According to the Mayo Clinic, the average American takes 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day. Do you think you are below that number? Perhaps all you need to move in the right direction is the right pair of sneakers. If you’re not currently ready for a big investment in clothing, no problem: we’ve found a pair loved by podiatrists that feel so good on their feet, will you be the one to say, “Should we take another round?” And the price: They’re on sale starting at $44, down from $70 for the holidays. Now move on to the most comfortable shoes of your life!
The Akk Women’s Walking Tennis Shoes are the superstar sneaker shoppers can’t stop raving about – they’ve earned over 18,000 five-star Amazon reviews and are available in 34 colors. And we’re pretty sure they’re about to become your go-to footwear.
Yahoo Life asked a pro exactly why these kicks feel like magic. “They’re accommodating, meaning they allow the foot and ankle to move in almost any direction the load allows,” explained Dr. Rock G. Positano, director of nonsurgical foot and ankle service at the Joe DiMaggio Heel Pain Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
A shoe that does well
But Akks aren’t just for exercise. With soft and comfortable uppers, they’re also great for home use, errands, yard work, whatever your day has in store for you. Support is important, always, according to professionals.
“During the pandemic we have noticed a dramatic increase in foot and ankle discomfort from walking barefoot indoors,” says Dr. Positano. “As comfortable as it sounds, walking barefoot increases the amount of stress the foot has to absorb.” He recalls: “The feet – and mainly the heel and plantar fascia – are the main shock absorbers for the body”.
Eliminate foot pain
Need a second, third and fourth opinion? Here’s what nurses say:
“I love these shoes,” said one. “They are so comfortable yet light. I need to stand for a long time. Since I have been wearing these shoes, I have no pain in my feet after finishing the day’s work.”
Another chimed in: “…I’m a nurse and I wear compression stockings to keep me going through the long hours. Because these shoes are made to stretch when I get close [the end of] a 16-hour day does not feel tight on my feet. These are perfect for kicking off and throwing in the washing machine.
Another said: “I bought these for work as I am a nurse and walk around all day. They are soft, very comfortable and look great. People always compliment me. My feet never hurt!
There’s nothing more important to your walking life than the right shoes. As Dr. Positano stated, “The feet are the body’s Michelin tires. And the last thing you want is for your foot to become a flat tire. Keep them strong, supported and energized with the comfortable cushioning they deserve.
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The reviews cited above reflect the most recent releases at the time of posting.
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