Footwear for those New Year Resolutions!

Gravity Defyer Super Walke

With the start of every new year invariably comes the resolution to get fit, lose weight, or just become healthy. The footwear you use can make a huge difference in how your body responds to exercise.  Without adequate support, you could be prone to injuries, and therefore nullify all of your good intentions! Look for shoes containing good arch support, a deep heel cup for stability, a wide toe box to let your toes have adequate room, a durable outsole, and good ventilation in the materials used in the shoes. Other features that could be helpful might be a rocker sole, motion control features if you tend to pronate, and lots of cushioning for shock absorption.

Here are a few models that have piqued my interest this season:

Gravity Defyer shoes contain VersoShock Trampoline Technology, which is a phenomenal method for shock absorption and assists in forward propulsion as you walk. One of the best selling models here at Footwear etc. is the Super Walk. It’s available for both men and women, and is a very lightweight yet rugged model. I am particularly impressed by the fact that the shoes are 30% lighter than previous models, and that the breathable mesh upper helps keep your feet cool and dry. It’s available in a variety of colors as well. This model is a great shoe for a hike in the woods or a walk through town.

New Balance makes some outstanding styles for running, walking, or even trail running. One of the most popular models (and I just so happen to have one of these myself) is the 1540. It’s available for both men and women, and is a phenomenal shoe for motion control due to its roll bar. I love the wide toe box; it lets my toes feel like they have plenty of room. The arch support is outstanding, and I definitely pronate less when I wear these shoes.  I can walk for miles with the outstanding cushioning as well.

Vionic with Orthaheel Technology has some outstanding choices in its catalog for athletic-styled shoes. The Contest for men and the Venture for women are new examples of stylish athletic shoes in a variety of colors that have superior arch support.  The Contest is available in Navy, Charcoal, Black, or Light Grey synthetic mesh, and the Venture is available in Fuchsia, Black, Turquoise, Silver, or White synthetic mesh. Each of these models is great for walking all day long, weekend wear, or just walking about town. They’ll provide long-lasting comfort and support for your daily activities.

If you love rocker sole shoes, you’ll love the MBT Sport 3. It’s one of the best selling athletic styles for both men and women. Available in white, black, or grey leather/mesh, this versatile shoe is cool, lightweight, and provides the natural instability that all MBT shoes provide. It’s also a great model in that if you need a custom orthotic, you can take out the insole and pop the orthotic in. This is the quintessential rocker sole shoe: lightweight, good style, versatile. It definitely makes you stand up straighter and find your own center of balance. Many customers have reported that pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis is eased when they wear rocker sole shoes.

So go get up off the couch and move this year! Try out these and so many other athletic shoes at and make this the year you get fit!


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