Choosing Your Vacation Walking Shoes

Carefully chosen walking shoes will make a world of difference on your vacation. Your feet are as unique as your personality so just any old shoes won’t do.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right walking shoes for you.

Find an athletic store that has qualified people who can evaluate your walking gait. They can then point you toward a shoe that will match your style.

Your feet will swell on a walk. So pick a walking shoe that is about a size bigger than you usually would buy. Or, if possible, try on your shoes after a long walk.

Fit your shoes while wearing the same socks that you will be wearing on your vacation.

Consider the type of walking you will be doing. Hiking boots are good for poorly maintained trails, off trail or cross country hikes. But they are heavy and stiff. Stick with walking or running shoes for walks on paved or maintained trails.

Make sure there is room at the toes and the sides. Even a small amount of rubbing will produce blisters.

Cushioned shoes provide comfort and are great for non rugged walking surfaces. They usually have a little less support.

Lightweight is important when you are walking all day. You can afford to give up a little support for light-weight when you are walking on pavement or maintained trails.

Avoid flared soles and heels that are more than an inch higher than the sole in front. These types of shoes are not good for a walker’s gait.

You want a flexible shoe that will twist and bend at the ball of the foot.

If you have wide or narrow feet make sure that you get a shoe that is sized for you. Don’t settle for a standard width shoe. You will regret it.

The success of your vacation can depend on having a comfortable pair of shoes to walk in. Take the time to find the right one. It is worth it.

My favorite walking shoes are New Balance MR890 Rainbow like the ones pictured above. What is your favourite walking shoes? Let us know below…

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Native New Zealander, Helen Brahms is a natural at hospitality. She focuses her 30+ years of customer service, 15 years in travel and tourism and her knowledge as a certified Elite Cruise Counselor and Travel Planner to assist you to book and hold your retreat, workshop, mastermind, or fan appreciation on an inspirational cruise or land vacation AND at the same time, if you wish, you have the opportunity to raise money for your favorite charity. As a bonus you will experience her super fantastic sparkling personality! Helen is the host of the weekly Have2Cruise Radio Show Wednesdays at 4pm pst (www.Have2CruiseRadio.com) and is the author of the book “Congratulations, You’re Going On a Cruise! Now What?” and a contributing author for “Passionistas Talk!: The Best of The Passion Point Interviews (Volume 1)”. Helen is also the Luxury Travel Correspondent for the Nationally Syndicated Show “the f word”. Link to Press Release for “the f word”: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11077330.htm

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