The most critical piece of equipment for walking is a pair of walking shoes. Don’t go out and buy what the cheapest or the most popular is. There is no one best shoe for all walkers. The best shoe for you is the one that fits you best, the one that gives you the proper support, flexibility, cushioning, and compensates for any stride problems you may have, such as overpronation. Each person’s feet are different. I will help you decide which are the best walking shoes for men.
New Balance MW577
|New Balance Men's MW577||Motion Control||13.5oz / 385g||$$$|
|New Balance Men's MW928||Motion Control||16.5oz / 468g||$$$$$|
New Balance Mw847
|New Balance Men's MW847||Motion Control||11.7oz / 334g||$$$$|
La Sportiva Bushido
|La Sportiva Men's Bushido||Trail shoe||10.7oz 305g||$$$$$|
Brooks Men 12
|Brooks Men's Beast '12||Motion Control||14oz / 396g||$$$$|
Brooks Men Glycerin 11
|Brooks Men's Glycerin 11||Cushioning||11.8oz / 334g||$$$|
Asics Gel Trainer
|ASICS Men's GEL-DS Trainer 19||Stability||9.8oz / 278g||$$$|
Saucony Progrid Ride 3
|Saucony Prodgrid Ride 3||Cushioning||11.5oz / 326g||$$$|
If you’re not sure what type of sneaker your feet need, please read on for a step-by-step guide to finding the most comfortable pair of walking shoes for your feet.
Step 1: Your Arche Type
A wet footprint test is a standard method for determining foot motion. Get your feet wet and stand on a flat surface that will allow your footprint to be shown. A paper towel works well. Compare your footprint to the images below.
Shoe recommendation: You can wear almost any type of shoe. One with arch support (stability) is recommended to give you some structure.
Flat arch – Common for heavier people and is also known as an overpronator or excessive inward roll.
Shoe recommendation: Stability or Motion Control shoes, depending on the severity of overpronation.
High arched feet: Least common foot type. “Underpronator” – feet tend to roll outward.
Shoe recommendation: Neutral-cushioned shoe, maximum flexibility.
Step 2: Determine your level of pronation
Take a pair of shoes of yours and look at the wear pattern.
Inside are more worn out than outside (overpronation)
Shoe recommendation: Stability or Motion control shoes
Outside more worn out than inside (underpronation)
Shoe recommendation: a neutral-cushioned shoe with a flexible sole
Same wear on both sides (typical)
Shoe recommendation: Stability shoe with normal flexibility
A running shoe has different characteristics from a walking shoe. Walking is associated with first striking the heel, whereas when you are running, it involves landing farther forward on the foot—a midfoot strike in most cases with more forefoot landing as running speed increases.Runners need more cushioning in the heel and forefoot than walkers, which is why you see all of the hype about air cushioning systems.
Walking shoes are designed with the specific body mechanics and strike path of walking in mind. They are constructed to be more flexible through the ball of the foot to allow a broader range of motion through the roll of the forefoot.
They also have more significant arch support to protect where the force is heaviest on the foot. Running shoes, in contrast, have more cushioning in the heel–the point of impact–and less protection through the ball of the foot. The amount of heat generated in the running motion is high, so running shoes also are made with a higher amount of mesh to keep feet cool during exercise.
1. Motion Control Shoes:
Motion control shoes have a thick midsole made of harder material, built to correct your gait so that your stride doesn’t roll inward as your weight transfers from your heel to your forefoot. They tend to be on the heavy side, and because of this, are a pretty durable shoe.
2. Neutral Shoes:
A “neutral” or cushioning shoe is made for both those with a neutral walking or running gait and for those who supinate (or roll outwards in their stride. If the wear on your sneakers looks even on both the inside and outside heel, you are probably a neutral runner.
3. Stability Shoes:
Stability has gradually become a generic term in the footwear industry for shoes that have any corrective support. It does, however, still imply a shoe that has a level of remedial support below that of motion control.
You should typically buy your walking shoes 1/2 size to 1 size bigger than your regular shoes. Feet will swell a size or more during walking or running. If your sneakers are too small, you will likely end up with blisters, black toenails and severe foot pain from this swelling.
But walking and running shoes have a limited lifespan. With each step, you are breaking down their cushioning and support. By 500 miles, depending on your running style, body weight, and the surface on which you run, most shoes are dead and need to be recycled or saved for non-exercise purposes.
About halfway through the life of your shoes, you might want to buy another pair of walking shoes to rotate into your walks. Your shoes will last longer when you allow them to decompress and dry out between workouts. Also, having a fresh pair of shoes as a reference will help you notice when your old ones are ready to be replaced.
I save my good walking shoes only for walking. I have other shoes that I wear to work, shopping, etc. That keeps them fresh and saves them for when I need their excellent features. Two tips: 1. Use baby powder inside the shoes every time before wearing them. It will keep them dry and fresh. 2. When the soles wear out re-fill them using Shoe-Goo.
Note: Dont forget to check out my shoe guide for women.
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