Whether you’re commuting, sightseeing, or exercising, long hours spent walking can do a number on your body.
From tired soles to achy backs, you may be surprised by the damage that such a low-impact activity can cause—which is exactly why you need good shoes. And while walking shoes may feature many of the same design specs and tech as sneakers made for marathons, the latter tend to be a lot more lightweight than what walking requires.
“Almost everyone who walks excessively needs cushioned and corrective shoes that work with their foot type,” explains Dr. Melissa Lockwood, a podiatrist out of Bloomington, Illinois. “Whether you have a high arch or flat feet, corrective shoes will help to avoid muscle, tendon, and ligament issues from overuse.”
Some of her favorite brands include Asics and Brooks, though, when in doubt, visit a running store to find out exactly what your feet need. Look for a walking shoe that provides plenty of shock absorption, arch support, and cushioning, but at the end of the day, comfort is key.
Ready to walk this way? Scroll down for 10 comfortable sneakers that are made for walking.
MBT Sport 3, $185
Besides adhering to the chunky sneaker trend, the innovative, curved midsole of the MBT Sport is made with a “pivot axis” to promote active, natural rolling movements with every step.
The brand’s signature Cloudfoam cushioning does wonders for all-day comfort.
A favorite of nurses, these sneaks are packing some serious cushioning. Those who overpronate will especially love this style.
New Balance WW928v3, $140
Rollbar technology reduces rearfoot movement while absorbing midfoot cushioning delivers supremely comfortable support. But the real winner here is the extra wide toe-box for those with wider feet.
Brooks Addiction Walker, $120
These shoes were made for walking—literally. They are loaded with specs for low arches and control for overpronation to make even the most troublesome of issues seemingly disappear.
For those looking for all of the comfort in a sleek package, look no further. An orthotic-like insole makes these lightweight options a dream.
If you haven’t heard of this brand yet, trust the nearly 850 positive reviewers who swear by them. They’re lightweight, secure, and cushioned, but best of all, they come in 25 colors and are under $30.
Ugg Willows Sneaker, $120
The brand you love for cozy boots makes its way into the sneaker market. Think the extra cushion of winter boots in a slim, lightweight, knit sneaker.
You know it’s good when they name it the A.D.C. (All Day Comfort). These have a nice and low cut so you can wear them with cropped jeans and dresses alike.
These look like a fan-favorite, cool-girl sneaker, but feel like an orthotic. Seems like a win-win, no?
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