Shoes, Socks, and Sandals
Many of the products discussed here can be found in online stores such as Zappos.com and other online venues. If you are aware of other online sources for PC-friendly footwear, please contact us!
K6a patient: "I use extra cushion in boots and foot powder - jungle boots (breathable!) and cotton socks and I was able to walk all day ."
K6a patient: "Wear flip flops around the house and where ever else I can. Call them "my Lagunas" (that's the brand name.) Has specially made insoles, but wears the flip flops around house becaues they're just as comfortable but allow feet to breathe and she can't stand wearing socks. The sweatier the feet get, the more they hurt."
K6a patient: "Cheap, rubber beach shoes. Best ones not shaped or molded, just a flat slab of foamy type material and are usually slip ons, like flip flops but slightly fancier. Work well because they're flat, soft and make allowances for hard skin. Quite thick so they absorb rocks on the ground and they keep feet from getting sweaty because they're airy."
K6a patient: "I wear sandals when on holiday but most of the time the shoes have to be laced (done up as tight as possible). I prefer a short boot as they support the ankles and hold the shoe/boot on."
Cx30 patient: "Only wear shoes that are soft, cushioned and of natural leather. Found heat is main factor in the pain with feet and it also causes my feet to swell, redden and of course blister. If wear covered shoes (like sneakers) that have a synthetic lining, feet generate so much heat from the friction can't walk. One dermatologist suggested I use a biopsy punch (he gave me one) to make small round holes in the instep of shoes and sneakers just above the sole to allow air to flow. "
K6a patient: " I buy my shoes at Enslow Shoes 470 Park Avenue South @ 32nd St New York."
K16 patient: "Zappos.com is a wonderful source for shoes. They carry many brands, widths, men's, women's and Children's. Shipping and return shipping is free and the shoes arrive in a couple of days. Here are some brands that carry cusion features:
Women's...Clarks, Aerosoles, Geox, Ecco, Gentlesouls, Rockport, Campers, New Balance, Merrells Men's...Ecco, Campers, Rockport, Nike, New Balance. Also, Harry's shoes tip top shoes 2299 Broadway @ 83rd st or 165 west 72nd street in New York sell a variety of comfort shoes in many sizes both men's and women's."
Shoes and Sandals - Listed Alphabetically
From The Walking Company:
ABEO® biomechanical footwear™ infuses advanced technology into classic shoe designs and is found exclusively at the Walking Company’s 200 plus nationwide stores and thewalkingcompany.com. When you visit any location of The Walking Company we will utilize advanced scanning technology to digitally analyze your foot in order to help you maximize the benefits of ABEO’s revolutionary footwear.
K6a patient: "In 2010 I discovered The Walking Store, particulary a shoe they carry referred to as the Abeo Smart System (generally I have used the sandal form of this shoe). This shoe has made a huge difference for me - I actually couldn't wear the shoes I used to wear before I started wearing this shoe. I just wanted to pass this along and say that this is the most comfortable shoe I have found to date."
K16 patient: "Bandals fashion flip flops are so comfortable, they have a thick base and are very flexible. The best thing is that you can change the top to match your outfit. I live in mine in the summer as they really help and being able to change the tops means you only need one pair!"
K16 patient: "I wear camper shoes. They are very comfortable."
Camper men's shoes and Camper women's shoes have a spirit and personality of their own and present a diverse range of footwear that combines graphic design with imagination and functionality. To the senses, Camper shoes are unique, original and constantly a surprise. From the iconic Camper Pelotas range, the true original in retro sneakers, to the asymmetrical Camper Twins, that are playful and whimsical, Camper men's shoes and Camper women's shoes are filled with excitement. Urbanites around the world appreciate the creativity and artistry in Camper men's shoes and Camper women's shoes as well as the quality and comfort.
Brooks Ghost 5
From the Brooks website: "Runner’s World described the Ghost 5 as 'a versatile shoe that can handle whatever workouts you throw at it' and noting that the Ghost 'remains fairly lightweight with a soft heel and relatively firm forefoot, which gives wearers a fast feel.' One wear tester said 'I didn’t have that "squishy" feeling I sometimes experience with cushioned shoes.' Another said, 'The Ghost 5 has excellent cushioning—cement feels like blacktop, blacktop feels like grass, grass feels like clouds! I was able to feel the ground just fine for a strong ride.'"
K17 patient: "The only tennis shoe I can wear now that really feels great on my feet are "Brooks" Ghost Five brand is what I have on."
K17 patient: "Classic Crocs (not any other brand) for shoes, but has to wear with socks. She uses cotton socks (likes 100% cotton)."
NOTE: Many PCers use 100% cotton socks. However, extensive research shows that cotton holds water (think about those thick cotton towels) and PCers need to keep that water away from their feet to avoid blistering. While nylon or other synthetics may be worse, the idea of 'wicking' socks that take water away is an important concept for PCers. Wicking Socks
Crocs shoes are simply the perfect all-purpose shoe designed with total comfort in mind. Roomy orthotic foot beds mold to your soles for a custom fit; ventilation ports keep feet cool; antimicrobial and odor resistant material; slip resistant, non-marking bottoms; and, lightweight Croslite foam washes clean. Pivoting strap allows you to wear as clogs or sandals.
Cx30 patient: "Plantar keratoderma. ECCO sandals which are European and very expensive but are wonderfully comfortable and have great cushioned soles and soft velcro straps. Don't get the sweating that happens in cheaper shoes. Also, the lining under the foot is like a suede finish, so your foot doesn't stick and blister like it does on regular leather or other substances. Can wear them barefoot whereas I used to have to wear stockings or socks, not a good look in the summer. They also make great boots that I can actually hike in in winter months."
K16 patient: I have recently bought some new sandals; Ecco Breeze, they are the most comfortable ones i have tried in a while. Not the most attractive ones but i know you will agree, that is not the top of the priority list, unfortunatly!
K16 patient: "I use special Geoxshoes and custom made insoles but I don't buy them because of the membranes. You can take the inlays out and they are big enough for my own custom insoles. It took me 1 year to buy new ones."
Joya uses futuristic internationally patented Sole Technology that delivers a sensation while walking that has really never before been encountered. You are given the emotional experience of walking effortlessly on a concrete planet. It's not about sculpting and toning a chiseled physique. It's not about being the "cure-all" shoe for orthopedic pain. It's simply about making walking a joyful and effortless experience.
K16 patient: "I have now had a week to try out my new pair of Joya Lugano Brown Shoes. These shoes are pretty amazing. I have noticed a difference in comfort level while walking and a difference in the amount of sweat my feet produce because of the shoes active air technology. While these shoes by no means entirely take the pain away, I believe these shoes are the closest to perfection of technology a shoe can have to take pressure off the feet. These are the most pressure reducing shoe I have every tried on. This shoe company is based in Europe, so the styles are still limited in the US. They are a little expensive, but in my opinion, worth the increase in number of steps I can endure each day."
MBT (Masai Barefoot Technology)
K6a patient "There is a particular brand of shoe that my daughters' podiatrist recommended, called MBT, for Masai Barefoot Technology. People my age may remember Earth shoes, with the negative heel that was supposed to improve posture and stride and therefore correct a number of health problems; these have many similar claims. We don't have an opinion on whether they encourage weight loss or prevent cellulite! However, they have had an AMAZING effect on my daughters' calluses. She has worn them since the first of the year, and the number and severity of calluses has been drastically reduced on both feet! Now, these shoes are more expensive than any I've ever bought for myself. We find them ON SALE for $140 - $160. But they sure seem worth it! I have just bought her MBT sandals, and my son is trying a pair of sneakers. My son's feet aren't yet as bad as my daughters', so we may not see the same dramatic results, but if it keeps his calluses from progressing, I'll keep buying the shoes. We buy them from www.footwearetc.com although there are other internet sources."
K16 patient "I bought a pair of MBT shoes (www.swissmasai.com), which have taken away almost all of the foot pain I normally experience when walking. The shoes were designed to help improve posture, among other things, but the side benefit for me has been tremendous. After a couple of hours of running errands one day, instead of being exhausted and stressed b/c of the pain, I still felt amazingly fresh and energetic. I think it's b/c the heel 'sensor' in the shoe does a great job of soaking-up impact, combined with the rolling motion of the shoe, which requires practically no bending at the ball of the foot. The shoes are pricey (~$250), but they give me more freedom, so I think they're well worth it."
The Merrell shoes company has made a name for itself providing outdoor footwear that is not only comfortable, but provides the perfect fit right out of the box!
Merrell shoes, has a wide range of shoes including sport shoes and moccasins, as well as products to relieve pain in the feet and lower body. Merrell shoes are both sporty and comfortable due to the groundbreaking technologies used to make these shoes. Many Merrell shoes have Air Cushion Midsole Technology, for example, for added comfort. If you're looking for Merrell shoes that absorb shock and add stability to your step, you should definitely buy a pair of Merrell shoes with this patented Merrell shoes technology. Every time you take a step, the Air Cushion condenses to absorb the impact up to four times your average body weight to make Merrell shoes a good choice for those concerned about heel pain. This Merrell shoes technology also places your heel in a heel cup to help keep it centered and stabilized, helping to prevent heel pain, pronation and other conditions.
Merrell also has custom fit insoles made of durable Poliyou and dual-density foam, the Merrell Custom Fit Footbeds give you the freedom to customize the fit of your footwear by providing 3 different densities 7mm for the narrow foot, 5mm for a medium foot, and 2mm for the wider foot. In addition, it molds to the shape of your foot for total comfort and support.
K16 patient "I wear clark shoes and merrell shoes they are very comfortable."
K16 patient "Nike Sliders and Sandals that have memory foam insoles are very comfortable."
??? patient "I am very thankful for my Nike Air ACG trainers with an all-trac trail sole that has full front and back air soles. They are good for helping soften the shock when walking."
From the healthy feet store website "Orthopedic Shoes help relieve pain from those who: Suffer from intense toe pain due to bunions or hammertoes, experience ball-of-foot pain on a regular basis, corns and calluses on feet from shoes that donât fit right, intense heel pain, plantar fasciitis or painful heel spurs. The bottom line, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, is that if you have sensitive or problem-prone feet, then you most likely should be wearing an orthopedic shoe. Your feet are the foundation of your body, and wearing good shoes â like an orthopedic shoe â can give you the comfort you need."
K6a patient "I wear orthopedic shoes with custom made orthopedic inserts"
K6b patient "I've used orthopedics made by podiatrists and phase 4 orthopedics (mail-order). Moleskin. I try to buy wide shoes and low heeled pump for dress."
K6a patient "Have tried diabetic sneakers which really didn't work (not soft enough). I have orthopedics's in all shoes ones for more casual and ones for dress shoes."
K16 patient "I found comfortable shoes! Rieker Cindy! Light, breathable, soft, cushioned, roomy - what more can you ask. I don't cry very often, but when I had had the pair for a week, our dog ate the other shoe. Let me just tell you that the dog is still alive. And fortunately, although the black ones are out of stock everywhere, I found a pair of brown ones somewhere. I have new shoes, yippeee!"
Socks - Listed Alphabetically
K16 patient "I was at the beach today and saw a guy selling a product called sand socks. I saw a lot of people on the beach wearing them because the sand was to hot. I bought a pair that I will wear next time to the beach. But this looks like a much better option to the swim shoes I have been wearing. This product is a thin sock that provides breath-ability and has a sole on the bottom to provide support. They are made to protect your feet from (from the website): Hot Sand Cold Sand Dirt & Mud Sun Blisters & Rashes If you are interested, check out the website -www.sandsocks.net"
See the SmartWool website for a variety of SmartWool socks and purchase options.
- WOW (wool on wool) technology
Ultimate Fit, Comfort & Performance
- 4 Degree Fit System - 1 Ankle Band, 2 Arch Band, 3 Instep Band, 4 Instep Band
- Mesh (MVT) Zone for Ventilation
- High Density Impact Zone Ultimate Fit, Comfort & Performance
- Temperature Regulation (four season functionality) Conserving Heat - Maintaining; Releasing Heat - Warming; Absorbing Heat - Cooling
- Moisture Management - Stay drier, Longer with SmartWool
- Odor Control
K16 patient "I would like to suggest a product that I have used which has increased my walking stamina. They are SmartWool socks. Found at places like REI, SportSmart, or online by searching SmartWool Socks. This company has a lot of different varieties of socks using their wool technology in production. These socks are great for warm, hot, dry, and humid weather. They keep my feet warm when it's cold and cool/dry when it's hot. The thing that matter's most is that these socks wick away moisture that is generated from my sweaty PC feet, keeping my feet dry at the end of a 10 hour work day."
Sole Anti-Blister Socks
SOLE socks This technologically advanced sock features two layers. The inner layer hugs your foot and slides against the outer layer, reducing friction and the chance of blisters. The outer layer features large vent panels for increased breathability and an elastic arch band that keeps the sock in place.
Wicking - Moisture movement by capillary action. It usually refers to technical fabrics that move sweat away from the skin to the outer surface of the fabric, where it evaporates.
An article about socks that hikers wear from GORP.com an outdoor recreation website said "Wear wicking socks polypropylene or nylon are fine under a pair of wool or wool-and-nylon blend outer socks. The wicking socks are less abrasive, plus they move moisture away from your feet. Never wear cotton socks cotton absorbs moisture and practically guarantees blisters."
USE IN PC
K6a patient "Wicking Socks! I'm addicted to a new kind of socks wicking socks. Typically, if I wear socks and shoes for any length of time, my sores get soggy and painful I mean, MORE painful than their usual pain even if I'm sitting down. Wicking socks are made with synthetic fibers that wick away the moisture from feet and claim to be anti-blistering. I have tried a number of different kinds of these types of socks. Today, I report that I will never go back to cotton, or any other kind of socks I used to wear in the past. These new wicking socks have saved my foot life. I particularly like socks that have Cool Max in them. It's harder to find them in regular stores. I usually have to get them at outdoor recreation stores. And they are a bit expensive. What I've done though, because there are so many out there, is buy only one pair at a time. I've worn them and washed them a few times. This way I know which ones react best with my feet. I like the socks that have nice padding (but not too thick usually medium thickness) and still stay soft after being washed. The Thorlo brand is my personal favorite. My feet aren't soggy and clammy like they used to be when I've worn socks and shoes. This has significantly reduced the terrible itching that usually comes when I take off my shoes, and most of all, I can wear socks and shoes longer before the pain of simply wearing them starts setting it. Now, wicking socks aren't a cure, and I still hurt when I walk, but they have helped me considerably enough that I am hooked for life. It's amazing I've gone so many years not knowing about socks that wick away moisture. It just goes to show there may be other small and simple things out there that could help us PCers we just might not have thought of them or found them all yet."
K16 patient "I just got my Thorlo Socks!! I Love them...I am now redoing my sock wardrobe with Thoro socks. No more very sweaty painful feet with me in these socks!"
??? patient "I have a _ridiculous_ supply of grey and blue wicking socks. I credit Drysol (aluminum solution), wicking socks, Spenco low friction insoles (changed 2-3x daily) as my 1-2-3 punch to drastically improving my life/reducing pain and injury on my feet. I also switch sneakers (but identical models) during the day for pure dry cool feet overkill :). As far as the dual layer socks, the theory seems interesting (reduce the shearing forces felt by the foot as it slides) but I wonder if the aggregate layers produce more heat (even if made from a wicking material) at the skin surface. Additonally, I sorta believe that less movement in a shoe, regardless of friction level, just seems to work best for me in avoiding blisters."
Wright sock double layer construction coupled with the most technically advanced fibers, delivers the blister protection that you need. WRIGHTSOCK double layer provides year round comfort and performance with no blisters-guaranteed.
WRIGHTSOCK Double Layer delivers the no blister promise through a three-part system:
1. Moisture Management: Dri-WRIGHT inner layer wicks moisture off the skin better than any other fabric. The Result...your feet stay dry.
2. Temperature Regulation: Staying dry means staying cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The Result...your feet are more comfortable.
3. Friction Reduction: Interaction between the inner and outer sock layers absorbs friction that is normally transferred to the skin. The Result...skin shear is eliminated.