Choosing the Best Walking Shoes for Dog Walkers

For dog walkers, selecting shoes is comparable to purchasing a house or a car; you’re going to spend a lot of time in them, so you want something you really like.

First and foremost, before you buy a new pair of expensive running shoes I suggest either going to your local running shoe store and get properly fitted for a couple different brands.

Improper shoe sizing and shape can lead to muscular imbalances and achy feet; something we as walkers do not have time for.

To keep your feet feeling good mile after mile, be sure to consider these qualities when shopping for new walking shoes:

  • Supportive cushioning in the arches and heels
  • Roomy toe box to prevent blisters and bunions
  • Mesh upper for breathability
  • Durable soles with traction to absorb shock
  • Removable insoles, in case you want to use your own orthotics

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Know the Shape of Your Feet

Feet come in many shapes and sizes.

To avoid painful problems, consider the shape and size of your feet when buying a pair of walking shoes.

Remember, your shoes should conform to the shape of your feet.

Your feet should never be forced to conform to the shape of a pair of shoes.

Width and length

Shoes that are too narrow or too wide can lead to painful blisters and calluses.

And a toe box that’s not high enough — and doesn’t provide enough room for your toes — can cause pain in disorders such as bunions and hammertoes.

Arch type

The intricate alignment of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons in your feet forms side-to-side (metatarsal) and lengthwise (longitudinal) arches.

As you walk, these springy, flexible arches help distribute your body weight evenly across your feet.

Your arches play an important role in how you adapt to various surfaces as you walk.

Pre-existing Conditions

Plantar fasciitis is a painful orthopedic condition that involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of connective tissue that connects your heel to your toes.

One of the most common causes of foot pain, plantar fasciitis typically causes a sharp pain in the heel.

If you notice that you have pain you may want to ask your doctor if you have plantar fasciitis.

If you have already been diagnosed, then you know that wearing the right type of shoes is important in reversing this condition and preventing it from worsening. has a complete guide for finding the best walking shoes for plantar fasciitis.

Know When to Replace Your Walking Shoes

All walking shoes eventually show signs of wear.

And even if they still feel comfortable and don’t show much outer wear, they might not be providing enough support or shock absorption.

Change your shoes when the outsole is worn and/or you’ve reached 300 to 400 miles of running or walking in your current pair

Even if a shoe looks good, most lose their impact protection after around 300 to 400 miles.

Put a mark on the calendar when you’ve reached your shoes’ maximum mileage to remind yourself to replace them, and to track how long it typically takes you to put in 300 to 400 miles.

You will be surprised how quickly the miles add up when you are walking your 1-2 times a day or more!

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