While we love our barre workouts and high-intensity intervals, there’s something to be said for getting back to basics with a good old-fashioned walk. Walking for weight loss is free, easy to fit into your schedule, and a great cardio workout that’s easy on your joints.
But to get the most out of your walking workout, finding comfortable shoes is key. Look for a pair that molds to your foot in a supportive way, says podiatrist Damien Howell, PT, DPT, OCS. Howell also recommends looking for a shoe with a thicker sole for extra cushioning while you rack up your daily steps.
One problem: All that cushioning and support means some walking shoes can give off total grandma vibes. But comfortable walking shoes don’t have to be clunky and boring — we’ve rounded up a few pairs that are as stylish as they are functional.
Most Comfortable Walking Shoes For Men
ASICS Men’s Gel-Contend 4 (Amazon)
This budget-friendly, versatile running shoe is designed to pull double-duty as an everyday shoe. With an OrthoLite sockliner and extra arch support, it provides the stability you need for a full day on your feet — and the monochrome color combo goes with everything.
Skechers Performance Men’s Go Walk 3 (Amazon)
This slip-on walking shoe features pull-on construction and “goga mat” technology — an insole designed to feel like stepping on a yoga mat. With a mesh upper, memory foam padding around the heel, and high-rebound cushioning, this shoe is lightweight and breathable for long walks on hot days.
Men’s Wool Runners (Allbirds)
These cult favorites are soft, durable, and water-resistant, making for a ridiculously comfortable and practical walking shoe. And while they look like a fashion sneaker, the superfine merino wool upper is moisture-wicking and odor-reducing, so you can wear them on your sweatiest power walks.
Most Comfortable Walking Shoes For Women
Women’s Tree Runners (Allbirds)
If your feet tend to get sweaty when you’re walking, these shoes are a must-have — they’re made from eucalyptus tree fiber, which has a natural cooling effect. The low-density foam soles and padded insoles provide natural weight distribution and comfort as you stroll through your day.
IGNITE Flash Women’s Training Shoes (Puma)
With a lightweight design and sock-like feel, these pretty walking shoes are comfy enough to wear all day. IGNITE foam cushioning adds spring to your step, while a molded heel offers support and the rubber outsole provides optimal grip and stability.
Women’s Techloom Phantom Shoe (Lululemon)
With a stretchy upper and neoprene tongue-and-collar, these sneakers offer a perfectly snug, comfy fit. The Propelium sole technology uses less rubber than conventional athletic soles, giving your shoes a barely there feel, and the laces tuck away for a look that’s more stylish than sporty.
Most Comfortable Shoes For Standing On Your Feet All Day
The Day Glove (Everlane)
What are the best shoes for walking and standing all day? Look no further — when these flats launched, they nearly broke the internet. If you’re in need of a sleek, classic modern shoe you can wear to any event — without worrying about blisters — you’ll love the buttery-soft leather, side vents, and cushioned insole on this pair.
Mephisto Ludo Men’s Casual Sneaker (Amazon)
Looking for a fashion sneaker that can carry you through the day? Ask anyone who spends a ton of time on their feet, and they’ll tell you this stylish pair is worth the splurge. This 100% leather shoe features Soft-Air Technology for optimal flexibility and softness — and less wear-and-tear on your feet.