Choosing the right pair of athletic shoes will encourage you to get out the door, keep you healthy, relieve stress and extend your life. No downside here.
Picking the right walking shoe is so important not only for comfort but to save money it’s worth investigating what will work best for you. I don’t know about you but I’ve tried to save money and time buy just buying what’s on the shelf, then 2 days later reqretting my purchase 🙁
This guide will help you decide which show best suits your lifestyle.
The right athletic show is the one that fits you best, gives you the proper support, cushioning and flexibility . All our feet are different. Look for a shoe that is best for the distance you walk, speed, and surface.
Walking shoes have more flexible soles and are specially designed to promote the easy roll of the foot from heel to toe, your natural walking motion. Cushioning is designed to absorb about 1.5 times body weight for any shoe size. Walking shoes do not have to be as rugged so there is more opportunity for manufacturers to use mesh and other lighter, highly breathable materials on the shoe outers. Feet sweat and some walkers will really appreciate this feature. Tread designs are less deep and the soles and side walls provide all around grip. The best walking shoe is, in fact, a Walking Shoe, but you could certainly use the other types of athletic shoes in your walking program so long as the fit was right.
Running shoes are designed to absorb impacts up to three times your body weight and provide sufficient lateral stability to control pronation. Heels are higher and more heavily cushioned. Treads and sides are designed for maximum forward grip. Trail running shoes have impregnated solid guards to prevent bruising from sharp rocks. Running shoes from the same manufacturer will not be as flexible at the ball of the foot as a purpose made walking shoe.
Cross-trainers attempt to provide a versatile compromise between walking and basketball, tennis or other court shoes. Generally, cross trainers have more rigid metatarsal (side-to-side) support than running shoes, and do not have adequate heel cushioning for long distance running, Cross-trainers work OK if running is limited to a few miles at a time but a cross-trainer shoe would likely break down faster than a purpose made running shoe.