In "walking mode", there is always one foot in contact with the ground, supported in two places, with two moments of greatest pressure: the placing of the heel and propulsion forwards.
It is important, therefore, to choose shoes that are specifically designed for walking. Here you can read our tips to help you make the right choice.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WALKING SHOES?
What are the specific features that a walking shoe should have?
- Bevelled heel
- Flex grooves
- Straight long axis
What are the benefits of a leather shoe?
- Improved foot hygiene
- Improved breathability
- Hiking boots or trekking shoes: these are too heavy and lack flexibility.
- Running shoes: these place the body in a position that is angled slightly too far forwards, which is inappropriate for walking and can be uncomfortable.
Remember to check whether your shoes are worn out, as this may change your posture and ultimately cause problems for your feet.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SHOES ACCORDING TO YOUR TYPE OF WALKING ACTIVITY?
There are four different types of walking. And each type of walking has its own characteristics and requirements.
Everyday walking is the walking that you do day-to-day without even thinking about it. It's your walk to the station, to the underground; it's walking around at work. Everyday walking shoes are shoes that will accompany you all day long. Your everyday walking shoes should be comfortable and breathable.
For this gentle walking, you will need a flexible shoe which can be worn with your everyday clothes. The look should be sporty but relaxed. Your shoe should allow you to walk comfortably throughout each excursion. A breathable shoe with an aerated mesh, or breathable leather, will be ideal.
See our Well-being Walking Shoes
Fitness walking involves a faster pace, so choose a technical sports shoe that will allow you to walk efficiently. This shoe should follow your movements and help you to walk more quickly. For fitness walking, Decathlon recommends a lightweight shoe that matches the shape of your foot, giving you energy and freedom of movement.
See our Fitness Walking Shoes
Nordic walking normally takes place off-road, so Decathlon recommends you wear lightweight, flexible, waterproof shoes, equipped with studs, and sturdy enough to protect you from obstacles such as stones or poles.
See our Nordic Walking Shoes
HOW TO CHOOSE JUNIOR WALKING SHOES?
Their first shoes
Babies take their first steps at between 9 and 18 months. But just because they are walking a little doesn't mean they need shoes right away. We recommend you buy shoes specifically designed for walking as soon as your child is able to walk around independently.
The right size
Never buy second-hand shoes for a baby, or put your baby in hand-me-down shoes from a big sister or brother. These shoes will have already adapted to the shape of another foot, which will not be the same as your baby's.
When to replace a baby's shoes?
Between 9 and 24 months, a baby's foot grows by 3cm. After that, the foot grows by an average of one centimetre every year. Because of this, it is essential to change your baby's shoes regularly, around three times per year.
What type of shoe?
Any type of shoe can be the right one. Newfeel has developed one specific shoe (the Cityboo, designed for a child's first steps) as well as a range of walking shoes designed for children.
See our Junior Walking Shoes