Gear Guide: Get the Right Walking Shoes

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Walking is one of the best and simplest forms of exercise. All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes and you’re off, anytime, anywhere. No fancy equipment, special facilities, or payment required.

But walking can be hard work for your feet. Muscle pain, blisters, shin splints, and aching arches are just some of the issues you may encounter if you don’t take good care of your feet. Here’s how to set yourself up for strolling success  by choosing the right pair of shoes for the job.

Get Fitted

Find a knowledgeable salesperson who will measure your foot and watch you walk or run to assess your gait. This way, you’ll find the best brand and model for how you move.

Keep Them Special

Your walking (or running) shoes should be just that. Don’t mow the lawn in them or wear them to work. They’ll last longer and support your feet better if they’re dedicated to exercise time. If you run as well as walk, keep separate shoes for each activity. Here’s a guide to choosing the right running shoes.

Be Alert for Injuries

Unfortunately, the first sign that your shoes don’t fit properly is often when you experience pain or develop an injury. Whether it’s a twinge, ache, or burning sensation, pay attention and get the problem looked at. And check your shoes for fit problems! More serious walking and running injuries include plantar fasciitis, black toenail, and achilles tendonitis.

Replace Regularly

After about 350-500 miles, most walking shoes are shot. If your soles are losing tread, you don’t feel the support you once had, or worn spots are giving you blisters, it’s time to retire this pair.

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