5 Podiatrist-Approved Sneaker Brands on Clearance Right Now at REI

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Summer may be coming to a close, but there's still a chance to save big on some top-rated comfortable sneakers for the great outdoors. Case in point: REI's deals section is a goldmine for majorly discounted shoes to add to your closet. From Asics running sneakers to Teva sandals, there's plenty up for grabs at deeply discounted prices.

Some of the best styles on clearance at REI are podiatrist-approved, including Saucony, a company that has received the seal of approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) for several of its running shoes.

We understand if sorting through pages and pages of deals isn't your thing, so we've done the hard work for you to compile a curated list of brands that experts love as much as you do.

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When it comes to outdoor adventures, Merrell has some of the most durable and comfy shoes on the market. Their shoes are hiker-friendly and made with weather-resistant materials and extra protection so you travel across any climate. Not to mention, the Moab 2 Waterproof Shoe is a great option for anyone dealing with sciatica, Well+Good previously reported.

Merrell Moab 2
Our Pick: Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoes — $94.00

Originally $135, now $94

The next time you’re feeling outdoorsy, take these Merrell hiking shoes with you. They’re super durable, thanks to the performance suede leather and protective rubber toe caps. Also, the EVA cushioned soles massage your feet with every step, while the waterproof exterior prevents moisture from trickling in when you’re traveling on wet climates.


Whether you're someone who likes to go a daily walk or hit the track for a 10-mile run, Brooks has a sneaker for every physical activity. Many of their shoes have innovative cushioning to adjust to your speed, weight and stride to keep you light on your feet. Plus, Jennifer Garner is a big fan.

brooks ghost 14
Our Pick: Brooks Ghost 14 Road-Running Shoes — $111.00

Originally $140, now $111

Whether you’re going for a light jog or a sprint around the neighborhood, these sneaks are great for propelling you forward. The secret is the DNA Loft cushioning in the midsoles. They help create a much softer ride and provide a smoother heel-to-toe transition as you pick up speed.


Time and time again, Hoka has proven to be one of the most comfortable walking shoes on the market. So much so, the company has received the seal of approval from the APMA as well as many W+G editors. Apart from their sleek appearance, part of what makes them so comfy and great for support is their thick cushioning.

Hoka bondi 7
Our Pick: HOKA Bondi 7 Road-Running Shoes — $129.00

Originally $160, now $129

While Hoka recently launched an upgrade to this shoe called the Bondi 8 (see the full review on that here), this version is still pretty comfortable and easy to walk in, IMO. A lot of that has to do with the memory foam collars that wrap around the ankles, and the extra support from the EVA midsoles. Plus, the upper is made of breathable mesh, so your feet can stay cool as you walk.


For long-distance runners in need comfy shoes, Saucony delivers. The brand prides itself on creating sneakers that can go the distance and support you every step of the way during mild to intense runs.

Our Pick: Saucony Guide 14 Road-Running Shoes — $65.00

Originally $130, now $65

Even though these sneakers are built for stability, they don’t weigh you down. They have a lightweight feel to them and provide optimal support due to the PWRRUN foam. This cushioning is both responsive and comfortable, so that you can end your six-mile run with happy feet.


New Balance

Not just a Dad shoe brand anymore. New Balance sneakers continue to to be loved by walkers, runners, and podiatrists alike, thanks to the stability that many of their shoes provide. Depending on the style, they can be pretty roomy and well-cushioned throughout the midsole.

Our Pick: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11 Road-Running Shoes — $121.00

Originally $150, now $121

If you have flat feet, shoes that have more support in the arches and prevent your natural arch from flatten out are ones to add to your closet, board-certified podiatrist with Gotham Footcare, Miguel Cunha previously told W+G. And these shoes fit the bill, thanks to their cushioned midsole. They also have OrthoLite® sockliners and stretchy uppers to reinforce comfort.

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