If your feet are comfortable, you can make the most of your workouts while also avoiding potential strain or injury. There are a few key elements to consider when you buy a pair of shoes for your power walking workouts.
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Purchase a pair of shoes solely for power walking. Do not purchase a pair of shoes for both walking and running because these actions are very different. Walking shoes are less pliant while running shoes are more flexible and cushioned for the added impact.
Visit a local running shop to have a gait analysis performed by an experienced staff member. He should be able to determine which shoe is best for your stride.
Look at an old pair of shoes to see where the most wear is. If the shoe is mostly indented on the inside edge, you probably have low arches or flat feet and need a shoe with the maximum amount of support. If your shoes are worn on the outside edge, you have high arches and need a cushioned shoe. Perform this foot test regularly over time. The shape of one's feet changes over time, especially with age.
Go footwear shopping at the end of the day because your feet will be at their largest at that time. The same is true when you are walking, so this is a good way to ensure that you buy the shoe with the best fit.
Make sure the heel of the walking shoe you choose is no more than 1 inch above the sole under the fleshy portion of your foot. This part is called the ball of your foot. Avoid flared soles.
Buy flexible, lightweight footwear. These shoes are considered the best type for the fast gait required of power walking.
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- Buy socks that are comfortable and absorbent to keep your feet in good shape, even if they sweat while you're walking.