When choosing walking shoes, it’s important to know the basics of a walking shoe, as knowing this information will help you choose a shoe that will benefit both your foot health and improve your walking performance. Here are some basic tips and information for choosing a good pair:
Walking Shoes Design
The mechanics of walking shoe designs are geared towards helping the foot bear the stress of impact and balance the weight of the entire body during walking. If you’re on your feet for long periods using inappropriate walking shoes, you might even experience unusual pain in your back or calves. The science of walking shoe design takes into account the different foot types to ensure maximum support and comfort for flat feet, normal feet, or high-arched feet.
For each foot type, shoe designers add features to enhance efficiency, correct poor mechanics, protect the feet from injuries and to provide optimal stability. Shoes for walking for flat feet have medial posts or devices like the ROLLBAR for greater stability and mechanical correction. These are often called stability or motion control shoes. Normal feet are best suited with neutral-cushioning and stability shoes which offer low-to-moderate stability with cushioning and higher flexbility. High-arched feet are better off with flexible, highly cushioned shoes for impact absorption.
Different Shoes for Different Needs
Apart from comfort and overall support, walking shoes have extra added features to suit the needs of serious athletes, occasional walkers, and fitness walkers. Generally, your choice in walking shoes should have low and stable heels and generous toe room. When shopping for the best fitting walking shoes, focus on function rather than the form and it is to your advantage if you have different sets of walking shoes to allow for decompression after all that walking. Shoes have to take a break, too.