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Last post, we looked at what fit and features are required for walking shoes. So what brands and styles get high marks? Consumer Reports conducted a study of walking shoes in 2010 and chose the Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo 1 and Avia A333M as the two best men’s walking shoes and the Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo 1 and Ryka Radiant as the best two for women. For the complete article, see the September 2010 issue or check your local library for the following databases, which include Consumer Reports’ articles – Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre or MasterFILE Premier.
Since the Consumer Report’s study is somewhat dated, you may also want to consult the choices of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Click here to see their list of preferred walking shoes. The Canadian Podiatric Medical Association endorses Saucony and Ecco shoes.
If you want to try toning shoes – which ones are the best? The American Podiatric Medical Association endorses the following toning footwear for walking:
- Avia (Avi-Motion or I-Burn)
- Grasshoppers Performance Platforms Get Fit™ Lace or Performance Platforms Get Fit™ Slip On
- Reebok‘s Easy Tone Flip, Easy Tone Flip II or TrainTone Reactivate
We have the Avia Avi-Motion and love them, but had to break them in slowly. Like all toning shoes they can set you off-balance until you get used to them. Some people find the instability very disturbing, so you may prefer more traditional walking footwear styles. Happy walking!
Until next time,
Your Boomer Life Partners
Disclosure: Products mentioned in this Boomer Life Today blog post were not solicited or paid for by companies in New Zealand or abroad.