Looking for new trainers for Nordic Walking? Discover how to choose the best pair for you with this short tutorial.
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Learn how to find the perfect pair of shoes by ensuring they both protect your foot and go with your natural movement by watching this short and comprehensive tutorial video.
Music : ALTER K
Voice-over by volunteer: Scarlet Sherriff & Rebecca Large
Choosing shoes adapted for nordic walking
In this video, you will learn how to choose shoes that are suitable for nordic walking.
In order to choose shoes well-suited to nordic walking, three criteria must be respected: they must protect your feet well, they must be flexible, and they must adhere well to the ground.
Firstly: they must protect your feet well.
Your shoes need soles thick enough to protect your feet from the road's unevenness.
They need air holes, which allow for ventilation and the evacuation of sweat.
This will allow you to keep your feet dry, which is more comfortable.
Furthermore, we advise you to wear waterproof shoes when walking during rainy weather.
Finally, it is important for your shoes to firmly grasp your heels in order to avoid friction and rubbing
Secondly: your shoes must be flexible.
Throughout the walk, the feet naturally contact the ground in a rolling action: from the heel, to the toes.
For the foot's rolling action to be regular, the thickness of your shoes' heels must be only slightly greater than the thickness of the point.
To facilitate the feet's unrolling, the soles must be as flexible as possible.
Test the flexibility of your shoe's sole by folding it over lengthwise with your hands.
The easier the shoe folds, the more its sole is flexible.
Choose low shoes.
They are more flexible than high-topped shoes and let your ankles retain their freedom of movement.
Thirdly : your shoes must adhere well to the ground.
Choose shoes whose soles have excellent grip
Good grip of the sole will allow your foot to get the most out of every stride
You now know what elements to take into account when choosing shoes for your nordic walk. Have fun on the road!