Since the New Year, I've been doing 2-3 hours walk every night, while eating less. People remark that I look like I'm 30 lbs lighter now in April. I feel good but not that good ...

My question is: all this walking gives me painful feet, namely blisters, dead skin, dried blood.

I've switched shoes 3 times now and am currently wearing Adidas Superstars which are supposedly wider and more comfortable -- but the problems persist.

Should I get insoles? Which kind would be good to handle the long walks?

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    What kind of socks are you wearing and where are you getting your blisters? – Eric Apr 10 '19 at 21:10
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    As an avid runner, I’m no stranger to blisters. Put moleskin on the blisters before going out. I like mohair socks too. Congrats on your weight loss – Frank Apr 11 '19 at 22:51

I experience a lot of various problems with distance walking. As far as I have seen, fancy shoes or insoles does not make much of a difference. In some cases this aid ca help, but in same cases it just reduce symptoms of deeper issues.

Note that. Maybe you have not used to the volume and you just need more time with smaller walking volume.

Else the chances are, that you have not perfect walking technique (to much impact of friction). You can make research on this topic on google and/or youtube. However the best would be to hire proffesional who can investigate this and advice.

Some things you can try:

  1. if you walk barefood in office building, can you hear your steps? If you hear impact or "friction" you probably have space to improve.

  2. if you walk barefood on fine sharp gravel few hundres of meters (or few kilometers), does it pain? If yes, you probably can practice that (not to get used to it, but to reduce the friction).

  3. the same like 2., but on hard smooth surface (concrete).


To prevent blisters and the feeling that your feet are damaged after few hours of walking, get some shoes with thick and hard to bend soles. More like light hiking shoes. Don't think to get some soft and "comfortable" but something robust. I'm speaking from the experience.

Blisters can occur do to shoes being too tight or too loose - which makes the feet move back and forth during walking.

I agree with putting some protection, like moleskin, on your feet before walking, as suggested in one comment.

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