Walking is the world’s most brilliantly simple form of exercise.
Just find a good pair of walking shoes and head out the door.
We’ve walked a lot of miles and worn many different types of shoes… lightweight urban hikers, extra-supportive walking shoes, minimalistic running shoes and even flip flops.
It’s all part of our market research designed to help you save time and make a good shoe purchase. So what you’ll get is a practical, comprehensive buyer’s guide to walking shoes.
Our criteria for a good pair of walking shoes is fairly simple:
• A good pair of walking shoes should fit perfectly, no matter what type of feet you have… Yes, here you can find a shoe that fits flat feet, diabetic feet, wide feet, pronated feet, high-arched feet or even big-foot feet. Because your comfort is our goal.
• Your shoes should be light weight yet stable, supportive and anatomically designed. A cheap pair of sneakers won’t fit the bill if you’re walking regularly.
• Your walking shoes should be a good value, and last a reasonably long time. They won’t break down after you’ve put just a few miles on them.
When it comes to maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle, nothing is easier or more effective than walking. But you already know that. That’s why you’re here… Looking for a good pair of walking shoes that’ll get you where you want to go.
So have a look around.
If you have heel pain, read this post on Plantar Fasciitis.
If you’re interested in increasing your fitness levels by walking with poles, click here.
If you’re a senior, looking for ways to stay mobile, CLICK HERE.
Take a look at some great accessories that will make your walks more enjoyable like pedometers, after-market insoles, walking poles, hiking socks and handy hydration systems.
We’ve categorized all walking shoes into the following 5 groups:
1. Sandals for Walking
Hot summer days and vacation travel sometimes demand sandals that you can also walk in. Technically, these are not walking shoes, but the sandals we’ve chosen are widely regarded as the best for walking.
These are the lightest and least supportive of all the shoes we’ve researched. Generally speaking, we don’t recommend plain old sneakers for walking, but we also know the realities of the marketplace… Many people just make do with sneakers, so we include some of the better ones in our walking shoe buyer’s guide.
If you shop at most chains or discount shoe stores you won’t find walking shoes. Instead, the sales people will push you into a running shoe, saying that they’re essentially the same.
Ha! Don’t fall for it. Running and walking demand completely different things from a shoe, so the only running shoes that we normally recommend for walking can be found in the trail running category. Trail Running Shoes are substantially sturdier and more rigid than most lightweight running shoes. Therefore, they can work well as walking shoes for some people. If you try walking in lightweight running shoes, you’re just asking for foot problems.
There are a few brands, such as Vivonic, Kuru, Brooks, Birkenstock and Aetrex that are anatomically designed to provide extra support for problem feet. You won’t find these brands on the shelf at a standard, run-of-the-mall shoe store. So if you have heel spurs, plantar fasciitis or diabetes-related foot issues, this is the category for you.
These are the most durable, most substantial shoes of the bunch. We don’t review hiking boots but some of these models would work perfectly well for short back packing trips or long day hikes. Take a look at Oboz, Solomon, Keen and Merrell.
- Wrist Pedometers – Track your walking, get motivated, lose weight.
- High-quality socks – The best socks for walking and hiking.
- Best walking shoes for diabetics – for feet in need of special care
- How to choose the best walking shoes and avoid bad shoe purchases
- Best walking shoes for overweight people (info and support you need to keep walking)