Attention men: Whether you’re walking to burn calories or just shuffling through an ordinary day, it’s still a physical activity that merits the appropriate shoe. When walking, you’re hitting the ground with one to two times your weight. It’s recommended that you replace your shoes after at least 300 miles of walking, which means that rotating or buying new sneakers is a must. Some shoe features that will enhance your comfort while walking include a roomy toe box designed to protect your toes against impact, a padded heel collar, gel and air midsoles for shock absorption and breathable materials like mesh that provide ventilation.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best men’s walking shoes, all of which will put a spring in your step.
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1. Skechers Go Walk 4 Shoe
This lightweight shoe comes in a slip-on silhouette with a flexible heel tab so your feet glide right in. Plus, there’s no need to worry about sweaty feet with its breathable mesh upper, which is engineered to naturally expand with your foot while you walk.
Pros: They’re lined with a bamboo footbed for anti-bacterial odor control. The brand’s 5GEN midsole has responsive cushioning that helps propel the foot on springy, soft foam. These come in extra-wide sizes and multiple colorways. Seamless construction makes them comfortable to wear without socks. Skechers’ Goga Max insoles absorb shock with every step you take.
Cons: They may run slightly big.
2. New Balance 877 Walking Shoe
This NB model has an upper constructed with soft suede and breathable mesh to keep things airy.
Pros: The sneaker incorporates a Walking Strike Path outsole — tech that helps with stability and assists in the walking gait cycle. A padded tongue and collar, plus midsoles featuring proprietary Abzorb cushioning offer extra comfort. These come in wide and extra-wide sizes. A wide toe box provides plenty of wiggle room.
Cons: They may not be the best fit for narrower feet.
3. Rockport Eureka Walking Shoe
These leather shoes feature San Crispino construction for improved heel stability, a generous collar and tongue padding, and a removable latex foam footbed.
Pros: They’re also available in wide and extra-wide. A breathable, moisture-wicking mesh lining helps prevent sweaty feet and keep odor at bay. Strobel construction provides forefoot flexibility, while EVA midsoles deliver lightweight shock absorption.
Cons: They only come in a few colors.
4. Orthofeet Biofit Sneakers
This style is built with an Ortho-Cushion system, which includes contoured insoles featuring anatomical arch support, gel padding under the heel and an ergonomic sole unit with air cushioning.
Pros: A seam-free interior with extra-padding offers superior comfort. These also come in extended widths. A wide toe box design eases pressure on bunions and hammertoes.
Cons: These may run small.
5. Brooks Addiction Walker
This shoe has a durable full-grain leather upper and is designed with an Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar system that delivers strategic arch support and promotes your natural gait.
Pros: This model comes in narrow, regular, wide and extra-wide widths. Brook’s proprietary BioMoGo DNA cushioning adapts to your stride, weight and speed, reducing impact. Forefoot MC Pod construction and a slip-resistant innovative outsole sets your foot in an efficient, balanced, and stable position. They come in black, white and brown nubuck.
Cons: Some may find they fit slightly large.
6. Merrell Jungle Moc Slip-On
These slip-ons have a smooth pig suede leather upper, a breathable mesh lining and an M Select FIT.ECO EVA blended footbed with organic odor control to keep shoes fresh.
Pros: Merrell air cushioning in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability. Grippy soles deliver durable, slip-resistant stability on wet and dry ground,over mixed terrain. These come in wide widths and an assortment of colors. They’re also offered in various camo prints.
Cons: These may also run large.
7. Vionic Morris Sneaker
This shoe features a soft, breathable neoprene mesh upper, contrasting bungee laces and a removable mesh-covered EVA footbed.
Pros: Orthaheel technology helps promote proper foot alignment, while a deep heel cup provides additional stability and relief for heel pain. These shoes have received the APMA Seal of Acceptance, which is granted to products that promote good foot health.
Cons: This model doesn’t come in extended widths.