The key to finding the best shoe is to get fit for them by an expert who will look at your gait, stride, type of walking, weight and other factors. They will use those observations to put you into the right shoe.
Find the Best Shoes for Walking at the Best Running Shoe StoreMost general purpose sporting goods stores do not hire staff for their shoe department who are experts on shoe fitting. To get this service, it is best to go to a specialty running and walking shoe store. For trail shoes or boots go to an outdoor store such as Eastern Mountain Sports or REI.
The staff will take you out to the parking lot and watch you walk, or have you walk on a treadmill or indoors track. They will have you try on several different shoes. Some stores even perform video gait analysis while you walk on a treadmill to determine which shoe is best.
What Good Shoes CostThe shoes you end up with will be in the $60 - $100 range. Invest in the right shoes to prevent injury and keep you walking in comfort. But don't waste your money on stylish shoes that won't perform well walking.
For boots, you will pay over $100 especially if looking for features such as waterproofing. Expect to invest more in good, well-constructed boots.
Shoe Try-on Tips
- Bring the socks you generally wear walking to use while trying on the shoes.
- The right size for walking shoes will be a size to a size and a half larger than your dress shoes because your feet swell while walking.
- Try on shoes later in the day or right after walking so your feet will have swelled to the larger size they are during a walk.
- Shoes should feel great when you put them on, don't buy them thinking you will "wear them in."
- If you have wide or narrow feet, look for a brand that has widths.
- If any part of your foot feels it is rubbing against a rough spot in the shoe or boot, try another pair or style. You are sure to get blisters otherwise.
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Walking Shoe Guide
1. Walking Shoe Guide Intro
2. Top Picks for Each Walking Shoe Type
3. Walking Shoe Shapes and Lasts
4. Test Your Shoe Flexibility
5.How to Get Fit Right for Walking Shoes
6. Finding the Right Shoe Store