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The Best Reviewed Walking Shoes for Seniors

author image Christina Bhattacharya
Christina Bhattacharya has been involved in the health and fitness field since 1999. Bhattacharya holds an A.S. in physical therapy from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Arts in technical communications from University of Maryland University College and a Master of Science in health management from Lindenwood University. She also holds personal trainer, senior strength training and Pilates certifications.
The Best Reviewed Walking Shoes for Seniors
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Walking can contribute to a healthy lifestyle for seniors. The best walking shoes for you, as an older adult, are those that fit your foot type, offer proper foot support, flexibility and cushioning, says the American Podiatric Medical Association. Your local running store can evaluate your walking pattern and properly fit you for the right shoe for your foot type. The three common foot types are over-pronator, neutral and under-pronator.

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Over-pronators typically have a flat arch with an ankle that rolls as they walk. Your shoes will wear on the inside of the sole. Motion control shoes are best for walkers who over-pronate. They are the most rigid shoes and are designed to reduce over-pronation.

Neutral Walkers

Those with a neutral stride usually have a normal arch with a heel that maintains vertical position during walking. Your shoes will wear at the first and second toes. Stability shoes supply ample support and durability for neutral walkers, offering a mid-thickness heel.


Those who under-pronate normally have an ankle that rolls out during walking. Your shoes will wear on the outside of the sole. Cushioned shoes are best for walkers under-pronators. Cushioned shoes have thicker heels and are flexible with the softest midsoles and the least support.

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