Footwear for The Long Walk Home
Dr Brenden Brown, Podiatrist & guy who knows stacks about walking, Talks about choosing the right shoe for the Long Walk Home.
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Now shoes. What about we have a quick chat about what you should look for in a shoe to make sure that it's super comfortable when you're doing activity?
What should you look for?
Firstly, laces. Laces will hold the shoe on your foot like a glove does a hand. That's right, super stable and will mean it's longer and longer times that you'll be comfortable in the shoe.
Now, we've got some quick tests that you should do every time you buy new shoes. Say for example, like now if you don't have good shoes, even if it's just before the activity. These are the simple tests. The first thing is we need to grab a shoe and see whether or not it bends and where it bends.
Now, bending at the toe area of the shoe is actually super important. It actually creates flexibility and means that the shoe helps you more mobile.
Now in the middle though, if we grab it and press on either end, you'll see that no matter what I do, this shoe does not bend in the middle and that again is a good thing. Increasing this stability means that the more stable and the more firm it is, the more comfortable you will be.
Now, the next thing we want to do is focus on this heel counter. That's right, this part here. Grab it and push it in. If you can't push it in actually that's a super good thing and it means that again, this will hold your ankle for times when, for example, your tripping or falling or you potentially might have an ankle sprain. Having this firm and stable creates stability and reduces the incidence of those things.
Now, the final thing we talk about is ringing or twisting a shoe out. It shouldn't move a great deal. It should actually be quite stable. Now, this is important because again, it reduces the likelihood of people getting ankle sprains and creates stability in a shoe.
Now, there's a couple of things we need to talk about and they're kind of myths. One of them is that you need super soft cushion shoes. Now, whilst these always feel fabulous when you go to the footwear retailer and try your new kicks on, they actually are pretty shitty to be really honest with you. When you're walking long distances, super soft when you first feel them doesn't actually constitute supportive. Whilst I'm not trying to be a shoe pariah, I am telling you, the more stable they are, the more comfortable they're going to be on very long walks.
The next thing is stay away from let's say some fashion brands. If your runners are more popular for their hats, the brand or the brand is perhaps more popular for its activewear or clothing, then the actual shoes that you put on your feet, then I would suggest you stay away from those as well.
There's simple tips that you can use to actually make sure you stay stable, comfortable, and you can do very long walks. Go on. Out you go. Go grab them. If you haven't grabbed them, you've got to get them now.
ABOUT DR BRENDEN BROWN
Founder of A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care in Sydney, and former president of the Australasian Podiatry Council, Dr Brenden Brown (A.K.A Dr Foot) is a wealth of knowledge on how to take care of your feet, including how to find the best shoes.
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