Ultimate Guide to the Best Walking Shoes
Are you tired of enduring foot pain every time you go for a walk? Whether you suffer from plantar fasciitis, bunions, or any other foot condition, finding the right pair of shoes can make a world of difference.
This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know, from understanding the causes of foot pain to identifying the key features to look for in walking shoes. We will delve into the different types of walking shoes available, including those specifically designed for various foot conditions.
We will also explore the importance of proper fit and support in alleviating foot pain. By the end of this guide, you will be equipped with the knowledge and resources to select the perfect pair of walking shoes that will provide you with the utmost comfort and relief, allowing you to enjoy your walks pain-free.
Walking shoes are a form of footwear uniquely suited to work with your movement while walking.
Distinct from running shoes, the best shoes for walking should offer a wide toe box for easy movement and circulation, consistent whole-foot cushion, contoured arch support, and flexibility. While running shoes are made to withstand high impact on the forefoot and heel bone, walkers don’t need this level of cushion. So running shoes may not be the best shoes for walking all day.
When selecting walking shoes, it’s important to consider individual preferences, foot shape, and specific needs. By understanding the key features and benefits of walking shoes, individuals can make informed choices to ensure optimal comfort, support, and foot health while enjoying their walking routines.
Foot pain can be debilitating and can significantly impact your everyday life, especially if you enjoy walking or engaging in physical activities. To find the perfect walking shoes for foot pain relief, it is crucial to understand the causes of foot pain. There are various factors that can contribute to foot pain, including:
Plantar FasciitisThis condition occurs when the tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes becomes inflamed. It can cause stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot, typically felt upon taking your first steps in the morning.Plantar Fasciitis
BunionsBunions are bony bumps that form on the joint at the base of your big toe. They can cause pain and discomfort, making it challenging to find shoes that fit properly.Bunions
MetatarsalgiaMetatarsalgia is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the ball of your foot. It is often associated with activities that involve running or jumping.Metatarsalgia
Flat FeetFlat feet occur when the arches of your feet have collapsed, causing the soles of your feet to touch the ground entirely. This can lead to foot pain and discomfort, especially during physical activities like walking.Flat Feet
While finding the perfect walking shoes is crucial for foot pain relief, there are additional measures you can take to complement their effectiveness. Here are some recommendations:
Stretching exercisesPerform regular stretching exercises to improve flexibility and relieve tension in your feet and calves. Consult with a physical therapist or podiatrist for specific exercises tailored to your foot condition.Stretching exercises
Foot massagesTreat yourself to regular foot massages to promote circulation and relaxation. You can use a tennis ball or a foot roller to massage your feet at home.Foot massages
Ice therapyIf you experience inflammation or swelling, apply ice to the affected area for 15-20 minutes several times a day. This can help alleviate pain and reduce swelling.Ice therapy
Maintain a health weightExcess weight can put additional strain on your feet and exacerbate foot pain. Maintain a healthy weight through proper diet and exercise to reduce the burden on your feet.Maintain a health weight
Orthotic insertsConsider using over-the-counter or custom orthotic inserts to provide additional support and alignment correction. These can enhance the effectiveness of your walking shoes in alleviating foot pain.Orthotic inserts
Walking Shoes Care Tips
Proper care for your walking shoes is essential to keeping them in good condition and preventing foot pain down the road. Here are some tips from KURU on how to best take care of your walking shoes.
- Protect your walking shoes from wet conditions with a preventive spritz of KURU Shield, our proprietary blend of shoe protector spray. This water-repellent layer works on all shoe materials and helps safeguard your footwear from the elements.
- Refresh an extra-loved pair of walking shoes with our KURU Shoe Cleaning Kit. Equipped with an all-material shoe cleaner, cleaning brush and microfiber cloth, this kit helps your shoes last.
- Allow your walking shoes to dry out between uses, away from sunlight. Sweat and sunlight can prematurely break down materials. Giving your outdoor footwear some breathing room after each use can help your shoes last longer and stay fresh.
- Always wear socks with your walking shoes. Socks will help reduce your risk of blisters and create a barrier against sweat and bacteria. Keeping bacteria and sweat at bay can help extend the life of your outdoor shoes and reduce the risk of odor over time.
What are the best shoes for walking?
The best shoes for walking and standing all day feature a wide toe box, excellent arch support, flexibility, and consistent cushioning along the length of the foot.
Is it okay to wear running shoes for walking?
You can wear running shoes for walking but they may not offer the level of support and comfort you need for all day wear. Running shoes offer a concentrated amount of cushion in the heel and forefoot and can offer more heel height and cushion than necessary. This can lead to discomfort over time while walking.
How often should I replace my walking shoes?
What are the benefits of walking shoes?
There are many benefits to wearing high-quality supportive walking shoes! Walking shoes deliver shock-absorbing cushion, superior arch support, and flexibility to help protect your feet, relieve pain, and give you a better chance at lasting all day.
High-quality shoes for standing and walking can also help shield your bones, joints, and ligaments from the stress of hard surfaces. KURU offers some of the best walking shoes with arch support and best shoes for walking on concrete with our triple-layer technology built into every pair.
Can I wear orthotic inserts in any walking shoes?
Orthotic inserts can be used in many walking shoes, but it’s important to ensure that the shoes have enough room to accommodate the inserts without causing discomfort or altering the fit.
These are just a few frequently asked questions about walking shoes and foot pain relief. If you have specific concerns or questions, it’s always best to consult with a healthcare professional or specialist.
Can walking shoes cure foot pain?
While walking shoes can provide relief and alleviate foot pain, they may not necessarily cure underlying foot conditions. It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Explore the process of selecting and fitting the most comfortable walking shoe for your feet, walking style, and walking preferences.
Sturdy base with a wide toe boxWalking shoes can be a bit heavier than running shoes to help provide stability for each step. A wide toe box allows the toes to lay flat and grounded with each step and promotes a healthy flow of circulation.Sturdy base with a wide toe box
Quality arch supportSupportive shoes that hug and support the contours of your foot can help treat plantar fasciitis and keep you walking for long hours.Quality arch support
EVA midsolesWhole-foot cushion is best for walking shoes. While running shoes offer a concentrated amount of cushion in the heel and forefoot, shoes for walking work best when cushion is more evenly distributed.EVA midsoles
Shock absorptionThough walking has a lower impact than running, it can still put at least 2.5 times your body weight in pressure! Shock-absorbing foam can help absorb impact to protect your bones, joints, and ligaments.Shock absorption
Deep heel cupA deep heel cup can help support a more healthy alignment in your feet and ankles, which can relieve pressure across the several main joints of your body.Deep heel cup
At KURU, we pride ourselves on our unique approach to shoe design. We believe that shoes should be shaped to fit the natural contours of your feet, which is why we create every pair in three distinct support layers, not just an insole.
Our revolutionary ergonomic design starts with a curved footbed and adds unparalleled triple-layer support that includes shock-absorbing KURUCLOUD, heel-cupping KURUSOLE, and arch-supporting ULTIMATE INSOLES. The result? Shoes that are so comfortable you’ll stop thinking about your feet.
Our patented KURUSOLE plate features a unique design that cups the heel and allows for dynamic flexion with each step. This superior support …Show More
Our patented KURUSOLE plate features a unique design that cups the heel and allows for dynamic flexion with each step. This superior support helps protect and preserve the heel’s fat pad and guide your body to a more natural alignment.…Show less
When you want to stand and walk with less pain, shock absorption is a must. Our KURUCLOUD base layer features lightweight EVA foam that …Show More
When you want to stand and walk with less pain, shock absorption is a must. Our KURUCLOUD base layer features lightweight EVA foam that helps absorb impact to your joints, ligaments, and bones, even when you put plenty of mileage in.…Show less
The top layer in KURU’s technology trio, our ULTIMATE INSOLES feature premium arch support and cushion for the entire sole of your foot. Made of 5mm …Show More
The top layer in KURU’s technology trio, our ULTIMATE INSOLES feature premium arch support and cushion for the entire sole of your foot. Made of 5mm of durable polyurethane foam, these insoles form to your feet to support your plantar fascia and your arch.…Show less
Our patented KURUSOLE plate features a unique design that cups the heel and allows for dynamic flexion with each step. This superior support helps protect and preserve the heel’s fat pad and guide your body to a more natural alignment.
When you want to stand and walk with less pain, shock absorption is a must. Our KURUCLOUD base layer features lightweight EVA foam that helps absorb impact to your joints, ligaments, and bones, even when you put plenty of mileage in.
The top layer in KURU’s technology trio, our ULTIMATE INSOLES feature premium arch support and cushion for the entire sole of your foot. Made of 5mm of durable polyurethane foam, these insoles form to your feet to support your plantar fascia and your arch.
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What makes KURU different? Every KURU shoe comes with built-in patented KURUSOLE tech—a foot health game changer.
While other shoes are flat on the inside, KURUSOLE is shaped like your foot to hug and prevent fatigue and pain.
Great for walking 6+ hours! I’m a hotel housekeeper, so I’m on my feet, moving almost constantly up to eight hours a day, sometimes less. I suffer with plantar fasciitis, and these sneakers have really proven to be comfortable and have reduced my foot pain to where I can walk comfortably for long periods of time. Great sneakers, I would definitely buy from this company again.
Feels Great. Break in period started out ruff at first but after 4 to 5 days wearing them around the house . I went to wildlife museum with my grandkids. Was really nervous I was making a mistake wearing them but after 6 hours walking around on concrete floor my feet still felt great. I’m very happy with these shoes haven’t had a shoe this comfortable in years I will definitely be a return costumer.
Great walking/standing shoe. I am on my feet all day and average 4-5 miles of walking every day. These are very comfortable and supportive. I.broke both big toes and my right foot a few years ago, so I’m always hurting. I have arthritis and heel spurs and my feet aren’t screaming at the end of the day anymore.
Great shoe, fantastic support. I bought the Atom 3 weeks ago hoping they would reduce the pain of Achilles tendinitis and they have made a significant improvement. I can walk pain free for the first time in months!
Perfect fit right out of the box. This is my second pair of Quantum sneakers. I now have a pair for work and one for walking with my dogs. They have really helped with plantar fasciitis symptoms and are great for working 12 hour shifts.