2. Try on at least three different brands. Ignore pricey models supposedly designed to eliminate pain or suit your feet’s arch shape—there is no research to support such claims. Shoes should feel comfortable in the store and not require breaking in. Consider buying a pair that’s a half size to a full size bigger, because feet can swell on long walks.
3. Pair your shoes with synthetic, moisture-wicking socks. Cotton socks stay wet, increasing your chance of blisters.