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ASICS Walking Shoes Make Walking Brand New

If these sound familiar, it may be time for some new kicks

We're always looking for that perfect fit, but not many of us know how important it is to buy the right pair of walking shoes.

"But they’re just for walking - so why does it matter?"

It's important to note that not all shoes are created equal. Comfortable walking shoes are essentially lightweight and provide good shock absorption, which can help keep your feet and posture healthy as we age.

Buying the right pair of shoes is not as easy as it sounds, in fact, most people don’t know that it’s advisable to go shoe shopping in the evening.

Why? Because our feet swell throughout the day. If we fit them into a shoe that’s comfortable at their largest, they won’t feel tight at any point.

Let’s look at the telltale signs that mean you may need some new kicks...

1. They feel big

If you can feel your feet moving around in your shoes while walking, you guessed right, they’re probably too big for you. This is even more evident when your heels are unable to sit back against the shoe and pop up when you walk. Shoes that are a size bigger tend to be unsupportive - this additionally causes tightening of your foot muscles that struggle to keep you from sliding inside your shoes.

2. They feel tight

On the other hand, while studies reveal that it's common for men to buy a bigger shoe size, it’s been observed that most women wear tight footwear. Hmm, we’re always aiming for a smaller number eh ladies? But is it really worth it? Tight shoes cause a lot of pain to the feet and even have some long-term effects, if we don’t change to a more suitable pair.

3. You’re used to blisters & calluses

There’s nothing like buying a pair of shoes you love. Shoe fanatics out there know what we’re talking about. But new shoes aren’t a walk in the park (pun intended). They pretty much make it hard for you to get around that park, your neighbourhood, and the list goes on. Breaking in a new pair of shoes isn’t a one-time job, it’s a lengthy process, up until your unique foot size is best friends with the inside shoe cushions. And before they’re chilling together, their relationship may weather blisters, calluses, and damages to toenails. In fact, it may even affect your entire body posture if you’re not careful.

Now that you know these horrifying details, make sure there’s enough room between your toes and the start of your shoe. This will give your feet the amount of space they need to breathe. If you’re having these issues with your feet even after a couple weeks, it's time to reconsider your shoe size.

4. You’ve had your pair for a LONG time...

Like clothes, shoes also age. You’ll be surprised to know that athletes who regularly train are advised to change their pair of shoes every 3 to 6 months - depending on how rigorous their training is. You’ll be even more surprised to know that shoes start to age even before you buy them off the rack.

Built to be replaced in a relatively short amount of time, shoes go through their share of wear and tear. In fact, you’re encouraged to get your feet measured at least once in a year to keep track of your shoe size.

There are, of course, other ways to know it’s time to get yourself a new pair of shoes. For instance, when the sole tread pattern is fading out or if the heel is worn down more on one side than the other. Even wrinkles on shoes are a sign it’s time for some retail therapy.

5. Your walking shoes are also your running shoes

Walking shoes aren’t as technologically advanced as running shoes. This means that the material used to create running shoes is different than what’s used for walking shoes. Since the motion involved in walking and running differs from one another, the walkers impact the cushioning much less than the runners. It is recommended not to use the walking shoes as running shoes - to make sure the former have more life in them. Make another trip and don’t hesitate to drop by specialty stores who have experts to help you pick out the perfect pair of runners for you.

6. They’re not ASICS

Quite simply put, ASICS are one of the best walking shoes that have pronation guides that make it easier to find the right fitting shoe for your walking style. They explain the fit of the shoe in relation to the natural movement of each person’s foot. The ASICS fuzeX rush are a perfect example of these guides. With the heel collar made to cushion the ankle, the insoles are designed intricately to support the foot. At an affordable price, these shoes position themselves as pros - equipped with memory foam, contoured arches and midsoles made of gel. All this, makes it the perfect shoe to walk in.