Keep on walking!

Walking poles can help take the strain off your knees.

Walking poles can help take the strain off your knees!

Walking Equipment

Footwear

The key to keeping your feet healthy and comfortable, regardless of the type of walking you do, is wearing properly fitting shoes. When buying walking shoes, try on several different brands, styles and most importantly sizes. Your feet can expand as much as half a size during the day, so shop for shoes in the afternoon or early evening when your feet are at their largest. That will help protect them as they expand during your longer walks. Also, wearing the same type of socks when fitting shoes that you wear when you walk will help you select the right shoe.
To get the best out of your walking shoes, you need to look after them properly. Polish them regularly and, if they get wet, put newspaper inside them and let them dry out completely before putting them on again. It’s a good idea to invest in a couple of pairs so you always have one in reserve.

Top Tips

  • When buying shoes, wear the same socks to the store that you will wear while walking.
  • Try on at least four or five pairs of shoes. Put on and lace both shoes of each pair and walk around for a minute or two.

Socks

Good socks not only help your feet feel comfortable within your shoes, but will also keep them dry by drawing moisture away from the feet. Whatever you do, don’t wear 100% cotton socks – they hold moisture against the skin, causing painful blistering. Wool and silk are often found blended with the latest generation synthetic materials. If you find wool too warm or irritating, you could try an acrylic blended sock. Socks made with new material such as CoolMax or DriMax are designed to draw sweat away from the skin, keeping it nice and dry. Double thickness socks are great if people are prone to blisters.

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