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10 Best Slip-On Sneakers for Women, According to Podiatrists

The Healthy Logo By Amy Schlinger of The Healthy | Slide 1 of 12: While tying your shoelaces might seem like a simple, mundane task, not having to do it makes putting on shoes that much simpler. And honestly, it's more than just a convenience for some people, who really need to have an easier option. "Slip-on shoes are a good option for someone who can't bend down, someone with arthritis, or a busy mom because they're easy to get on," says Leo Krawetz, DPM, FACFAS, president of Healthy Feet Podiatry in Tampa. "They are protective to the foot, and they stabilize the foot much better than a flip flop or walking barefoot." They can be helpful to a lot of people. "Convenience and practicality are the name of the name game here," says Andy Brief, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Ridgewood Orthopedic Group in Ridgewood, New Jersey. "Slip-on shoes eliminate the potential risk of tripping on unwound laces, and afford the benefit of easy on/easy off." But you may be wondering, are slip-on sneakers as supportive and good for your feet as a traditional sneaker? "Traditionally, slip-on sneakers had been made by manufacturers with perhaps less attention being paid to structure and support," says Dr. Brief. "But as the market share for slip-on shoes has grown, more attention has been paid to proper arch and heel support in these products." (Podiatrists share the best walking shoes for your feet.)

The difference between slip-on sneakers and traditional sneakers

While tying your shoelaces might seem like a simple, mundane task, not having to do it makes putting on shoes that much simpler. And honestly, it's more than just a convenience for some people, who really need to have an easier option. "Slip-on shoes are a good option for someone who can't bend down, someone with arthritis, or a busy mom because they're easy to get on," says Leo Krawetz, DPM, FACFAS, president of Healthy Feet Podiatry in Tampa. "They are protective to the foot, and they stabilize the foot much better than a flip flop or walking barefoot." They can be helpful to a lot of people.

"Convenience and practicality are the name of the name game here," says Andy Brief, MD, board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Ridgewood Orthopedic Group in Ridgewood, New Jersey. "Slip-on shoes eliminate the potential risk of tripping on unwound laces, and afford the benefit of easy on/easy off."

But you may be wondering, are slip-on sneakers as supportive and good for your feet as a traditional sneaker? "Traditionally, slip-on sneakers had been made by manufacturers with perhaps less attention being paid to structure and support," says Dr. Brief. "But as the market share for slip-on shoes has grown, more attention has been paid to proper arch and heel support in these products." (Podiatrists share the best walking shoes for your feet.)

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