Friday, July 19, 2024

These Shoes are Made for Walking

HomeFitnessThese Shoes are Made for Walking

Choosing the right walking shoe is essential for comfort, support, and injury prevention. Whether you’re strolling through city streets or tackling rugged trails, the perfect pair of walking shoes can make all the difference.

Proper fit is paramount. Your walking shoes should feel snug but not tight, with enough room for your toes to wiggle comfortably. Make sure there’s no slipping or rubbing that could cause blisters. Different people have different arch types—low, neutral, or high. Look for shoes that provide adequate arch support corresponding to your foot’s natural shape. This helps distribute weight evenly and reduces strain on your feet and ankles.

“It’s really important that people who are walking for fitness are in the right shoe and the shoe is a proper fit for their gait. When you are in the right shoe the negative incidents you may encounter are minimalized,” says Jane Alred, owner of 1st Place Sports. “We get a lot of medical referrals for a diverse group who need special attention with their feet.”

Your walking shoes should be flexible enough to allow your foot to move naturally as you walk. Look for shoes that bend easily at the ball of the foot but still offer support and structure.

When you are in the right shoe,
negative incidents you may
encounter are minimalized.

– Jane Alred, Owner, 1st Place Sports

Alred states that their technicians are well-trained to find the proper fit for each customer. “We take everyone through a five -step process which includes a simple thing like measuring their feet. We put the image on a computer screen and we look at pressure points, arches, and look for pronation or supination. We actually watch them walk to see what they are doing and how they walk.”

Selecting shoes with ample cushioning to absorb impact and provide shock absorption is especially important if you plan to walk long distances or on hard surfaces like pavement. However, ensure the cushioning isn’t too soft, as it may compromise stability.

Choose shoes made from breathable materials to help keep your feet cool and dry, reducing the risk of blisters and discomfort. Mesh panels or perforations in the upper portion of the shoe can enhance airflow.

Invest in well-constructed shoes made from high-quality materials. A durable outsole and reinforced stitching can prolong the lifespan of your walking shoes, ensuring they remain supportive and comfortable for miles to come.

Finally, always try on multiple pairs and walk around the store to assess comfort and fit. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from trained professionals.

Prioritize fit, support, and comfort, and your feet will thank you for selecting the perfect walking shoe to accompany your adventures, whether strolling along the shorelines or on the city streets of St. Augustine.

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