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The paper discusses the issues of cushioning, stability, flexibility and fit as the parts of the fitness walking shoe that are most important. The paper aims to demonstrate that wearing the shoes that are the most comfortable and offer the right support and features for the feet is essential for one's safety, maximum performance and health.
From the Paper:"Many people do not want to invest in a walking shoe, so they buy a sneaker that appears to be good for walking. Yet it may not be necessary to pay a high price for a good walking shoe. According to an article in a 2002 Consumer Reports, one manufacturer brags that an $85 exercise walking shoe has "ample but lightweight cushioning in sole, plus embedded TPU shank for extra support and a more stable stride," and another one boasts that its $75 shoe is "engineered support cage provides mid-foot flexibility and custom fit," while an ad for a semi-dressy walking shoe with an $180 price tag promises "comfort, protection, and long life." However, the magazine tests found that these high-priced shoes were not the best. Rather, the results showed that a $20 exercise walking shoe was better than the one at $85, and the $180 "comfort" shoe "felt like walking on a brick."
"Walking shoes are much more than just an advertisement that says they are the best. Michelle Stanten of the health publication Prevention Magazine explains that the best fitness walking shoes are uniquely designed for how people walk, which is not the same as the way they run. Unlike runners who land flat on their foot, walkers land on their heels. Therefore, a walking shoe's heels frequently are slanted to make them more stable. This stability is also critical when the walkers move forward and push off with their toes. Walking shoes also have smoother soles than those for running, in order to reduce tripping."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Consumer Reports. "Walking the talk." 1 October, 2002. Web. 25 October, 2009.
- Stanten, Michelle. "We Test It: Walking Shoes" Prevention Magazine 18 May, 2005. Web. 25 October 2009. http://www.prevention.com/cda/article/we-test-it-walking-shoes/e2f088dc78803110VgnVCM10000013281eac____/fitness/walking/walking.gear/walking.shoes/
- Vitti, Gary. "How to choose your workout shoes." Vibrant Life. March-April 1998. Web. 25 October 2009.
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