Selecting the right walking Shoes

Wearing the right type of shoes for walking can make the difference between a pleasurable and healthy workout and a  painful uncomfortable walk.

There are several things to consider when choosing a walking shoe the least of which is how trendy the shoes look.

As you walk your heel hits the ground first and rolls forward to the toe, you need flexible shoes to accommodate the flexing of your feet as you walk.

The shoe must have lots of cushioning to soften the impact your feet make on the ground as you walk. Your heel should not slip, and the shoe should not pinch or bind, especially across the arch or ball of your foot.
Don't assume the shoes would expand or stretch out and become more comfortable with time. If they are too tight when you try them on first time, go for the next bigger size. Ideally you should buy walking shoes a size bigger than your regular shoes.

Ensure you wear thick sports socks to prevent blisters. Thin silk socks worn with dressing shoes are not ideal for long distance walks.

Ensure you wear shoes that support your feet. No slippers, flip flops, sandals or high heel shoes.

Look for a shoe that is light weight and breathable, avoid heavy leather shoes.

Some experts recommend you change your shoes after every 500kms, more importantly change them when they are no longer comfortable and supportive.

Try and ensure you have more than one pair of walking shoes so you can rotate between them, elongating their life span and allowing each one time to "bounce back".