The Best Sneakers For Walking
The perfect pair
When walking you need your shoes to handle that repetitive heel-to-toe rolling motion. After all, "a 150-pound woman's body encounters between 900,000 and 1,350,00 pounds of impact over a three-mile walk," says Paul Langer, DPM, author of Great Feet for Life.
So make sure your kicks are comfy and supportivea poor fit can lead to injury. And choose ones that are secure across the instep and in the heel, but roomy enough to wiggle your toes. Here, shoes that will protect your feet whether you're fitness walking or simply commuting.
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For everyday walking
To buy: $50; zappos.com
It's no wonder the Vans Classic Slip-On is a Zappos top seller. The versatile grey slip-on goes with dresses, jeans, skirts, and more, and can easily be slipped off and stored under your desk if you need to change into something more formal for the office. Plus, with a padded collar and shock-absorbing footbed, they're ultra-comfortable and easy on the feet.
For speed walking
To buy: $25; amazon.com
With extra cushioning in heavy-wear zones (think heel and toe), the sleek Ryka Constant (starting at $25; amazon.com) is perfect for fast-paced fitness walkers.
For distance walking
To buy: $90; amazon.com
The New Balance WW1065 has the style of a running shoe, but is designed for long-distance walking. The highly supportive sneaker features medial posts at the inside edge of the shoe to prevent overpronation, a common foot problem.
For casual walking
For walking and running
To buy: $109; llbean.com
With waterproof materials and extra insulation, these L.L. Bean winter sneakers provide superior traction and will keep socks dry in snow and slush.