SP Premium
BOOKAYB

SparkPoints
 

Seeking Shoe Advice!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I am looking for shoes in which to take LONG walks - not really hiking, definitely not running... We will be walking the upcoming Bolder Boulder and I want shoes now so that they will be nicely broken in by Memorial Day. My feet are problematic: my ankles turn in a bit when I walk, putting pressure on the balls of my feet resulting in a lot of pain - also, I believe this ankle issue contributes to pain in my knees and hips. AND, I tend to get blisters on my feet just below my toes (and sometimes on my toes) - oh, and I have high arches and high insteps. My feet get so tired and hurt so bad after only a couple of miles, and my hip and knee have been so bad that I just can't make myself go on our long walks. I've read about Vionic shoes, but cannot find any to try on. Can anyone offer shoe advice? Please? Thank you!!
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • BOOKAYB
    After a little more in-depth research online, I discovered Asics also has shoes recommended for my type of issues. Since Asics are sold at Kohl's, I went in and tried EVERY shoe recommended for overpronators. Settled on an Asics GT 1000 5 (I think) and they are pretty wonderful! They have a deeper heel cup than others I tried and seem to hold my ankle/knee/hip alignment pretty well. These shoes, coupled with Wright Socks, have helped the blister issue.

    I did get a blister Saturday when we went for a 6 1/2 mile walk through town - and I had a really rough second half of the walk. I don't know what the issue was, but my hip/thigh/knee became uncomfortable, though I wouldn't say painful. But my feet - the bottoms - ached like crazy. I had to sit about every half mile - just for a minute or two, but my gosh!! I will say here that I was really tired to begin with - some misguided (to put it kindly) person decided to trigger the fire alarm in our condo building at 11:30 pm - I had just turned out the light when the alarm went off. Couldn't go to sleep until after 2:30 after that - not frightened, just wide awake :( Four hours of sleep is not great for my energy level!

    The next day I went for two walks - approximately 2 miles each - and had no issues. Last night we went 2 1/2 miles and my feet were achy again. Today I feel amazing to begin with. Maybe it's just age and misshapen feet?? Well, I HAVE to work through it all. We will be walking the Bolder Boulder 10k on Memorial Day and it is really important to me to be able to finish it. I realize age (59) brings its challenges, but I MUST do this!

    Have been carefully tracking my food and exercise - lost about 6 pounds in the first 3 weeks and nothing since - dang it! Surely it will come of if I stick with this!
    935 days ago
  • BOOKAYB
    Thanks, SPARTANJAI!! I have sought out advice at the local REI - really the only place for active-type shoes. We are just so limited here. Solomon has some that might work.

    GRANNY2SK1, thanks for sharing your experience! I will look at QVC, and keep in mind the size suggestion.

    I appreciate both of you taking the time to comment!!
    947 days ago
  • SPARTANJAI
    Oops where you want even.
    948 days ago
  • SPARTANJAI
    Do you have a shoe place for runners near you? They can suggest brands then you can buy them where you wany.
    948 days ago
  • GRANNY2SK1
    I ordered my vionics from QVC and I love them. I can not find them in my area either but you could call some shoe stores and ask if they carry them. I buy mine 1/2 size larger. They are a little pricey, well worth it. QVC has better prices and a larg
    948 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment


    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.