Walking comes with various health benefits among which weight loss is very often paid attention to alongside eating healthy foods.
However, walking isn’t that simple. It’s not just putting on your shoes and go out (Of course, many do that), but it also includes picking the right shoes so that your feet do not hurt or suffer chronic pain in a long run.
How to choose walking shoes
And this one thing you might not know is that your feet’s size changes as you grow older. For this, we advise you to check your size every some years and be ready to get rid of old shoes when they no longer support your “healthy” walking sessions. Furthermore, In a study published on Journal of Foot and Ankle Research in 2018, it is believed that around 70% of people occasionally put on wrong sized shoes or other footwear. This is an alarm as wrong sizes are the main culprit behind ingrown toenails, corns, blisters, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, etc.
When it comes to choosing the perfect walking shoes, there are a number of things to put in mind. First of all is to understand the shape of your feet because only when you know it, you can decide what type of shoes can bring you comfort when working out. And here’s what a sports podiatrist recommends: If you have arched feet, always pick ones with more cushioning which is to reduce shock, and if you have flat feet, shoes that provide more stability and support are the key (Jamie Yake, American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine’s Former President).
From that conclusion, whenever you are looking to buy walking shoes, remember to choose the shoes that are designed perfectly to match your feet under criteria such as “does it provide sufficient shack absorption?” and “does it helps stability considering the arch of my feet?”.
Also, don’t be lured into picking shoes by their appearance. Most people make such mistakes that they sacrifice comfort for style. We should all do the opposite.
So to recap, if you want to choose the best walking shoes, pick for the comfort, stability, and shock absorption and forget about the style.
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