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For those living with diabetes, finding properly fitting footwear is crucial for maintaining foot health. In this podcast, CEO, Ron Heinlein, explores the significance of extra-wide shoes and why they matter for diabetics.

Wide vs. Extra Wide

Typically, diabetic shoes are available up to a 4E or 6E width, which is considered wide. Sometimes you may find 6E width options. However, for some diabetics, even more room is necessary. Extra-extra wide widths like 9E, 10E, and 14E are often vital to prevent foot constriction and ensure proper circulation.

Our Feet Change Over Time

As we age, our feet naturally expand and change, just like the rest of our bodies. You may have started with a size 8.5 shoe, but over time found yourself more comfortable in a size 10. It’s important to accommodate this gradual change by upgrading to properly fitting wider shoes.

Early Warning Signs Your Shoes are Too Narrow

Look out for these discomforts which can indicate your shoes are too tight:

  • Corns between toes
  • Calluses on bottom/sides of feet
  • Bunions

These issues often arise when shoes put too much pressure on the feet.

Finding Wider Shoe Options

Knowing where to find extra-wide shoes is key. DT Footwear offers an extensive selection of wider width shoe brands for both men and women. They have options in 9E, 10E, 14E for men and 7E, 10E, 14E for women. Their direct involvement with a factory allows customized shoes to meet your specific needs.

Wide Toe Box Shoe Brands

Wide Diabetic Shoes For Men

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

Men's Composite Toe Waterproof Work Shoe | Seeley II

Men's Composite Toe Waterproof Work Shoe | Seeley II
The Seeley II composite toe work shoe by Propet is the perfect companion for your work needs.

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Color:

Black, Blue

Size:

8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15

Width:

D, E, 3E, 5E

Men's Athletic Walking Shoe | Stability X Strap

Men's Athletic Walking Shoe | Stability X Strap
Inspired by the best-selling Stability Walking, this lightweight mesh upper Stability X Strap walking shoe will have you feeling fresh on your feet all day.

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Color:

Black, Grey, Navy, Stone, White

Size:

7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Width:

B, D, E, 3E, 5E

Wide Diabetic Shoes For Women

Woman's Athletic Knit Shoe | Tour Knit by Propet

Woman's Athletic Knit Shoe | Tour Knit by Propet
Breathable precision knit seamless mesh upper with a padded collar and tongue adds extra comfort and support to your feet.

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Color:

Black, Denim, Olive, Pink, Red, Sand, Indigo, Lemon

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11, 12, 13

Width:

AA, B, E, 2E, 4E

Women's "TravleBound" Shoe

Women's
The perfect companion for all your travel adventures. The TravelBound by Propet Shoes.

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Color:

Berry, Black, Green Apple, Icy Mint, Lt Grey, Lt Taupe, Peach, White Daisy, Lemon, Periwinkle

Size:

5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11, 11.5, 12, 13

Width:

AA, B, D, 2E, 4E

Women's Single Strap Slip-On Shoe | Olivia

Women's Single Strap Slip-On Shoe | Olivia
For the ultimate in stretch and comfort for women, check out the Olivia by Propet

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Color:

Beige, Black, Bronco Brown, Taupe

Size:

6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 11

Width:

B, D, 2E, 4E

Diabetic Shoe Requirements

To be classified as diabetic footwear, shoes must have:

  • Adjustable fastenings
  • Wider toe box
  • Seamless interior
  • At least 4 width size options

These features help maintain healthy feet.

The Role of Inserts

Inserts play a big role in diabetic shoes. They aid in addressing various foot conditions and are mandatory. DT Footwear provides free Plastazote inserts with some shoes to help circulation and alleviate issues like edema, neuropathy, and gout.

Expert Advice

With over 40 years of experience, DT Footwear founder Ron Heinlein is dedicated to helping people find the perfect shoes for their needs. You can reach out to him directly for personalized advice.

In summary, extra-wide diabetic footwear brings immense comfort, promotes circulation, and prevents foot problems. Be sure to explore your options and get expert guidance to embark on the path to better foot health. Your feet will thank you – feel the difference!

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Disclaimer: Educational Information Only
The information provided here is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment, including any foot-related concerns. If you have any health issues or questions about your feet, please consult a qualified healthcare professional, like a doctor or podiatrist. Don’t ignore medical advice or delay seeking help based on what you read here or elsewhere. We’re not responsible for any harm caused by using this information. Everyone’s response to treatments can be different, and medical recommendations may change over time. If you experience a medical emergency or serious foot problem, seek immediate medical attention, or call your local emergency services. By using this resource, you agree to these terms and understand the importance of getting personalized medical advice from a qualified professional.

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