Unlike more extreme sports, we don’t always consider the toll regular long walks can have on our bodies. That is, until you take a walk and come home with blisters, sore arches or painful joints.
Good walking shoes matter, and spending just a little can go a long way in how enjoyable — and pain-free — your walks are.
Specifically, you should look for flexibility, comfort and stability in a pair of walking shoes, according to Dr. Jeffrey Hurless, board-certified podiatrist, foot surgeon and medical director of Healthy Feet Store.
“These shoes are also typically a little heavier in weight than running shoes to help maintain stability,” he said.
So how exactly can you tell a quality walking shoe from the latest sneaker hype? We sat down with the experts to bring you this guide. Here are six of the most highly-rated walking shoes on the market that you can buy without breaking your budget .
- Best for daily walkers: Propét Tour Knit
- Best for all weather: Vionic Walker
- Best for all terrains: Xero Shoes TerraFlex
- Best for arch support: Propét TravelActiv
- Best for wide seet: Propét Stability X
- Best for bad knees: ASICS Gel-Venture 8
Best Walking Shoe for Daily Walkers
Shoe: Propét Tour Knit
“This style features a 10 mm heel-to-toe drop which helps with forward movement in each stride,” says Roach. “The precision knit uppers are great for breathability and to keep the inside of the shoe fresh even with frequent use. The The insole is a Ortholite X25™ Open Cell foam insert that provides multiple layers of cushioning for comfort on long walks or even with strenuous exercise.”
Best Walking Shoe for All Weather
Shoe: Vionic Walker
Why they’re the best: No matter where your walks take you, the sturdy construction and long-lasting comfort of…