The Absolute Best Walking Shoes: Our Reviews for 2016

Walking Shoes Reviews

Walking shoes should be comfortable, supportive, breathable and of good to superior quality. But, the big question is – which are the top rated walking shoes? Well let our walking shoes reviews be your guide.

There is a lot of competition in the market and wading past all the hyperbole can be daunting and your time is limited which is why I've saved you the time and hassle.

I've scoured the interwebs to come back with shoes that provide the utmost in comfort, balance, foot strike support and injury protection.

I present this top walking shoes reviews and hope that you will find it useful.

New Balance Men's MW577 Lightweight Walking Shoes

New Balance Men's MW577 Leather Hook-and-Loop Walking Shoe

The New Balance Men's MW577 Lightweight Walking Shoes is a practically designed no nonsense walking shoe.

Although not exactly fashion forward, please don't judge this book by its upper (yes I've got jokes). But seriously, this shoe has impeccable specs.

According to the product description, this men's walking shoe features a leather upper with ABZORB® cushioning and a polyurethane midsole. The Walking Strike Path rubber outsole stabilizes and guides the foot through the walking gait cycle.

ABZORB is midsole component that provides cushioning and energy displacement, fabricated of a polyurethane-based elastomer. The comfort, durability, and support level can't be beat. It can be equaled but not beat. For sheer comfort alone, this shoe leaves its better-looking cousins in the dust. In addition, this shoe consistently ranks extremely high in five-star rating systems and enjoys glowing reviews on Amazon.

If you're looking for a no nonsense workhorse that delivers comfort, support and one of the most lighweight walking shoes that will serve you for a long while, then this is the shoe that will get the job done

RYKA Women's Sky Walking Shoe

RYKA Women's Sky Walking Shoe

Another great shoe and one designed with the ladies at top of mind. 

 One of the key design elements is the mesh upper which is supported by the leather overlays which make this one handsome shoe. It has a memory foam at the leather base which prevents the sock liner to stay in a compressed position.

Its a great versatile shoe and comes in several color options making it easy to color coordinate with any outfit.

Rockport Men's We are Rockin Chranson Walking Shoe

Rockport Men's We are Rockin Chranson Walking Shoe

Rockport is the brand that put the shoe in the phrase "walking shoe." They have on offer the Men's We are Rockin Chranson Walking Shoe.

This is a ruggedly handsome shoe. It has a latex foot bed for a cushion which means its extra cushy. It has a mesh lining for wicking away any moisture, this design element enhances the breathability factor. And then there's the ADIPRENE technology which provides extra heel cushioning and as a result you get maximum performance and comfort.

This is a must get walking shoe if you are looking for what Rockport reliability which is performance, comfort and style.

ASICS Women's GEL-Quick WK 2 Walking Shoe

ASICS Women's GEL-Quick WK 2 Walking Shoe

I have personally owned this shoe and can attest that this is a great and  affordable walking shoe. ASICS makes a quality product anyway so you can't go wrong with this brand.

The ASICS Women's GEL-Quick WK 2 Walking Shoe just checks all the boxes in a big way: Stability? Check. Breathability? Check. Flexibility? Check. and Comfort? Check check check.

This is a well made walking shoe and should be on your to-do list.

New Balance Men's MW411V2 Walking Shoe

New Balance Men's MW411V2 Walking Shoe

I just love the classic style of the New Balance MW411v2 walking shoe. This one sports a synthetic mesh upper with a faux suede upper (some have leather. Actually depends on the color of which there are four) P.S. The grey one is everything).

This shoe is big on comfort featuring a removable foam insole and AIMEVA midsole cushioning and wide toe box. Its super lightweight too, coming in at only 10oz.

This is an excellent pick for those really up on keeping it casual stylish.

Conclusion

At this point, it should be noted that I have been asked whether some walking shoes can be used for running. Although some walking shoes do in fact look like they could double for running shoes you should take care. Unless they are hybrid then you could seriously injure yourself. 

Check out walking shoes vs. running shoes for more information on avoiding the wrong choice for your walk, run, or workout. Also check out a couple walking shoe guides designed with women in mind here and here.

I'd love to hear what you think of the walking shoes reviews. Or if you have any questions leave them in the comments below.

Product images via their respective pages on Amazon.com

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