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Power Walking Shoes

The beauty of Power Walking is that you can do it any time and anywhere. Whilst you may want to consider investing in a good pedometer and an all-weather jacket, the only essential piece of equipment that you will need is a good pair of walk specific shoes!

What to look for

Your feet are going to need some tender, loving care so it really is worth spending some time on buying the right shoe. Injuries can be prevented by wearing a well fitting shoe that is comfortable and it is so much more fun walking without sore feet!

What is a walk specific shoe?

Different sports put different demands on your feet so, just as you can buy football boots and running shoes, a walk specific shoe is designed to support and protect the vulnerable parts of your feet whilst Power Walking. Power Walking or Fitness shoes as they are often called can now be found in many sports shops. Here are four important points to look out for.

A good toe box

This is the area around the toes. Make sure it is rounded, roomy and deep enough to wiggle your toes easily so that each time you push off from the back foot you have plenty of toe protection.

Low heel profile

The angle of a walker’s foot as it pushes off is much greater than that of a runner. Consequently look for a shoe with a low heel profile and avoid injuring your Achilles tendon.

Flexibility

Walking shoes must be flexible, supportive and well cushioned underneath the ball of the foot and around the heel - both areas take quite a pounding!

The right width and the right length

Before you go shopping get to know your feet and make a few notes: are they a narrow or wide fitting, do you have a slim heel, which is your longest toe? This usually means that your Power Walking shoes could be a full size larger than your normal shoe size, don’t worry this is normal. Go for the correct fit and you will avoid all sorts of foot complaints not least of all black toenails…not attractive!

 

What footwear to buy

Top tips

  • Buy shoes at the end of the day when feet are at their largest.
  • Allow enough time to try different ways of lacing your shoes as it can make a big difference to the fit. If there is a treadmill handy, put your shoes to the test!
  • Always wear the socks that you intend to wear with your walking shoes, thin or thick socks can make a big difference to the final fit.
  • Remember to replace your shoes every 500 miles or after one marathon, after which time they tend to collapse (if you haven’t!) and stop giving you sufficient support.
  • Do NOT wear walking boots. Whilst great for hill hikes and soft ground, they do not allow your ankles to flex and you will pay the price!

Nina recommends

  • Salomon XAPro 3D – Ultra 2 GTX 308760. This is a very good shoe, waterproof, flexible sole and a very low heel profile.
  • Meindl – 7 Vegas lady GTX 3007 31. This shoe I would definitely recommend for those with a wider foot, and again is very flexible and waterproof with a good toe box. The only downfall is non slip laces which you need to adjust as your feet get hot, but it’s only a minor grumble!

If you are looking around, just make sure that whichever shoe you look at it ticks the boxes, and if you find a good shoe then share it with us ...I hope this helps!

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