It might seem tempting to choose one pair of athletic shoes for all your sports and activities, but there are significant differences in men’s running shoes, tennis shoes and cross-training shoes. Running shoes are designed to support long walks that involve a heel strike. Men’s walking shoes can support long walks with a ball strike.
Although it may seem like a small difference, walking shoes can reduce fatigue. They have a more flexible sole and a lower breaking point than tennis or running shoes. Walking shoes for men were created at a time in which low-impact activities like walking or light hiking were more popular than high-impact ones such as running, jogging, and aerobics.
A pair of walking shoes can make a big difference if you are considering adding power walks into your exercise program. Toe box, ankle, arch and toe support help reduce muscle fatigue. They also maintain a good walking gait. Running and walking are two different activities that require separate footwear.
Walking shoes can last for 500 miles before becoming too worn. It is better to replace the soles than just the shoes.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST MENS’ WALKING SHOES
Running shoes vs. walking shoes
When choosing a walking shoe, it is important to understand the differences between running shoes and walking shoes. Although it is possible to walk in running shoes it is not recommended to run in them. The difference is in how walking works.
Walking is a process where the forward foot strikes the ground with its heel first, rolls through the mid-arch and pushes off the ball for the next step. True walking shoes support the ankle and cushion the arch. They also bend at the toe box. A runner will tend to push off at the toe box, absorb shock with the heel, and then push back again. Walking shoes can reduce leg fatigue and foot pain by absorbing shocks. Most of the shock from running is absorbed through the arch and heel.
Men’s walking shoes, like other types of athletic footwear, can be made from a mix of synthetic and natural materials. Each shoe has a purpose. The leather uppers are water-repellent, stain-resistant, and offer a snug but comfortable fit. The nylon mesh allows for breathability and moisture to escape from the toe box. For additional cushioning in the heel or midsole, memory foam is a great choice. The outer soles of synthetic rubber or natural rubber protect the feet from dirt and debris while walking, and provide grip on uneven terrain.
When shopping for men’s walking boots, it is important to find the right fit. Too loose fitting shoes can cause the heel to slip out of its box and cause blisters. The arch must be supported by the midsole. Walking shoes may have a narrower toe box than running shoes. This can be either a plus or minus for power walkers. While some prefer to have the toe box tighter, others may prefer to have the toe box wider so that the toe can expand naturally during the last step.
Although most running shoes for men are true to size, it is worth wearing athletic socks to adjust the fit. It is common to go up one size in order to fit orthotics or thicker socks. Many models of walking shoes have removable insoles that can be removed for easy maintenance or replacement.
Black toenails and heel blisters can be a problem. You might consider a different lacing pattern. This will reduce slippage in the heel and keep your toes closed.
WHAT FEATURES DOES A MEN’S WALKING SHOE HAVE?
Men’s walking shoes that are better for men should be able to allow them to select different lacing methods to address their specific gait problems. A single lacing style gives more protection to the heel, which prevents the heel from sliding out of the compartment with every step. Another lacing option is available for walkers with high and low arches. This style has tighter midsole. A less restrictive lacing style can be beneficial for a toe box that is uncomfortable.
A reflective badge, although not a standard feature on most men’s walking shoes can improve safety for those who walk at night or in the morning. To reduce the risk of an ankle injury, additional cushions can be used to stabilize the wearer. Many walking shoes have a reinforced sole to prevent punctures and give grip on wet or rough terrain.
Since high-impact running shoes weren’t able to meet the requirements of low-impact walking, the development of walking shoes was made specifically for power walkers. These shoes are now a popular choice for people who have to walk on hard floors during work shifts. These shoes are also great for running and walking on treadmills.
DID YOU KNOW?
Long walks or hikes are more comfortable with moisture-wicking socks made of synthetic materials than with cotton socks. The skin can become softer and more prone to blisters if it is covered in sweat.