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The Best Shoes for Active 55 and Over Communities in Colorado, Utah, and Beyond!

August 19, 2022
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For 55+ communities keen on outdoor activity, having the proper footwear for whatever adventure comes your way is crucial.

Whether you are an avid outdoor enthusiast or are just beginning to uncover all of the beauty that majestic mountain hikes and pristine walking trails have to offer, one thing is for certain: for effective performance, you are going to need the right footwear. For the 55 and over age group in Colorado, Utah, and other areas where outdoor activities are a year-round affair, having supportive shoes not only protects your feet and ankles, they can also ensure that your joints stay healthy for the years of adventure to come.

From hiking boots for rough terrain to “everyday shoes” for the pool, park, and everything in between, here are a few of the must-have shoes that can keep up with your passion for adventure.

Hiking Boots

The Merrell Moab 2 Hiking boot has been ranked the “most comfortable hiking boot overall,” time and time again, and for good reason! These boots are perfect for those who do not want to spend a long time breaking their boots in, but need a heartier boot for rougher terrain that you may encounter on hikes.

For the 55 and over demographic that benefits from the extra arch and heel cushion, the Merrell Moab 2 is your ticket to the right level of support without feeling constrained. Additionally, these boots come in options for both women and men, and at various ankle heights, so you can find the right style for your activity and comfort level.

“Up for Anything” Shoes

Whether you are doing chores around the house, meeting up with friends for lunch, or taking the dog out, support is critical to maintaining healthy joints, even if the activity isn’t strenuous. When choosing shoes that are supportive (and cool) before running to the store, we recommend keeping Hokas top of mind.

Hokas have taken the world by storm in recent years, from active 55 and over communities, to ultra-marathon runners. Why? One look at the shoe and you will see: these sneakers have some serious cushion. With a compression-molded midsole, inner heel support, and a variety of fun colors, these kicks encourage a natural stride and offer support when you need it for the walk to the mailbox or for your latest 5k race.

Supportive Sandals

You heard that right: flip-flops with arch support! Vionic offers a wide variety of strappy sandals, beach shoes, and more with an impressive level of support. (Bonus points because they are ultra-trendy, and come in a plethora of styles and colors for both men and women.)

Vionic’s website provides details, but the premise of the sandals is a footbed technology created to “reduce common foot pains associated with overpronation and plantar fasciitis” (common foot complaints for those in the 55 and over demographic.) You no longer have to choose between style and comfort, as these sandals are sure to check both boxes.

Specialty Shoes

For some, bending over to tie and untie shoes is simply inaccessible. Kiznik changes the game when it comes to shoes with “hands-free, slip-on sneakers.” These shoes take away the need for a shoehorn and allow for independence for those who struggle with bending over to get their shoes on and off.


With comfort, style, and accessibility top of mind, Kiznik makes it possible for those living an independent life to get supportive footwear on their feet for whatever the day may hold.


OakwoodLife: For the Active Adult 55 plus Communities in Colorado and Utah

Now more than ever, active adult 55 and over communities make up a population of fit, and outdoorsy individuals who are prepared to grab life (and adventure!) by the horns. OakwoodLife provides resort-style living in both Colorado and Utah for individuals who want to take advantage of amenities and resources that cultivate an active lifestyle.

To learn more about how to get involved in our community, or what sets us apart from other active 55 and over communities in the area, reach out! Whether we are helping you select footwear that matches your active lifestyle, or assisting you with the latest and greatest social activities near you, we are proud to be part of your community.