Adaptive Shoes for Seniors Increase Safety and Mobility

adaptive shoes for seniors

Seniors need special shoes for common foot conditions

Aging and common health conditions like diabetes, arthritis, or swelling can cause changes in your older adult’s feet. That could make regular shoes difficult to put on or uncomfortable to wear.

To maintain good health, it’s important for older adults to be as active and mobile as possible. They also need to be stable and safe while on their feet. The solution is to find special shoes that adapt to their needs.

We rounded up some adaptive shoes and accessories that make wearing shoes safer, more comfortable, and easier for an older adult to do independently.



What to look for in adaptive shoes

In general, adaptive shoes for seniors should have:

  • Non-slip or non-skid soles to help prevent falls
  • Easy open and close fastener
  • Wider opening so it’s easy to get feet into shoes
  • Extra padding for comfort


Adaptive shoe and slipper options

1. Silvert’s
Silvert’s specializes in adaptive clothing and footwear. They have a nice selection of adaptive shoes, slippers, and socks for women and men. They also have an excellent return policy because they know caregivers are usually doing the purchasing for an older adult.
See the adaptive footwear at Silvert’s >

2. Buck & Buck
Buck & Buck is another well-known retailer of adaptive clothing and shoes. Their customer service is friendly and helpful and they also have a good return policy.



3. Nike
Nike created a sneaker that was inspired by a young man with cerebral palsy. They’re designed to be easy to get on and off with one hand so people with disabilities can put on and take off their shoes independently.

The Nike Flyease sneaker line has options for men and women. These are great for people who enjoy wearing athletic shoes, but need assistance to put them on and take them off.


Shoehorns are a big help

Sometimes, bending over to put on shoes is half the battle. These sturdy, long shoehorns make it easier and safer for older adults to put on their shoes.


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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Images: Amazon, AmberCity, Silvert’s


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  • Reply December 28, 2018

    karen Jones

    Do you have any pictures of the bottoms of the shoes? My mother needs something so she doesn’t trip on the carpet. So I’m looking for a different kind of rubber then sneakers have. Do you have anything like that ? Thank you

    • Reply December 28, 2018


      We don’t sell any products, so it would be best to directly contact the retailer to get more information about any shoes you’re interested in. I’m sure they could make some recommendations for shoes that would suit your mother’s needs.

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