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Tips to Shop for the Running or Walking Shoe

if you are new to running or walking for fitness, you might feel a little overwhelmed by looking for the right shoe online or in a shoe store. To give you some tips on your shopping journey, we asked Keith Stern, product manager at Reebok, to break down the differences between running shoes and running shoes and tell you what you need to know to find the right shoe for you at the right price.


The first thing you need to know is the differences between shoes for running and walking. Don’t be fooled by their similar appearance: running shoes are not designed to do the same thing as walking shoes. Cushioning and fit are the big differences, Stern says. “Running is a higher impact activity, so while you may think you want more pillows under your feet, it can actually cause your stride to lose and do more harm than good,” he says. This is because every time you step on the floor, Your foot is looking to buy, which means it is making its way through the foam. Walking, on the other hand, uses less force with each kick, so you can add more pillows for comfort. And because hiking boots are meant to be worn all day long, comfort and cushioning are essential.


For all-day use, Stern recommends a hiking shoe because it tends to have a more stretchy upper — something with a four-way stretch-which allows your foot to stretch comfortably throughout the day. “Your feet will change slightly throughout the day, so an all-day walking shoe is ideal.”

However, be sure to switch to a running shoe for your runs. You can walk in running shoes, but you can’t walk in walking shoes!


To run, you need something favorable, not comfortable. (This doesn’t mean wearing barefoot shoes, it just means that the foam is less comfortable, fyi.) This also applies to the upper, which must be made of Polyester or Recycled Polyester that does not stretch during running, unlike Lycra or Spandex, Stern says.


While 80% of runners and walkers agree with a neutral support shoe, Stern says that if you have collapsed arches, you may want something with movement control and support. How do you know if you need motion control? Look barefoot in a mirror and walk on the spot, then stop. See what your arches are doing: Are they approaching the ground or are they touching it? If so, you need more support.


When buying a shoe, don’t just pay attention to its appearance from the top or from the side: turn it over and check the Profile. The tread consists of two parts: the outsole, the rubber surface on which you actually run, and a foam midsole that provides some cushioning. Turn a shoe on its side and you can usually see the different colors that make up the midsole and outsole. The rubber cover is the key to traction and durability, Stern says. Hiking boots usually have less rubber and lower treads, as they do not have as much abrasion when walking as when running.


Running and walking on different terrains change the type of shoe you need. “For example, right now, light hiking is the new trend that we are seeing,” says Stern. “You don’t need hiking boots, but you want more rubber and crampons for traction on your tread, as well as a more durable upper.”(A good light hiking option from Reebok is the Floatride Energy 3 Adventure.)


Although you naturally want a shoe that looks great, don’t buy just by style or color, Stern says. You can usually find a shoe in color and aesthetic that you like and that also suits your needs when you look at different options from different brands. If you find a pair of shoes that look good on you, but you hate the color, see if they come in a variety of colors. Many stores only have one or two color options in stock, but others may be available to order.

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