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How to Buy New Walking Shoes

Updated on July 12, 2011

I'm walking

Walking is my primary mode of transportation; I walk to get around town to conduct my daily buinsess. I walk simply for pleasure for the sheer joy of feeling the wind and sun on my face.

I walk to look closer of the areas |I am passing through, not to simply see them as passing blurs but to be part of the scene to feel the air, hear the sounds and smell the smells, which are often pleasant and sometimes not so.

I walk to exercise to keep in shape; having Type 2 diabetes means a regular exercise routine is part of my health maintenance and I find walking accessible and inexpensive. All I really need is comfortable clothing and a good pair or two of shoes.

In the winter, walking shoes are not an option and warm boots are a must., but when the snow and ice disappears it is time for the walking shoes with a good pair of socks.

I wear sandals when I am just out for a stroll and the weather is not wet or too cold, but when it comes time to burn off a calorie or three, well built shoes are a must; not that you should buy cheap sandals, if you walk your feet need proper support.

All the weight of yoru body is coming down on the soles of your feet. Your ankles, knees and back are felling this.

What do I look for in a walking shoe well first off the shoe needs to be a proper fit? If the shoes are not well fitted then you may be hurt. I have been there and have experienced injuries in both feet at different times.

Talk about cutting into your exercise time and in my case as walking is my main means of transportation jus simply getting around, get a good fit and skip the pain.

Here are some useful tips when purchasing a pair of walking shoes.

  • 1- Check the length – Try the shoes on, then lightly press the toe area of the shoe, against the floor. Do you feel any pressure against the big toe, if you do the shoe is too tight, go up a half-size?

  • 2- Width is next, always stand up when trying on a new pair of shoes and try both on. Take a few steps. Is it comfortable when you walk?

  • 3- Check the length, you do not want the shoe slipping around your heel, a snug fit not tight fit is what you are looking for, so again take a few steps and pay attention to how your feet feel as you do.

Walking is a great way to get around but protect your feet and buy shoes that match the job.


my walking footwear

My walking footwear, shoes are one year old, sandals about three months. Bob Ewing photo
My walking footwear, shoes are one year old, sandals about three months. Bob Ewing photo


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  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    8 years ago from New Brunswick

    good suggestion.

  • Walking Equipment profile image

    Walking Equipment 

    8 years ago from Phoenix AZ

    Great tips,

    Anther thing you might want to do is bring your old walking shoes with you when you go shopping. Compare the sole and heal wear on the old pair with one you are considering buying. You want to make sure that there is plenty of support in the wear areas.

  • Bob Ewing profile imageAUTHOR

    Bob Ewing 

    9 years ago from New Brunswick

    I can only guess the why: thanks for dropping by.

  • Storytellersrus profile image


    9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    Hi Bob! I am also a walker. I was told that over time my feet flattened- I used to have a very high arch. I wonder why this happens? Anyway, I enjoyed walking through this hub pathway.


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