Your Well-Fitted Shoes

Well -fitted shoes are your feet’s best friend!

Feet Image The best shoe is the one that fits you properly. People have foot sizes, not shoe sizes. Make sure you have your feet measured every time you buy shoes. Shop at a store with staff who know how to fit your shoes properly. Only buy shoes from a reputable store that offers a warranty on fit and quality. If you have lost sensation in your feet (neuropathy), have your shoes professionally fitted.

Shop for shoes at the end of the day, when your feet tend to be bigger. A shoe that feels comfortable in the morning might feel tight by 5 p.m.

Three things to consider when buying shoes are:
length, width and depth:

These measurements should be made both while you are standing and while you are sitting.

When the shoe is on your foot and secured, it should feel snug (like a new pair of gloves), but not tight. You should be able to wiggle your toes easily.

Look for shoes that:

Pair of Shoes

  • have good support
  • have a firm, low heel (less than 5 centimetres or two inches)
  • are made out of breathable material (leather, for example)
  • have Velcro fasteners or shoelaces
  • have good shock absorption
  • cannot be bent or twisted
  • do not rub or pinch
  • have no seams in the toe box

More foot tips:

  • Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.
  • Whenever possible, put your feet up when you are sitting.
  • Wiggle your toes and move your ankles around for a few minutes several times a day to improve blood flow in your feet and legs.
  • Be active for 150 minutes each week to improve blood flow in your legs and feet. Learn more about physical activity at diabetesgps.ca .



Someone taking care of feet