New walking shoes have been on my clothes shopping list for some time and I finally took action. Based on the recommendation of a friend I went to a locally owned running shoe store where they actually do some specific evaluation of your feet and gait before recommending the right potential shoes. I tried on 3 pairs and ended up with these.
Ironically, they are the same brand as I have bought for years. I read the tag and was happily surprised to learn that they were manufactured in the US. They have a lot more cushioning than the model I had before and since I walk on pavement my hips and one knee have been complaining about the old shoes.
The best thing that happened though from my perspective is I came home and threw out three pairs of shoes that had very worn soles. Why was I holding on to and wearing these shoes that had lost their cushioning? I guess I wanted to make sure they were really worn out LOL. Now I have fewer pairs but they are all in good shape! My body will thank me.