Wide width shoes are essential for senior foot health, providing comfort, stability, and ease of use. This article explores the specific needs of seniors regarding footwear and offers guidance on selecting the best wide width shoes to enhance their well-being.

Topic Key Points
Introduction Importance of wide width shoes, overview of benefits
Comfort and Fit Proper fit, arch support, cushioning, ease of wear
Stability and Balance Supportive features, prevention of falls, suitable heel height
Lightweight and Breathable Materials, ventilation, reducing fatigue
Orthopedic and Diabetic Needs Specialized footwear, medical considerations, personalized recommendations
Easy to Put On Simplicity of use, suitable styles, avoiding difficult closures
Final Thoughts Summary and encouragement to consult a fitment specialist

Transition: Understanding the comprehensive needs of seniors regarding footwear is crucial for ensuring comfort and health.

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Comfort and Fit

Proper fit and comfort are paramount for seniors when selecting shoes. As people age, their feet often change shape and size. Common issues include:

  • Widening of the feet due to fallen arches
  • Bunions, corns, and calluses that require extra space
  • Swollen ankles and feet from poor circulation or medical conditions

Shoes with a wide, deep toe box, good arch support, and cushioning are ideal. Proper fit prevents rubbing and blisters, ensuring overall foot health. Velcro closures or slip-ons make shoes easier to put on and take off, accommodating limited dexterity.

Prevents Rubbing and Blisters

A proper fit is crucial in preventing rubbing and blisters, which can lead to more severe foot problems.

Accommodates Foot Conditions

Wide width shoe brands like Propet, Apis, Dr. Comfort and Drew provide the necessary space to accommodate bunions, corns, and calluses, reducing pain and discomfort. For those dealing with diabetes, we’ll cover that more in depth later in the article.

Easy to Wear

Velcro shoes, also referred to as ‘hook and loop’, or slip-ons are essential for seniors with limited dexterity, making it easier to put on and take off shoes without assistance.

  • Prevents rubbing and blisters
  • Accommodates foot conditions
  • Easy to wear with Velcro or slip-ons

After ensuring comfort and fit, it is vital to focus on stability and balance to prevent falls.

Pro Tip!
For those who have difficulting bending over, buy a long shoe horn to help get your heel of your foot into your shoe. They are readily available on Amazon and other retailers.

Stability and Balance

Shoes that provide stability and support are crucial for seniors to maintain balance and prevent falls. Key features to look for include:

  • Low, beveled heels under 1 inch high
  • Wide soles for maximum contact with the ground
  • Firm heel counters that stabilize the rear of the foot
  • High-top styles for added ankle support

Avoid shoes with high heels, platform soles, or smooth slippery bottoms, as they increase the risk of falls.

Provides Stable Foundation

Wide soles ensure a stable foundation, reducing the risk of slips and falls.

Stabilizes the Rear Foot

Firm heel counters provide stability to the rear foot, crucial for maintaining balance.

Additional Ankle Support

High-top styles offer extra support around the ankles, preventing twists and sprains.

  • Provides a stable foundation with wide soles
  • Stabilizes the rear foot with firm heel counters
  • Additional ankle support with high-top styles

Ensuring stability and balance is crucial, but equally important is selecting shoes that are lightweight and breathable.

Lightweight and Breathable

Heavy shoes can make walking more difficult and tiring for seniors. Opt for lightweight, breathable materials such as:

  • Soft leather or mesh uppers
  • Flexible rubber soles
  • Moisture-wicking linings to keep feet dry

Proper ventilation regulates foot temperature and prevents fungal growth or odors.

Reduces Fatigue

Lightweight shoes reduce fatigue, making it easier for seniors to stay active.

Maintains Foot Health

Breathable materials prevent moisture buildup, maintaining overall foot health.

Enhances Comfort

Flexible rubber soles provide comfort and ease of movement, reducing strain on the feet.

  • Reduces fatigue with lightweight construction
  • Maintains foot health with breathable materials
  • Enhances comfort with flexible soles

Now, let’s address the needs of seniors with specific medical conditions, such as diabetes and arthritis.

Orthopedic and Diabetic Needs

Seniors with specific foot conditions like diabetes, arthritis, or neuropathy require special footwear. Orthopedic and diabetic shoes provide:


Wide soles for maximum contact with the ground


Firm heel counters that stabilize the rear of the foot


Low, beveled heels under 1 inch high


High-top styles for added ankle support

Personalized Recommendations

Consulting a doctor or podiatrist can provide personalized footwear recommendations tailored to specific medical needs.

Below are some of our best selling shoes that would be a great fit for seniors.

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.

BONUS Gift with purchase - three sets of custom heat moldable inserts. A $240 value included FREE!
  • 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.
  • 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.

Black, Grey


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


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

Mens Athletic Double Velcro Shoe | 9702-1V

Mens Athletic Double Velcro Shoe | 9702-1V

Men's Water Resistant Shoe | Cash by Propet

Men's Water Resistant Shoe | Cash by Propet
Don't compromise on comfort when venturing outdoors with our incredible Cash slip-on shoe from Propet.

BONUS Gift with purchase - one set of custom heat moldable inserts. A $80 value included FREE!
  • Water Resistant: The Cash features a suede upper treated with Scotchguard for water and stain resistance.
  • Comfort: Designed for all-day comfort with a padded collar, breathable open-cell PU insole, and EVA midsole for cushioning .
  • Easy On and Off: The Cash is a slip-on style shoe with twin gores for a snug fit, making them easy to put on and take off.
  • Wide Width Availability: The Cash comes in a variety of widths to accommodate different foot shapes.
  • Limited Reviews: There are currently not many reviews available online for this shoe, making it difficult to gauge real-world experiences on comfort and durability.
  • Not Fully Waterproof: While water-resistant, the Cash is not intended for submersion and may not hold up in heavy rain or wet conditions for extended periods.
  • Style: The Cash may not be suitable for all occasions due to its casual, slip-on design

Dark Grey, Gunsmoke, Navy


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


D, 3E, 5E

Men's Casual Shoe | Drew Watson

Men's Casual Shoe | Drew Watson
Watson by Drew® couldn’t be easier to wear. A wide, one-piece strap opens up for easy-on, easy-off style.

Black, Brown


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


B, D, 2E, 4E, 6E

Dr Comfort Men's Wool Shoe Liam

Dr Comfort Men's Wool Shoe Liam
Dr. Comfort® men’s slip-on Liam soft wool blend upper. Made with a soft wool blend and synthetic lining, this classic loafer offers both durability and breathability.
  • Comfort and Warmth: The merino wool upper wicks away moisture and keeps feet warm and dry in cold weather.
  • Breathability: The wool construction allows for air circulation to prevent moisture build up.
  • Odor Resistance: Wool naturally resists bacteria growth, helping to prevent unpleasant odors.
  • Accommodative Design: Extra depth provide stability and adjustability for various foot shapes and widths.
  • Therapeutic Benefits: May be suitable for individuals with foot problems like diabetes, arthritis, or hyperhidrosis due to the depth, adjustability, and moisture-wicking properties.
  • Not All-Weather: While comfortable in cold weather, the wool upper might not be the best choice for hot or wet conditions.
  • Casual Style: The Dr. Comfort Liam has a casual, athletic design that may not be suitable for all occasions.
  • Limited Reviews: There aren't many online reviews readily available, making it difficult to gauge real-world experiences on comfort and durability.



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


D, 2E, 4E

Comparison Chart:

Style Apis 9704-V Apis 9702-1V Propet Cash Drew Watson Dr Comfort Liam
Closure Velcro Velcro Slip-On Velcro Slip-On
Upper Mesh Leather and Mesh Suede Leather Merino Wool
Insole Removable Double Depth (2 Inserts) OrthoLite® Plus Fitting System® – Two Removable Footbeds for Added and Double Depth Removable Gel
Outsole Solid injected EVA midsole with durable slip-resistant rubber sole High density injected EVA Lightweight EVA + Rubber Polyurethane/Rubber EVA/Rubber
Lining Seamless Fabric Seamless Fabric Seamless Mesh Drilex® Merino Wool
Technology Slip resistant, 4-Layer Heel Counter 4-Layer Heel Counter OrthoLite®, Double Insoles, Scotchgard Plus Fitting System®, Drilex® Lining, Rocker Bottom Firm Heel Counter, Gel Pods Insoles
Heel Height 1.5″ 1.25″
Sizes 5 to 20 5 to 20 7 to 16 7 to 16 7.5 to 14
Widths D, 4E, 6E, 9E, 10E, 14E D, 4E, 6E, 9E, 10E, 14E D, 3E, 5E B, D, 2E, 4E, 6E D, 2E, 4E
Colors Black, Grey Black, White Gunsmoke, Dark Grey, Navy Black, Brown Grey
BONUS Inserts 3 3 1 0 0
Conditions AFO, Swollen Feet, Hammertoes, Bunions, Diabetes AFO, Swollen Feet, Hammertoes, Bunions, Diabetes Diabetes, Hammertoes, Swollen feet, Bunions AFO, Bunions, Corns, Diabetes, Hammertoes, Swollen Feet Bunions, Corns, Diabetic, Swollen Feet
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Shoes For Women

Comparison Chart:

Style Apis 9331 Ross Hommerson Orleans Propet Tour Knit Propet Stability Strive David Tate TipTop
Weight   9.2 oz (Size 7) 9.7 oz (Size 7)
Closure Velcro Slip-On Lace Lace Slip-On
Upper Leather and mesh Leather or Nubuck Knit Precision knit mesh Stretch Knit
Insole Removable cushion insole  Tiny Pillows X25™ Open Cell Foam w/liner Open cell PU
Outsole HD EVA Lightweight EVA w/Rubber EVA midsole with rubber outsole Rubber
Lining Seamless Lining Antimicrobial Sueded Fabric Seamless, Mesh Seamless, Mesh
Technology Water & dust repellent, Slip resistant Antimicrobial, Tiny Pillows, Slip Resistant OrthoLite®, Double Insoles, 10MM Drop Removable Insole Removable Insole
Heel Height 1.25″ 1.5″ 1.5″
Sizes 4 to 15 6 to 13 5 to 13 5 to 13 4 to 13
Widths B/D, 3E, 5E, 7E, 10E, 14E AA, B/C. D/E, 2E/3E AA, B, D, 2E, 4E AA, B, D, 2E, 4E AA, B, 2E, 4E
Colors Black, White/Pink Almond, Black, Navy Black, Lemon, Denim, Red, Sand, Olive, Indigo, Dark Pink Black/Pink, Denim/Green, Grey/Purple, Burgundy/Coral Black, Grey, Taupe
BONUS Inserts 3 0 1 1 0
Conditions Corns, Diabetic, Bunions, Hammertoes, Swelling Swollen Feet Bunions, Hammertoes, Diabetic, Plantar Fasciitis, Corns, Swelling Bunions, Hammertoes, Diabetic, Plantar Fasciitis, Corns, Swelling Corns, Hammertoes, Swelling, Wide Feet
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Reduces Foot Stress

Rigid soles and motion control features reduce stress on the feet, preventing further complications.

Protects Sensitive Skin

Seamless interiors protect sensitive skin, crucial for individuals with diabetes or neuropathy.

  • Personalized recommendations from doctors or podiatrists
  • Reduces foot stress with rigid soles and motion control
  • Protects sensitive skin with seamless interiors

Lastly, it is essential for seniors to have shoes that are easy to put on and take off.

Easy to Put On

Shoes that slip on and off or fasten with Velcro are best for seniors with limited dexterity or mobility issues. Helpful styles include:

  • Loafers or moccasins
  • Velcro walking shoes
  • Sturdy slippers with rubber soles for indoor use

Avoid shoes with complicated lacing systems or tight openings that are hard to get on and off.

Facilitates Independence

Easy-to-wear shoes enable seniors to maintain their independence without needing assistance.

Ensures Comfort and Convenience

Shoes that are simple to put on and take off provide comfort and convenience, essential for daily wear.

Suitable for Various Activities

Whether for casual wear or specific activities, easy-to-wear shoes cater to a variety of needs.

  • Facilitates independence with easy-to-wear designs
  • Ensures comfort and convenience
  • Suitable for various activities

Choosing the right wide width shoes can significantly enhance seniors’ comfort, stability, and overall foot health.

Final Thoughts

Wide width shoes are more than just a comfort necessity; they are vital for maintaining senior foot health. By understanding the benefits, features, and selection criteria, you can make informed choices that enhance your well-being.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, contact our Fitment Specialist today. They are here to help you find the perfect wide width shoes for your needs. Here’s to happy feet and improved foot health!

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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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