The most essential part of a diabetic starting a walking program is their shoes. Learn what diabetics should look for in walking shoes, how to properly break them in, what to avoid and more. Diabetics are particularly at risk due to poor blood circulation in the feet. Some tips include slowly breaking in new shoes over a period of several weeks, and examining your feet for soreness or irregularity during the transition. It’s important to make sure a small irritation doesn’t become a larger medical issue.