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The Best Women’s Walking Shoes, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviews

Sneakers to help you channel Kath and Kel on their daily power walk. Photo: Riley Turner Productions

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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written a lot about shoes — including the best sneakers for kids, the best travel shoes, and the best stylish vegan shoes — here we’ve rounded up the best walking shoes for women, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated women’s walking shoes

Skechers Performance Women’s Go Walk Slip-On Walking Shoe

Over 70 percent of reviewers gave these shoes five stars, praising their comfort, support, and style, with many writing that they wanted to wear them “every day.” “The most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn,” says one shopper. “They are wide across the toes, so my feet can spread, but snug enough at the back of the heel that I’m not stepping out of them.” Another says, “If you are looking for comfort and a shoe that feels great, this is your shoe.” And for those with foot issues, these sneakers are a favorite choice. “I have nerve damage in the sole of my feet and I am able to wear these all day without the burning or the feeling of walking on glass … They are lightweight and do not make your feet feel warm or on fire. Would recommend them most definitely,” says one. They’re good for travel, too: “Love these!” says one reviewer. “I took them immediately on a one-week trip to Guatemala, walking over rough cobblestone streets, dirt roads, almost always uneven surfaces … They were sturdy enough for the terrain, comfortable and supportive enough to walk many miles a day, and incredibly lightweight — perfect for traveling with limited weight and space.”

Best-rated (less expensive) women’s walking shoes

“I was skeptical to order due to price point being so low … but they are totally worth it,” writes one reviewer. Many others shared the sentiment, praising the shoes for their high quality at a reasonable price. One reviewer writes, “Great product and the price was outstanding, along with being very comfortable.” Many shoppers brought these on vacations and noted that they can double as a comfortable water shoe. “I bought these for my upcoming trip to Hawaii to wear in the water, but also for casual wear,” says one. “I was pleasantly surprised how comfortable and durable they are. I’ve been wearing them the last two days non-stop and they feel great.” Another writes, “This item was ordered at the last minute prior to a two week vacation trip to the tropics … The real test was two weeks of use while on vacation, from the airport to resort, numerous beach excursion and hikes, the shoes held up very well. It is very light, can be used all day without foot fatigue, dries quickly and doesn’t smell like water shoes constructed out of neoprene material.”

And now for some micro-picks for every type of women’s walking shoes you might be looking for.

Best slip-on walking shoe

Multiple reviewers called these “the most comfortable shoe I’ve owned,” and one even went as far as to say, “I forgot I was wearing shoes.” One writes, “I put them on and my feet felt like they were on a cloud. I wanted to go for a walk just because these shoes are just that comfortable.” Reviewers chalk up the comfort to the supportive insoles. “They truly are slightly springy and they take away a great deal of footfall impact,” says one. Shoppers praised the style, too, calling them “discreet” and writing that they’re a “great shoe for skirts, capris, or jeans.” Another says, “They aren’t flashy, but they are classically understated.”

Best (less expensive) slip-on walking shoe

These are an earlier model of the Skechers Walk 3 Slip-On shoes, and no less comfortable, but are now available at a lower price. “I swear, as soon as I slipped my foot into my Skechers, the sun came out from behind the clouds, small woodland creatures came out from hiding to frolic about, and a sweet little flock of birds gently placed a halo of flowers on my head,” says one reviewer. “These. Shoes. Are. Heaven.” Several reviewers commented that the Amazon price was the best they had seen for these shoes. “I paid $20 more for this exact same shoe from another dealer in another color,” says one shopper. “What a wonderful surprise to get the opportunity to buy this shoe from Amazon for such an economical price.” Another writes, “I live only a few miles from the Skechers warehouse/factory outlet; they have some good sales, but Amazon beat their price.”

Best mesh women’s walking shoe


Shoppers loved the mesh material of these shoes for its comfortable fit and breathability. “So very comfortable,” says one. “Top part is some kind of knit mesh fabric that feels very sock-like, so it doesn’t put any pressure on any part of the top of the foot, which means no blisters or rubbing anywhere.” Another says the mesh is “breathable and is good for sweaty feet especially during a workout.” Reviewers with foot issues also give these shoes a high rating. “Anyone with foot problems should give them a try,” says one shopper. “My bunions no longer bother me, if my feet swell the mesh must swell with them, and they seem to relieve some of the burning associated with neuropathy. I never thought I’d find comfortable shoes again and am so happy to have found these.”

Best women’s walking shoe for high arches

“No foot pain or tiredness, excellent support for my high arches,” writes one shopper of these Saucony sneakers. “Even when I choose to not wear my compression socks, I do not suffer any foot or leg fatigue, these shoes are that supportive.” Another says, “I have a high arch and find that my ankles roll outward because of it. This shoe corrects that problem for me.” Reviewers also liked that these come in an extra-wide width. “First time ever purchasing an extra wide shoe and I love them,” says one shopper. Another reviewer, who deals with ankle swelling says, “it’s so nice to have this extra width available to adjust one shoe’s width for a maximum comfort fit, while keeping the other shoe just as comfortable tightening the laces since the extra width isn’t needed on that shoe.”

Best sleek women’s walking shoe

Reebok Women’s Princess Sneaker

Many reviewers are longtime fans of these shoes. “I have loved these exact shoes for more than 20 years,” says one. “They are still just as awesome as when I first discovered them, way back when.” “This is the best Reebok tennis shoe they ever made. I have been wearing them for over 30 years,” another reviewer swears. “They are hard to find in some stores. They last forever. I love them so much that I have 3 pairs as backup.” Shoppers like the sleek style of these walking shoes, too. “These are the only tennis shoes I’ll wear so I’m thrilled they are still available,” comments one. “They are so comfortable and feminine. Don’t make your feet look big like those other clunky styles they have these days.” And just because they’re sleek doesn’t mean they offer any less support. One reviewer who has worn these for over 30 years says, “An Army podiatrist was treating me for bilateral heel spurs … He cast my feet for 5 weeks and told me to wear THESE shoes. I have for 30 years … I never have any trouble with my feet. I love these shoes!”

Best walking shoe with a thinner sole

Reviewers liked the thinner sole on these shoes, and one writes that they specifically “bought these because they were recommended as a great driving shoe because of the thin sole. This is true, they are great for driving. They also look good and are clearly well made.” But even with the thinner sole these still offer good support. “I have high arches, and the arch support in these things is incredible.” Another reviewer says, “They are so comfortable for walking. Probably the best walking shoes.” And the style is a draw for shoppers: “I saw that Freddie Mercury from Queen wore these back in the day and I had to indulge,” says one shopper. “These actually look better than in photos. I love the soft leather and flaps. And I was surprised to find that these are also very comfortable. I love wearing them because they feel good and look great!”

Best Velcro walking shoes

Older shoppers praised the Velcro closure on these shoes, with one calling them a “godsend.” One reviewer writes, “This shoe is absolutely the best I’ve found for my 96-year-old mom. It offers stability, enhances her balance and confidence while walking, and offers sufficient width and height in the toe box, very rare in most women’s shoes. Velcro fasteners are great. Easy for her to put on.” Another shopper found that these shoes even helped extend the length of their walks. “Not only are these comfortable, I can walk longer and stand longer wearing them. I now wear them almost all the time,” they say.

Best bungee-tie walking shoes


“I adore the bungee style laces,” says one reviewer. “These are great for airports where they make you take off your shoes. They have the comfort of tennis shoes, but look a little less kid-like.” Another shopper writes, “I am fairly flexible for my age but my sight and tying shoes is getting more and more difficult so the bungee closing is the perfect answer.” They come in a ton of different colors, which was a selling point for reviewers, too. “Usually extra-wide athletic shoes are only offered in bland colors (white, black, gray) and I am so sick of that,” says one reviewer. “When I discovered these jazzy red ones, I ordered them immediately … They arrived today and I am so very pleasantly surprised at the comfort, fit and workmanship.” Another shopper who bought these in coral says, “The coral color is a bright, satisfying orange that really gets the attention. I get compliments constantly and questions about ‘are they really as comfortable/lightweight/supportive as they look?’ Yes, yes, and yes.”

Best walking shoes for being on your feet all day


Shoppers who spend a lot of time on their feet praised these highly for their support and comfort. “I bought these for nursing school, but I decided to ‘break them in’ at work. I work 12-hour shifts and was AMAZED at how great my feet felt all day. It’s like walking on ergonomic clouds!” says one happy shopper. “My girlfriend who works in retail is on her feet on hard floors all day,” writes another. “These are the best shoes for the job. We can’t recommend New Balance shoes enough for being on your feet all day.” And several shoppers note that their podiatrist recommended these. One writes, “My podiatrist recommended me to purchase New Balance sneakers due to my feet issues … It’s a miracle! I can walk without my feet hurting terribly, I’m able to stand for longer periods of time now, and I’ve got plenty of room inside for my toes to wiggle.” Another says, “I wear them all the time and my podiatrist thinks they are very well constructed and supportive.”

Best walking shoes for hip pain

Many shoppers said these shoes helped alleviate their hip pain. One reviewer, who at first didn’t believe these would actually help her hip, says, “I believe it corrected my gait and forced me to walk properly. Now I am so thankful. When I take them off and wear other shoes my hip hurts again.” Another writes, “After wearing them in the house for a couple days I ventured out in them for a good walk. It was the first time in months that I didn’t have an aching hip by the time I was done. I will definitely be staying with these shoes when I need a new pair.” And those with knee problems might find these helpful, too: “These shoes are exactly what I was looking for. I no longer have hip, knee, or foot pain,” says one shopper.

Best walking shoes with memory foam insoles

Another reviewer favorite in the Skechers Go Walk family, these have memory-foam insoles, which one shopper says “makes them a dream.” A reviewer writes, “Wore my new memory foam for the first time at Disneyland. It was risky since they weren’t broken in, but 25,000 steps later they worked their magic. NO ISSUES. A great shoe for walking distances.” And a few shoppers with ankle problems praised these shoes: “They are the perfect work shoe,” says one. “I have bad ankles from all that running in military and find it very difficult to find a good work shoe. These are PERFECT.” Another reports, “Was having problems with painful ankles/feet, but after wearing them for my 5th day, I am walking with hardly any discomfort.”

Best machine-washable walking shoes

Propet Women’s Wash N Wear Slip-On

It’s inevitable that walking shoes will get a little dirty, and reviewers liked that even though these are leather, they could still throw them in the wash. “Best damn walking shoes EVER,” one reviewer writes. “I love that they are machine washable.” Another says, “I now have 5 pairs in different colors (and I’m buying a 6th!) and I have washed the suede and the leather multiple times — and received wonderful results with each. Remarkably, they truly ARE machine washable!” You can even put them in the dryer. “They come out of the dryer looking and smelling like new,” says one shopper.

Best women’s walking sandal

Jambu Women’s Spain Flat

“Comfortable sandals are hard to find, these are great,” says one shopper. “I like the support at the back of the heel, much more comfortable than the usual open heel. I also like the memory foam insole.” Many reviewers agreed, and one even says that the sandals “look stunning.” They make a good travel shoe, too: “My horrible feet are finally happy!” says one reviewer. “I just got these shoes for a trip to Portugal in September. The soles are exactly what I was looking for to help with cobblestone streets, yet not too clunky for restaurants.”

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The Best Women’s Walking Shoes, According to Reviewers