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The Best Walking Shoes for Men and Women, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the most comfortable shoes for standing all day long, the best sneakers for men and women, and even the best insoles for uncomfortable shoes, here we’re delving into the best walking shoes for men and women that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

The best mesh walking shoes for women

Konhill Women’s Lightweight Walking Shoe

“These are amazing walking shoes! I had never heard of this brand and really didn’t know what to expect but I absolutely love them. They are so lightweight, have arch support, and are incredibly comfortable. I’m on my feet most of the day at work and never have tired, achy feet with these. They are also quite stylish and I get compliments on them every time I wear them. Take a chance on these. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. Especially at this price point.”

Tiosebon Women’s Casual Mesh Walking Shoes

“Stretchy uppers make this a very comfy shoe. You need a finger to slide them on, but once on, go ahead and run through the airport! Super duper shoe. Price is amazing. Stylish and lightweight. Wear them on vacay. I can’t think of a downside. Airy uppers are not for winter wear, but grab a pair of socks and just maybe you’re golden.”

The best leather walking shoes for women

Dansko Women’s Professional Mule

“As a nurse, the type of shoes I wear plays a big role in my ability to perform my job. I’ve tried other clogs and the Dansko clogs are far superior. They are completely comfortable, and have excellent shock absorbing potential, which cuts down on back pain after working long hours standing. I’ve found that other clogs will often rub my heel after awhile, but these don’t bother my heels at all. Absolutely recommend these if you work a job that requires you to be on your feet for long hours at a time.”

New Balance Women’s Walking Shoes

“I couldn’t wait to write a review on these tennis shoes — they are wonderful! I have wide feet plus I’ve had multiple foot surgeries. My feet always hurt and I cannot walk barefoot or just in socks, even in the house. I bought these in an 8 wide and soon as I put them on I felt like crying with joy. This is great — finally a tennis shoe that feels good and doesn’t hurt anywhere on my feet. I am amazed and pleased. I bought the white and right now I am about to order the white/pink ones, I like them that much. One of the best purchases I’ve ever made.”

The best cushioned walking shoes for women

Skechers Sport Women’s Loving Life Memory Foam Fashion Sneaker

“I’ve been wearing these to work for a few weeks now. I work in a bakery and I’m on my feet on a concrete floor anywhere from 8 to 12 hours a day. So far they have held up nicely and are the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned. I have very flat feet and finding shoes that allow me to stand that long without crippling pain is a challenge. The memory foam insole was a little weird at first but after a day of wear I not only got used to them, but prefer them to my other shoes. The shoes are so light and comfortable that I barely feel like I’m wearing shoes at all.”

Saucony Women’s Pro-Grid Integrity Walking Shoe

“I wear these for my job as an RN. We work 12-hour shifts. These shoes are very comfortable and are non-skid. No foot pain or tiredness; excellent support for my high arches. Even when I choose to not wear my compression socks, I do not suffer any foot or leg fatigue, these shoes are that supportive. Wish I could find them in black. I am extremely pleased with these shoes. It’s hard to find an all leather athletic shoe that isn’t ugly or ‘extremely mature’ looking, if you know what I mean.”

The best lightweight walking shoes for women

New Balance Women’s WA365v1 CUSH + Walking Shoe

“Love these sneakers! Purchased a second pair a week later. The toe box is wide and comfortable. I have wide feet so I purchased the extra wide size and was extremely happy. Comfortable all day. The laces are extra long, which I also love as my feet tend to swell, so the extra length is perfect. The inner sole is comfortable and arch support is great.”

Skechers Performance All Day Comfort Walking Shoe

“I wear my shoes for 16 hours a day. I run up and down flights of stairs chasing children around and hauling laundry. As a stay-at-home mom I need comfortable shoes at home and while out running errands. These shoes are comfortable, and easy to slip into. These things are easy to slip my feet into in the dark when my eight year old says ‘Mom, I just puked all over the bathroom’ at 3 in the morning. No need to fumble around in the dark; I just slide my feet in and grab the paper towels and Lysol.”

The best fabric walking shoes for women

Vionic Women’s Flex Sierra Lace-up

“I cannot say enough good things about how much I love these. I’m a nurse on my feet 12-plus hours a day, 3 to 6 days per week, and a full-time college student who walks all over the place. These are lightweight, flexible, and offer great arch support — so much so that you forget you have them on. Cannot wait to order another pair in a different color and let everyone know how great my feet feel after wearing them for 12-plus hours.”

Clarks Sillian Pine Walking Shoe

“Love these shoes. I ordered them and had not tried them on at a store. I am an eight-and-a-half and they fit just right. They are comfortable and are very soft and cushioned. I received them two days before our trip to Europe. They do not rub on your feet in any way and do not need to be broken in. We walked miles around the Netherlands, Germany, France, and through many airports. They were great in castles and on many cobblestone paths. I wore them with jeans, skirts, Capris, and slacks. They looked great with them all. I also wore them without socks, as it was warm weather. I brought a few other shoes and didn’t wear them. I would highly recommend these shoes.”

The best foam-sole walking shoes for women

Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Advantage Clean Fashion Sneaker

“Brought these, nearly new, as my main shoes on a ten-day trip to Europe and wore them for several miles each day, walking around streets and cobblestones and parks, through airports, etc. They’re light and squishy and nice to walk in. Super comfy, zero blisters. They fit true to size and stayed surprisingly clean with nightly wiping, too. Highly recommend.”

Ryka Women’s Devo 2 Plus Walking Shoe

“Have worn Ryka for years. I walk an average of 3 miles a day and have for years. I never have to break in my Rykas. Put this pair on this morning for the first time and walked 3.5 miles with comfort and support.”

The best waterproof walking shoes for women

Keen Women’s Presidio Shoe

“These shoes have changed my work life. As a barista, I am on my feet eight-plus hours a day at work, and before my Keens, I would lay awake with terrible foot pain. These shoes have helped my feet and my back. I’ve had them a few months and they are holding up well. They had zero break-in time which was ideal for my busy life! Several of my friends in the same field have bought pairs after seeing the pep in my step these last couple months. They are true to size with a nice wide toe for extra comfort.”

Dreamcity Women’s Walking Shoes

“I bought these shoes as they were required for a lifeguard job I got for the summer. They were a game changer! It made walking around on the hot pavement a much nicer experience. They fit as expected and dried quickly. The offered great support. They eliminated almost all blisters that I could have possibly gotten from wearing water shoes for over six hours a day and did not get stinky. I wore these shoes almost every day for the whole summer, I stood in them, walked in them and went through water with them. I would definitely buy again and recommend 100%. I am a happy happy customer.”

The best women’s walking loafers

Skechers Performance Women’s Go Step Lite Determined Loafer

“Extremely comfortable shoes. I put them on right away and wore them out shopping all day without any discomfort. Normally, I need to wear shoes for short periods of time to break them in first, so I don’t get blisters or sore spots on my feet. These felt perfect all day right from the start.”

VenusCelia Comfort Walking Flat Loafer

“Oh My Shoe! Love this. I will be purchasing more. A little snug when I first put on, but as I wore throughout the first day, the leather loosened up and my feet felt fabulous. Everyone needs a pair. I really love the silver.”

The best leather walking shoes for men

Rockport Men’s We Are Rockin Chranson Walking Shoe

“These are one of the best pairs of shoes I have ever owned, with the others being Rockports also. They felt very comfortable right out of the box with no need to break them in. My work requires me to be on my feet for eight hours a day and I was very concerned that I might have problems the first few days of wearing them; however, I was surprised to find that they caused no problems at all from the very first day. I would recommend this shoe for anyone needing to be on their feet for extended lengths of time. I’m also impressed with the look and feel of the leather. The overall quality is excellent.”

New Balance Men’s Walking Shoes

“They’re very comfortable. I’m on my feet eight to nine hours a day at work constantly moving very well made it’s my second pair of them they lasted me nine months before there was no sole left and that’s working six days a week worth every $$.”

The best mesh walking shoes for men

Feetmat Slip-On Knit Lightweight Sneakers

“I bought these shoes for professional dog walking, and after walking about one hundred miles on pavement and grass, I never had any aches or troubles. They are super lightweight and will bring out your inner ninja. Super neat shoes.”

Mohem Men’s Poseidon Walking Shoes

“These are my new ‘go to’ summer/hot weather shoes. I cant recommend highly enough. Extremely light and minimalist. Wore them all summer starting with a high-class cruise in March. Just spent an entire day walking all over Universal Park. No problems and they take up almost no room when packing. I am 60 years old and never got a compliment on my shoes. These get compliments all the time. They are the next best thing to going barefoot. And they’re waterproof! Will be getting a pair in black for formal nights.”

The best thick-sole walking shoes for men

Hoka One One Mens Bondi 5 Running Shoe

“I love these shoes. As a nurse who is on his feet all day, this is definitely a life changer. After a long, ten-hour shift of walking, my feet would normally hurt at the end of the day. After using these for a few days, I can definitely feel a difference in my back and foot pain. The price is a little high but definitely worth every penny. I’ve worn clogs, Nike, Adidas, and New Balance for work and they are nowhere close to as comfortable or supportive as these shoes. The added height is also a plus when you’re a shorty like me and need to reach for those meds above the shelves. I would highly recommend these shoes to anyone in the healthcare field.”

Brooks Men’s Addiction Walking Shoes

“This is the most comfortable walking shoe I have bought in a long time. I use the shoe for city walking and routinely walk five miles per day, sometimes up to 10. After a month, I also bought a pair in black. I cannot say enough about them. I have narrow feet and the regular fits me fine. I recommend spraying the brown shoe with protector for rain and dirt before you use them because the suede finish is easier to stain or soil. Otherwise, I find them much more comfortable for walking than wearing conventional running shoes.”

The best foam-sole walking shoes for men

New Balance Men’s Fresh-Foam Cruz Running Shoe

“So comfortable. I had some work up in New York City this past weekend. I wore them for the entire weekend, walking multiple blocks, and if I had worn any other shoe my feet would have been dead. But wearing these made every step like a cloud. They also look awesome. Buy them.”

Nike Men’s Tanjun Premium

“Great sneaker. Very comfortable, lightweight and great for being on your feet all day. Practically feels like you’re just wearing socks, and the foam in the sole is very supportive and cushy. Looks even better when you’re wearing them than in the photos. I bought a pair for myself for an all day, early morning to late evening event which required me to walk and stand the entire day, and amazingly, my feet didn’t hurt at all at the end of the day or the next day. They’re now my everyday shoe and they’re so comfy that I bought this pair in a different colorway for my boyfriend who is on his feet all day at work.”

The best waterproof walking shoes for men

Keen Men’s Brixen Low Waterproof Insulated Shoe

“Great shoe. I really like that I can slip them on and kick them off quickly, without hassle. They’re snug enough to wear comfortably, but I personally wouldn’t run or hike rugged terrain in them; but they do what I wanted, which is to handle puddles and wet grass while running errands, walking the dog, going to the dog park, etc. I’m happy with my purchase.”

Dreamcity Men’s Water Shoes

“Really like these water shoes. Got them for a summer beach vacation and find myself wanting to wear them out well after my vacation. Comfortable to walk around in all day. They dry fairly quick. Amazingly easy to pack, I was able to take 2 pairs because they didn’t take a lot of space. Takes some getting used to the mesh pattern on the bottoms of your feet but after walking around all day your feet feel really soft. Maybe it was just me but it feels like a foot massage as you’re walking.”

The best men’s dress shoes for walking

Clarks Men’s Cotrell Edge Oxford

“These are my favorite shoes I have ever purchased for business casual wear. They are very comfortable, and they look really nice with khakis and similar attire. I don’t think the pictures do them justice — I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived. I love that my feet can be comfortable all day, but I still look really put-together in them.”

Rockport Men’s Eureka Walking Shoe

“I am a medical courier and although I spend a lot of time on the road, I also do a lot of walking. I have always gone for Rockport walking shoes and needed a new pair so went with these to wear to work. I needed a shoe I could wear with my uniform (formal looking black pants) and although I purchased these for their workmanship and walking features, I was pleasantly surprised to see the finish on these shoes: they rival the look of my dress loafers I was using on the job, which weren’t designed for daily walking. I used Amazon’s size recommendation tool and found this shoe was the only one that showed good specs all around for my size feet. Use it.”

The best slip-on walking shoe for men

Merrell Men’s Jungle Moc Slip-On Shoe

“These are my third pair of Merrell Mocs. They are the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn, and last a long, long time. They are easy to slip on and unlike other slip-on shoes, the heel does not collapse over time. The shoe provides the support and comfort needed to walk on concrete and other hard surfaces. They look good and are ideal for business casual dress. I actually use them to do my one-mile daily walk. They are that comfortable. Well worth the money because they last and last.”

Skechers Equalizer Slip-On Sneaker

“Fell in love with these shoes instantly. Standing in the OR for hours at a time can make your feet tired and leave you moving from side to side to distribute the pressure better, and I was getting tired of being more focused on my feet than the surgery. I was afraid that the material would be too breathable and that I would risk getting fluids into my shoe, but that has not been the case. These shoes however are like walking on pillows, and are genuinely some of the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. Not only are they a great price, but the quality surpasses some of the more expensive options out there marketed toward healthcare providers.”

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The Best Walking Shoes, According to Amazon Reviews