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Walking trainers? Barefoot style or chunky soles?

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ZolaBuddleia Sun 28-Apr-13 21:47:11

Am hugely heavy so running is painful. Want to do more walking but don't know what to wear on my feet, do I get walking trainers? The barefoot style ones get good reviews but I'm not sure whether that's the way to go if you're heavy.

Yonihadtoask Mon 29-Apr-13 17:25:32

The barefoot trainers need getting used to. Your legs and feet work in a different way - and it can cause soreness in the calves if you aren't used to them.

I would just buy some comfortable, padded, supportive trainers for walking. Then if you start increasing distances and want to run - you must go for a gait analysis to check if you need any special support in your running shoes. Sweatshop do this - and other sports shops/running shops.

Get out there smile

ZolaBuddleia Mon 29-Apr-13 17:30:13

Yes, I thought maybe the barefoot ones would give me the same foot and leg pain as I'd bet spending a day walking around in thin soled shoes.

Yonihadtoask Mon 29-Apr-13 17:38:23

Some runners swear by them. I run quite a bit, and I think I will stick to my proper bouncy shoes for now.

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