My Better Walking Shoes After My Achilles Tendon Ruptures

 


Hi all. In this video, I'm going over three pairs of shoes that I currently use and the most comfortable ones when it comes to my Achilles tendon ruptures.

The three shoes are:

Asics Gel Kayano 23
Saucony Excursion TR 13 (I Think)
Shadow Softshell Waterproof Shoe for Mountain Warehouse.

Birds eyes view of the Asics-Gel Kayano 23s
Asics-Gel Kayano 23

The Asics Gel Kayano 23s take the number one spot when it comes to comfort. I don't know any of the science of how they do their cushioning, but when I went to the shoe store and tried on these shoes for the first time, the cushioning was just much better than the other two pairs. I'm referencing the two pairs I was trying in the store, not the two pairs I currently own in the video.

Now the big difference between the Asics shoes and the other two pairs is the price. The Asics Gel Kayano 23s were about $200 or so, and the other two pairs, specifically the Saucony and the Mountain Warehouse shoes, were in the 60 to $80 range at the time.

The reason why I'm not purchasing the Asics shoes again it's because they are not waterproof. I wanted to get a couple of extra months in the spring and walk in my area of the world, Canada. I would need waterproof shoes because of the melting snow. Although I have thought about possibly buying a pair of Asics for my treadmill in the winter months as an indoor shoe, we'll see how it goes.


The Saucony and Mountain Warehouse shoes have a similar issue; they are not as cushiony when I'm walking around, more specifically on concrete, but solid shoes for my overall walking when it comes to walking on trails and concrete.

The Saucony Excursion TR13 shoes in front of a long walking footbridge with wired mesh.
Saucony Excursion TR13

The Walking/Trail Shoes & My Achillies Tendons

Okay, I'll go into a little more detail with all three pairs of shoes. 

Overall, the Asics was the most snug shoe that I've owned so far; it hugged the ankle area, the sides of my feet, and there was just enough room at the front, so my toe wasn't hitting.

After about an hour in my walks, I usually feel some aching in my Achilles' tendons, and I usually take a break or do a quick stretch.

As I think back, I did feel the occasional sharp pain in the calf muscle or an overbearing pain in my AC. I can't say that was solely from my shoes; it could have been various factors such as my fluctuating weight at the time, not walking as consistently because of the winter months, or just pushing too hard.

The Saucony and Mountain Warehouse shoes have a similar issue. When I walk on concrete, I find it they're not as comfortable and shock absorbent as the Asics, and because of that, over time, I can really feel it in my whole body, let alone my Achilles' tendons.

The aching pains I feel are similar to The Asics shoes, but I have not really been too mindful of when they actually start in regards to time.

I find that the Saucony Excursions hug my foot much better than the Mountain Warehouse shoes. And the Saucony excursions have more flexibility. 

The Shadow Softshell Waterproof Shoes in front of a park with bare trees.
Shadow Softshell Waterproof Trail Shoes - Mountain Warehouse

The Bottom Line 

The bottom line is if I were buying shoes solely for my Achilles' tendons, I would purchase the Asics shoes again, and I would not purchase the Mountain Warehouse and Saucony shoes.

Just a quick note, all three brands are great. 


Quick disclaimer I'm not a professional in this field; please consult your local doctor and shoe experts for the best advice.

Updates

September 15, 2021

Hi all, I recently purchased some new runners for walking on my treadmill. Link below