Do you think you need special shoes to walk in? Athletic shoe manufacturers would like you to think so. For now, just walk in whatever is comfortable for you. Chose the most comfortable pair of shoes you own and be sure to wear socks or nylons so you don't get blisters. If you have corns, calluses, bunions or other foot problems, consult a podiatrist or other doctor to see if you need something special. Likely, you'll be fine walking in comfortable shoes you already have in your closet.
If you begin walking and develop foot pain, you DO need to consult a physician especially if the pain is localized - that is, if it's in a particular region rather than being more widespread. A podiatrist can work wonders on corns - one of the most painful things you can develop on your feet. Bunions and calluses require other forms of treatment.
But, this is putting the cart before the horse. Walk first. You may well NEVER develop any foot problems. But, for sure, you won't know unless you DO walk. Gotcha!!
So, put on your shoes and move on out. If you put on your walking shoes first thing in the morning, you're more likely to take advantage of those commercials and phone calls to get in your 10 minutes a day (for beginners).
Don't walk barefoot unless you are used to walking a lot with no foot support. It's tempting to stand up from the sofa and walk for 90 seconds to 3 minutes while a commercial is airing. Why not? Because you cause more dynamic weight on your unprotected feet and stand a greater chance of stubbing a toe or sustaining other foot injury. Just put on some shoes so you can walk.
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