There are a lot of things to consider when buying diabetic shoes. Besides the usual considerations of style and comfort, Americans with diabetes should also be concerned with finding a pair that is covered under Medicare and/or private insurance. This means that shoes must be purchased from an approved supplier, be properly fitted, and be custom-molded by a reputable diabetic shoe brand.
But, which companies are the most reputable in the diabetic shoe world? What are the best therapeutic shoes on the market right now? Those who are new to shopping for this kind of footwear may need some help finding a brand and look that works for them. Here is an introduction to the 7 most popular, Medicare-approved diabetic shoe brands on the market today.
Orthofeet – the neuropathy and pain relief solution
Orthofeet has earned its reputation as the #1 brand recommended by podiatrists. These shoes are all about medical technology, with pain relief at the forefront of their design. For who have multiple foot or pain issues alongside diabetes, Orthofeet’s scientifically-informed designs can make a huge difference in day-to-day comfort.
- Tie-less laces and heel straps for easy fastening
- Biomechanically engineered designed to maximize pain relief
- A high level of cushioning inside the shoe to help the whole body, including the lower back and legs
- Stretchable material for maximum comfort
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Apex – the original therapeutic shoe
Apex released its first therapeutic shoe, known as “the healing shoe,” in 1971. The comfort of “the healing shoe” appealed to both people with foot conditions and those without, prompting Apex to double down on manufacturing high-quality therapeutic shoes. With a wide range of shoes of many styles and international distribution, Apex is a brand that continues to be trusted by consumers across the U.S.
- Trusted brand with nearly 50 years in the therapeutic shoe industry
- Multiple, removable layers to customize your shoe depth and easily get the perfect fit
- Molded external heel counter
- Padded collar and tongue to prevent heel slippage
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Anodyne – the new brand on the block
Anodyne is one of the newest diabetic shoe brands on the market. Launched in 2015 and based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Anodyne’s story is no doubt a fascinating one – launched by a former VP of Dr. Comfort, the company aims to add fashion-forward sleekness to the diabetic shoe market.
- Fashionable, modern design
- A variety of shoe types including hiking boots, Mary Janes, and sneakers
- Mirror sticker in every box to help with self-inspecting feet
- A unique line of comfortable trail boots and running shoes for active diabetics
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Dr. Comfort – the king of therapeutic inserts
Dr. Comfort has earned its place as one of the most popular diabetic shoe brands. Founded in Mequon, Wisconsin in 2002, the company’s use of 3D technology has made it a particularly popular choice for custom inserts. Dr. Comfort’s wide range of styles and customization options has made it a podiatrist favorite.
- The highest volume producer of custom diabetic inserts, with 3D printing technology used to get the fit just right
- A great brand for first-time diabetic shoe buyers, with both prescription and non-prescription options
- Very wide range of shoes, from athletic wear to dress shoes
- Offers machine washable options
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New Balance – the active diabetic shoe
Who says you need to buy diabetic shoes from specialty brands? The well-known New Balance brand also offers Medicare-approved therapeutic options for fans of its athletic shoes. Simple and designed with activity in mind, New Balance offers diabetic shoes with both laces and velcro options. A word to the wise, however – since New Balance makes shoes for non-diabetics as well, be sure to double check with your diabetic shoe provider that the shoe you’re seeking is covered.
- Diabetic shoes from an athletic shoe brand, with a design optimized for movement
- Multiple width options to fit a diverse range of foot sizes and types
Surefit – the doctor designed approach
Founded by a doctor in 2000, Surefit is a guaranteed safe bet when it comes to Medicare compliance. They seek to make great shoes accessible to medical professionals and patient alike, with several straight-forward and reliable designs that combine style, practicality and medical technology.
- Prioritizes medical technology and education, with many resources for patients and podiatrists
- Stylish, work-friendly designs
- Variety of fastening types depending on preference and ability
Where to buy the best diabetic shoe brands?
Ideally, you should try to buy diabetic shoes from a supplier that:
- Provides multiple different brands, colors, and styles to choose from;
- Will directly bill Medicare or insurance for your shoes;
- Provides convenient shoe fitting (our fitters can even come to you!);
- Has a wide distribution network, so they can provide the best price for any shoes you need to pay for out-of-pocket (for example, because of our U.S.-wide distribution and large inventory, all our shoes are all on sale for $99).
No Cost Shoes checks these boxes and many more! We welcome you to order a color catalog of all the shoes we offer – with options from all the above-listed brands, you’re sure to find one you love!