Both times I've bought shoes specifically for extensive walking, I've definitely been well-served by going to a running store. The most recent pair I bought was after trying on well over a dozen different shoes.
In addition to the arch and the pronation/supination, other little things can and do matter. Width of the foot, width of the heel, how the back of the shoe sits for the Achilles tendon, which foot is larger and by how much.
I have a wide foot, so about 1/3 of the shoes I tried were men's rather than women's. I have a full 1/2-1 size difference between my feet, so some pairs had one foot sliding and the other snug. I distinctly remember one pair feeling like it was pinching in on the sides of my heel. All of those shoes may have been perfect for someone else. They weren't for me.
In trying out all those shoes, one of the best bits of advice I was given - don't ignore something that's a little uncomfortable. It's not going to get better over time. The shoe will not wear in. Find the shoe that feels great immediately. (Still giving it time before actively using it for everything, of course.)
- 1/9/2012 5:46:23 PM