Top Footwear for Seniors
If there’s one thing you don’t want to cut corners on it’s your footwear. Poor footwear choices are not just uncomfortable but can lead to health issues like back pain, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. Whether you’re hitting the gym or just looking for something comfortable to run errands in, these shoes will keep your feet safe and feeling good.
Best for everyday
If spending time tying laces is becoming too much of a hassle, try a slip-on option. Great for running errands and bopping around the house, a slip-on option allows you to put on shoes quickly and easily without having to worry about tripping over your laces throughout the day. Skechers GO WALK Arch Fits are available for both men and women and include a removable Arch Fit insole that molds to your foot to reduce shock and increase weight dispersion. Its cushioned midsole makes for a podiatrist-designed shape developed with 20 years of data.
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Best for exercising
The key with any exercise shoe, whether walking, running, or hitting the gym, is to look for support and shock absorption. Finding a shoe with the right amount of support means avoiding injury. To do this you’ll need to understand your foot structure and measure your feet for the right size. Silversneakers.com notes an easy way to properly measure your feet. Stand barefoot on a piece of paper and trace your foot with a pen. Compare your tracing against your sneaker. There should be a half-inch of room above your toes and on the outside of each foot. This will help to avoid those painful blisters.
When it comes to shock absorption you want to make sure that your shoe is meant for the kind of activity you intend to do. You wouldn’t wear flip-flops to play tennis or go for a jog. Not only would a flip-flop be ruined from all the impact of these physical activities, but you can seriously hurt yourself due to the flip-flops lack of support and shock absorption.
The Ryka Women’s Devotion Plus 3 Walking Shoe meets all the aforementioned criteria. These breathable, comfortable, and lightweight sneakers provide the proper shock absorption and support to allow for several happy hours on your feet.
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We also love the colors they come in! New Balance Men’s 990v5 fits the bill for its proper arch support and overall comfort.
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Best for dressing up
Sometimes a sneaker just isn’t going to cut it. Maybe a dinner out with the family calls for something a little more special. If you’re looking to skip the sneakers for the day while still keeping your feet comfy and safe, we’re impressed by Vionic’s commitment to proper arch support and comfort. These Willa Slip On Flats by Vionic come with concealed orthotic support and a variety of stylish colors to add a little pop to any outfit.
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Dr. Comfort’s line of men’s Wing dress shoes takes a classic style and pairs it with comfort. Its padded heel and roomy, protective toe box help prevent skin irritation and protect the toe from stubbing. Its full-grain leather and a hand-burnished finish make this a great choice for formal occasions and weekend gatherings.
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