Even though a lot of technology and design elements are used in the creation of walking shoes, this category of shoes is often overlooked unless you need them. You hear more about running, hiking, and cross training shoes over shoes designed specifically for walking. Before you invest in a good pair of walking shoes you need to be armed with the following facts.
What elements make walking shoes different?
You cannot just pick up a walking shoe and tell the difference between the technology used for them and for other athletic-type shoes. The best way to tell if you are looking at a walking shoe is to read the box or ask a shoe salesperson.
What are the features of a walking shoe?
Upper – The shoe’s upper parts will be made of leather or some kind of synthetic, man-made mesh. Achilles notch – The slight depression at the top part of the shoe’s heel is designed to protect and secure the Achilles tendon. Toe box – Ample comfort and space will not cause calluses. Gel pad – The inside pad of the foot bed in a walking shoe should reduce the impact on your joints as you walk. Outsole – The outsole is designed for traction control with grooves and treads. Insole – Walking shoe insoles are designed for arch support and may be removable in some brands. Mid-sole – The middle part of the shoe’s sole is designed for comfort, shock absorption, and cushioning.
Three of the most comfortable stylish walking shoes available on the market today include the VIONIC, Saucony Progrid Integrity ST2, and ASICS Gel Foundation Walker 2.
Orthaheel technology is what makes the VIONIC popular and comfortable. This is a lightweight, moisture-wicking shoe designed to fit the natural position of the foot as you walk. Style, comfort, and quality performance is what makes women like the Progrid Integrity ST2 walking shoe. It has a full leather upper and provides ample flexibility and stability for walking. ASICS Gel Foundation Walker 2 is a relatively new model in walking shoes. It combines leather and mesh for the upper, ample padding, and support that makes walking a pleasure.
These are the facts you need before you choose your perfect walking shoe. Getting the right fit is as important as the technology and design that goes into these types of shoes. Shoe professionals can help fit you into the right shoe.