How to Select Good Walking Shoes ?

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What are the features in Good Walking Shoes ?
asked Jul 19, 2018 by Raj Malhotra

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You don't have to suffer pain for fashion. Take the right precautions when choosing shoes and look for comfortable features to find a shoe that offers the comfort you need for healthy feet.Some shoes compromise comfort for the sake of style.Flexibility is an important consideration for comfort and is particularly important in walking and jogging shoes.The shoe must contain enough room for your foot to rest comfortably. 

Wearing walking shoes that are comfortable and fit your feet can help keeping your feet healthy and prevent injuries such as blisters and calluses. A walking shoe should also be  lightweight and provide good shock absorption. You can Find the fit and features that are right for you. Shoe making and its quality can make a difference in its fit and function. If you know the basic parts of a shoe It can help you select a good walking shoe through the many available styles and brands. 

Upper - Holds the shoe on your foot and is usually made of leather, mesh or synthetic material. Mesh allows better ventilation and is lighter weight. Leather is a natural and expensive material.

Insole -  Cushions and supports your foot and arch. Removable insoles can be taken out to dry when not in use.  foam or air midsole materials cushion and reduce impact when your foot strikes the ground.
Outsole - Makes contact with the ground. Grooves and treads can help maintain traction.
Toe box -. Provides space for the toes. A roomy and round toe box helps prevent calluses.  

Ach protector - Reduces stress on the Achilles tendon by locking the shoe around the heel.
Heel collar - Cushions the ankle and ensures proper fit.

Feet come in many shapes and sizes. To avoid painful problems you should know the shape and size of your feet when buying a pair of walking shoes. It is important that Your shoes should conform to the shape of your feet. Your feet should never be forced to conform to the shape of a pair of shoes.

Width and length

Shoes that are too narrow or too wide can lead to painful walking. In addition if a toe box doesn't provide enough room for your toes — can aggravate foot disorders such as hammertoes. The intricate alignment of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons in your feet forms side-to-side (metatarsal) and lengthwise (longitudinal) arches. As you walk these arches help distribute your body weight evenly across your feet. Your arches play an important role in how you adapt to various surfaces as you walk. 

Generally speaking, your feet fall into one of three categories:

Neutral-arched feet. Your feet aren't overly arched nor are they overly flat. Buy shoes with firm midsoles and made on straight to semicurved lasts.  Last refers to the shape of the sole and the footprint around which the shoe is built.

Low-arched or flat feet. Low arches or flat feet may cause muscle stress and joint problems in some individuals.  If you have significantly flat feet, you may buy a walking shoe with a straight last  to help stabilize your feet.

High-arched feet. High arches may contribute to excessive strain on joints and muscles. Your feet may not absorb shock. especially if you perform a lot of impact or jumping activities. Look for cushioning to compensate for your lack of natural shock absorption. A curved last also may help in some cases.

 Comfort and proper fit should be the main criteria you use for buying a good pair of shoes. Here are some tips for finding the best fit in a pair of walking shoes: 

Wear the same socks you'll wear when walking, or take the socks with you to the store.
Shop for shoes after you've been walking for a while and when your feet are at their largest.
Buy shoes at a store where you have lots of options.Ask the salesperson to measure both feet, measure them yourself, or have a friend or family member help you. 

Measure your feet each time you buy shoes, because your foot size can change gradually over years. Stand while your foot is measured to get the most accurate measurement. If one foot is larger than the other, try on a pair that fits your larger foot.Try on both shoes and check the fit. Wiggle your toes. If you don't have at least a half-inch space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe which is approximately the width of your finger you may try a larger size.

Make it sure that the shoe is wide enough. The side-to-side fit of the shoe should be snug, not tight. Walk in the shoes before buying them. They should feel comfortable right away. Make sure your heel fits perfectly in each shoe and doesn't slip as you walk.

You should replace worn-out shoes to prevent injury. Change your shoes when the outsole is worn
When you've reached 300 to 400 miles of running or walking in your current pair its time to think for replacing them. Even if a shoe looks good, most lose their impact protection after around 300 to 400 miles. 

Wear walking shoes that are comfortable and properly fitted for a walk that's worry-free. Improperly fitting shoes are the source of many problems. Now that you know what features to look for, you can shop with confidence. 

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