Why you need to wear the right shoes for walking
(Philstar.com) - November 29, 2015 - 11:10pm

MANILA, Philippines - For people who love to wear multiple hats, shoes that can go with you through all the walks of life is important.

From soaking up new sights in a far-flung destination to finding the best place around the city, footwear that can live up to your adventures in life is essential.

Unfortunately, most people opt to buy shoes based on the brand and style, overlooking the fact that great shoes is not just about the style. It's also about the comfort and security that they can provide.

When your feet are not able to function properly, you may experience pain in the heels, ankles, hips and lower back. Moreover, it can evolve to further injuries such as blisters, calluses and even scoliosis, 

Therefore, walking shoes should cater to not just your fashion needs but also your feet's health. Doctors recommend shoes that  are fairly lightweight, breathable and those that provide good shock absorption.  The cushioning should be thickest in the heel and the shoe should be flexible enough to bend in your hands.

Skechers' latest addition to its walking category provides a good option for you.

Precy Santos, Marketing Manager for Skechers Performance Philippines, says their newest model marries both comfort and style and most importantly incorporates a lot of technology.

"Some of the technology that we can highlight on the shoes is the outsole. It has this articulated and segmented outsole that provides you maximum flexibility, while the Memory Form Fit padding around the heel keeps the feet snug and cushioned. It has Goga Mat Technology, so when you step, you feel a little bit of bounce. That is the thing that makes it ground breaking, explains Santos to Philstar.com during the launch of the Go Flex.

Find a happy harmony between comfort and style and step up your game in a pair of shoes that can move with you.

Meanwhile, Harvard Health Publications has some tips in finding the right shoes for you:

  1. Take a tracing of your foot with you.
  2. Shop for shoes during the afternoon — your foot naturally expands with use during the day.
  3. Wear the same type of socks to the store that you intend to wear with the shoes.
  4. Have a salesperson measure both of your feet
  5. Stand in the shoes. Press gently on the top of the shoe to make sure you have about a half-inch of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. This provides enough room for your foot to press forward as you walk. Wiggle your toes to make sure there’s enough room.
  6. Walk around in the shoes to determine how they feel.
  7. Trust your own comfort level rather than a shoe’s size or description.
  8. Pay attention to width as well as length.
  9. Feel the inside of the shoes to see if they have any tags, seams, or other material that might irritate your foot.
  10. Examine the soles. Are they sturdy enough to provide protection from sharp objects? Do they provide any cushioning? 

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