Whenever we undertake a new type of exercise, one of the first things we do is find out what kit is needed – then learn a bit about the best brands around. Strangely, we rarely consider this when walking! It’s easy to underestimate how much walking we do, whether discovering a new city or strolling around on holiday. Yet rarely do we consider the benefits of the correct footwear as we would with any other activity. And, like it or not, your favourite sneakers are rarely up to the task.
Walking is seen to be more and more a serious and enjoyable form of exercise, and a great way to reduce our carbon footprint – spurred on by incentives such as the 10,000 step challenge.
How Your Walking Shoe Should Fit
This is pretty essential. How a shoe feels on your foot after 30 seconds in a store, compared to two hours into a trail is going to vary. If possible, test new footwear at the end of the day, as this is when your feet are slightly more swollen and in tune with a workout. And, always take the wiggle test, moving your toes around, making sure they are free and unrestricted.
How Often Will You Be Using Your Walking Shoes?
If you’re going to be using your new steppers daily, whether commuting to work or taking the dog on a 5km walk, you’ll want to consider a durable shoe from the likes of York Athletics MFG or On Running. On Running designs are particularly good to use on multiple terrains, with a comfortable yet sturdy sole.
Do You Need Fashionable Walking Shoes?
If you’re trekking across the city on your way to and from work each day, maybe you’ll prefer the more stylish walk wear creations of Oliver Cabell or Unseen – shoes that work better with a more casual, non-sports wardrobe. These types of designs will not only have you treading in total comfort, but they’ll have you looking at the dog’s swingers. Win-win.
Now that you have a good idea what you’re looking for, here’s where the fun really begins. We’ve put together these brands for your walking shoe consideration, to offer you a step in the right direction.
Walking Shoes FAQ
What are best shoes for walking?
Allbirds, Under Armour, Adidas are some of the most trusted walking shoe brands on the market today.
Is it OK to wear running shoes for walking?
Yes. As long as the shoe offers good arch support you should be fine.
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Allbirds has a wide range of shoes - runners, everyday sneakers, high-tops, slip-ons, boat shoes, and boots - that are all made with renewable materials that unsurprisingly have amazing benefits. All of Allbirds’ shoes feature insoles that are made from castor oil layered with ZQ Merino wool to cushion, moisture-wick, and odour reduce your feet while you're wearing them.
Lightweight and breezy, Allbirds shoes are either made with merino wool or eucalyptus tree fibres for flexibility, meaning Allbirds’ shoes will conform to your movements while you're walking ensuring maximum comfort.