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Senior Shoe Shopping 2024: Your Complete Guide to Comfortable and Supportive Footwear

Shopping for senior footwear can be challenging. Older people have to consider individual preferences in addition to specific foot conditions like bunions, arthritis, diabetes (swelling, neuropathy), and more. But in 2024, everyone can enjoy a wide array of shoes that encourage foot health and also look great. It’s just a simple case of knowing what to look out for!

Comfortable Shoes for Seniors: Key Features to Look For

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Arch and Ankle Support

The foundation of our feet can weaken with age, leading to issues like decreased muscle strength and joint flexibility. Shoes with proper ankle support help stabilize the ankle joint, reducing the risk of sprains and falls. Additionally, good arch support is essential to treat conditions common in seniors, like flat feet, providing cushioning and encouraging a better gait. 

Easy to Put On

Seniors struggling with arthritis, edema, balance issues and instability, mild cognitive impairment, and other pain-related mobility issues need shoes that are easy to put on. When shopping, keep your eyes peeled for the following: 

  • Slip-on shoes and sneakers
  • Shoes made with flexible fabric
  • Zipper shoes
  • Orthopedic shoes

Avoid high heels (too unstable), shoes with poor traction and slippery soles (can lead to slips and falls), and pointed-toe shoes (poor environment for bunions). 

Mobility Accommodation

Many older people need shoes that adapt to ankle instability, foot swelling, foot pain and leg pain. Moreover, stability and motion control sneakers can prevent injuries that may arise due to the unpredictability and vulnerability of daily movement. These shoes typically feature a firm and supportive midsole that helps control excessive foot motion.

Best Senior Footwear 2024

Any helpful senior shoe shopping guide should include some examples of supportive footwear to try. Let’s take a look at some shoe recommendations that benefit foot health for seniors!

APEX X-Last Double Strap Walker X920M

APEX X-Last Double Strap Walker X920M. Source: APEX

This motion-control shoe is easy to put on and comes with secure fasteners and stabilizing technology in the rear foot and ankle. It also features a wide toe box, something that can help older people struggling with bunion and hammertoe pain. The extra depth can also help accommodate swelling. 

ASICS Gel-Nimbus

ASICS Gel-Nimbus. Source: ASICS

This shoe provides extra cushioning, making it a good choice for seniors struggling with osteoarthritis and sensitive feet. It’s a great choice for performing low-impact exercises and for walking. 

Portofino Velcro Strap Winter Boot

Portofino Velcro Strap Winter Boot. Source: Portofino

An excellent option for surviving the winter, this boot is highly insulated, water resistant and the solid grip helps prevent slips and trips. The velcro strap allows for a cozy fit and makes it easy to put on and take off, and the fur lining is a stylish finishing touch. 

Portofino Indoor Slipper

Portofino indoor slipper. Source: Portofino.

Orthopedic footwear does not just include orthopaedic shoes. These days, there are several orthopaedic slippers on the market that seniors can wear comfortably at home. This slipper also comes with a removable insole that can be replaced with custom orthotics or over-the-counter inserts.

Looking for More Senior Shoe Shopping Guidance?

Did you know that you can stop by Feet First Clinic during our business hours and browse our shoe collection without an appointment? One of our staff members can help you select the perfect pair of high-quality shoes for your needs. To take your foot health to new heights, be sure to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropodists! Call us at (416) 769-3338 or book an appointment online!

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