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When you walk a lot, you need a sneaker that’s comfy, supportive and looks great with all of your favorite clothes. That can be a tough feat normally, but I’ve found that more times than not, my Adidas sneakers fit the bill. My Adidas Superstars and Stan Smiths have taken me through miles of wear in New York city, with the latter style being worn by practically everyone these days. Needless to say, Adidas is a classic brand, and like its top running shoes, the brand has nailed the casual walking sneaker.
For over 80 years, Adidas has pioneered shoes for the sports industry and beyond. After establishing its iconic Three Stripes design in the 1940s, the brand became a household name a decade later when the German National Football team scored a huge victory against Hungary while wearing Adidas football boots. To this day, Adidas continues innovate for every activity — offering game-changing tech like Energy Boost cushioning (found in Ultraboosts) since 2013.
When you’re shopping for the best Adidas walking shoes, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all of the options out there. To start, sports podiatrist and Kane Footwear advisor Dr. Dan Geller recommends considering what type of walking you’ll be doing the most — whether that’s through a city, neighborhood or on rough off-trail paths.
“Look for cushioned shoes for shorter walks on even terrain,” Dr. Geller says. “They should also be light and have an easy transfer of weight from heel to toe.” Meanwhile, footwear for longer walks (consider these about three miles or more) should have extra cushion and support. “Hiking will require an appropriate threading for uneven terrain, and the shoes need to be stable with some flexibility,” Dr. geller continues. “Cushion is important to protect from rocks and uneven ground.”
For those with neutral or flat fleet, Geller recommends a shoe with arch support. And if that’s not enough, you can also buy arch support insoles or ask your podiatrist about custom insoles to further boost support and help prevent overuse injury.
Ahead, the 10 best Adidas walking shoes you can buy, according to Dr. Geller.
Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Shoes
Dr. Geller likes this style thanks to its superior cushioning. “The Adidas Cloudfoam shoes are an excellent choice with a sock-like upper for secure snug fit,” he says. “They have great cushioning for walking as well with cloud memory foam.” These were also specifically designed for women’s feet with a knit upper and midsole cushioning that feel great for everyday wear and walking.
Adidas Pureboost Go Shoes
Best Adidas Walking Shoes for Overpronation
“These have responsive Boost cushioning, an adaptive tongue design for a nice feel and excellent traction with a durable rubber outsole,” says Geller, who recommends the shoe for overpronators. One reviewer said they’ve been wearing these daily and that the shoes have been helpful for knee and ankle problems.
Adidas Ultraboost 21 Shoes
The first time I ever wore Ultraboosts, I felt like I was literally walking on a cloud. The cushioning, springiness and overall lightweight fit of this shoe is unmatched. Dr. Geller likes the Ultraboosts for running or walking, too. “These shoes provide excellent stability, responsive midsoles for shock absorption and sock-like snugness.”
Adidas Duramo Shoes
Adidas’ Duramo is a lightweight running shoe with breathable mesh that helps you stay cool. Dr. Geller recommends this style as it’s “cushioned and offers great traction.” One reviewer said, “Super comfy and light. Great for running down the street or spending the day at a theme park!”
Adidas Terrex AX3 Shoes
Best Adidas Trail Walking Shoes
For hiking or trail walking, you need a shoe that’s comfortable and protects your feet properly. According to Dr. Geller, this pick delivers on both fronts. “The Adidas Terrex AX3 is excellent for trail walking and hiking,” he says. “It’s a comfy and roomy shoe with an EVA midsole and top cap that protects toes from rocks and uneven surfaces.”
Adidas Superstar Shoes
The Adidas Superstar is a longtime classic when it comes to style and comfort. These were my go-to sneakers when I first moved to New York City and I wore them for years — in fact, it seemed like they only got more comfortable with time. The Superstars were originally designed for basketball in the 1970s, but you can pull them off almost anywhere.
Adidas Stan Smiths Shoes
Is there anyone that doesn’t like Adidas Stan Smiths? They’re a staple among the fashion set, city dwellers and more. The Stan Smiths launched in the 1960s as a tennis sneaker, but have evolved into one of the most popular street sneakers ever.
Adidas SolarGlide ST 4 Shoes
For people who need more stability (like those with supination), these Adidas shoes are a great pick. The thick, supportive and stable design will help keep your feet from rolling outwards, while still providing you with plenty of cushion.
Adidas Women’s Supernova X Marimekko Shoes
Aside from its super cool design made in collaboration with Finnish design house Marimekko, these shoes feature bouncy Boost cushioning and a soft, flexible knit upper. Whether you’re running or walking, you’ll feel supported and stylish in these kicks.
Adidas NMD_R1 Primeblue Shoes
Adidas’ NMD_R1 Primeblue is currently one of the brand’s top sellers, but the NMD_R1 model isn’t exactly new. Originally debuting in the ’80s, the style has been revamped in recent years with Boost cushioning and an overall more lightweight feel for all-day wear. Plus, it’s now made with eco-friendly Primeblue, a soft material composed of recycled plastics.