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If the shoe fits…a podiatrist’s recommendation

When it comes to walking the paths of Queensland, choosing the right footwear is essential
for comfort, support, and injury prevention. Whether you’re exploring city streets, hiking trails,
or planning a long-distance journey, here are some tips to keep in mind when selecting your
walking shoes.

Firstly, prioritise comfort above all else. Look for shoes that fit well and provide ample
cushioning to absorb shock and reduce impact on your joints. Aim for a pair that allows your
toes to move freely and has enough room for slight swelling that may occur during long

Next, consider the terrain you’ll be walking on. For simple recreational walks, lightweight and
flexible walking shoes or sneakers are suitable options. They offer comfort and versatility,
allowing you to easily transition between different activities and environments. Look for
shoes with good traction to prevent slipping on uneven surfaces.

If you’re planning to tackle more challenging terrains like trails and bushwalks, invest in a
sturdy pair of hiking boots. These boots provide excellent ankle support, protecting you from
sprains. Look for boots with a durable outsole and a waterproof upper to keep your feet dry
and protected on wet and rainy days.

Another important factor to consider is breathability. Walking for extended periods can lead
to sweaty feet, which can increase discomfort and the likelihood of blisters. Look for shoes
made from breathable materials like mesh or leather, as they allow air to circulate and help
keep your feet cool and dry.

When it comes to fit, always try shoes on and walk around in them before making a
purchase. Your feet tend to swell throughout the day, so it’s best to shop for shoes in the
afternoon or evening when your feet are at their largest. Ensure that there is about a thumb’s
width of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe to allow for proper
movement and prevent discomfort.

Additionally, consider your specific foot type and any existing foot conditions. If you have
high arches or flat feet, look for shoes with appropriate arch support or consider using
orthotic inserts for added comfort and stability. If you have any specific foot conditions or
concerns, it’s best to consult with a Podiatrist who can provide personalised

Lastly, keep in mind that even the best footwear will eventually wear out. Pay attention to the
condition of your shoes and replace them when they show signs of excessive wear and tear,
as worn-out shoes can compromise your foot health and increase the risk of injuries.
Remember, finding the right walking shoes may require some trial and error, but investing in
high-quality footwear that suits your needs will make your walking activities more enjoyable
and safe. Take the time to research, try on different options, and prioritise your comfort and
foot health, and you’ll be ready to hit the footpath with confidence.

Lewis Tierney

Lewis is a podiatrist and a key member of the Foot & Ankle Experts Health Clinic team  in Hamilton. His goal is to provide outstanding treatment, rehabilitation and education to the community. 

Lewis lives by the philosophy of ‘best version of yourself’. Believing that keeping active and living healthily can have an exponential benefit for one’s happiness both physically and mentally.