Shoe Smart: Adaptive Shoes for Seniors

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“A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk.”

– Christian Louboutin

When it comes to our feet, what we wear carries great importance. A shoe is much more than a protective piece of material with a sole. Choosing the right pair of shoes can make a significant difference when it comes to our health, especially for seniors.


One of the first things we notice when trying on a new pair of shoes is its comfort. Finding the balance between a snug fit and enough wiggle room is an art, in-and-of itself.

But, for some, comfort doesn’t end there. People who experience changes in their feet, due to health conditions, such as seniors, can find some seemingly comfortable shoes, quite uncomfortable. The shoe also needs to provide stability and remain comfortable, both during walks and when sitting down for a meal.

That’s where adaptive shoes come in.

Adaptive Shoes

According to an article in Daily Caring, adaptive shoes should:

  • Prevent slipping and skidding
  • Have a simple open/close fastener
  • Have a wide opening
  • Provide more padding

These features combine comfort with optimal functionality and may make all the difference for a senior’s feet.

Silvert’s, makers of adaptive clothing and footwear, for 88 years, sums it up this way, “The best shoes for elderly seniors are ones that are comfortable and that provide excellent support, while the best elderly walking shoes for seniors are ones that let you spend time inside or outside your home or care facility and experience the same level of comfort.”

If your shoes fit the bill, you’re in good shape. If they don’t, it may be time for a change.

How satisfied are you with your shoes?

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