We’re used to thinking about the shapes of our bodies as something that strongly influences the clothing we should buy. Two women who wear the same size can look very different in a dress if one has broader shoulders or another has a slimmer waist. When it comes to shoes, though, it’s easy to make the mistake of assuming that anything that is the right size should be all right. While your feet will adapt somewhat to a variety of different shoes, you should take the time to look for the most comfortable walking shoes for them.
Over time, shoes that at least come close to being what you need will break in and shape themselves a little to accommodate your feet. Still, they’ll never be as perfectly suited for your feet and for the way you move as a shoe that was designed in the right way to begin with. Some people need a very firm shoe that’s designed to help their feet move forward smoothly without rolling outward too far, while other people are more comfortable with something that offers flexibility and a better feel for the ground. No particular shoe is going to be perfect for everyone.
There are some features you should definitely be looking for in a comfortable walking shoe, though. If you’ve ever wondered about that cut out area at the back of the foot, for example, that’s not just decorative. It’s actually designed to leave extra room for the Achilles tendon and to prevent strain on it. This can be an issue for anyone. It’s also good to think about the materials that the upper part of the shoe uses. Those made for summer wear are usually lighter and designed to breathe more easily so that your foot doesn’t end up soaked in sweat.
Once you’ve chosen the basic features that you definitely want from a shoe, you can use reviews to help you narrow down which shoes are likely to be comfortable for you. It can be helpful to look for something that’s been compared to a shoe that you’ve already worn and loved, or reviewers who seem to wear shoes that are similar to what you prefer.