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Recommendations wanted for Walking shoes/trainers

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susytish Thu 18-Mar-21 12:30:45

I like to walk every day but am finding existing trainers don’t give me adequate support. I have arthritis in one knee and really want to exercise every day. I am not intending to go on hikes or a long distance. Any ideas for suitable footwear appreciated.

Blossoming Thu 18-Mar-21 12:37:02

I have found Merrell to be the best for me. They have good support and are lightweight and flexible, which is important for me. They are quite expensive but I take child sizes which cost less. I have found some bargains on Amazon and EBay too.

SueD Thu 18-Mar-21 12:44:03

I am waiting knee replacement and have found New Balance trainers excellent. Even persuaded my SIL who has dodgy everything to get a pair and he wears nothing else now. Good bargains on Sports Direct and similar sites

Vintagegirl Thu 18-Mar-21 12:56:27

Aussie niece recommended Hoka and altho pricey I find them good. I used to swear by MBT's but no longer available save online.

dogsmother Thu 18-Mar-21 13:21:20

My current favourite that take me everywhere with the dogs are Berghaus. Good for puddles too.

Greeneyedgirl Thu 18-Mar-21 13:45:58

Footwear for walking is quite an individual thing. I always wear Ecco lightweight goretex boots which I find very comfortable. I have arthritic hips and knees and walk a couple of miles most days. However it has been so muddy and slippery. lately that I would have appreciated a more rugged sole I think. Normally they are fine. I wouldn’t buy any without trying, most shops will let you return if unsuitable, after trying for a few days indoors.

libra10 Thu 18-Mar-21 13:48:31

Skechers are my favourite shoes for walking. They're so comfortable, light as air, but not sure whether they would give enough support.

Itsnell Thu 18-Mar-21 13:51:59

I’m on my second pair of Meindl walking shoes like these£4k%20%20High%20Priority%20tROAS-BOFU-PLA%20&cq_plac=&cq_net=g&cq_pos=&cq_med=pla&cq_plt=gp&gclid=CjwKCAjw9MuCBhBUEiwAbDZ-7jJG9qV3GD9dWCXeAiNGBCdr0CfK9h1DjMva2UcFQEA-awLsrYjHaBoCLH4QAvD_BwE. They are dear but I find them worth it as I wear them nearly every day as trainer type shoes and for walking the dog

Patsy70 Thu 18-Mar-21 14:18:55

I wear Sketchers in the Summer and Regatta Isotex walking boots in the Winter, both very comfortable for my arthritic feet.

BigBertha1 Thu 18-Mar-21 14:21:54

I agree about the Skechers really comfy but perhaps too comfy. I have Berghaus boots - had them for years and they are really good support and stay nice and dry. It might be worth waiting a few weeks and get yourself measured up properly i.e.gait analysis

Nonogran Fri 19-Mar-21 07:45:49

Ask your GP to refer you to the local podiatry/foot clinic. They will assess your gait & what support your arches need. They will make inserts for your shoes to help align your knees & hips. Then you can buy trainers or walking shoes knowing you have the removable support which can be swapped from trainer to trainer, show to shoe. When you go trainer shopping, take the inserts with you. You'll need a deep enough shoe or you can remove the internal sole liner to accommodate the insert. Easy peasy, works for me and my creaky knees.

Mollygo Fri 19-Mar-21 07:53:42

Nonogran that’s just what my DH did and it makes life much easier. He has hiking boots.
I walk in some quite solid Skechers.

BlueSky Fri 19-Mar-21 08:34:07

Skechers trainers in the summer and Reiker boots in the winter. No more sore aching feet!

Greeneyedgirl Fri 19-Mar-21 09:00:33

My OH had a specialist private gait analysis, and had custom made inserts for his shoes/walking boots. Cost around £500, but worth it.

melina675 Tue 13-Apr-21 05:52:25

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Nannarose Tue 13-Apr-21 08:38:55

I agree that if you have arthritis in one knee then you need professional advice. You should be able to get physio advice on the NHS (we have a self-referral system locally).
However, to answer your question - as a long-time arthritis sufferer, I am a huge fan of Merrells. Their lightweight walking boots give good support, and I use them for all walking.

BlueSapphire Tue 13-Apr-21 08:54:18

I swear by Cotton Traders walking shoes; I have two pairs and they are so comfortable. I am only a size 4, but have very wide feet, and they fit beautifully. They are sometimes on special offer.

dragonfly46 Tue 13-Apr-21 08:58:07

I use Skecher's memory foam shoes.

Greyduster Tue 13-Apr-21 09:01:47

I think it all depends on what sort of walking you do. If it's rough terrain, have a look at Asics trail shoes. They aren't cheap, but they give your feet amazing stability and comfort. My DD buys their running shoes for cross country and swears by them. I have Meindl walking boots and can't praise them highly enough. If it's just day to day walking a good sports outfitter should be able to recommend a decent pair of trainers that will serve you well.

muse Tue 13-Apr-21 09:18:40

I've started to look at all the links as desperate for a new pair too but I need a size 9 (44) and not found any that go to this size for women's boots. Currently have a pair of` Hotter but they are not waterproof.

Does anyone know of a company that does size 9 but it must be a 43? Thanks

olddudders Tue 13-Apr-21 09:44:49

I believe what might suit the OP are cross-trainers, aka to the climbing fraternity as approach shoes. These have a trainer-like form but stiffer soles, yet are obviously designed to be comfy over long distances. Salomon is a brand I have had success with.

midgey Tue 13-Apr-21 09:57:15

Muse Hotter do waterproof boots, though I don’t know about sizes. Check on the website for Goretex.

annodomini Tue 13-Apr-21 10:26:46

Hotter's largest size in women's boots is 9. They have several choices in their Goretex range.

Soozikinzi Tue 13-Apr-21 10:45:52

I got some excellent Peter Storm walking shoes from go outdoors for £20 ! But you may need inserts from a podiatrist if you have a particular problem?

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