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Walking Shoes - Finding The Right Fit

The weather is finally starting to turn warmer and you want to start getting outside to walk/run. Unfortunately, you’re probably wearing the same shoes that you wore last year. If you wear them every day and your feet seem to be sore, follow these tips to help you find the proper pair.

  • Price- You can spend anywhere from $20-$220 based on the brand of shoe. However, the higher price doesn’t exactly mean it is a better shoe. Comfort is key.
  • Get the proper fit- Go to a store that has a shoe technician on hand that can measure your foot and make sure you are wearing the proper size. 
  • What to look for- Look for a shoe that is comfortable, has good cushioning, excellent support and in the middle price range.
  • Walking shoes- Should be comfortable, lightweight and breathable.  Be sure the cushioning is the thickest in the heels but it should be flexible enough to bend with your hands.
  • When should you replace your shoes? Shoes lose their cushioning after 350-500 miles. Keep your work pair and your exercise pair separate.  Replace your shoes regularly to reduce knee and ankle injuries.
  • Know your feet- Do you have high arches or low arches (flat feet)
  • High Arches- Your foot likely turns out when you walk. This requires greater shock absorption. Look for a shoe with cushioning.
  • Low Arches/ flat feet- Your foot likely turns in when you walk or run. Look for a shoe with more stability, less cushioning, but greater support and heel control.
  • When is the best time of day to get your feet measured? Get fitted at the end of the day when your foot is at its maximum and be sure to wear the same socks that you would wear to walk/run.

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