Walking has always been a part of most people’s daily activities. People have been using walking as their main source of exercise, for leisure, and/or to run their daily chores. However, it is only recently that more people have become more conscious of their feet ‘ comfort levels when they walk. Mindfully chosen comfortable walking shoes for men have their benefits. Most people end up buying running shoes only to use them for walking. Keep reading to find out how to choose comfortable walking shoes for men in terms of their important features, types, and some buying tips to conclude.
Important Features of walking shoes for men
Midsole deserves your attention:
The midsole is the cushioning that goes between the outsole and the upper sole of your shoe. Heel-to-toe stepping is the ideal way to walk. Mindfully managing the impact on your heel to ensure a safe walk is important. The midsole provides the rebound that you need around your heel and forefoot to lessen the impact of the surface you’re walking on. This in turn takes care of the impact on your ankles as well as your knees and lower back. PUMA has developed a softride midsole technology for extra cushioning and comfort that your feet deserve, regardless of the purpose of your walks.
Breathability is key:
To walk comfortably for longer hours, may it be an exercise activity or to finish up your chores, maintaining your body temperature is going to be important. The material of the upper part of the shoe plays a significant role in this. These walking shoes for men are fully made out of mesh for exactly that reason. The comfort sockliner on men’s walking shoes also helps absorb the moisture that builds during long walks keeping your feet airy and fresh.
Outsole for grip and traction:
The rubber outsole is the part of your shoe that interacts with the surface on which you should choose to walk. It saves you from missteps and slips on your walks. Walking shoes for men have rubber outsoles. They take care of your balance and safety during your walks. They are oil as well as water-resistant and help you gain the traction that keeps you secure as you keep on stepping. Rubber outsoles also make it possible for you to go for short hikes, get close to nature with a walk in the forests, etc. They make sure to get expansive contact with the surface so you can distribute your weight across your whole foot instead of overburdening one of two of the sections.
Various types of walking shoes for men
Shoes to help prevent pronation or supination:
Shoes that are designed around the heel to balance your step in case your foot turns inward or outward when you walk. These shoes are a bit inflexible to support your heel to toe stepping since they are designed to help you step more neutrally.
Lightweight Shoes for brisk walkers:
Many people are replacing jogging with brisk walking due to its countless benefits. One of the main reasons is that it has a relatively lower impact on the walker’s knees and ankles. These shoes are perfect for short and brisk walks. They enable you to gain the speed required for your walking needs.
Pace Slip-On Walking shoes:
The Pace Slip-On walking shoes for men are lightweight, made out of breathable fine mesh material, and have a sockliner cushioning for your comfort while walking. They also have a cuffed heel that protects your ankle during the heel to toe stepping while helping you look chic. These are perfect for the long days at the shopping mall where you will be required to walk and stand constantly while you look fashionable.
Slip-On Walking Shoes
Slips-on walking shoes are the easiest type of walking shoe to put on. If you like to rush out the door instead of sitting down in a chair to put on your walking shoes, slip-on sneakers are the perfect compromise for you. They will protect your feet from high impact from other footwear and make the process of putting your shoes on, before a walk, significantly easier and less time-consuming.
Lace closure on walking shoes offers you a customizable fit of the upper on your walking shoes. If your feet are flat or have a high arch, you will be able to adjust the tightness of the lace as per your needs.
Buying walking shoes for men? Here are some tips for you
Is the shoe flat when you put it down?
The toe box of the shoe should not lay flat on the surface. That will hamper your need for the heel to toe motion when you walk. There needs to be some distance between the outsole of the toe box of your shoe and the surface. If you poke it, it should be flexible enough to touch the ground and bounce back. This will grant your ankles the flexibility and safety required in their motion while walking.
Aim for the perfect fit
- Make sure there is space between your tallest toe and the shoe’s end near the toe box. A toe box too tight could be the cause of calluses and blisters, especially near your smallest toe.
- If the upper is too snug, it may hamper your ankle’s motion and put pressure on your knees and low back.
- Get help from a shoe assistant, either online or at the store. Allow them to measure both feet to ensure there are no significant differences in the measurements.
- Make sure there is not more than one finger’s worth of space between the back of your heel and the end of your shoe. Even though you don’t want the shoe to be too snug, it will hurt your arch and heel if your foot has too much space to move around in the shoe.
Try them on!
Put on your new shoes and walk around the store. Try out your heel to toe stepping. It is becoming increasingly easier, especially with websites as easy to navigate as PUMA’s, to buy everything online so absolutely explore that option when looking for comfortable walking shoes for men. However, do try walking inside your home with your new shoes before your heart is set on the colour or design. You must have access to a full and flexible motion when you’re walking. This will help you determine with more confidence if the shoe is the right fit for you or not.
Make sure you get to know your individual needs when it comes to walking. That is the hard part. Once that is figured out, finding the shoe with the right fit, flexibility, stability, and style is going to be easy with the right guidance.