Get The Right Pair Of Walking Shoes

Walking is the most popular fitness activity in the United States. It's simple, it's easy, and it's inexpensive. The only real gear you need to start walking is the right pair of walking shoes.

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If the shoe fits … wear it!

Walking is the most popular fitness activity in the United States. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s inexpensive. The only real gear you need to start walking is the right pair of walking shoes.

Wear a pair of old, battered sneakers on your walks, and you could end up with discomfort or even injuries. If you plan to log a lot of miles over time, you’ll need quality shoes that are specifically for walking. These specialty shoes are designed to ensure your feet get proper support as you walk.

So how do you find the right pair of shoes? Try these tips:

Shop late in the day. Our feet have a tendency to swell as the day progresses. If you buy your walking shoes early in the day, you may end up with a pair that’s too small (especially if you usually walk in the evenings). Shop for them at the end of the day to ensure you get a pair that fits.

Bring along your socks. You can’t wear thin trouser socks when you walk! When you shop for walking shoes, make sure you wear the thick athletic socks you plan to wear during exercise. Otherwise, you could end up with ill-fitting shoes.

Go to a running store. Most towns have stores that specialize in running gear. But these stores aren’t just for runners! They usually have a large stock of walking shoes, too. The knowledgeable salesclerks in these stores will check your gait and help you choose a shoe that works best for your particular type of stride.

Although you only need one major piece of equipment–a pair of shoes–for walking, your walks will be more comfortable if you have a shoe that fits properly.