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The Best Power Walking Shoes

author image Beth Rifkin
Based in San Francisco, Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis," "American Fitness" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.
The Best Power Walking Shoes
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Power walking, also known as fitness walking, is an effective form of cardiovascular exercise that burns calories while strengthening the muscles in your legs, glutes and core. Moving at the pace of 4 to 5 mph, fitness walkers can complete a workout comparable to running without the harsh impact on the joints. The best shoes for power walking should protect your feet without impeding your movement.

A Comfortable Fit

The walking shoes that are best for you will fit well and be comfortable to wear. The shoes should be snug, but not tight or pinching any part of your foot. Wiggle your toes around to ensure there is ample room in the toe box; the tips of your toes should not hit or rub against the top of the shoe. Your heel should remain stable and not lift out of the shoe at all when moving forward.

Cushion and Support

Power walkers usually aim to complete a mile in about 15 minutes, which means that fast turnover is essential; the best shoe will help to propel you forward while providing ample cushion and support. Power walking shoes should be well cushioned under the ball of your foot, where much of the pressure is placed. A combination of stability and flexibility will help to keep your foot in place yet still allow for a powerful push-off with your toes.

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