The right shoes are essential for a workout. These boot shoes have been recommended by Columbia professionals for adults over 50 when running, hiking or walking trails.
For a basic running shoe, Hibbett Sports employee Savannah Singletary recommends Nike 270. The height of the Air Max 270 provides the most heel volume displacement for maximum air cushion comfort, she said.
The shoe is also good for walking since it has been designed with the same rigor as sports performance, but also for the demands of everyday use.
For an intermediate running shoe, the Adidas Terrex Speed Ultra running shoes are a popular choice.
“These shoes are very light and comfortable, perfect for someone going from trail to race,” Singletary said.
These shoes come with a continental rubber outsole that holds up well to wet and hard surfaces, so great for rainy days on a trail, she said.
It’s also a good transition shoe that can go from road to trail. The shoes are also recommended for short distance runners in need of speed.
Michael Tolliver, manager at Tradehome Shoes, recommends the brand Hoca. For a more advanced runner, the Hoka Challenger might be a good choice.
The shoe was designed to conquer a variety of terrains, Tolliver said, from trail to road. The hybrid running/walking shoe provides protection against trail debris and slippery surfaces.
For a beginner’s hiking shoe, Tolliver recommends the shoe brand Oboz. Oboz Footwear was launched in the Rocky Mountains of Montana and the brand focuses on stability and durability.
The best shoe for beginner hiking would be the Oboz Sawtooth II low top hiking shoes. Their chunky shoes are suitable for those looking for the support of a hiking shoe without the added height.
For an intermediate hiker, Tolliver and Nancy Yagger of Fleet Sports both recommend the Altra Lone Peak medium.
The shoes offer the brand’s balanced cushioning platform that positions the heel and forefoot equidistant from the ground, they said. This encourages a low impact landing and increases stability and support.
The shoe is also a good choice for an advanced hiker as it features sturdy and grippy outsoles that work well in rocky terrain while providing support above the ankle.
For an experienced hiker, Tolliver recommends the brand Solomon.
“This brand is booming and their shoes are very stable,” he said.
The Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX is a comfortable shoe, designed with deliberate lines on the outsoles to increase flexibility and help reduce foot fatigue, making it a solid choice for long and long hikes.
The shoes are also waterproof and include built-in mudguards and rubber toe caps for protection against roots and rocks.
Before finding the best shoe for you, it’s best to have your feet examined by a professional first, experts said.
“I strongly suggest that you gear up to find out which shoe is best for you because everyone has different foot shapes,” Yagger said.