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Black Friday Trainers Deals Buying Guide

BLACK FRIDAY TRAINERS DEALS BUYING GUIDE

In order to select the right Black Friday shoe deal for you, it is important to understand the anatomy of a walking shoe.

THE TOP OF SHOE

The top of the shoe, or upper, is often made of synthetic material or leather. Many feature nylon or mesh that offer lightweight breathability.

THE TOE BOX

The toe box is at the top end of the forefoot. Make sure you have about a half an inch of room between your toes and the end of the shoe for a proper fit.

THE FOOTBED

The foot bed and insole is where your foot rests. Foot beds can provide cushioning, shock absorption and arch support. If you have your own custom orthotics, look for shoes that have removable insoles so you can replace them with your own orthotics if needed.

THE OUTSOLE

The outsole is the bottom of the shoe that comes in direct contact with the ground. There are many different types of treads and out soles to choose from. Walking shoes generally have a wider base for lateral and structural stability. A more flexible outsole provides extra grip to keep you steady as you walk. A durable outsole stabilizes the foot through the natural walking gait.

THE MIDSOLE

The midsole sits between the upper and the outsole depending on your arch type you’ll want to choose a cushioning or firm midsole.

THE RIGHT WALKING SHOE

It is important to know what type of foot you have. Most feet can be classified into three basic types based on the height of your arches: flat, normal or high arched. For a flat arch, I would recommend shoes with firm mid soles, motion control and increased stability. If you have a normal arch, try shoes with firm midsole, cushioning and stability. If you have a high arch, look for shoes with cushioned midsole, shock absorption and motion control. Not all walking shoes are created equal, so you will want to find the fit features and style that are right for you. All walking shoes eventually show signs of wear and tear, even if they are still comfortable, they might not provide enough support or shock absorption. It is recommended you replace your shoes every 500 miles, that is about every six to nine months or when you can see the outsole starting to break down.