Caution With Oversized Running Shoes

Every now and then, a shoe style comes along that’s different from the rest.

Much of what is advertised about shoes isn’t as good as it sounds. For instance, “memory foam” sounds good, but is it really better for our feet?

Much of the sensationalized marketing is done around athletic shoes. Most athletic shoes we recommend can be used for everyday activities as well as running.

However, there is a brand you may want to be careful of. Hoka has become a popular running shoe brand. They look clunky and oversized, and are unique because they have a wider base than other running shoes. Running shoes with oversized midsoles are designed to increase performance and reduce injury.

Unfortunately this wider base has led to falls during non-running activities. The company itself states “using this product for anything other than running may impair balance and dexterity.” Although oversized shoes have their benefits for running, caution is needed when considering them for everyday use.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, some people have toppled over while going down stairs or just walking around the store trying them on. It’s important to be extremely careful wearing Hoka shoes on stairs and while driving.

We’re committed to helping you find footwear that keeps you supported and safe. Let us know if you have any questions about a particular shoe style for your needs


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