Women’s medical and comfort shoes have grown considerably over the years as the incidence of diabetes and similar diseases have risen. Most medical shoes are focused around orthopedic arch support and diabetic foot protection and in both cases, it means these shoes are far more comfortable than the average women’s footwear. Discussed in this article are the top brands that make either medical or comfort oriented footwear.
Drew – Drew Shoes is one of the largest brands focused predominantly on medical footwear. All of their styles come in multiple widths and the entire brand if designed around extra cushioning not only in the sole but in all parts of their footwear. This Makes drew shoes ideal for diabetics and those with medical needs. The shoes can also be found with orthopedic insoles and other features that make them medically ideal. There are currently 350+ styles of women’s Drew Shoes available as part of the current lineup with prices ranging from $65 to $175 a pair.
Clarks – Clarks differs from Drew Shoes in that not all of their footwear is medically oriented, but a large part of their 350+ collection of women’s styles is ideal for individuals that need extra cushioning or have a medical condition that needs special attention. While the Clarks shoes collection starts at about $45 online, you don’t start seeing medical and comfort oriented shoes until the $63 price range and above.
Aerosoles – Aerosoles has a very large collection of styles online with this year’s catalog of womens Aerosoles exceeding 430 styles, but as a large and diverse brand of women’s footwear, only a percentage of those are specifically intended to provide above average comfort. About 40 styles to be more precise. Of these 40 styles prices range from $35 to $65 a pair. The rest of the collection ranges from $20 a pair to $180 a pair.
Spring Step – Spring Footwear is one of my personal favorite footwear companies. Their brands all come from Europe and have Mediterranean styling, fashion, and sizing. They are probably best known for their sandals and heels, but the very diverse Spring Step collection has nearly 600 styles of womens footwear of which about 30 styles are designed for extra comfort and protection. These styles all sell for between $70 and $130 a pair.
Propet – The Propet Footwear company is very similar to Drew Shoes in that both companies make very similar styled shoes, both are not purely medical shoe companies, but nearly all of their styles make good comfort/medical shoes, and both brands sell for about the same starting price though the range does not extend much beyond $110 a pair for Propet shoes. One of my top recommended choices for extra comfortable shoes.
OrthoFeet – OrthoFeet is a small brand in comparison to the likes of others on this list, but this company has one focus: orthopedic and medical shoes. While the selection is not nearly as big as other, you can be confident in the cushioning and protection of any one of their 40 current styles. All of their women’s shoes fall within a rather narrow price bracket of $85 and $115 a pair.
While we’ve discussed only the top six medical/comfort shoes, there are a number of other brands that contribute a number of styles to this category including: CrocsRx, Aetrex, Naot, Hoopoe, ECCO, Earth, Privo, Antia Shoes, Fly Flot, Easy Street, Arcopedico, Keen, Hush Puppies, Gresshoppers, Gentle Souls, and Easy Street.
When ultimately deciding on a pair of medical or comfort shoes, the key is to pay close attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations for each style. Medical shoes are usually designed with a specific purpose in mind and the medical benefit is only obtained when you wear the right style in the right way. Medical shoes overlap with the general population in that nearly all are orthopedically better than regular footwear and offer above average cushioning. Thus, they are a great buy for anyone looking to have foot stress.