As shown in the chart above, 75% of obese individuals with edema reported a significant reduction in foot pain after switching to properly fitted shoes designed for their needs.

Additional Recommendations

5. Women’s Velcro Athletic Shoe APIS 9331

Women's Double Strap Athletic Shoe | 9331

Women's Double Strap Athletic Shoe | 9331
The Apis 9331 is the must-have Velcro athletic shoe loaded with comfort features.

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Color:

Black, White

Size:

4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Width:

B/D, 3E, 5E, 7E, 10E, 14E

These athletic shoes feature Velcro straps for easy adjustment and a breathable design, perfect for active individuals dealing with edema.

6. Men’s Velcro Athletic Shoe APIS 728-E

Men's Single Velcro Stretchable Shoe | 728-E

Men's Single Velcro Stretchable Shoe | 728-E
The 728-E by Apis is a men’s single strap velcro extra wide shoe designed for severe foot conditions such as swelling, bunions or hammertoes.

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Pros:
  • Specialized Design for Foot Conditions: The shoe is specially designed to accommodate severe bunion and bunionette conditions, as well as edema. This makes it ideal for those with specific foot deformities or swelling needs.
  • Flexible and Comfortable Material: The uppers are made of elastic fabric material, allowing more flexibility and added depth for extra wiggle room for the toes. This can greatly enhance comfort, especially for those with sensitive feet.
  • Supportive Features: The shoe includes elements like a padded foam collar and a reflex leather counter, which work together to reduce friction at the ankle and pressure on the Achilles tendon, providing overall better support and comfort.
Cons:
  • Specialty Shoe Only: Not suggested for minor foot conditions.
  • Color Options: Only available in black.
Color:

Black

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Width:

D, 4E, 6E, 10E, 14E

Similar to the women’s version (style 628-E), these men’s lycra shoes offer excellent support and adjustability for those with swollen feet.

7. Orthofeet Springfield Stretch Women’s Single-strap Mary Jane Shoe

Women's Stretchable Mary Jane Shoe | Springfield Stretch

Women's Stretchable Mary Jane Shoe | Springfield Stretch
The Springfield Stretch by Orthofeet is a women's Mary Jane that provide superior comfort and support for all-day use.

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Color:

Black

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11, 12

Width:

B, D, 3E, 5E

This casual shoe combines style with functionality, featuring a single strap for easy adjustment and a roomy, flexible toe box for comfort.

8. Men’s Super Depth Shoe for Swelling 502-E

Men's Super Depth Shoe For Swelling | 502-E

Men's Super Depth Shoe For Swelling | 502-E
This men's casual shoe is designed with an enlarged volume allowing easy entry and accommodation for advanced swelling (edema). Has elastic (Lycra) around the collar to offload tender spots around the ankle related to swelling.

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Color:

Black

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

Width:

10E, 14E

Designed specifically for individuals with severe edema, this shoe offers maximum depth and width to accommodate significant swelling.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right shoes is crucial for obese individuals dealing with edema. By focusing on features like width, adjustability, support, and breathability, you can find shoes that not only fit comfortably but also promote better foot health. Remember to measure your feet regularly and choose shoes that can accommodate fluctuations in swelling.

For more information on managing edema and transitioning to wider shoes, check out this helpful guide: Transitioning to Wider Shoes for Edema.

By investing in proper footwear, you’re taking an important step towards improving your overall comfort and mobility. Don’t hesitate to consult with a podiatrist or footwear specialist if you need additional guidance in finding the perfect shoes for your needs.

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