The best shoes for walking depend on the unique needs of your feet. In the first section of this article,
we discussed two easy tests to determine your foot type.
Knowing your foot type will help you select the shoe that has the proper cushioning and support for you feet. It will also help you prevent injuries to your feet and joints.
Please take a moment to take the two easy tests mentioned above to find out your arch type (high, normal, low) and your pronation level (normal, overpronation, underpronation). This is the key to finding the most comfortable pair of sneakers.
Now that you know what foot type you have, look for shoes that are designed to fit your feet and offer the support and cushioning you need.
are many great brands and styles of walking shoes that are perfect for
the needs of a walker. So, try on a few pairs of to find the best fit
Now let’s take a look at the features you should look for. There are many elements of a shoe that you need to consider when trying to find a great fit.
When looking for the best shoes for walking, look for the following qualities.
Flexibility. Look for a flexible forefoot that bends at the ball of the foot.
to bend the shoe at the ball of the foot. To test the flexion
stability, apply pressure to both ends of the shoe with the palms of
your hands. It should bend around the ball of the shoe, but not at the
Heel Cushion. A walker’s heel strikes the
ground the hardest (runner’s strike the middle of the foot hardest),
which requires good cushioning and support of the natural heel-to-toe
roll. Give the heel a good press. It should have some “give”, but
shouldn’t bend in all the way under the pressure of your fingers.
Toe Box. A roomy toe box is essential so the toes can spread during the pushoff (using your toes to push off to the next step).
Breathable materials such as mesh or leather are best as they will
allow air to flow to your feet. Width. Shoes that are too narrow or wide
can cause blisters and calluses. Ouch!
When trying on
the shoe, place your fingers around the widest part of your foot. Is
there a lot of extra material there? That means the shoe is too wide. Is
it uncomfortable and tight in that area? That means it’s too tight.
Here are some more helpful hints on how to find the most comfortable walking shoes.
The best pair of walking shoes is easy to find with the information you’ve just read. Instead of reading a generic list of recommended shoes, choose a pair that is suited to the unique needs of your feet. They’ll thank you for it!
Now that you've found the perfect pair, here are some great shoe care tips.
Therese Iknoian, author of Fitness Walking, provides some helpful tips on maintaining your walking shoes:
1. Don't keep shoes by a heat source to dry because the heat will crack and weaken the materials in the shoes.
2. Remove your shoes' insoles after each walk to dry better.
If you have two pairs of walking shoes, wear them on alternate days so
that each pair can dry completely. This will help them last longer.
After walking, place wads of newspaper or bags of cedar shavings into
your shoes. This will help them keep their shape and soak up any
moisture and salts from sweat that break down the materials.
You now have the information you need to select the best walking shoe for your feet. A comfortable pair of shoes will make a big difference in your walking - if your feet are well cared for, you can walk longer and further.