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Old April 16th 06, 08:38 PM posted to uk.rec.walking
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I'm a bit of a newbie here, so apologies if this is something that's
been discussed a few times before...

I've been doing some walking as part of my fitness programme. I have
built up the distances so I can do c 12 miles in an afternoon and not
feel too bad the next day, although I haven't yet tried a long walk
two days in a row (although I sometimes do a short walk the second day
to loosen up those tired muscles).

My only problem is I am getting sore feet. It's not a case of
blisters, broken skin etc, although it was to start with - it feels
more like bruising to the sole and, to a lesser extend, heel. I am
using a pair of lightweight Brasher walking boots, only a lot of my
walking is on canal towpaths and the like, which are often cinder
tracks or tarmacked. So I'm thinking that my walking boots do not
support my feet in the right way for walking on hard, flat surfaces,
and possibly do not cushion my feet in the right way.

So I decided I would look for some decent race-walking type shoes
which presumably would be optimised for track and road work. I looked
on the New Balance website and they do a huge range of walking shoes,
with shock-absorbing soles etc etc. However, none of their suppliers
in London and the South East seem to stock their walking range, only
their running shoes. I am not prepared to buy online as I have odd
sized feet (and in any case I much prefer to try shoes on).

Can anyone advise me what might be suitable and where I can get it?
Are "trail walking" shoes appropriate, or would they be for rougher
(and softer) ground than I want?

And are there any useful web forums out there that might be some use?

Too many questions...

Cheers,

Phil
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Old April 16th 06, 08:59 PM posted to uk.rec.walking
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On Sun, 16 Apr 2006 19:38:54 GMT, Phil Clark
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Can anyone advise me what might be suitable and where I can get it?


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Apologies, I should have added that I live on the Surrey/Hampshire
border and commute up to London.

Phil
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Old April 16th 06, 09:23 PM posted to uk.rec.walking
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In article , Phil Clark
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Can anyone advise me what might be suitable and where I can get it?
Are "trail walking" shoes appropriate, or would they be for rougher
(and softer) ground than I want?


Take a look at the trail shoes Meindl have on offer, Any decent outdoor
shop should stock them.
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Old April 16th 06, 09:57 PM posted to uk.rec.walking
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So I'm thinking that my walking boots do not
support my feet in the right way for walking on hard, flat surfaces,
and possibly do not cushion my feet in the right way.


Consider some squidgy gel or foam insoles. They make a huge difference to me.
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Old April 16th 06, 09:58 PM posted to uk.rec.walking
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On Sun, 16 Apr 2006 20:57:43 GMT, Mark Thompson
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So I'm thinking that my walking boots do not
support my feet in the right way for walking on hard, flat surfaces,
and possibly do not cushion my feet in the right way.


Consider some squidgy gel or foam insoles. They make a huge difference to me.


To be honest, I think they're probably not the right shoe for the job:
they're too flexible toe-to-heel and apart from thick rubber soles I
don't think they have any technical cushioning stuff.

I've been looking on some websites following Bill's post and I think
I'll try to get myself down to a large branch of Field & Trek and look
at the trail walking/running shoes.


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Old April 16th 06, 10:31 PM posted to uk.rec.walking
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Phil Clark wrote:

So I decided I would look for some decent race-walking type shoes
which presumably would be optimised for track and road work. I looked
on the New Balance website and they do a huge range of walking shoes,
with shock-absorbing soles etc etc. However, none of their suppliers
in London and the South East seem to stock their walking range, only
their running shoes.


Millions of people find running shoes good for walking in. I prefer
them to the supposedly more walking specific shoes from Salomon &
Columbia that I've used but I haven't tried the New Balance ones.
There's a dealer locator on the following site which appears to be
specifically for their walking shoes.

http://www.newbalance.co.uk/walkthew...s-London.shtml

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Old April 16th 06, 10:57 PM posted to uk.rec.walking
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Bitstring 63, from
the wonderful person Mark Thompson
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So I'm thinking that my walking boots do not
support my feet in the right way for walking on hard, flat surfaces,
and possibly do not cushion my feet in the right way.


Consider some squidgy gel or foam insoles. They make a huge difference to me.


I'd second that, however you really need to buy your boots with that in
mind, since any useful thickness of foam (e.g. Sorbothane insoles) is
likely to kick you up a boot size (or else you'll get squished toes).
Thick socks (Smartwool, the thicker trekking ones) helps too.

However at the end of the day you are right - walking boots are not
really designed for miles on tarmac .. not only will your feet suffer,
but the soles will wear fast too. I'd try trainers (even cheap trainers
... not the 100 brand name models), unless you're going to be faced with
wet/mud/etc.

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Old April 16th 06, 11:05 PM posted to uk.rec.walking
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On 16 Apr 2006 14:31:28 -0700, "AndyP" wrote:

Millions of people find running shoes good for walking in. I prefer
them to the supposedly more walking specific shoes from Salomon &
Columbia that I've used but I haven't tried the New Balance ones.
There's a dealer locator on the following site which appears to be
specifically for their walking shoes.

http://www.newbalance.co.uk/walkthew...s-London.shtml


I know... on following the links, they're all for shops that
specialise in running and none of the London ones seem to stock any of
the walking shoes, except for the one that's an implant in Harrods,
which only stocks the women's shoes that are recommended for the
Moonwalk.

It was this that persuaded me I ought to try New Balance... if they're
publicising them for novices to walk a marathon in, they must have
something going for them... unfortunately you can't buy them anywhere.
I emailed them, but got no reply.

I'm now thinking along the lines of trail running shoes, I will visit
one of the outdoors shops and try some on.
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Old April 16th 06, 11:48 PM posted to uk.rec.walking
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Phil Clark wrote:

It was this that persuaded me I ought to try New Balance... if they're
publicising them for novices to walk a marathon in, they must have
something going for them... unfortunately you can't buy them anywhere.
I emailed them, but got no reply.


You can buy them in Bristol, I'm sure I've seen NB walking shoes in
"Sportshoes" on Park St. and the small sports shop in Clifton Down
shopping centre on Whiteladies Rd.

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Old April 17th 06, 12:53 AM posted to uk.rec.walking
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"Phil Clark" wrote in message
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My only problem is I am getting sore feet.


I'm a big fan of goretex type boots and approach shoes - can be like walking
in slippers.
These are nice (trainer style)
http://www.mandmdirect.com/ProductDe...ProductID=7839
As are these (boot style)
http://www.mandmdirect.com/ProductDe...ProductID=6705
Also have a pair of these (trainer again)
http://www.mandmdirect.com/ProductDe...ProductID=2645

I've found Merrel footwear very comfortable
http://www.fieldandtrek.com/find.asp...rer_id=Merrell

Buy a half size bigger and get decent socks
http://www.fieldandtrek.com/src/TD/c...y-FOOTSOCK.htm

These trainer/boot things have nice thick soles and are really comfortable
on
tarmac or stoney ground - I used to buy traditional footwear - don't - it's
crap
this trendy looking stuff is great.

Merrell have a 'ventilator' range which I wear at work and for summer walks
.....ignore peeps who moan about goretex boots and want nice stiff leather
and hobnail soles.


 




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