Sports specialists define walking as "the nearest thing you can get to the ideal physical exercise".Fitness walking is an accessible sport that can be practised at different rhythms and for different reasons. Follow our guide designed to help choose the right pair of fitness walking shoes :
HAVE YOU JUST TAKEN UP FITNESS WALKING ?
If you are beginner in this simple and effective sport, we recommend reading our article Why does fitness walking require special shoes ? There you will find all the explanations of the exact needs your feet have when you walk and you'll also find explanations about the heel-to-toe transition, the specific foot motion in fitness walking that notably requires flexible shoes to accompany it.
WHAT KIND OF FITNESS WALKER ARE YOU ?
As explained in the introduction, fitness walking can be practised at different rhythms and for different reasons. Your fitness walking shoes, in addition to being flexible to accompany your foot's heel-to-toe transition should also be chosen according to the type of walking you practise :
|Active walking||"I want to feel good"||Moderate pace||
|Power walking||"I want to strengthen my heart and body"||High pace||
|Nordic walking||“I want to feel good and strengthen my whole body”||With nordic walking poles||
If you walk at a moderate pace (under 6km/h) to feel good in body and mind and/or to get back in shape, you are an active walker. When you are active walking you need a flexible shoe to accompany the heel-to-toe transition of your foot in addition to good cushioning !
Why does active walking need you to choose flexible active walking shoes equipped with good cushioning ?
When you are active walking the impact of your foot on the ground is 1.5 times the weight of your body with each step. In order to limit feeling this impact and thus gain more comfort, you should choose flexible active walking shoes that are equipped with good cushioning.
If you walk at a faster pace, (above 6km/h) to strengthen your heart and tone your body you are a fast walker. When you are fast walking you need a flexible shoe to accompany the heel-to-toe transition of your foot in addition to propulsion !
Why does power walking need you to choose flexible fast walking shoes that provide propulsion ?
The faster you walk, the greater the movement of your foot (from the heel strike to the front push off). In fast walking you are trying to go faster and faster so you need a pair of shoes to accompany this dynamic movement: rear grips, grip and front propulsion through the big toe. We recommend choosing fast walking shoes designed especially to bring you more propulsion: Propulse Walking Technology, present in all of Newfeel's fast walking shoes, is a specific technology that meets this need !
If you walk with poles for fitness or to strengthen your heart and tone your body, you are a Nordic walker. When you are Nordic walking you need a flexible shoe to accompany the heel-to-toe transition of your foot in addition to grip !
Why does Nordic walking need you to choose flexible Nordic walking shoes with good grip ?
Nordic walking is generally done on versatile terrains that can be quite loose and wet such as country paths, forest paths, walking across grass, etc. These types of more specific ground need a choice of footwear that is flexible and that can offer good grip on various types of terrain to avoid slipping and to maintain a dynamic pace of Nordic walking.