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The 15 Best Stylish Walking Shoes For Women In 2022, According To Podiatrists

You’ll never want to take them off.

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Christine Giordano

Walking is having a serious moment right now. It seems like people are going on more walks than ever to improve both their mental and physical health, and it makes sense, since there are tons of benefits to walking. It's also the OG bodyweight workout—but, the one thing you do need is a solid pair of comfortable, supportive walking shoes to help you enjoy every step and even prevent injury, says podiatrist Chanel Perkins, DPM.

Is it ok to wear running shoes for walking?

It's important to specifically look for shoes that are meant for walking, Perkins says. Walking shoes should feel heavier than most pairs of trainers, and have a lower heel than the average running shoe. Those attributes allow for less bounce and more of a natural cadence to your stride, she says.

Peep a few of the best walking shoes, below:

What walking shoes do podiatrists recommend?

When starting your walking shoe shopping journey, Perkins advises you start by looking at the cushioning a shoe offers. “Cushioning is a vital element in most waking shoes, since this is what helps with shock absorption as the foot impacts the ground,” she says.

By the way, you shouldn’t have to “break in” a new pair of shoes (I know—I was surprised to hear it, too!). “One of the things I always tell my patients is that shoes should fit and feel comfortable as soon as you put them on,” says podiatric surgery specialist James Stavosky, DPM. So, don't settle for anything less than love at first...fit, and don't wait for uncomfortable shoes to eventually feel better on your sore feet.

What are the best walking shoes?

      Luckily, all the shoes on this list tick every box for style, comfort, cushioning, and flexibility. See below for the 15 best expert and reviewer-recommended walking shoes for women in 2022.

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          1
          Best Walking Shoe For Injury Prevention
          New Balance
          V3 Running Shoe
          2
          Best Cushioned Walking Shoe
          Hoka
          Bondi 7
          3
          Best Nike Walking Shoe
          Nike
          Air Zoom Pegasus 36
          4
          Best Walking Shoe For Arch Support
          Skechers
          Go Joy Walking Shoe
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          5
          Best Long Distance Walking Shoe
          New Balance
          Casual Comfort Sneaker
          6
          Best Affordable Walking Shoe
          STQ
          Walking Shoes
          Courtesy
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          7
          Best Memory Foam Walking Shoes
          Akk
          Tennis Shoes
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          8
          Best Walking Shoe For Hiking
          Saucony
          Cohesion 13
          9
          Best Adidas Walking Shoe
          adidas
          Cloudfoam Pure 2.0
          10
          Best Splurge Walking Shoe
          APL
          Techloom Bliss Sneakers
          11
          Best Sustainable Walking Shoe
          Rothy's
          The Lace-Up
          12
          Best Heel-Supporting Walking Shoes
          Asics
          Gel-Contend 5
          13
          Best Walking Shoes For Plantar Fascitis
          HOKA ONE
          Clifton 8
          Courtesy
          14
          Best Walking Shoe For Flat Feet
          Brooks
          Adrenaline GTS 21
          15
          Best Shoes For Walking All Day
          Reebok
          DailyFit DMX
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