By now everyone understands how important it is to seek comfort for simple activities like walking or running. Not only because comfy shoes keep our feet protected, but because they will help us prevent limiting conditions as we get older, such as back pain, blisters, or even the infamous calcaneal spur that is terrifyingly painful.
If you’re younger, you should consider getting walking shoes to prevent future injuries… and if you’re older, you probably have received a recommendation from your doctor already.
We now know the right shoes will keep our feet comfy and prevent us from getting injuries.
However, they will also encourage us to be more active. Because the more comfortable we feel while walking (or running), the more often we feel like doing those activities.
For the person who doesn’t like reading and scrolling down too much, these are, in short, my best picks for men’s walking shoes:
Skechers Men’s Go Walk Max-54601 Sneaker
Brooks Men’s Addiction Walker Walking Shoes
Skechers Performance Men’s Go Walk 3
Skechers Men’s Equalizer Persistent Slip-On Sneaker
New Balance Men’s MW877 Walking Shoe
Skechers Sport Men’s Vigor 2.0
Dreamcity Men’s Water Athletic Lightweight Shoes
New Balance Men’s MW411v2 Walking Shoe
Asics Men’s GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4
Skechers Men’s Energy Afterburn Lace-Up Sneaker
Why should you get walking shoes?
Apart from the reasons I’ve mentioned above, I would like to bring up what makes walking shoes different from running shoes. In the past, I didn’t actually give due importance to this difference but there are real, and logical differences in the way these shoes are manufactured.
Walking shoes are designed with a different mechanic and body movement in mind. They are built to be more flexible through the ball of the foot, which allows a greater range of motion through the roll of the forefoot. They also offer a better support where the weight pressure is the heaviest on the sole when you’re walking.
On the other hand, running shoes cushion your heel (where the point of impact is heavier when running) and leave the ball of the foot less protected which is logical when we observe the dynamics behind each motion.
For these different reasons, I have also started to treat each movement differently, and have decided to get different shoes depending on what I’ll be doing each time I leave my house.
Should we choose shoes according to the arch in our feet?
This is what I thought initially, and it might still be true for regular shoes.
But today, technology like the “memory foam” is used to mold the shoes to the unique designings of our feet. If you search this term on Google, you’ll find that this technology was, and is also used in mattresses. It’s basically a viscoelastic material that adapts itself to the unique contours of our body (in our particular case, our feet), to evenly distribute our body’s weight , and absorb the shock caused by each motion, thus providing more comfort and safety when you wear them.
Shoes with this specific technology tend to be quite popular among individuals with Plantar Fasciitis since doctors themselves are advocates of this technology for its ability to take away stress from the plantar ligament.
You’ll also find that memory foams are popular among individuals whose jobs are spent on their feet. It’s a fine piece of technology that takes away the strain of being on your feet for a long period of time.
These are my top picks of walking shoes, most of which contain Memory Foam:
1 – The Ultra-Lightweight: Skechers Men’s Go Walk Max-54601 Sneaker
Among the following list, these are probably the most stylish walking shoes you’ll find, which will also give you the comfort and lightness you need when you’re planning to visit events where you need to walk for a long period of time.
People describe walking with these shoes as: “walking on clouds”, “it’s like walking on a trampoline”, “they don’t bring up the plantar fasciitis bad symptoms”, etc. In essence, these shoes are ultra-lightweight, flexible and cushioned, which is why people describe them so livingly. They are available in sizes from 7 to 16 and they exist in 4 different colors (Black; Black & White; Charcoal; and Navy & Gray).
The breathable mesh fabric involving these Sketchers allow your feet to breath, preventing them from overheating and sweating… which is an attractive feature if you hate bad, stinking feet. In contrast, they’re not waterproof, and the same way they might feel airy, they’ll also feel wet when the rainy weather shows up.
You can wear these shoes with pretty much any casual outfit, as they’re pretty low-profile due to its simple design. Furthermore, and this is a big one for a lot of people… they’re pretty affordable.
2 – Sturdy and Durable If You’re On Your Feet 10 Hours A Day: Brooks Men’s Addiction Walker Walking Shoes
Although not as low-profile as the Sketchers above, these Brooks are a postal worker’s best friend for the everyday comfort and support high-mileage feet require. They’re sturdy, well-made, and of course, durable — which should be, in my opinion, a common trait for more expensive shoes.
Design-wise, they’re not super attractive, but it’s the experience that counts with this pair.
With this pair you get a fabric lining that is soft and cushioning all throughout the shoe that offers you great comfort, as well as top-notch breathability. The Hydroflow technology within Brooks is the reason why a lot of reviewers treat these shoes as a great partner for the everyday use— because walking with a pair of Brooks on is a fleeting ride.
What’s more, the Engineered MC Pod Configuration within these brooks enables the midsole and outsole to set up your feet in a perfect and balanced position to make the best out of every stride you make.
Finally, these shoes are only sold in three colors (Black, White & Brown), but they have a wide array of sizes available, including wider versions to compensate for foot problems.
3- Made for Walking: Skechers Performance Men’s Go Walk 3 Slip-On Walking Shoes
As you can see in the image above, the most notable and obvious characteristic of these shoes is the fact it doesn’t have any shoelaces. That’s right, you can put them on or take them off with little to no effort. They’re not the most attractive pair of shoes, which is a common aspect across the juggernaut brand Skechers — but they’re surgical when it comes to performance and comfort.
Now — despite the existence of a more recent version (the Go Walk 4’s), the reason I’ve decided to include these ones and not the Go Walk 4’s is based on different opinions I’ve encountered during my research (and because I’ve bought these ones for my mom… dammit!).
On one hand, you have individuals labeling the Go Walk 4’s like an improved version of the Go Walk 3’s, and on another hand, you have people saying the Go Walk 4’s are uncomfortable, in comparison to its predecessor.
Well… the main difference you’ll find in these two shoes is in terms of width — the Go Walk 3’s being wider than the Go Walk 4’s, and thus being less fashionable. This all comes down to the redesigned “footprint” and technology present in the Go Walk 4’s, which gives the shoes a more streamlined design.
However, Go Walk 3 advocates don’t quite enjoy the new streamlined design, as they feel like the loss of width has compromised comfort, and thus the magic of the traditional Go Walk 3’s was lost in the new blueprint of the Go Walk 4’s.
If you ask me, it all comes down to each person’s personal preference and feet size. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but both these shoes are probably the most comfortable thing you’ll ever wear. They’re made of ultra-lightweight materials that feel like you’re walking with pillows on your feet. Unfortunately, though, because these materials are especially light, you’ll sadly notice their lack of protection and durability… which if you’re not particularly careful, you’ll wear them down quite easily.
4- Don’t Fall in Love: Skechers Men’s Equalizer Persistent Slip-On Sneaker
There’s a huge chance you’ll fall in love with these shoes.
The moment you try them on, you’ll instantly feel the comfort the brand is famous for. They’re affordable, and one can even argue that their quality surpasses that of more expensive shoes often recommended by healthcare professionals.
These shoes have a high (80%) “fit as expected” percentage, which means these shoes are hardly a bad fit for people’s feet. You might want to take into account the type of feet you have, and consider using a wider size, especially if you have any arthritis (or any other similar issue) going on with your feet.
Obviously,” fit” is one of the biggest issues with online shopping and probably a big cause of returns, but for these shoes or any other shoes you buy on Amazon, most have Free Returns on some sizes and colors, which is something I’d recommend verifying with anything you’re planning to purchase.
Some users report that these shoes become too firm due to the memory foam collapsing and getting compressed over time, which leave your feet on the hard sole material. However, most of the users deem these shoes as the most comfortable pair of shoes they’ve ever worn.
5 – Research-Heavy: New Balance Men’s MW877 Walking Shoe
Albeit known as a brand built for athletes, New Balance has done a pretty good job at designing these pair of shoes for people who walk a lot.
If you’re interested in functionality, these are shoes you can trust in if you’re planning to walk, walk and walk. New Balance claims to invest plenty in research and product manufacturing, which has certainly proven to be the case for these shoes, according to the majority of buyers.
Yes, apparently they live up to the expectations. They’re a pair of lightweight shoes who air out really well and provide optimal comfort regardless of how wide your feet are, which can’t be said for a lot of shoes out there.
It looks far from looking like a hospital shoe — which makes it rather easier to wear for some folks, unlike the Go Walk 3 from Sketchers, for example, who don’t appeal to everyone from a styling standpoint. I must mention however, that the arch support in these New Balance MW877 aren’t perfect, which you might consider finding better insoles for a better feel.
All in all, these are good shoes, and which look good if you’re usually conscious about the cool, low-key, casual style in most modern cities.
6 – Skechers Sports Men’s Vigor 2.0 Trait Memory Foam Sneaker
Okay these are pretty interesting. Not my cup of tea, as they’re very bulky, which from a design perspective is something that doesn’t appeal to me — but regardless of that, there’s plenty of good feedback from people. If you happen to do a lot of hiking on dirty and rocky terrain, these shoes seem to hold up really well. One buyer reports that his shoes lasted two years before splitting on the outer edge (where the fabric meets the sole), while the rest of the shoe held up really well.
If we take into the account the frequency and the type of terrain in which he has used the shoes, TWO years is a pretty good time for them to hold up. There’s no indication of the size or weight of the individual, which can also affect how long a pair of shoes last, but two years is pretty long, especially since these shoes are quite affordable.
Additionally, they are a pretty good fit for both people with narrow and wider feet. as reported by the 87% of people who bought this pair. On the same note, if you’re planning to buy (any) shoes, pick the size based on the type of foot you have. There are 5 different colours for this pair and plenty of size options, from narrow to wide, and just general size.
Now, despite the nice arch support the shoes have and comfy memory foam technology that is common in most shoes nowdays, they accumulate a lot of heat inside of them. This is because the upper layer of these shoes does not ventilate well enough to keep your feet fresh. If you use them to walk the long mile, and you have sweaty feet, it might get a tad bit uncomfortable.
Another thing you need to be careful about is the manufacturer defects. Especially when you’re ordering online. A solid piece of advice is to check thoroughly as soon as you receive them.
7 – Dreamcity Men’s Water Shoes Athletic Sport Lightweight Walking Shoes
One thing that is most definitely appealing about these shoes is the awesome price. And it’s packed with pretty good technology despite that. Unlike the previous pair of shoes, the Dreamcity Shoes have very good breathability due to the upper mesh and the holes on the sole which allow for very quick drying as well.
Another cool feature is the Water Grip outsole that provides traction in wet and slippery environments. They’re also very lightweight and flexible, with a very cushiony insole. You can take them on a trip to a paradisiac destination and wear them on water, and still maintain your swagger.
Yes, they’re not your typical, dorky water shoes. They actually look like regular, casual sneakers. Obviously they’re not waterproof as you can see from the mesh and holes on the sole, so if you’re planning to avoid puddles, these are not shoes you’ll want to wear.
These are perfect for the warm weather when you want to keep your feet fresh and don’t mind setting your feet in water.
8 – New Balance Men’s MW411v2 Walking Shoe
Let’s start with a positive note. These shoes look quite cool, and not like the bulky, “old-man” shoes — whatever that is supposed mean. They actually look good, especially the grey-colored ones, which are the best-looking version of this pair, in my humble opinion. Additionally, they’re very light, even though they’re made out of leather and not fabric, which is a pretty common material in lightweight shoes.
These shoes are also a pretty good fit for most people, with 85% of buyers reporting that the shoes fit as expected, although they might appear too narrow for those who order a wider size.
Now, despite them being New Balance shoes, I have to say they don’t look like the type of shoes that will last you more than two years with frequent use. Furthermore, these shoes are manufactured in Indonesia, which according to a great deal of buyers — it’s probably the major reason why the quality of these shoes has plummetted.
Here’s a screenshot of the review:
9 – Asics Men’s GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4 Walking Shoe
For a pair of shoes that are quite costly, I have to say, they’re probably the least attractive I’ve seen in a while.
But that’s not really the point, here. A
s walking shoes, they’re supposed to be comfortable when you’re walking or standing for long periods of time. And that’s what they do, at least according to the majority of reviews. Such is what a customer with Plantar Fasciitis reports, too.
For people with feet issues like the heel pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis, walking can be a living hell. Fortunately for people with Plantar Fasciitis, shoes like the Asics Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4 are lifesavers. Curiously, if you’ve been wearing bad shoes all your life, this will seem like the most comfortable shoes on the planet — which is what a fair number of people have to say.
This being said, there’s also a restricted number of users that claim these shoes have a very constraining toe box, an off-center lacing system that is quite irritative to the skin, and a medial window that aggravated the bunions in some feet.
Let me say this, however. Asics know how to stick to the basics of good stability. With these shoes they provide solid support to people with pronation problems, as well as great shock absorption with extra padding and the GEL system that minimizes the impact of each stride.
10 – Skechers Men’s Energy Afterburn Lace-Up Sneaker
When the word Skechers is mentioned in a conversation, this is not the type of shoe that comes to mind.
At a glance, they’re pretty compact, big and they look good.
And don’t get me wrong, they’re very sturdy, durable, they support the foot quite well, but you cannot expect the cloudy-like cushion on the insole we’ve been accustomed to by the Skechers brand.
87% of the times, they fit as expected — but it’s a heavy shoe that lacks the insole cushion Skechers is known for. This means there’s no relevant shock absorption… so walking with these shoes is not a “fleeting” experience. And if you’re specifically looking for a Skechers shoe that provides that marvelous, “walking on clouds” experience, this is not the shoe you’re looking for.
On the other hand, if hard soles and traction is your thing, then by all means, you’ll love these shoes. And of course, they tend to look good when you put them on.
My personal choice.
I’m someone who prizes good looks over actual comfort… and although my first pick is not as comfortable as the 2nd or 3rd pair of shoes that follow immediately afterward — they’re shoes that can be used with literally anything.
I’m the type of person that tends to dress very casually, and for the frequent use of jeans and t-shirts I adopt on a day-to-day basis, these shoes always match what I’m wearing, without people going like: “what are thoooooose”.
Anyway, what are the choices do you think are up there, and I should’ve mentioned? And are you using any of these shoes? And if so, what do you think about them?
Just drop a quick comment below!