MD Podiatrist Discusses What to Look for When Buying Walking Shoes

Nothing will put a damper on an exciting day spent exploring a city more than an uncomfortable pair of shoes. So whether you’re planning a trip to a new city or you live in a city 24/7, you need a pair or two of comfortable walking shoes that don’t skimp on style. According to  Dan Michaels, DPM, a board-certified podiatrist, the best shoes for walking in the city have a generous toe box, flexible soles, and the right amount of cushioning to keep your feet supported mile after mile.
If you’re opting for closed-toe styles, then “one of the best features to look for in a comfy walking shoe is a wide, foot-shaped toe box,” Dr. Michaels says. To make that easier, she suggests that you “look for a shoe brand that has a rounded shape at the toes versus a narrow, triangular shape” – that means it’s best to leave your pointed-toe ballet flats at home.