The Perfect Shoes Holiday Gift Guide
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or even Festivus, the holidays are almost here and chances are you’re already searching for the perfect gift for your family and friends.
If you’ve landed here, you – or someone you love – struggles to find the perfect shoes. For loved ones with foot swelling, wide feet, bunions or those who are always on the go like nurses or travelers, the holidays are a perfect time to receive the thoughtful gift of comfort, style and renewed freedom.
Here’s our guide for how to surprise them with the perfect shoes this holiday season.
The Perfect Shoes for Foot Swelling
Pandere’s collection features five styles of shoes for men and women that expand up to three width sizes, for a perfect fit throughout the day. Handcrafted in Portugal from durable nubuk leather and breathable neoprene, all of Pandere’s styles feature no-tie toggles, anti-slip soles and removable insoles for custom orthotics. For every pair of shoes sold, Pandere donates $1 to LE&RN, the leading lymphedema advocacy nonprofit. View Pandere’s collection for both men and women here.
The Perfect Shoes for Women with Bunions
With stretchable neoprene along the side of the big toe, Pandere’s Rodeo bootie provides ultimate comfort for women with bunions. “I love, love, love these shoes” says one reviewer. A combination of two of Pandere’s best sellers, the Rodeo comes in black and bordeaux (dark red), women’s sizes 6-12.
The Perfect Shoes for Extra Wide Feet
Available in both men’s and women’s sizes, Pandere’s Saturday is built on a wider last and expands up to an EEE width for women and an EE width for men. “This shoe is a gift from the gods- fits great, looks great and made right with style!” says one reviewer. Another reviewer says “It seems too good to be true...to have shoes that don't look like orthopedic shoes but feel like them! I could barely believe it! Thank you Pandere!” Available in black and slate grey, sizes 4-13 for men and 6-15 for women.
The Perfect Shoes for Pregnant Moms
Pandere’s bestselling Barista offers ultimate comfort for pregnant or postpartum moms. Perfect for foot swelling, tired feet or long days of chasing toddlers, the Barista adjusts with your foot throughout the day and features anti-slip bottoms. Available in slate grey, classic black, cool blue and burgundy, the Barista is available in women’s sizes 6-12 and expands from a B width to an E width. “Received my first pair of Pandere Shoes today and wore them all day and they were so comfortable right out of the box. I have very wide feet, but surprisingly they fit like a dream. No lacing up or anything. They are definitely worth every penny.”
The Perfect Shoes for Seniors
All of Pandere’s styles expand three width sizes and feature anti-slip soles and removable insoles for custom orthotics. They accommodate a host of conditions suffered by aging feet, such as edemas, diabetes, cancer treatment, swelling, bunions and hammertoes. For an all-around perfect shoe for senior women, we recommend the bestselling Barista. Available in slate grey, classic black, cool blue and burgundy, the Barista is available in women’s sizes 6-12 and expands from a B width to an E width. For senior men, the Bolero would be our pick. Available in men’s sizes 7-14, the Bolero expands from a C width to an E width and is available in black.
The Perfect Shoes for Nurses and People Who Stand All Day
If you’re on your feet all day, you need a shoe that is high-quality, lightweight, comfortable and durable. It’s a big ask from a single pair of shoes, but Pandere is the perfect fit. Engineered to both expand and support throughout the day, all of Pandere’s styles integrate a simple, no-tie toggle system for easy adjustment and a high-quality contoured footbed that provides comfort, arch support and heel cushion. The shoes not only expand along with the foot, but feature an anti-slip sole for safety - perfect for nurses on those who are on the go. The Rodeo combines features from two of Pandere’s bestsellers and is available in black and bordeaux (dark red), women’s sizes 6-12. For men, the Bolero is our pick. Available in men’s sizes 7-14, the Bolero is available in black.
The Perfect Shoes for Travelers
Air travel and long hours on your feet can lead to tired feet, swelling and pain. Pandere shoes are perfect for travelers and feature expansion; easy accessibility and adjustability; anti-slip soles; supportive, durable leather; and breathable neoprene. A happy Barista customer said “(The Barista) fit both feet well with a very quick adjustment of the bungee cord system (in) front and back. I also travel fairly often, so it will be a great shoe for airports! They are easy to slip on and off and are quite comfortable for walking. I’m very glad I took a chance and ordered them!” View Pandere’s collection for both men and women here.
The Perfect Shoes for People With Limited Mobility
A wide and supportive ankle boot, Pandere’s Neo is a dream come true for those with limited mobility, AFO braces or who use a wheelchair. Featuring easy accessibility with its velcro design and superior ankle stability, the Neo is ideal for those with mild to moderate swelling in the foot or ankle. The boot expands three width sizes and features easy adjustability, anti-slip soles; supportive, durable leather; and breathable neoprene. Available in black, women’s sizes 7-12. One reviewer says “Over the last 10 years I have spent thousands of dollars on shoes that did not fit comfortably over time and that some days I could not get on at all. I tried your Neo in desperation. These shoes are everything that was promised!"
Also in Foot Freedom Almanac
Now that you have finally reached the long-awaited milestone of retirement, nothing stands between you and everything you never had enough free time for – travel, golf, gardening, maybe even ballroom dancing.
Nothing, that is, except your tired, aching feet.
Foot problems are a common complaint among retirees. Like every other part of the body, our feet suffer from the effects of aging too:
When we began working on a concept for stylish, expandable shoes in 2016, we knew we needed the perfect name – one that would capture both the unique qualities of our product and our mission to give people their mobility and dignity back.
Over the next two years, as we worked on our first prototype, we talked with hundreds of women across the country who were fed up with being forgotten by the shoe industry. Our co-founder Laura Oden understood the frustration. Laura has had lymphedema for 40 years and had always struggled to find shoes that fit.
Do you feel like you’re trying to force a round peg into a triangular-shaped hole when you slip your shoes on every morning? Are your feet discolored or do they have indentations from your shoes when you finally take them off at the end of a long day?
Even if you don’t think of your feet as wide, you might need wide shoes.