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The Wonderful World of Walking Sticks

45 CommentsWednesday, 21 November 2012  |  Naomi

If you have never used a walking stick before, it may come as a surprise to find that the choice of shapes, styles, colours and heights is vast and overwhelming. When it is time to buy your first walking stick or cane, you will soon realise that it is not just an aid for walking; it can be a statement of style too.

One of the first things to consider when buying your walking stick is the type of handle you need. Like me, you may have not even realised that there were different types of walking stick handle on offer. The most popular walking stick handle is the Derby handle. It is instantly recognisable with its curved end and can be found on most walking sticks and canes. Lord Derby reputedly designed this style of handle when he wanted a supportive walking stick that could still be hooked over his arm when it not in use. Derby handle walking sticks provide excellent support for the user as their weight is carried directly over the shaft of the stick. The curves on the handle also prevent the hand slipping forward and backwards.

The Fischer handle, also known as an orthopaedic handle, is named after the handle’s inventor Austrian arthritis specialist Dr Fischer. With its wide shape, Fischer handle walking sticks are easier to hold than their slimmer counterparts. Ideal for arthritic hands, the Fischer handle spreads the user’s weight across the hand offering excellent support for sufferers of arthritis and rheumatism. The orthopaedic walking sticks are available in left or right handle models so make sure you choose the right one!

Walking stick lengths vary dramatically so it is important to find the right height for you. When choosing the correct height cane for you, it is not determined by how tall you are but by the distance between your hand and the ground. Ask a friend to measure the distance from your wrist bone to the floor. Make sure you are standing upright and in the shoes you would usually wear when walking, with your arms hanging naturally by your side. It is this measurement that you would use to decide which walking stick is best for you. Extending or adjustable walking sticks are great if you are shorter or taller than average. A stylish female walking stick is the Derby Extending Tea Party Patterned Cane. Suitable for petite or tall women, this ladies walking stick is adjustable in height between 75cm and 100cm. Some of our walking sticks also come in two heights for men and women. The Derby Beech Cane is fitted with a rubber ferrule and is available in lengths 87cm and 92cm.

For the fashionable ones amongst you there are several stylish canes to match your chosen outfit or occasion. Some ladies have been known to have a ‘wardrobe’ of bright & colourful walking sticks at their disposal. The Derby Candy Cane is available in 4 sleek pastel shades of pink, lilac, blue and green. With its marbled handle the Ladies Candy Cane Walking Stick is a firm favourite. For petite ladies with a flair for fashion the Petite Folding Walking Stick comes in a wide range of patterns from pink and black floral to autumn gold. As it folds in three parts, this petite ladies walking stick is just the right size for carrying in a handbag. For gents, the Derby Extended Chrome Cane is an elegant formal cane with a chrome plated crutch handle for a splash of style. This black walking stick is the perfect accessory for evening wear.