Walking is an extremely underrated form of exercise. Walking should be considered just as much of an exercise as running or jogging since it has it’s own benefits and advantages over running or jogging. There are clear differences between people who go for a walk daily and those who don’t.
Walking can improve circulation, reduce body fat, support your joints, strengthen your muscles, keep you sharp throughout the day and even reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease!.
Due to the fact that most avid walkers themselves often wear running shoes instead of walking shoes since they don’t know the basic differences between the two, manufacturers put in much thought into running shoes and have walking shoes only there for the sake of market placement.
In this case, you need to make sure that whichever shoe you picked is both flexible and light weight. A good walking shoe would weigh between 10-32 ounces. The reason why you would need a light weight shoe is because it’s easier to move around in them on any surface. Same is the case with flexibility.
A good way to check whether the shoe is too flexible or just the right amount, is to try twisting the shoe at the sole. If it twists to a certain degree without twisting completely, then it’s at the right amount.
Try walking around for about 30 minutes before trying the shoes on. What this does is make your foot a bit swollen. When you wear the shoe, you can determine whether it’ll fit perfectly after a long walk or will it be too tight. Your shoes don’t have to be too fitted, however.
Make sure that there’s an almost 1.3 centimeter space left between your toes and the tip of the shoe. The sides don’t have to be too tight to the point of hurting you, however, they can’t be too loose to the point where your foot falls off either.
Your heel tends to touch the ground first when you’re walking, so you would need shoes which lay flat. However, as I’m pretty sure you know, no athletic shoe is completely flat. This is referred to as the heel drop measurement. The difference in heights can be from 10-30 millimeters based on whichever design you pick.
I’d strongly recommend buying shoes with a heel drop measurement of 0-10 millimeters. If your heel is way higher than your toes, then you’ll be creating more pressure there and as a result, blisters will form on your toes.
Our feet are able to form two types of arches for body weight distribution: side-ways and longitudinal. Sideways arches run from one corner of the insole to the other and longitudinal arches run from the bottom part of the insole till the top of your heel. If you’re looking for the perfect walking shoes, then you need to determine your arch type first.
This is done by examining your foot prints. If you’re able to see all of your foot in the print, you have a low arch. If you’re able to see the middle of your foot only sparingly in the print then you have a high arch. And, if you’re undecided about what category to put your arch type in then your’s is probably a neutral arch type.