Choosing the best and most comfortable walking shoes to buy is not an easy task. Whether for travel, exercise or just a leisurely walk, it’s crucial to find the best option for you. Walking is an extremely popular form of exercise, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Don’t let uncomfortable shoes slow you down!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 145 million adults include walking in their physically active lifestyle. More than six in 10 people walk for transportation, fun, relaxation, exercise or activities such as dog walking.
There are many health benefits to walking, including weight maintenance, preventing heart disease and high blood pressure and improving overall mood.
Podiatrists told The Healthy which sneakers and walking shoes they recommend. The following shoes are suitable for both men and women and are great for travel, exercise or daily use.
What Should You Consider?
Everybody has unique feet, so the perfect shoe for you might not be right for someone else.
Here’s what you should consider when trying to find a good pair of walking shoes:
It’s crucial to feel a sense of balance in your shoes while walking. Not only will stability provide comfort, but will also prevent injury.
The greater your mileage, the more critical it is for your arches to feel supported. Correct arch support will give your big toe joint more mobility and support proper alignment.
Remember, sizes vary depending on the brand of shoe, so get your foot measured! Often times, shoes run small or large. Don’t think the shoe will stretch out with wear; it won’t.
Leading podiatrist Miguel Cunha, DPM, says if shoes feel comfortable at the end of the day, they’ll likely feel comfortable throughout the day. That’s because your feet are most swollen at the end of the day.
Ample airflow makes a huge difference in-shoe comfort. You may think you found the perfect shoe, but forget to see if it allows for ample airflow. Your feet will end up sweaty and uncomfortable, and you’ll be wishing you considered breathability.
FYI: Stores will often allow you to try out shoes for a certain amount of time to test breathability before making the purchase.
Wide toe box
We’ve all experienced extreme discomfort due to your toes being overcrowded. So, to avoid that discomfort, ensure your walking shoes have a wider toe box. Benefits of a wide toe box include: Helps prevent bunions and hammertoes, improves balance and agility, and helps maintain a strong arch.
The flex point is where the shoe bends while walking. It should match the bending point of your foot because problems may occur if it doesn’t.
Now, you’re probably wondering which shoes on the market incorporate the aspects you should be looking for when choosing a walking shoe.
A feature’s importance will vary depending on the individual buying the shoe but continue reading to learn what podiatrists believe to be the best walking shoes.Related: 14 Tips for Losing Weight by Walking