Tips When Buying Walking Shoes For Men

Best walking shoes for men have all the features that can be seen in running shoes, light hikers or train-running shoes. The only thing that sets walking shoes apart from other types of shoes is that they are casual shoes. If you are going to buy walking shoes for the first time, below are a few things you should keep in mind.

Walking style

You have a lot of options at your disposal if you want to go for a pair of shoes for casual wear. Ideally, you should buy one that will meet your needs. For instance, if you often walk on pavement, casual or multisport shoes will be an ideal choice. For dirt roads, on the other hand, you may want to buy a light hiker.

Flexibility and support

How can you gauge the flexibility and support of the shoes you want to buy? You just need to run two tests:

  • Bend the toe of a shoe upward and spot the point where it bends. Ideally, the shoe will be flexible enough if it bends just under the ball of your foot.
  • Next, hold the shoe in your hand and twist its sole from the toe to heel. What does the sole of the shoe feel like? You should feel that the shoe resists to your twisting. While walking, the shoe should slightly resist under your feet.

Waterproofing

If you are looking for a waterproof pair of shoes, trail running shoes may be a good option, as they feature waterproof uppers, ample support and sturdy soles.

Cushioning

Walking exerts less stress on your feet than running. So, the heel of the walking shoes should not have as much cushioning as running shoes. However, walking shoes have cushioning under the balls of your feet.

Shoe Fit    

Shoes that don’t fit properly may cause blisters on your heel or bruises on your toenails. As a matter of fact, fit is much more important than all other factors. You won’t be able to walk properly if the shoes don’t fit you. So, try out a few shoes and then go for the one that fits you perfectly. Do not compromise on this factor or you won’t be able to wear your shoes for more than a few days. Walking will become a pain for you.

Shoe weight

If you are trying to improve your fitness level, go for a pair of shoes that is low weight and provides as much support as running shoes. While running shoes are good for linear motion, you can’t use them for activities requiring sudden side-to-side motion.

Price

Good walking shoes may cost you a bit more, but make sure you go for a popular brand. Quality shoes often stand the test of time saving you a good deal of money in the long run.

So, these are a few consideration if you are going to buy a new pair of walking shoes. Keep these tips in mind and you will be able to buy the best shoes.