Don’t make your shoes multitask. Walking shoes can be stiff; running shoes tend to be more flexible, with extra cushioning to handle more shock impact. If you participate in both activities, select a pair for both.
Know your foot. Feet come in a variety of shapes — and knowing your foot type is important in selecting the right pair of shoes. Most brands try to design a shoe that accommodates most foot types. Best way to determine shape is to do a wet test on brown paper and trace your footprint.
Measure your foot frequently. It’s a myth that foot size doesn’t change as adults. Studies show that shoe size may fluctuate during different stages of adulthood. It is recommended that you have your feet measured twice a year. Sizes often vary between different brands. It is important to go by what fits versus the size of the shoe.
Shop toward the end of the day. Feet swell progressively during the day. They also tend to enlarge when you participate in exercise activities. It’s important to select a shoe that fits when your foot is at it’s largest.
Bring your own socks — the ones you prefer to wear while exercising.
Don’t believe in breaking in. Experts suggest running and walking shoes should feel good at the onset. Walk or run around the store a bit to make sure they feel good in action.