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9 Best Walking Shoes for Women, According to Podiatrists and Orthopedists

Good Housekeeping reports on the best walking shoes for women in an interview with experts including HSS foot and ankle surgeon Anne Holland Johnson, MD, and sports medicine physician Jordan D. Metzl, MD.

Dr. Johnson advised that for most people, "no major heel drop" is best for walking shoes, and many brands choose not to list heel drop.

Dr. Johnson said that thick cushioning can help “lessen impact per step and absorb impact,” and she also finds that cushioning for the arches "helps with flat feet and overpronators to keep the foot supported." But too much cushioning can feel bulky, so "you can feel unbalanced."

If you have any existing foot pain, Dr. Metzl suggested going with the pair that "makes the pain go away when you're walking around the store," as that's a good indicator you've found a winning shoe.

Dr. Metzl stressed that comfort is key. Regardless of the product claims, you should be “as objective as you can for support and comfort,” he noted. 

Read the full article at goodhousekeeping.com.