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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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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