Buying Walking Shoes
Are you one of millions of Americans who walk for exercise? If you aren’t, you might want to try it. Walking is one of most natural ways to keep healthy and get exercise. And it is inexpensive! The only piece of equipment you need when walking for exercise is a good pair of walking shoes.
Here are some tips to help you buy the right pair:
- Look for shoes that lace for better stability and control.
- Try on shoes with socks you will be wearing when you go walking. If you use an orthotic device in your shoe, bring it to the store to try it with the new shoes as well.
- Take plenty of time to walk around the store in the shoes and make sure they are comfortable and fit well. Walk on a hard floor or surface as well as a carpeted surface to see how the shoe feels on different surfaces.
- Choose shoes that are made with lightweight, breathable materials.
- Go shoe shopping at the end of the day. Your feet swell as the day goes on, so your feet will be biggest at the end of the day and you will get a better fit.
- Measure your feet standing up and size your shoes to your bigger foot. Most people will have slightly different sized feet.
If you want to extend the life of your walking shoes, wear them only when you are going walking and if you walk often, consider buying two pairs. With two pairs, you can rotate the shoes so one pair has time to breath and air out between uses. You should replace your walking shoes every 300 to 600 miles depending on how hard you are on them.
For more information on picking out athletic shoes, you can watch our video The Perfect Shoe Selection.
If you would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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