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Community Thoughts: Finding Shoes for the Summer

Community Thoughts: Finding Shoes for the Summer

Finding the perfect shoes can be really hard! Finding the perfect shoes that are comfortable, breathable and still look good during the hot summer months can be even harder! We asked our Facebook community what they love to wear during the summer and here’s what they had to say:

Flip-flops or sandals work best for some…

  • I live in flip-flops…because I can’t stand anything touching my skin. Not great support, but the burning pain is so bad it’s about all I can wear.
Finding Shoes for the Summer: Flip flops
  • I couldn’t wear flip-flops because I can’t feel my feet and would walk out of them. But now I can thanks to Sketchers. Their flip-flops don’t flip or flop and stay on my feet. Love them! Try them, you’ll be amazed.
  • Fit Flops are awesome! They are stylish enough for church yet go with anything and they give me the support I need. Worth the price. When I am home though, I am alway bare footed because I am more stable that way.
Finding Shoes for the Summer: Flip flops
  • Can’t wear flip-flops but use to love wearing them! Have to have support around my ankle/foot. So during summer I wear sandals with a zipper in the back. Love them. Winter: regular boots and shoes, socks, but I miss my high heels and stilettos.
  • I’m a sandals man, something without a lot of tread to wear off.
  • I live in Birkenstock sandles…so comfy!!!
Finding Shoes for the Summer: Birkenstocks
  • I wear sandals but I make sure they are good ones…comfort comes first. In the winter shoes with support…miss the heels but like to be safe too.

Certain brands such as Sketchers, Easy Spirit, Keens or Merrells seem to be the go-to shoes for many…

  • I’ve spent the last couple of years wearing Skechers Go Walk 2. They weigh very little and allow me to bounce along (shuffling, really). They’re worth trying on for size and can be worn without socks. I now have 4 pairs. If you need to wear socks, go up a half size. If it hadn’t been for MS chat boards, I wouldn’t have known.
Finding Shoes for the Summer: Sketchers
  • Sketchers Go Walks. They are light weight and padded and they come in many styles from sneakers to slip ons and some have a small wedge. They are the only ones I found that I can wear for many occasions. I found them at Penny’s in store or online. They also have outlets where they are cheaper.
  • Since my fine motor skills make it hard to tie shoelaces I wear the Sketchers sneakers with elastic ties that slip on. Very comfortable with or without low or no show socks.
  • Love my Easy Spirit Traveltimes. If my feet feel too hot, I just slip them right off. I think I have a five year supply. I live in them!!!
  • Keens and Merrells. I go for the Mary Janes, can wear them to work, with or without socks. I live in them. Also, my husband bought me a pair of Haflinger wool slippers. I live in them at home. They are worth every penny!
  • Keens Mary Janes and Chacos. Both have great arch support and stability and both last forever. Spendy but well worth it!! I can wear them to work (cant wear athletic shoes) and my feet can breath and I’m not miserable at the end of the day.

When barefoot is the preferred way to go…

  • I hate shoes period. Always have. Gave up any kind of stranglehold shoes, I have a few “going out” pairs, and then it’s a pretty rare event. LOL! My feet feel like they are going to burn up in shoes. (And blankets are a NO!) Flip-flops or Ma nature are my top choices, and when it’s truly cold I wear my hand knit socks.
Finding Shoes for the Summer: Barefoot
  • I am steady when I’m barefoot but when I go out I wear Adidas flip-flops. I can’t wear tennis shoes. They are too heavy and cause my feet to burn. I miss my fun shoe collection!
  • Barefoot, my balance is better with no shoes at all.
  • If only I could walk around barefoot all the time! As soon as I put on a pair of shoes no matter how comfortable I become even more of a klutz.

Slips on can be easier to manage than tying laces…

  • I cannot tie shoelaces so finding slip ons that are comfortable and have good support is hard.
  • I have given up on “elegant shoes” found a pair of “mens” boat/slip on shoes at KMART (I have wide feet) rubber soles cotton mesh slip on easily.
Finding Shoes for the Summer: Boat shoes
  • Slip on boat shoes from Kohl’s. I got them because I recently couldn’t tie shoes.
  • Slip on moccasins or open back slide ons. Haven’t walked for awhile but try to put something on so I don’t injury toes. In power chair and have rammed into walls.
  • I need flat shoes and I like to look nice. I like some Clark’s mules and sandals. Hard to find a style with the 1″ heel. Higher and my back is killing me in minutes…and I trip on nothing.
Finding Shoes for the Summer: Mules

Tennis shoes or sneakers…

  • I don’t know about “breathable” per say, since I pretty much have to wear tennis/running shoes for my feet to stay uninjured. But, my choice for comfortable running shoes is Brooks brand Pureflow 3 or 4. These are the only shoes in my entire 26 years that do not rub me in one spot or another to the point of blistering and do not cause arch pain or heel spur flares. They are critical to my daily comfort level.
  • I have so many muscle spasms in my feet. I wear cotton ankle socks with tennis shoes that have a support slide in for my high arch. I miss wearing flip-flops except when I go swimming, I do wear them but just for a little while.
  • When I must wear shoes…Asics.
Finding Shoes for the Summer: Asics
  • I’m fond of Salomon. Super breathable, mostly waterproof (all except the top where the mesh is), good support, great traction, & easy pull elastic laces.
  • My feet are SOOOO sensitive. Only tennis shoes, Reebok. Getting more difficult to tie them. Don’t own a dress, because can’t wear any kind of dress shoes. Have to have 2 pair of socks on at all times, and no bare feet or sandals. Feels like I’m walking on marshmallows. which takes me off balance even more. Very frustrating.

The search still continues…

  • I am on a never ending search.
  • Hard time finding anything comfortable. Flat shoes are usually ugly and sandals are annoying because they have to be strapped to my feet or they make me fall…Hope to someday find a great pair or shoes and I will by enough to last a lifetime…style be damned.
  • Still looking for the perfect pair!!
  • I am so glad to see this post! I thought it was just me! So sorry others have this problem but now I know I’m not alone. I can’t stand most shoes. I have a pair of Fit-Flops and a pair of sketchers go walks that are about 5 years old and wearing out. I can not find any suitable replacements and shopping is exhausting!

Are you still searching for the perfect pair of shoes? What works for your feet during the hot summer months? Let us know in the comments below!


  • kam892 moderator
    2 years ago

    Great ideas for the summer!

  • pegalou
    4 years ago

    Shoes: the final frontier. I like to be able to feel the ground when I walk (think grip). Highly supportive shoes with built up soles do not work for me. I wear Vivo Barefoots but cannot afford many new pairs. You can order them via the web. They are true to size for me. I just ordered Vivo Barefoot Ella boots and they are very cool.

  • vp52
    4 years ago

    I have foot drop/toe drag and have been looking for shoes with little traction. After much search found some Mary Janes from Josef Seibel (Amanda 09 and Ingrid), also found two pairs from Naot. I still have to take them to a cobbler have a piece of leather placed on the front part of the outer sole to make them glide smoothly.

  • Lisa
    4 years ago

    my favorite is Nike Free 5.0. they are extremely light and the most comfortable shoe i have ever owned.

  • jenne
    4 years ago

    Also, Uggs. They have a low grip bottom. But they take awhile to break in. But barefoot is best for me.

  • jenne
    4 years ago

    Propet sneakers. They are very lightweight and have a toggle closure, so no laces. They also come in many colors: I have white, purple, and green pairs.

  • Peg
    4 years ago

    I started buying better quality shoes from Clarks and The Walking Company since it just started feeling like everything irritated my feet. I bought 4 pairs of sandals for the summer and have lived in them for work. Now I need to find shoes for the rest of the year that I like, look nice in and won’t fall over in. I miss heels but I am hoping with physical therapy that I can go back to wearing a least a small slightly wider heel (not blocky). I cannot balance well anymore in the pair of Skechers I bought with the type of sole it has and I still have to find good slippers that won’t slide off my feet.Question – does anybody else find stockings totally annoying and irritating? I can’t seem to stand the feel of them anymore against my skin.

  • Muff
    4 years ago

    I also have a problem with edema, so the vamp on any shoe must be high or stretchable. I found an online site — Arcopedico — that has a shoe with a firm sole, but a stretchy fabric upper. I prefer barefooting it, but when I go out, these shoes are great. I bought a pair in tan which goes with everything, but I may get some black ones. They’re only $60., but they’re worth a million.

  • Tess
    4 years ago

    To anyone…I have a pair of SAS orthotic shoes, beige with arch support and cushion insole I’ve worn once, size 10M. Friend bought for me and they just aren’t me. So comfy with a smooth sole which may help with foot drop. All leather with ties. If interested let me know. Was too ambarassed to tell friend I don’t like.

  • Isalady
    4 years ago

    I have foot drop/toe drag and am unable to go barefoot anymore. If I try, I end up dragging my toes and trying to walk on the top of my foot! Very painful 🙁 I found a pair of tennis shoes at walmart (in the kids section) that work great for me, they do not “stick” to the tile floor where I work so I trip less. I really miss being able to go barefoot but even just around the house I have to wear some sort or supportive footwear. Usually my very beat up,well worn UGGS.

    4 years ago

    I found that the “DAWG” slip on slides work for me from Walgreens. I have a narrow foot but they do stay on, I had a pair that I got at Wal Mart one year and they were even better than the ones from Walgreens and I still wear them I have glued them so I can keep wearing them. I have a problem when it comes to shoes I can’t find any that are comfortable and with a heel that is not 3,4,6 inches. I need a 2 in. heel that will hold my foot and it want slip out. can someone help me. Thanks Debbie

  • Lowie
    4 years ago

    Anyone know of a good shoe(other then tennis) to wear when you have foot drop and wear an AFO? So sick of wearing them with socks all summer!

  • JennyS
    4 years ago

    Propet have sandals with removable insoles. I have gotten them at and Amazon. I think the style is called ped walker or something like that. I have worn them with AFO.

  • clsuhre
    4 years ago

    Personally, I love Keds. The most important issue for me is the sole – it must be able to slide on the floor, or else I trip and fall. Keds’ fit is consistant, they’re washable and inexpensive, and I can find colors other than black and white. They’re cute enough for church, dining out or going to the theater or the mall.

  • Tess
    4 years ago

    I adore keds too. Usually have to insert a cushion pad tho. They last forever .

  • Kathk
    4 years ago

    So glad to read that so many of us are ha vining trouble finding shoes. I have worn an orthotic since I was diagnosed. I have worn Asics, Easy Spirit, etc. I know have a pair of Brooks which I am not thrilled with but am tolerating because of the cost. If anyone has had good luck with finding any type of shoes that work well with an orthotic, please reply. Thanks and happy shoe hunting!

  • Tess
    4 years ago

    Orthotics should work with any gym shoe. Make sure you take the insole out of the shoe first. I have a very high arch, so sketchers and cork based Clarks work best foe me. Earth Origins are great too.

  • Tess
    4 years ago

    Sketchers and a Easy Spirit are the only shoes I can wear. Lightweight and fashionable.

  • Grublin
    4 years ago

    Kitling water sandals by Teva (given as a gift to me) are the best shoe for me. I also found generic versions at Walmart for much less. They are made so that you Don’t “stub” your toe (very important) or irritate your heel from walking at a water park. They are very light and extremely durable. I wish I would have found them years ago!

  • Elizabeth
    4 years ago

    So far I have been able to wear a men’s house shoe that fastens on top and men’s sandals. I also have lymphedema, so my feet are almost always swelled on top making regular tennis shoes (Velcro) impossible. Nice to see so many bare foots!

  • murphy
    4 years ago

    I only wear TEVA shoes. I need to feel the surfaces under my feet while walking and I need to also protect them.
    TEVA has a flip flop style ‘rubbery’ sandal that has fully adjustable straps around the heel, instep, and toes.
    They can be worn with socks or without. I have several pairs and I wear them all year long.

  • Deeda
    5 years ago

    I am looking for a great pair of water aerobic shoes. I wear Birkenstocks sandles even in the winter because they are the only shoes that keep my feet happy. Unfortantly Birkenstock dosent make a sneaker water aerobic shoe or inserts. I didn’t know if anyone else had that same problem.

  • skcullers
    5 years ago

    Absolutely adore Ryka. Ordered 3 pairs so will always have. Used for last 10 yearss

  • skcullers
    5 years ago

    Anyone with advice for shoes to wear with brace? Pretty tired of my New Balance in black, white and tan! Anyone had luck with other brands?

  • JennyS
    4 years ago

    I have good luck with Propet shoes. I need to wear custom orthotics and their shoes accommodate the orthotics. They also provide good support.

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