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10 Best Shoes for Charcot Foot

Medical information provided by Dr Steven Gershman DPM - Written by OrthoFeet Team on Feb 06 2024

Finding the right shoes for your Charcot foot can be tricky, but we’re here to tell you that it doesn't have to be stressful. This guide is your simple resource, offering medical tips and insights to help you choose shoes that are both comfortable and supportive.

No need for fancy terms or complicated explanations. We'll keep things straight-forward, focusing on practicality and finding the perfect fit for your unique needs. So, put your feet up, grab a cuppa, and let's navigate the world of Charcot foot (not to be confused with Charcot Marie Tooth) shoes together.

To lay the correct groundwork, we asked podiatrist Dr. Steven Gershman to explain about the condition. 

“Diabetic Charcot foot is a progressive neuropathic arthropathy - a degeneration of the joints and bones in the foot. Joint dislocation and collapse mainly in the midfoot can occur. It can be very disfiguring along with creating an unstable foot prone to open wounds or ulcerations on the bottom of the foot,” says Dr. Geshman. 

“Charcot foot is caused by nerve damage from diabetes, leading to loss of sensation, which causes overuse of joints and eventual breakdown or dislocation, or both. In addition, there is an increase in blood flow to the bones from the nerve damage, which washes out and weakens the foot bones,” he explains.

Dr Gershman adds that “Initially, the patient presents with a swollen warm foot that is not infected. Untreated, it will progress to the breakdown of the joints and dislocation and permanent deformity of the foot. 

Initial treatment is complete immobilization of the foot, ankle or lower leg in a cast or solid boot. In addition, the patient should be non-weight bearing until the foot cools down and stabilizes. This can take months in severe cases,” he says.

What type of footwear is best for Charcot foot?

“After the cast or boot is removed, the person can return to shoes, sometimes with a brace if deformity has damaged the foot structure. Shoes should be appropriate to the level of damage (if any) that Charcot has caused,” clarifies Dr. Geshman. 

He goes on to specify that “If the foot is structurally sound and intact, then a well made supportive shoe is worn. A quality insert to support the foot is important also. The insert may need to be custom molded if there is a risk of ulceration due to bony protrusions.” 

“The shoe should be designed with extra depth and a round, wide toe box to avoid pressure on the toes,” says Dr. Geshman. “As there is a lack of sensation, the shoe should avoid rubbing on any part of the foot so the inside should be soft and seamless. The leather should be soft but also strong. A rocker outsole can be helpful. Opt for shoes that are made to match these qualities as they are highly recommended for diabetic neuropathy.”

Dr. Gershman also notes, “If a brace such as an AFO (ankle-foot-orthosis) is required, the shoe should be extra wide and deep, and in some cases needs to be stretchable.”

“If the foot has developed significant deformity from Charcot, then a true custom molded shoe will be required,” he concludes.

Now that we understand more about the importance of finding the right shoes, it’s time to list our top Charcot foot footwear. 

What are the best shoes for Charcot foot?

We’ve worked hard to put together the following list of supportive shoes, all of which have a few common design features that are recommended for those dealing with Charcot foot:

  • A premium orthotic insert with anatomical arch support that corrects the gait and realigns the foot with the entire body posture.
  • An extra depth design to prevent pressure on the foot and toes.
  • A round and wide toe box that doesn’t cramp the toes and allows them to spread naturally.
  • A seam-free and fully padded interior that’s soft on the skin and prevents any rubbing.
  • Non-binding upper materials that are also strong, to provide support without applying pressure on the feet. 
  • A mild rocker bottom design that makes walking easier by propelling the foot forward. 

Best Walking shoes for Charcot foot

Women’s Coral

Coral

Why you’ll love it

  • Breathable uppers maintain foot health
  • Stretchy material molds to your unique foot shape

Specs

  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Widths: Standard (B) - Extra Wide (2E)
  • Upper materials: stretch knit
  • Available colors: white, black, no-tie black, gray, sandy, blue, lavender, turquoise, wool gray

 

Forget clunky orthotics and restrictive shoes. The Coral sneakers are where comfort meets cutting-edge support, making them everyday heroes for feet facing unique challenges. 

Think pressure-free bliss thanks to a seam-free interior that molds to your feet's every irregularity, from delicate bones to protruding bumps. 

Breathable stretch knit keeps things cool and airy, while an advanced cushioning system pampers your soles with each step. 

But the Coral's magic doesn't stop there. Customizable support, in the form of an arch booster and spacers, lets you fine-tune the fit for a level of comfort that's truly personal.

Coral is also available in a convenient no-tie bungee style, in black.

Feedback from users

“Spiffy and comfy.

“Not my normal style but my foot is no longer normal - Charcot! A great fit for both feet even though there is a half size difference between them. Always get a compliment when wearing them.”

Lisa Imlay

Men’s Yari

Yari

Why you’ll love it

  • Ditch the bend-and-tie routine with a self-adjusting closure
  • Water repellent, stretch uppers that move with your feet’s contours

Specs

  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Widths: Standard (D) - Extra Wide (4E)
  • Upper materials: stretch knit
  • Available colors: blue, white, gray, black

 

For feet seeking solace and confident steps, the Yari sneakers offer a welcomed comfort. Ditch the bend-and-tie routine with their self-adjusting closure, freeing you from the chore of laces and embracing a gentle, secure fit that contours to your unique curves. 

Water-repellent, stretchy fabric moves with you, forgiving any bumps or shifts, while the plush cushioning beneath pampers your sole with every step. 

A slip-resistant tread adds that extra touch of confidence, urging you to explore and embrace life's possibilities, one comfortable stride at a time. 

While freedom from pain can’t always be guaranteed, Yari does promise advanced support and cushioning, letting your feet know they're finally acknowledged and cared for.

Feedback from users

“Easy on and easy off. Just what I wanted.

I only wear OrthOfeet shoes because I have a Charcot left foot. Every shoe I have tried gave me extreme pain in Mr. Arch area, where a bone has dropped and needs cushioning to walk without pain. But it gets even better if I can put on and take off without sitting down to untie and tie my shoes. A new design of the shoe makes this possible for me to do without affecting all the other benefits of these shoes.”

Stanley M. Lovett

Best slippers for Charcot foot

Women’s Capri

Capri

Why you’ll love it

  • Expertly cushioned soles and subtle rocker design make every stride effortless
  • Crafted to cocoon your feet in gentle comfort and protection

Specs

  • Sizes: 5-12 
  • Widths: Standard (B) - Wide (D)
  • Upper materials: leather
  • Available colors: camel

 

These moccasin-style slippers for women are like a warm hug for your feet, crafted to cocoon them in gentle comfort and protection. 

The plush faux fur lining offers haven from irritation, while the roomy toe box accommodates even the most delicate curves without a squeeze. 

A world of more comfortable mobility awaits you, thanks to the expertly cushioned soles and subtle rocker design that guides your every stride with effortless support. Imagine gliding across your home with these as your loyal companions, their presence so comforting you might forget they're even there. 

From quiet mornings by the fireplace to leisurely strolls across the garden, the Capris cushion every step, bringing softness to your feet.

Feedback from users

“Best fitting slippers I have had for orthotics!

I have Charcot foot and these slippers were recommended by others with this disease. While not the perfect fit they are by far the very best fitting and most comfortable slippers I have had that I can put my custom orthotics in. I would definitely recommend these slippers to others that require a slipper that can accommodate their custom orthotics. They fit true to size.”

  1. Donohoe

Men’s Tuscany

Tuscany

Why you’ll love it

  • A roomy toe box welcomes even the most delicate curves, ensuring pressure-free fit
  • A plush faux fur lining wraps your feet in cozy warmth

Specs

  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Widths: Standard (D) - Wide (2E)
  • Upper materials: leather
  • Available colors: brown

 

For feet that deserve a haven from Charcot foot troubles, the Tuscany slippers offer a refuge of supportive comfort. 

Slip into the embrace of their classic moccasin design, crafted from buttery suede that feels like a gentle sigh of relief for your feet. 

Inside, a plush faux fur lining wraps your feet in cozy warmth, shielding them from irritation and offering the comfort of a protective hug. 

Say goodbye to the pinch of cramped spaces. The Tuscany's roomy toe box welcomes even the most delicate curves, ensuring pressure-free freedom with every step.

 The ergonomic, cushioned sole pampers your feet with each gentle stride, its subtle rocker design guiding your movement for effortless walking. 

Whether navigating your home's terrain or venturing outside for a breath of fresh air, the Tuscany slippers become an extension of your personal sanctuary, cradling your every step.

Feedback from users

“FANTASTIC!

I have finally found a shoe that I will use mainly as a cozy house shoe but it can take the outdoors head-on without worry.

I have a disease called Charcot foot disease…and to make any shoe fit, a hole or deep depression must be made in the inner sole. The Inner sole on this shoe is the only one that I have found that is thick enough to make this work properly.”

Robert Guth

Best boots for Charcot foot

Women’s Delta

Delta

Why you’ll love it

  • The black version shields you against the elements with waterproof performance
  • Each step finds confident footing on the advanced grip rubber outsole

Specs

  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Widths: Standard (B) - Extra Wide (2E)
  • Upper materials: leather
  • Available colors: black (waterproof), brown

 

It's time to reclaim your wanderlust without sacrificing comfort. 

The Delta boots are an invitation to explore, cloaking your feet in supple leather and lightweight, bio-engineered support. The black version also shields your feet against the elements with waterproof performance. 

Each step finds confident footing on the advanced grip rubber outsole, while the cushioned soles smooth the way, inviting you to venture further. 

No need to fear cramped toes – the Delta's roomy design embraces every curve, offering a pressure-free environment and total comfort. 

Whether it's a morning stroll through dew-kissed grass or a weekend trek off the beaten path, these boots become faithful companions, providing support with every stride. So lace up, step out, and rediscover the joy of unfettered exploration, one comfortable step at a time.

Feedback from users

“Love Orthofeet!

I had to exchange the Deltas for a wider width to accommodate custom orthotics, but the exchange, as always, was simple and painless. The boots are lightweight and comfortable. I have Charcot foot and Orthofeet products give wonderful support and fit right out of the box.”

Jodi

Men’s Hunter

Hunter

Why you’ll love it

  • The black version is designed with waterproof leather, keeping you dry and warm
  • Bio-engineered soles cushion and guide your way with unwavering comfort

Specs

  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Widths: Standard (D) - Extra Extra Wide (6E)
  • Upper materials: leather
  • Available colors: black (waterproof), brown, olive

 

Embrace the open air, rain or shine, with the Hunter boots. 

The black version of these rugged yet surprisingly lightweight companions are designed with meticulous seams and supple leather, keeping you dry and warm even when skies turn gray. The brown and olive are identical, except for the waterproof feature.

Every step finds sure footing on the enhanced-grip rubber outsole, its extra traction helping to improve your stability. Forget wincing with each stride – the Hunter's bio-engineered soles cushion and guide your way with unwavering comfort. 

Inside, a welcoming depth and a wide toe box ensure your feet remain pressure-free, free to explore for hours without a twinge or ache. 

Whether braving a morning drizzle or trekking through a winter wonderland, these boots become your trusted allies, with stability underfoot urging you further and reminding you that the world awaits.

Feedback from users

“Great pair of winter shoes.

Like the traction sole, the waterproof top and overall comfort of walking in the shoes. The insole helps my Charcot foot.”

James Sides

Best casual shoes for Charcot foot

Women’s Chelsea

Chelsea

Why you’ll love it

  • Adjustable strap and flip-up tongue for easy entry and customization
  • Advanced cushioning and ergonomic engineering provide unparalleled comfort

Specs

  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Widths: Narrow (A) - Extra Wide (2E)
  • Upper materials: soft leather
  • Available colors: black, cherry

 

Style shouldn't come at the cost of comfort. The Chelsea shoes prove that point with their buttery leather design and effortless entry that puts contortions and winces to shame. 

The adjustable strap and flip-up tongue welcome your feet, inviting you into a world of comfortable mobility. 

Underneath your soles, a symphony of comfort unfolds. Therapeutic, adjustable support cradles your feet, adapting to every curve and delicate bump. The roomy design and plush padding ensure pressure-free bliss, while advanced cushioning and ergonomic engineering transform each step into a smooth, stabilizing glide. 

Whether navigating city streets or exploring hidden gardens, these Chelseas become comfortable and stylish friends, urging you forward with every elegant stride in confidence and freedom.

Feedback from users

“Your shoes are a lifesaver!!!!

I have Charcot foot which causes one of my feet to be a different size, so the ability to make adjustments to the shoes is important for me so both feet are supported and my orthotics and braces can fit in the shoes. I have about 6 different styles and they have made life so much easier. Thank you.”

Dawn R.

Men’s Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades

Why you’ll love it

  • The black version is waterproof and protects your feet in any weather
  • A seamless construction welcomes every curve, leaving pressure behind

Specs

  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Widths: Standard (D) - Extra Wide (4E)
  • Upper materials: soft leather
  • Available colors: black (waterproof), white

 

A gentle journey, free from discomfort, awaits you. Step into the black Pacific Palisades that envelop your feet in waterproof leather that protects your feet in any weather. The white version comes complete with all the same orthopedic features, though its soft, non-binding leather is not waterproof. 

Inside, a seamless construction welcomes every curve, leaving pressure behind as you explore the roomy toe box and generous depth. With advanced cushioning that adapts to your every step, each step becomes smoother and more comfortable. 

These good-looking shoes can be the trusted companions for city saunters or weekend strolls, providing encouragement with every pain-alleviated pace. 

Leave limitations at the door and let your feet tell a new story: one of the ability to walk comfortably and with confidence.

Feedback from users

“Love these shoes!

“I have Charcot foot, a serious condition, and Orthofeet is the only brand I buy for shoes or sneakers. The best. If my feet were any worse they would be amputated. I can walk in these shoes, which is more than I can do with any other brand.”

  1. Cohen

Best sandals for Charcot foot

Women’s Venice

Venice

Why you’ll love it

  • Fully adjustable: heel strap, two-way strap across the instep and toe loop
  • Orthotic insoles align the feet with the entire body posture

Specs

  • Sizes: 5-12
  • Widths: Standard (B) - Wide (D)
  • Upper materials: leather
  • Available colors: bone, blue, brown

 

Embrace the sun-kissed freedom of open air, one comfortable step at a time, with the Venice sandals. 

Crafted from innovative leather, the straps unfold like welcoming arms, ready to adapt to your unique curves. Forget the contortions – the front strap opens wide, while the instep strap adjusts from either side, allowing anyone, including those with mobility issues, to find the right fit. 

Secure the heel strap for confident footing, and know you're ready to explore with less pain and at your own pace. 

The Venice sandals invite you into a world of comfort. Advanced support and cushioning lie beneath your soles, transforming every step into a confident, more comfortable glide. Whether navigating city streets or venturing along sandy shores, these sandals become your trusted footwear.

Feedback from users

“I love these sandals. Very fitting for my troublesome feet. More than any other shoe or sandal. I do have to use the extra support on the left foot, especially, due to Charcot foot. 3 surgeries in the past 10 years. The arch support helps the fallen arch.”

Men’s Gemini

Why you’ll love it

  • Instep strap adjusts from either side, making wear easier and fit customizable
  • A high-quality cushioning system makes every step softer and effortless

Specs

  • Sizes: 7-14
  • Widths: Standard (D) - Extra Wide (4E)
  • Upper materials: leather
  • Available colors: black, brown

 

Embrace the warm weather breeze on your skin and gentle earth beneath your soles with the Gemini sandals. 

Forget the frustration of cumbersome footwear and restrictive straps. These leather companions open wide to make wear easier, inviting you into a haven of gentle support. The front strap readily unfolds, beckoning your feet in without a wince. 

The instep strap adjusts from either side, finding a pressure-free fit that molds to your unique contours and making life easier for those dealing with physical challenges. Secure the heel strap for confident footing, and know you're ready to embark on sun-drenched adventures, with less to no pain and at your own pace.

Leave the limitations of rigid soles behind. A high-quality cushioning system lies beneath your feet, making every step softer and effortless. 

Whether navigating city streets or venturing along sandy shores, these sandals will surely become your trusted companions.

Feedback from users

“I can walk…

These are my second pair. I wore my first pair into the ground until the Velcro was worn smooth and would not grip ( about 3+ years of everyday use). I have other Ortho Feet shoes for when I must wear closed-toe shoes. The Ortho Feet soles are superior to the expensive ‘custom’ orthotics available from a famous brand.”

Angus Campbell

What is the gold standard for Charcot foot?

“As noted earlier the gold standard is immobilization and non-weight bearing initially”, says Dr. Gershman. “This can be difficult for patients as it impacts their lives significantly. A scooter that allows the affected leg to completely rest can be helpful.”

He goes on to explain, “After the initial period, shoes and inserts that accommodate any deformity that has occurred are critical. Avoiding ulcers is the goal as once a wound or ulcer opens up, it can take months to heal and sometimes leads to amputation.”

Does Charcot foot get worse?

According to Dr. Gershman, it can.

“If proper initial treatment is not followed and permanent deformity occurs, the foot is at high risk of ulcers. Ulcers are very difficult to heal in these cases as the underlying deformity, such as protruding bone on the bottom of the foot, is a constant factor. Also, diabetics don't heal well due to the disease itself. Infection is a constant risk as diabetics are very prone to infection,” he adds.

“Charcot foot is a very serious condition, but can be managed if treated early and aggressively. The patient has to stick with the often difficult treatment plan. However, the end result of proper treatment is a fully functioning foot. If not, the condition will worsen and can lead to amputation,” summarizes Dr. Gershman.