Choosing the right shoe for you
STARTHow do you choose the right gait?

Before you buy any walking shoes, you need to answer these five questions in order to be able to determine which shoe model exactly matches your foot type. Choosing the right shoes can make a difference for comfort and energy during day and night.

What is the difference between walking and running shoes?

Whether you believe it or not, the difference between walking and running shoes is huge. Running shoes offer a lot more cushioning in the heel, and less under the toes, because the pressure on your feet is often on your heels (imagine the long steps you take as you run). However, the pressure is more evenly distributed between the heel and the toes while walking, so the shoes made for walking provide more equal and more comfortable cushioning towards the bottom of the shoe.

What is the most important feature when choosing the best walking shoes?Sole Type
  • How do I learn the foot type I have?

    The most important factor in determining perfect fit is knowing which type of foot arch you have and matching it to the correct sole. There are three types of foot arch: high foot arch, normal foot arch, and flat. It is very important that you know which type of foot arch you have before you start to buy shoes for a walk, because if you choose a shoe that supports a different foot type than yours, you can remain in pain. Fortunately, it's easy to identify.

    How Do You Identify Your Foot Arch Type?

    Take your barefoot out and wet your feet using a hose. Then close the hose and walk a few steps while your feet wet. You can then examine your footprint and match it with the foot arch images above. If you choose a shoe that supports the wrong foot type and pronation level, your feet will be in great pain.

  • How do you identify your foot gait?

    The last thing you will do is to calculate where your feet are positioned when stepping. However, it is difficult for you to calculate your own and it is more important for jogging shoes. It may be only useful if you are planning to walk, this can be optional. When you step on the heel and hit the floor, the resulting angle is known as your level of bending. Pronation is part of the natural movement of the human body and refers to the way your foot rolls inward for impact distribution upon landing.

    As you can see in the picture above, there are 3 main pronation patterns:

    • 1. Neutral: After the heel is pushed, the foot is rolled in about 15 degrees when touching the floor. Neutral pronators usually have a normal foot arch.
    • 2.Over-Pronation: After the heel is pushed, the foot is rolled inward for more than 15 degrees when touching the floor. Typically, the toes of the over-pronator are more outwardly pointing, and have a similar degree of angle to the flat base. Stepping in this way is not a bad thing, but over-pronators are more susceptible to wrist injuries. We recommend purchasing shoes that provide motion control and stability control to resist Over-Pronunciation.
    • 3.Supination: When the foot does not bend sufficiently inward when the hitting the floor, it causes a higher impact on each step. Supination is more common among people with high foot arches. Still, supination is not a bad thing, but it is very important to choose the right shoe as it will cause injuries like over-pronator. To supinators, we recommend buying shoes that provide extra cushioning for more absorbing the impact of shocks.
  • How do I know if a shoe is compatible and with good quality?

    Hold the heel with one hand and the toe side with the other hand. Twist the shoe's nose up and watch where your shoe is twisted. It should be made from finger to foot to twist through the arch of the foot.

    Hold the shoe in the same way, now twist in both directions. It measures the flexibility of the shoe. For walking, you should feel lighter in order to reduce the resistance. If the shoe passes these two tests, it means it is perfect quality.

What are the tests to make sure your shoes will fit perfectly?

Now, when you choose a shoe that fits your foot arch type and your pronation degree, you need to make sure it's the right size number. It should feel comfortable in every direction, but the wiggle room should not be too narrow for your toes to move. When you are walking downhill, you should feel comfortable with your shoe fingers without feeling a crash.

Find a few stairs and test the transitions between your heels. You can try to take two steps at a time to enlarge its effect.

If you choose a shoe that matches your foot arch type and pronation level, and passes quality and fit tests, you have found the ideal walking shoe for you.