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Walking is straightforward, free, and one of the easiest ways to become more active, lose weight and create an all-round, healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s a frosty winter morning or a golden autumn landscape beckoning you outside, it is always a perfect time to commence your active lifestyle. So why not lace up your walking boots and head outside this winter!

How to know you’ve got a great pair of walking boots

Before conquering muddy puddles, compact piles of leaves and rocky mountainsides, be sure that your current pair of walking boots are up to the task and will look after your feet. If you do not think they are suitable, why not treat yourself to a new pair, having your feet measured professionally in a shop is a great way to start! Clarks shoe shop offers men’s and women’s walking boots in a variety of standard and half sizes and various width fittings. 

Although walking is a fantastic way to stay active, it is an awful lot of hard work for your feet, so support, comfort, and protection are vital. If you stick to the following tips, you can help yourself to avoid blisters and other troublesome foot problems. 

Choose a pair suitable for your foot shape

Removing your chosen walking boot’s insoles and comparing them to the shape of your feet is always a great idea, ask yourself questions such as if they give enough room for your toes and when standing up and your feet expand are they wide enough.

Considering the design of the toe box or heel counter can have a massive impact on the fit of the shoe. They should always be snug but make sure to avoid them being too tight or too loose. Make use of warm socks with moisture-wicking elements as they can contribute toward keeping your feet cosy and dry. 

Breathable

As stated above, moisture-wicking socks are recommended; however, they cannot work efficiently if your choice of footwear is trapping sweat. Therefore, your shoes must be breathable. Leather is naturally breathable, and some synthetic boots have oxygenating panels. Remember, your boots need to be waterproof to combat the Great British weather. Consider gaiters which sit over the top of the boots and offer extra protection.

Secure Fastenings

It is super easy to create painful areas of pressure on walking shoes; for example, if the tongue which sits behind the laces is creased or slightly crooked, these problems can arise. You also need to ensure they have expertly made laces and secure eyelets. 

Cushioning

Walking boots have either a lightweight or heavy-duty structure, but they must be comfortable regardless of your preference. Your insoles should provide cushioning for your feet, and the inner side cuffs should feel soft, both of these aspects will assist with absorbing shock. 

Designed for your choice of terrain

Lightweight and synthetic boots are designed to bend easier and are ideal for adventures on even ground.

If your decision making takes you on a more unpredictable adventure, then heavy-duty leather boots would be perfect! Ensure that they have high, firm cuffs and stiff soles with deep ridges to provide ankle support and strengthen stability. 

If you need extra help choosing your ideal footwear or have any walking-related foot problems be sure to check-in with a podiatrist for their expert advice!

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