Well Tim, diabetic footwear is actually designed for diabetics in mind. An example is Apex(aka Aetrex, a manufacturer that designs their shoes to have a seamless interior so there are no exposed seams for the foot to rub against. Diabetic shoes also feature removable insoles to accommodate orthotics, as well as removable spacers for extra depth. Here is one example. Hope I was able to help clarify some things!
Like all sneakers it is best to attach a Continuous Glucose Sensor to them so it is easier to keep track of them. I put mine on the tongue and call it a piercing. It is like a fashion statement.
Please check your insurance policy. Some medical insurance policies will cover all or part of the cost of one pair of shoes a year. You might be amaze at what your insurance company is supposed to cover and you might not know about it. I found out totally by accident that my policy was supposed to cover my testing strips and durable medical supplies.
If you are looking for insurance to cover your shoes, I would check out FootSmart(online retailer) and Foot Solutions (brick and mortar). Foot solutions actually is a national retailer and has many stores nation wide.
Another good company I have been purchasing items from is the Diabetic Shoes Hub becuase they have a large selection.
I wear my sneakers in the size that my foot measures, and my dress shoes a half size larger, but not for diabetic reasons. I am on my feet all day with kids, so I just want general comfort, and a half size larger can do that for me. Luckily, the only issues I have ever had with my feet are that they get dry really quickly.
i wear regular socks with diabetic sneakers. i cannot walk with shoes because of neuropathy
for the past few years i've worn basic cheapo socks and either nike or brooks running shoes when out at school, and I wear slip resistant boots at work. All of them are size 8 1/2, which is the exact size I need. Even after 15 years, I still don't have a reason to wear those specialty shoes. So until it becomes a necessity, I'll stick to running shoes and boots :)
I've been wearing diabetic socks for the past decade. Physician's choice or Diastar. They cost about the same as normal socks, and are way more comfortable. Recently, I noticed that non-D socks are becoming more like D socks. It think the important thing is that they don't have too much cotton. I wear any shoes, as long as they are comfortable and fit properly. I've never had any foot problems.