To many with damaged nerves in their feet, "shoe" truly is a four letter word. First, my slip on shoes started flying off as my GBS progressed. I then switched to my tennis and boots, but my toes hurt so bad. I bought a pair of shoes for work that were light and stayed on my feet, but could only handle them for short periods. Finally, I just adopted my flip flops and socks as my go to footwear.
As the temperature starts to fall, the pain from cold is increasing. Soon, I'll need more than my flip flops. So, here is what I've found in the shoe department.
- Skechers GOwalk: I worked at an AFB and walked at lunchtime a few years ago. I bought these shoes and just kept them under my desk. As my GBS progressed early this year, I could no longer wear my regular tennis shoes, heels or flats. So, my Skechers GOwalk were all I wore - when I did have to venture outside. They are really light-weight, have a rounder toe area and have the room to add a pair of socks if needed. They also come in Men and Women styles.
- Natural Soul Zamena: There are times I could not wear my tennis shoes, but luckily I found a pair of beige Zamena's that I could get away with in more formal environments. I figured my cane also conveyed that there was a need to wear such "practical" shoes. The Mary Jane style meant that that the shoe couldn't fly off my foot. Like the GOwalk, they are light-weight and have a rounded toe.
- Teva Olowahu: These are my favorites. Easy to slip on and off, but not fly off my feet because of the extra strap. As I've gotten older, I found I needed the extra support. My GBS took this to a whole new level. At my worse, I did need to weave my toes into the straps, but at least I could keep a shoe on my foot.
Some of the people on my Facebook Support Groups seem to prefer Crocs, but I haven't tried these. And, think they wouldn't work for less casual environments. If you have tried anything, share what it was and what you thought about them. Others may need your advice, too!