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Choosing the right shoes for you

I have rheumatoid arthritis in my feet and walking used to be excruciatingly painful. Then I invested in a pair of Fitflop shoes and couldn’t believe how comfortable they were. They’re pricey but worth every penny.
Michelle Thomas

For everyday wear, I use lightweight walking boots as I walk a lot and need the ankle support. Other than that I buy something like Hotter. I can’t wear flat shoes as this upsets the inflammation in my Achilles tendon and I can’t wear heels higher than 1 inch because of my knees. Buying shoes is an interesting experience!

Try Hotter shoes. I'm about to order another pair as they're so comfortable and reasonably stylish, often coming in extra wide. There are some shops also around the country.
Mary Briscoe, Pinner, Middlesex

I have osteoarthritis and haven’t been able to wear heels for a long time. Now I have a new hip I don’t want to go backwards so here are my tried and trusted brands:

  • Fly London for wedge shoes and sandals with rubber soles
  • Clarks sandals
  • Dr Martens with insoles for shock absorption
  • Po-Zu boots (an ethical range that are very comfy with footbeds that mould to the shape of your feet).

I also bought a pair of real sheepskin insoles for my slippers that mould to the shape of my feet for approximately £10 on eBay.
Katherine Thomas

I've had rheumatoid arthritis for over 25 years with particular discomfort with my feet (swelling, deformed toes etc.). Recently I've found shoes supplied by Hotter to be absolute bliss. Their sizes are from 3–9 (6–12 for men), most in an extra wide fit if needed, are made of lovely soft leather and come in really fashionable designs; order over the internet and they are delivered within 5–7 days, sometimes sooner. They're not cheap, but you get quality and comfort.

Also Cosyfeet do an extensive range (a little more conventionally styled) and, sometimes, Marks & Spencer Foot Glove range have proved suitable.
Anthea Hall, Stourbridge, West Midlands

I’ve been using Simple Way shoes for over 20 years and I think they’re fantastic! I don’t know how fashionable they are but they’re very comfy and they’re also a very nice friendly company.
Mrs Quilty, South East England

ECCO Shoes' trainer-like casual shoes have seen me through two hip replacements and two knee replacements in three years. They're so supportive and comfortable, and heartily approved of by my physiotherapist.
Gillian Kempster, via email

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