Best Shoes After Hip Replacement

My aim as a home care physical therapist is to make your shoe wear decision making with your new hip easy.  I have seen other shoe recommendations articles for those with hip pain.  I will only say ‘good luck‘ figuring out what’s best for you after a hip replacement using those ‘advice’ articles.

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For the purposes of this shoe wear discussion, I will assume you are in the early phase of your total hip replacement recovery.  By this I mean the first 6-8 weeks after your hip replacement surgery and not many years down the road after surgery.

You may not wear shoes normally around the house and that’s fine as early on you will not be doing a lot of ambulating.  However, when you regain mobility and start leaving your house its vital to have the right shoes after your hip replacement.

Select Comfort and Support Over Style After THR

The most important feature of your shoe selection after hip replacement is the amount of comfort and support you get.  Your new hip needs proper support and cushion from your shoes to maximize your potential early on.

I strongly suggest walking or running shoes to all of my hip replacement patients when they are in this early rehab phase.  Wearing heels, flats, sandals or dress shoes in the first few months after hip replacement would be a poor choice as they will not provide enough cushioning and support.

You may own expensive ‘comfortable’ sandals which could possibly provide some support however most sandals do not provide the heel and lateral support your hip replacement will need.  For this reason I would not recommend any sandals early on after THR.

What’s Different Between Hip and Knee Replacement Shoe Selection?

This is a great question and while there’s not a whole lot of difference in the shoe requirements between hip and knee replacements, there is 1 major feature difference.  Hip replacement patients should NOT get shoes with extreme traction such as hiking or climbing shoes.  

This is so you can avoid twisting or pivoting on your leg to avoid possible hip dislocation. Knee replacement patients need not worry about shoe wear choice in terms of damage to the new joint.

Do I Need to Get New Shoes After My Hip Replacement?

If you have fairly new normal walking or running shoes that provide support and cushion, you do not need to buy a new pair of shoes.  Your current shoes will be just fine after your hip replacement surgery.

However, if you are in need of a new pair of shoes or just want to start fresh, it can be confusing to figure out which pair to choose.  To make your decision easier I will recommend 6 pairs of shoes for both women and men that will work to give you great comfort and support. 

PT SHOE RECOMMENDATIONS POST OP HIP REPLACEMENT

The following recommendations have been gathered after years of experience with my patients who have had hip replacements.  No I have not tested all of these shoes myself as I have not have a hip replacement but I feel extremely comfortable recommending these shoes to you.

Feel free to purchase these shoes anywhere online or in store that you can find them.  There is no need to use the provided links.  Those with wide feet or those in need of increased arch support please make sure to choose the shoe that fits your individual foot. 

Best Slip On Shoes After Hip Replacement – Unisex

1. Kizik The Madrid Eco-Knit Slip-On Sneakers  ~ $99

Why Kizik After Hip Replacement?

Kizik walking shoes are my #1 choice of shoe after hip replacement for one HUGE feature: They are designed to slip on and off easily, WITHOUT BENDING FORWARD, staying within your hip precautions.  The rebound heel design of Kizik shoes allows you to keep the shoe laces tied and slip into and out of the shoes effortlessly.  

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Kizik shoes also provide excellent cushioning and support with their F.A.S.T. technology design.  In addition, The Madrid shoes have a 4.4 out of 5 star rating Amazon with over 2400 ratings.

Where to Get?  You can get on Amazon and also on the Kizik website at roughly the same price point.  

Additional Information:  Kizik The Madrid shoes use fabric mesh made from 100% recycled water bottles.  The mesh fabric will provide additional stretch capability for possible foot swelling after your hip replacement.

Bottom Line: After your new hip replacement, the Kizik Madrid shoes will give you excellent support with its lightweight design.  Most importantly, your hip precautions will be maintained with their easy slip in rebound heel design.

2. Kizik The Prague Slip-On Sneaker – $109

Why? As discussed above Kizik shoes are extremely easy to get on with their rebound heel design after hip replacement.  The Prague shoe has special ‘Rabbit Foam’ signature outsoles that provide an additional layer of comfort and cushioning.

Where to Get?  Amazon and Kizik website

Bottom Line: The Kizik Prague shoes add an additional layer of foam support cushioning (Rabbit Foam) for an extra $10.  Designed tone lightweight and accommodating, these Kizik shoes will provide you excellent support for your new hip.  Plus, they are NOT too traction based to make hip precaution maintenance much easier.

2 Best Women’s Shoes After Total Hip Replacement

1. New Balance Women’s DRFT V1 Running Shoe – $69.95

Why New Balance DRFT?  New Balance shoes are widely regarded as one of the most versatile running and walking shoes available.  The DRFT Shoe has ACTEVA midsole cushioning which provides additional support you will benefit from with your hip replacement.  Most importantly, the soles are supportive but not too tractioned so you can maintain your hip precautions easier.

Where to Get?  Amazon, Kohl’s and New Balance website.  The Madrid shoes have a 4.5 star out of 5 rating Amazon with over 5300 ratings.

Bottom Line:  The New Balance DRFT Shoes are an affordable supportive shoe that will serve you well with your new hip replacement.  My favorite women’s running/waliking shoe after hip replacement.

2.  Saucony Integrity Walker 3 Walking Shoes – $79.99

Why Saucony?  Saucony has been a manufacturer one of the most popular walking shoes and a choice of many experienced athletes worldwide.  The Integrity Walk 3 Walking Shoes provide a non-slip surface but in a supportive, comfortable design to help in your hip recovery.

By providing this additional anti-slip support, you will be able to more comfortably walk outside of the home in all manners.  Slopes and unsteady areas such as grass and gravel can put extra stress on your hip so having .

Where to Get?  Amazon, Zappos and Saucony websites

Bottom Line: A reliable comfortable women’s all purpose walking shoe after hip replacement surgery.  

2 Best Men’s Shoes After Total Hip Replacement

1. New Balance Men’s 411 V1 Walking Shoe – $79.99

Why?  New Balance sneakers are again one of the most versatile walking shoes around.  The 411 V1 Walking She provides a lightweight, comfortable shoe to give you the mobility you need after hip replacement.

Where to Get?  Amazon, Kohl’s and New Balance website.  The 411 V1 Walking Shoes have over 5400 Amazon reviews with a 4.5 star rating overall.

Bottom Line:  The New Balance 411 V1 Walking Shoes are an all purpose cushioned walking shoe that will serve you well with your new hip replacement.  My favorite men’s running/walking shoe after hip replacement.  

2.  Saucony Mens Integrity Walker 3 Walking Shoes – $79.99

Why Saucony?  Saucony provides a comfortable and reliable athletic shoe, a choice of many experienced trail runners worldwide.  The Integrity Walk 3 Walking Shoes provide a non-slip surface but in a supportive, comfortable design to help in your hip recovery.

By providing this additional anti-slip support, you will be able to more comfortably walk outside of the home in all manners.  Slopes and unsteady areas such as grass and gravel can put extra stress on your hip so having .

Where to Get?  Amazon, Zappos and Saucony websites

Bottom Line: One of my favorite men’s walking shoes after hip replacement surgery.  

Final Thoughts on Best Shoes to Wear After Hip Replacement Surgery

Best Unisex Easy On/Off Shoes After Hip Replacement:  

  • Kizik The Madrid – $99
  • Kizik The Prague – $109

Best Women’s Shoes After Hip Replacement

  • New Balance Women’s DRFT V1 Running Shoe – $69.95
  • Saucony Integrity Walker 3 Walking Shoes – $79.99 

Best Men’s Shoes After Hip Replacement

  • New Balance Men’s 411 V1 Walking Shoe – $79.99 
  • Saucony Integrity Walker 3 Walking Shoes – $79.99

About Jeffrey Roth MPT

Owner and operator of Roth Therapy Services in Pittsburgh, PA focusing on in home rehabilitation physical therapy services.

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