There are different kinds of shoes out there, but only one of those categories are ideally suited for walking. We recommend that you go for the more intense walking workout shoes; you lose more calories this way, and with good shoes you can do work in comfort.
How To Choose Walking Workout Shoes
- Choose where you are going to do your walking. Is it the park, dirt roads, sandy terrain, pavement?
- When you shop for walking shoes, pick one, bend them upward holding the heel and toe regions. It should not bend along any point on the arch, but only at the ball of the foot. This is a mark of quality, durability, and design comfort.
- Another test to try is twisting the shoe heel to toe. You need moderate resistance nothing too hard or limp.
- While running is far more active than walking, speed-walking leaves an impact on your feet. After a while, this adds stress and leads to fatigue even cramps. Walking shoes could do with heel cushioning, but walkers need cushioning at the ball of the foot more than the heel; keep your eyes open for this feature while shopping.
- Walking shoes certainly need to be waterproof, especially the uppers. Get shoes that have removable waterproof liners in case the climate or season is too hot or dry for several months and the liner only makes the shoe feel cramped or warmth-retentive.
- Soles should have good traction on most terrain.
- Shoes for walking should have quick drying times, in case you need to clean them for use the next day without skipping your walking workout.
- Breathability is key. Get shoes whose material is ventilation-friendly.
- Lightweight walking shoes are of course welcome. If your regimen consists of sudden movements (lateral cuts, side to side motion, etc.) it is best to ask if your walking shoes are up to the task.
Footwear emergencies can and will happen. Take care to buy three pairs of walking shoes in readiness for your daily workouts. Feet have shown to increase in size, often while working out. They swell or grow based on the vigor of your activity. Whatever your current shoe size, buy one half a size larger, just in case you experience discomfort and wish to change to the bigger pair tomorrow.
Keep pairs handy in case you need them ready to go; stash them in a desk drawer, near the entrance, or even at work. Rotate the use of all three shoe pairs so you can mix and match, keep each pair clean, and do not find yourself pressed for time in the mornings when walking workouts call.
If The Shoe Fits…
The fit of a good pair of walking shoes is the best feature you will ever have for your exercises. From heel blisters to bruised toenails, a whole slew of problems can be prevented with shoes that fit.
- You should have enough room to wiggle your toes.
- Take the width of your feet into consideration; most men have wide feet and make the mistake of choosing sleek or narrow shoes.
- You are probably going to walk inclines and declines, either in hill terrain or on a treadmill. Scuff and stomp with your walking shoes to make sure your toes do not press uncomfortably against the front.
- They widen and stretch over time anyway, laces or not. However, they should remain snug and provide an ideal fit for the first several months of use. If toes touch the front in brand new shoes, go for alternate options.
Good shoes don’t merely look good, they should also feel great. Do not be misled by what others say let alone your own footwear desires and dreams. Don your practical cap and think carefully before buying three pairs of walking shoes. These are going to be there for your exercise needs for the next ten months and then some.
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