While most of us are likely repurposing our running or cross-training shoes for our daily walks, a good pair of walking shoes will make hitting your step count a far more comfortable endeavor. “Walking shoes are made for a rolling gait compared to running shoes which are made for more impact,” says Najwa Javed, DPM, a California-based podiatrist and creator of footwear brand E’MAR. “There is a greater need for cushioning and shock absorption in running shoes, whereas walking shoes have the need to be lighter and with more stability versus cushioning.”
To help you suss out which shoes fit the bill, Dr. Javed rounded up the best walking shoes money can buy so you’ll be stepping into 2021(or at the very least, the end of quarantine) in comfort and style.
Though these are technically running shoes, they offer the stability you need for all those daily walks. They’ve got a cloud-like cushioning that helps to absorb impact, and are made with a stretchy material that moves as you do.
Shop now: Brooks Women’s Glycerin 18 Running Shoes, $150
2. Adidas Superstar, $85
For a walking shoe that’s equal parts fashion and function, look no further than this classic, cult-fave style. They’ve got supportive insoles, and look just as cute paired with jeans as they do with your favorite pair of black leggings.
Shop now: Adidas Superstar, $85
3. New Balance Fresh Foam 1365, $90
Thanks to a rolling foam sole, these shoes will make every step feel like you’re walking on air. They’ve got a thick insole that offers extra support under your feet, and are made with specially engineered mesh to enhance breathability and keep sweat (and odor) at bay.
Shop now: New Balance Fresh Foam 1365, $90
4. Asics Gel Kayano 27, $160
If you want a single pair of sneakers that can do it all, these are a worthy investment. They’re podiatrist-approved for both walking and running thanks to their high-impact shock absorption, and offer a “smooth ride” no matter how fast you’re moving.
Shop now: Asics Gel Kayano 27, $160
Another way to keep those feet functioning properly? With a regular stretch routine. Follow along with the series below to keep those dogs from barking.
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