Whether you’ll be on your feet for hours while traveling, working, exercising or running errands, investing in a good pair of walking shoes is key to keeping feet comfortable. You’ll want to opt for a style that’s lightweight and supportive, complete with just the right amount of cushioning to suit your needs.
To help you find the perfect pair, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite walking shoes for women. While the category often gets a bad rap for looking downright orthopedic, these options offer the best of both comfort and style. On top of all that, they won’t break the bank, either. Read on to shop our top picks.
1. Propet Travelactiv Sneaker
Cool and durable, this low-profile sneaker offers a breathable mesh upper and a quick lace design for secure lockdown wherever you go.
Pros: Among its other features, the shoes include a removable EVA insole to accomodate custom orthotics and a lightweight TravelTek Outsole for enhanced traction. It's available in five different widths up to extra-extra wide, making it a perfect pick for people with especially wide feet or bunions. Plus, it comes in 11 colors to work with a range of outfits in your closet.
Cons: Arch support may not be ample enough for some wearers (particularly those with foot issues like plantar fasciitis).
2. Tioseban Walking Shoes
When it comes to the perfect travel shoe, you can't get much better than this option for the price. The lightweight, sock-like design molds to the shape of your foot for a customized fit while offering moderate arch support for a plush ride.
Pros: Available in 32 different colorways and featuring a flexible platform base, this style can be worn for just about any casual activity — even lounging around at home. An open mesh design allows feet to breathe, while an elastic topline provides easy on and off access. From the inside, the shoes include a lightweight midsole with extra bounce back, plus a pig skin insole and latex arch support for added comfort. The shoes can be worn with or without socks, depending on your preference. The style is also available in some half sizes and machine washable.
Cons: People with wide feet should order a half size up.
3. Dr. Scholl's Madison Sneaker
For a supremely stylish option, this Dr. Scholl's slip-on stands out above the rest.
Pros: Done in over three dozens colors and finishes, this low-profile look includes the brand's signature memory foam insole and a soft lining that extends to the heel area to reduce the chance of uncomfortable rubbing. The memory foam insole is also removable, so the shoe can accomodate orthotics if needed.
Cons: Although it comes in a wide width, the style still tends to run on the narrow side. It's also less breathable than other options on the market, so may not be ideal to wear on hot summer days.
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