The medical world has its XRAY, MRI, DNA, and other tests to prove that humans are all physically constructed in little different ways . The retail world, in the interest of simplicity and cost, has chosen to use letters like S, M, L, XL and N, M, W to give an estimate fit and cost. There is a gap that any shopper recognizes.
We are not all built alike, nor do we fit the same letters. In addition, our brains give signals for the use of these differences.
Therefore, when dealing with anything that our feet need to use with the most efficiency and comfort, it is imperative that the first step be to consult said foot.
This is especially true of the extra wide foot for the first consideration is room for movement and relaxation. In this article we will show you, what is the best walking shoe for wide feet. It is only when the foot is given the opportunity to show its uniqueness, that the shoe is able to serve its best.
Even though feet are different and have different needs, there are similarities, and it is important that the store chosen to find walking shoes have several elements. It must be large enough to carry a variety of styles that might fit your needs.
It must have qualified people who understand the foot, with its different problems, and can identify them. Time should be given to examine feet and determine any particular characteristics. The atmosphere should be relaxed and comfortable in order for the customer to become informed as he makes his decision.
An intelligent and personable staff member should be able to answer all questions and give explanations. A return policy should be available, since the shoe may feel good at first try, but reveal problems on the second try at home.
Alternatively, you can buy a couple different pairs online and send the models that don't fit back to the shop. This is more of a hit-or-miss option, but is not a bad idea, if you don't have access to a retail store near your home.
It is time to replace your walking shoes about every 300-500 miles when the absorbency of the material begins to break down. The fact that the shoes will be used for “walking” should be made known immediately for different styles work best with specific activities.
This is because stress is located in various locations of the foot and your foot determines how best to deal with the stress of the activity. Feet may have high or low arches (flat feet), supination or overpronation, and wide or narrow structure. Wearing a wrong fit can bring pain (back pain for example) not only to feet but to knees, hips, and legs.
Analyzing your foot is important. Wet your foot and step on a piece of colored or absorbent paper (see my guide about womens walking shoes here). The imprint will show an outside lining of the foot where the heel is connected with the rest of the foot.
It is easy to determine that the top part of the structure of your foot is extra wide. Arches are determined by the line from heel to the upper part of foot. When there is no line of contact, it indicates a high arch which is rather rare.
The low arch gives a fully visible line of contact. It is most common for anyone over 165 pounds, and the foot will roll to the inside. A shoe with stability and motion control is needed. The wider width of the foot is easily met by shoe size but is extremely important. The foot must have room to move and rest in comfort.
Here's a good article on how to determine if your feet are wide or narrow.
Alternatively, you can watch the following video:
Examining your current shoe will help the clerk determine how much you will need help from the new shoe. The best shoe will cushion your heel when it first strikes the ground, support your foot as it rolls to toe, and support your toe as it pushes on to the next step. The heels will be low and rounded to support the heel as it hits the ground. When walking, the heel does not need too much cushioning but it does need flexibility. Bending the toe of the shoe back to heel will determine also how much resistance and arch support it gives.
All of this information is necessary to determine differences and needs of your particular foot. The shoe industry has been most successful in designing different types of shoes, with amounts of flexibility, that will best serve you. Taking the time and finding a store or staff member that will help determine your type is very important.
There are many good brands of wide walking shoes for both men and women. Serving both are Asics, Brooks, Saucony, and New Balance. They have categorized their models by specific foot type and identify problems which the shoe especially addresses. Good shoes will be priced between $100-$150. The following shoe models have a wide toe box and should give you enough room to move pain free.
New Balance 1540v2
You may be thinking of a thick steak at your favorite restaurant, but these new sneakers on your feet will stay focused on their task of keeping your gait with ease and comfort.
The new rollbar in the middle will not allow your flat feet to roll inward, and the attractive mesh will give ventilation to keep the feet cool. The exterior will give firm support for the stability you need.
Padding of new materials will cushion your steps and provide incentive for more weight-loss exercise. These are available in two colors at Amazon.com for $127.99 and free shipping.
Dr. Comfort Men’s Therapeutic Diabetic Extra Depth Shoe
Reflecting the style, comfort, and quality of the highest are these shoes labeled for the special needs customer. When Dr. Comfort first started his business in therapeutic shoes in 2002, it was recognized that style had to be of contemporary and attractive design in order to sell.
Since then, the business has become the leader of comfort and prescription footwear. Sophisticated design, which was coupled with comfort for the diabetic foot (see Article "Best walking shoes for diabetics"), has provided a shoe which helps foot health and creates a classic image of the well dressed.
The Douglas shoe, featuring leather, is available in Black and Chestnut. It has stretchable Lyra upper with a contact closure. It is designed for most foot problems and may qualify for Medicare reimbursement. It is a available for $139.00 at Amazon.
Women’s New Balance 928V2
This is the new model of the popular 928. However, the V2 only has a rating of 49%.
A goodly number of reviews complain that it is not like the previous models and causes discomfort when worn.
Of imported leather with a rubber sole, it comes in black only. It has roll bar technology which holds the foot in place and an insert of dual density. The price is $119-$139.
Dansko Women’s Wide Professional Clog
So you want a comfortable shoe that can absorb the discomfort of a working day and yet create a great look of style?
Dansko has designed a Clog that can do just that! It provides all-day support, and its box leather is ideal for all kinds of environments.
It can easily be wiped clean with soap and water. It’s thermoplastic toe box is roomy and gives protection with plenty of space.
The heel and frame provide stability and the outsole provides shock absorption and flexibility. It carries the Seal of acceptance from the Amerian Podiatric Medical Association. And it’s called a Clog!