You have built up your stamina, and you are ready to hit the hiking trails, but a poor fitting or ill advised shoe could stop you in your tracks! How does the fitness walker wade through the brand names of expensive shoes and find the right fit? Let the experts do the research for you!
According to the Spring 2011 Sneaker Guide, the best shoes for walking are:
1. For both power walkers and strollers, the Ecco Biom Walk
These shoes were designed to make the walker feel like she is walking barefoot. They are light weight and feature a breathable mesh upper covering, and since the feet stay cool and dry, the shoes can be worn comfortably all day. These shoes can be purchased at eccousa.com for $175.00.
2. Next highest rated shoe for fitness walkers was: Asics Gel-Tech Walker Neo 2
They are cushioned comfortably by gel pockets in front of the foot and heel, where is is no-slip memory foam. The lacing is placed asymmetrically to provide the best fit. There is cushioning on the midsole to offer the most support, and the feet are guided by the structure of the insole into the correct walking position. Even bunions are considered in the design of this shoe, allowing for more fabric in the “bunion” zone. You can find Asics shoes at asicsamerica.com, and these Gel-Techs run for about $100.
The best hiking shoes, according to the Spring 2011 Sneaker Guide?
1. Ecco Boulder GTX! If you are a member of the Capital Hikers Club (http://joltleft.com/dc-in-washington-dc/the-capital-hiking-club), you would be wise to invest in a good pair of hiking shoes. The Boulder GTX is a lightweight, water proof shoe that provides stability and excellent traction. It has a comfortable lining to keep feet dry and is of lighter weight than traditional hiking boots. These can be found at accousa.com for $140.
2. The Keen Alamosa is the runner-up for hiking shoe. It offers stability due to multi-directional lugs on the bottom soles of the shoe. It has a double density midsole that offers support and cushions the foot and reinforced rubber to protect the toes. These hiking shoes can be bought at Keenfootwear.com for about $100.
Whether you are a fitness walker or an avid hiker, protecting your feet is essential to maintaining your work-out schedule. A good pair of shoes is a great investment, and who can put a price on the gift of exercising in the beautiful Washington DC area, unless of course this summer with its record breaking heat! Time to research indoor walking tracks!