SHOES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
these basics to find shoes that fit, feel comfortable and help
you avoid injuries:
Shop for shoes at the end of the day.
Throughout the day your feet swell. Buying shoes later in the
day helps you avoid getting shoes that are too tight.
Don’t be fooled by the size. Athletic
shoes tend to run shorter than dress shoes. So your walking
shoe will likely be 1 to 1-1/2 sizes bigger than your other
Get enough room in the toe. There should
be a thumbnail’s width (or about a half inch) between your
toes and the end of the shoe. And it should be wide enough in
the toe that your toes can move freely.
Support is good. If your heel rolls inward
when you step (called “overpronation”), or if you have a high
arch, get a shoe with plenty of arch support or buy arch
supports that you can insert into the shoe.
The flatter the heel the better. Running
shoes often have a raised heel to meet the motion needs of a
running stride. Walkers don’t need that. Look at the sole
under the ball of the foot and choose a shoe with the least
Look for substance, not style. A good pair
of shoes typically costs $70 to $90. If the price is any
higher, you’re paying for fashion, not effectiveness.
Buy new shoes every 500 miles. Once you
reach that milestone, the shoe materials have broken down —
even if you can’t see it with the naked eye. Continuing to use
the shoes can lead to injuries like shin