Walking can be done with almost any kind of comfortable footwear. If you’re wearing running shoes, over time, they can start to wear down, A good, comfortable pair of shoes can make your walking routine more enjoyable. They can relieve stress on your feet, legs and joints.
Your shoes may need to be replaced when they are no longer comfortable, the tread is worn or you start having pain. Over time your shoes begin to lose cushioning and stability, which results in more stress on your feet and legs and increases risk of injury. You can replace inside cushions with shoe inserts if the rest of the shoe is in good shape.
Have two pairs of shoes, if possible. Rotating them daily will allow them to air out and last longer. And when you notice a difference between the two, like aches and pains in your bones or joints with one pair over the over, you will know it is time to replace that pair.
When shopping for a new pair of shoes, take advantage of the trained sales staff the shoe store and learn what style and brand works for you. Let the sales person know what type of walking you do — outdoor, indoor track, treadmill, mall walking, etc. — so they can recommend a style that will fit your needs.
Shoe fitting tips
- Try on new shoes after you have been on your feet a while. Feet tend to swell during the day
- Wear the type of socks you will be wearing with the shoes
- Walk around the store; see how the shoes feel on both hard and carpeted surfaces.
- The shoes should fit snuggly and your foot should not slide from side to side.
- They should not slip at the heel.
- They should have plenty of cushioning.
- They should bend easily at the ball of your feet (just behind your toes).
- They should not have to be broken in.
- Let fit and comfort be your ultimate guide.
The success of your walking wellness plan can depend on having a comfortable pair of shoes.. Take the time to find the right ones. Your feet will love you for it.