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The Best Walking Shoes for Overweight Folks for 2020

Updated: Oct 11

I’ve been trying to get out for a 30 min walk everyday while we’re all trapped at home. I was really good at the beginning. But, as LA has gotten hotter, my desire to be outside has decreased. It’s hot outchere y’all!


As I’ve mentioned before, I’m in a serious committed relationship with my flip-flops. I’ve even been known to go hiking in them. But, occasionally, even I will find the need to put some shoes on. Usually it is related to having to lug around heavy things for work or at home, and even I know to try to cover my toes! I may have had to learn that the hard way (let's just say I don’t recommend dropping a full gallon of paint on your exposed big toe)! Ouch!


The problem is, as a big woman, my feet are not straight sized and I need more cushioning and support. Like a lot of things, shoes don’t always take into account the needs of every type of body. I remember as a kid, my mom bought all her shoes at Chic Wide Shoes. She always bought the same black lace up shoes that she wore everywhere: work, going out, exercising. I seem to do the same, but just with flip flops! I totally just made that connection as I typed it! HA! But there are more options for us now. Also, Chic Wide Shoes is still a thing! But I digress.


Shoes are a THING. I can, and probably will do posts on a bunch of types of shoes. But right now it does seem like lots of folks are trying to get outside for a little walk since there’s not much else to do right now. Below are some good sneakers for plus size feet.


Caveat, everyone's feet are different and have different needs. If you have one near by (and in store shopping is safe), I recommend going to a running store and getting fitted by the staff. They'll give you recommendations based on your foot shape and how you move, even if you don't buy from them.


Here are the brands most recommended for plus sized walkers:

Asics

Brooks

New Balance Women's

New Balance Men's

Propét

Saucony Women's

Saucony Men's

Sketchers



If you need a little guidance to help you pick, here's a good article on what to look for.



Brooks Addiction Walker

Women's

Men's

  • Provides Max Support

  • For Flat to Medium Arches

  • Cushioned

  • Slip Resistant

  • Best for Walking

  • Available in Extra Wide

  • Available in white or black

  • $100-$150 Price Range



Sketchers GO WALK Series



  • Easy-to-wear slip-on and lace-up options

  • Wide variety of styles and colors

  • Arch support

  • Available in Wide and Extra Wide

  • Priced $50-$100






Asics Gel Cumulus


  • Midsole cushion and support

  • Shock Absorption

  • Soft fit around heel and ankle

  • Full ground contact for a stable, smoother ride

  • Made for underpronation and neutral pronation

  • Made for normal to high arches

  • Available in Wide in women's and Extra Wide in men's

  • Available in multiple colors

  • Priced $100-$150


Asics Gel Venture Series


  • Rear foot shock absorption

  • Made for underpronation and neutral pronation

  • Made for normal to high arches

  • Has traction for trail running

  • Available in Wide in women's and Extra Wide in men's

  • Available in multiple colors

  • Priced $50-$100




Asics GT Series


  • Midsole support

  • Shock Absorption

  • Made for neutral pronation to overpronation

  • Made for normal to low arches or flat feet

  • Available in Wide in women's and Extra Wide in men's

  • Available in multiple colors

  • Priced $100-$150



New Balance 1540 Walking Shoe



  • Provides stability

  • Made for overpronation.

  • Superior support

  • Available in Wide - XX Wide in women and men's

  • Available in multiple colors

  • Priced $150-$200



New Balance 990v5


  • Midsole support

  • Maximum durability

  • Suede

  • Available in Wide - X Wide in women and men's

  • Classic New Balance

  • Priced $150-$200






Saucony Cohesion


  • Extra Cushioning

  • Impact absorption

  • Pressure reduction

  • Breathable

  • Comfortable, secure hold on foot

  • Available in Wide for women and men

  • For Neutral pronation

  • Priced $50-$100




Propét Stability Walker Sneaker


  • Designed with a wider forefoot and heel base, for the ultimate in stability.

  • Heel pad and cushioning ridges for superior comfort

  • Arch Support

  • Slip resistant

  • Speed lacing and Velcro options

  • Leather and Suede options

  • Multiple colors

  • Medicare approved, A5500 coded

  • Priced $50-$200


Don’t forget to take good care of your feets. They do a lot! Check out my post on some of the things I do to keep my feet happy.

 

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