Walking is one of the smartest things we could do for ourselves. It has been shown to be one of the best forms of low impact cardiovascular exercise you can take up. Walking just a few miles a day keeps your heart in great shape and helps you loss weight and keep the weight off. The task of picking out the right pair of walking shoes with so many to choose from can be overwhelming. If you’re thinking about buying a pair of shoes specifically designed for walking, here are a few tips on what to look for to buy that great pair of walking shoes that will suites your needs.
Shop At Specialty Sporting Goods Store: Go to a store that specializes in sporting goods or walking and running shoes, where you will more likely to find knowledgeable salespeople to give you better advise with your search for a great pair of walking shoes.
Don’t Be a Slave to Fashion: Do not pick shoes because they look cool or coordinate well with an outfit or uniform. Pick your walking shoes because they are quality shoes and meet your walking needs.
Don’t Be a Slave to Brand: Certain brands are known for making shoes specific for certain sports and activities. Don’t pick the brands that are geared more toward fashion than fitness. Stick with athletic brands. Try different brands of shoes and walk around in them inside the store. Try to wear socks that you will be wearing with the shoes.
Buy Light Weight Shoes: Look for walking shoes that are light in weight. Luckily, gone are the days of a heavy or a clumsy walking shoes, thanks to synthetic materials used in today’s shoes. You walking shoes should be comfortable from the moment you put them on.
Profile: One of the most important things to look for in a walking shoe is a low profile heel with a slight angle to the outside of the heel. This will help steady your foot and ankle while walking.
Flexibility: Flexibility is important in a pair of great walking shoes. Look for shoes that have flex grooves across the bottom. Also try to find a shoe that’s made of both leather and synthetic mesh. With this combination, your foot will get the best of both: warmth and protection of leather and the breath ability of mesh.
Cushions: Don’t be too concerned with getting thick cushions in the sole of your walking shoes. Walkers don’t need the extra cushion to absorb the road shock as runners and joggers do. Look for shoes that have relatively flat bottoms and avoid shoes that have too many bumps and grooves on the bottoms.
Fit: Don’t think that you will break into an ill-fitting pair of walking shoes. Get the best fitting shoes the first time out. Make sure you have enough room in the front of the shoes to allow you to wiggle your toes but don’t buy a pair that is too big either. A good way to check to see if the shoes is the correct size is to put on the walking shoes with socks on, push your feet all the right to the front of the shoes, then slip your thumb behind your heed. If you can just slip your thumb in easily, then the shoes is a good size. However, if you have a tough time getting your thumb in between the heed and the shoes, the shoes are properly too tight. If you can slip your thumb in with plenty of room to spare, the shoes are properly too big. Avoid shoes that are too narrow. Shoes that are too narrow will pinch your toes causing pain to your feet.
Price: Walking shoes are not cheap. A decent pair of shoes will cost you anywhere from $60.00 to $100.00. There are more expensive shoes costing upwards of a few hundred dollars. While the more expensive shoes may be marginally better in quality, the improvement in quality doesn’t always increase in proportion with the price. Obviously your budget will determine your choose of shoes but try to stay away from buying cheap, inexpensive shoes. One way to pay less for quality shoes is to look for discontinued or last years models that are usually put on sale. Walking shoes that are really inexpensive typically wear out quicker and provide less support, less stability, or less comfort than more expensive better made walking shoes.