Best New Walking Shoes

Best New Walking Shoes

Long gone are bulky, stiff sneakers that over-restrict foot motion and spur injuries. Today’s athletic shoes are sleeker and more stylish, but with so many to choose from, it’s critical that you wear a pair suited to your activity. For instance, walking in a running shoe is a huge no-no—here’s why.

So what should you wear while you get your steps in? The best walking shoes have plenty of all-over cushion to support your whole foot as you go. Though some running shoes might suit your feet’s walking motion just fine, many have less cushion than you’ll need, so logging your miles in them could trigger impact injuries. (Got plantar fasciitis? These products can help ease your pain.)

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To keep your feet feeling good mile after mile, try a bunch on and go with the shoe that feels best for your stride. Here, our top picks based on fit, stability, and—of course—style.

Best Walking Shoes For: Fast Walking

fast walking shoe

The lightweight ASICS Metrolyte will cushion your feet with its molded Ortholite Sockliner while supporting your arches throughout your quick stride. Plus, it comes in a slip-on option and a variety of cute color combos, which is a good thing because you may want to stockpile, according to one reviewer: “This is my second pair of Metrolytes. I just love them,” she writes. “I have a narrow heel, but the ball of my foot is wider, and these are not sloppy at the heel, nor do they rub. I can wear them walking for hours, and have many times.”

Buy now: $50 and up,

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Best Walking Shoes For: Running Intervals

walking shoe for running intervals

Walkers who want to add jogging bursts should opt for a running shoe like the Brooks Revel. This one is designed for high impact but is still flexible enough for the rolling motion of walking. Writes one happy Amazon customer: “Love these shoes! They have just the right amount of cushion in them. I’m currently using them for walking but will transition to running soon.” (If you’re over 40 and about to start running for the first time, here are 8 things you need to know.)

Buy now: $100,

Best Walking Shoes For: Hiking And Trail Walking

Trail walking and hiking shoe

Finding a shoe that’s durable enough for trail walking but not full-on hiking boot can be tough. The lightweight, water-resistant Ahnu Sugarpine Airmesh Hiking Shoe fits the bill. Bonus: They’re actually stylish. “Sometimes you put on hiking shoes and they look like you’re wearing the shoe boxes w/ laces,” writes one buyer in her Amazon review. “These are barely heavier or bulkier than a tennis shoe, but have great tread.”

Buy now:  $64 and up,

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Best Walking Shoes For: Running Errands

Walking shoe for running errands

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