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What are the right shoes for walking? Think FIT…FLAT…FLEX

 

Fit

  • Athletic shoes tend to run short. If your shoes are too short, you will get blisters and aggravate bunions. Your athletic shoe size may run 1 to 1 1/2 sizes bigger than your dress shoe.
  • Feet swell during the day. In the morning there should be a thumbnail’s width between end of longest toe and shoe. In the afternoon or after walking, it should be 1/2 a thumbnail.
  • Tightly-laced shoes can aggravate foot problems as your feet expand during walking.

Flat

  • The flatter the heel, the better.
  • Rather than a flared heel, choose a plain heel or one that is cut in at the back to allow you to roll when you strike with your heel and roll through the step.
  • If you have a high arch, buy insoles with arch support for your shoes to prevent injury.

Flex

  • Many “walking” shoes are too stiff and lack motion control features found in running shoes that prevent overpronation and foot injuries. Therefore, look for a quality running shoe to wear for walking.
  • Ask an athletic shoe expert about the curvature of your shoes. If you overpronate, you will want shoes with no inward curvature.

The Life of a Shoe

  • You should wear different shoes for walking, aerobics, and work.
  • Shoes in general have a 500-mile lifespan.
  • If possible, alternate wearing 2 different shoe models to reduce injury risk.