While we do it every day, walking in the wrong shoes can have some serious effects on the health of our feet.
That’s why it’s important to have the right walking shoe that fits both your foot type, offers proper support and that will suit the type of terrain you will be walking on. This could be anything from walking the dog, hiking to joining a walking group. Either way, your shoes need to offer both comfort and support.
First, you have to consider your arch type, and if you have flat feet, high-arched or normal sized arches. That will help determine what support you need, such as orthotic inserts. However, the fundamental difference between a running and walking shoe is flexibility, and regardless of your foot type, this is what you need in a walking shoe.
There are brands out there specifically for walking, so make sure to ask your salesperson to show you those shoes. Besides flexibility, there are other markers of a good walking shoe. This includes a low heel, no more than an inch higher than the sole, and not a flared sole which is for running shoes.
Also, a walking shoe should be slightly curved so when you press down the toe the heel raises slightly, showing it support the foot’s motion as you walk, which is a rolling motion from heel to toe.
Remember, while you may think walking would be less hard on your feet than running, the fact remains the same: if you wear the wrong type of walking shoes for your feet you can damage them and also suffer excruciating pain and develop foot conditions such plantar fasciitis.