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

Tiosebon Women’s Casual Mesh Walking Shoes
From $30, Amazon

“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

New Balance Women’s Walking Shoes
From $36, Amazon

“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, lol!! 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

Saucony Women’s Pro-Grid Walking Shoe
From $60, Amazon

“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 Shoe for Women

Skechers Performance All Day Comfort Walking Shoe
From $60, Amazon

“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

Clarks Cillian Fashion Sneaker
From $85, Amazon

“These shoes are super comfortable! I bought them for the summer as my job requires me to be on my feet for 10-12 hours a day during the summer and none of my dress shoes fit the bill for the activity I do in the summer. I’ve been testing them out to see if I want a few more colors and I do! There was no break-in period at all! They are really lightweight so there isn’t any drag from having a heavy shoe on all day. The sole is flexible and has a good grip so I am not worried about slipping while I’m on my feet and moving around quickly all day. The uppers are made of a lightweight but very breathable fabric. I have not experienced a wet or damp foot and I have worn these several times for 14+ hours at a time. I find the arch support to be very good. Not too high, not too low. The insole is cushy and comfortable. I ordered my normal size and it fit as expected. This is a great shoe for comfort, style, and going the distance.”

The Best Foam-Sole Walking Shoes for Women

Ryka Women’s Devo 2 Plus Walking Shoe
From $80, Amazon

“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. NOTE: I have gone up a half size on my last three pairs.”

The Best Waterproof Walking Shoes for Women

Dreamcity Women’s Walking Shoes
From $25, Amazon

“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 Loafers for Walking

VenusCelia Comfort Walking Flat Loafer
$20, Amazon

“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

New Balance Men’s Walking Shoes
From $45, Amazon

“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

Mohem Men’s Poseidon Walking Shoes
From $36, Amazon

“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. One thread is starting to fray… Take up almost no room in 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

Brooks Men’s Addiction Walking Shoes
From $100, Amazon

“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

Nike Men’s Tanjun Premium
From $65, Amazon

“Love these sneakers, very very comfortable. I bought just about every color.”

The Best Waterproof Walking Shoes for Men

Dreamcity Men’s Water Shoes
From $24, Amazon

“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

Rockport Men’s Eureka Walking Shoe
From $59, Amazon

“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 Shoes for Men

Skechers Equalizer Slip-On Sneaker
From $41, Amazon

“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