The foot is a complex instrument composed of many interrelated parts, and ill-fitting shoes are the source of many problems. Walking causes less impact to your feet than running does. As a result, walking shoes don't offer as much cushioning in the heel as running shoes provide.
As the Mayo Clinic reports, wearing supportive shoes built for walking makes all the difference in your walking experience.
Wearing walking shoes that are comfortable and fit your feet can help prevent injuries such as blisters and calluses. A walking shoe should also be fairly lightweight and provide good shock absorption. But not all walking shoes are created equal. Find the fit and features that are right for you.
How a shoe is built makes a difference in its fit and function. Knowing the basic parts of a walking shoe can help you sort through the many available styles and brands. Note: Not all walking shoes have roll bars or gel pads, though many have features that provide stability and cushioning.
Read more about how to pick the right shoe to maximize your walking experience at the Mayo Clinic website.