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Een sturdy shoe with a raised heel turns out to be less comfortable for my neck.
When I walk barefoot on asphalt, then the shock of putting my foot down is passed on too much to my back and neck. However, when I walk barefoot on grass, it is not a problem. Therefor, a thin shock-absorbing layer would be sufficient.

I use Spanish slippers indoors:
Spanish slippers

The thickness of the sole is the same at the back as at the front and is about 4 mm thick. So my foot is completely horizontal.

In 2018 I started to make a daily walk with a supporting neck brace.
That's why I bought walking shoes:
hiking shoes
Merk: Meindl
Type: Philadelphia GTX

In the Dutch language, shoes for walking are called "wandelschoenen" and shoes for hiking are also called "wandelschoenen". So I might have bought the wrong shoes.

My heel is raised with these shoes. That turned out to affect my neck.
The sole is 34 mm at the back and 17 mm at the front. That is a difference of 17 mm (0.7").
The raised heel gives an uncomfortable feeling on my neck. That is made worse because these walking shoes are very stiff and the sole hardly changes shape when walking. Because of that, the natural movement of my foot is partly disabled.

When trying other shoes, a difference up to 10 mm (0.4") was no problem.
A thin soft flexible and shock absorbing sole turned out to be more pleasant.

I do not understand why shoes have an elevation at the back so the heel is raised and why walking shoes are so stiff.

When it is raining, my feet and socks stay dry in these shoes:
walking in the rain

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Last change to this page: October 2020