Sneaker Report, a fitness website, and Health magazine rank the Ryka Constant as one of the best shoes for speed walking. It features an air mesh upper that helps keep feet cool and an Ortholite insole that adds extra padding to the heel and toe. The N-Gage midsole includes a 3D EVA platform for medial arch support.
For everyday walking, Prevention magazine recommends the Saucony Bullet for its lightweight design and comfortable arch support. The design includes a nylon upper with suede overlays and comes in a number of bright colour combinations. EVA midsoles help absorb shock as walkers move.
The ASICS GEL-Quickwalk received a recommendation from Health magazine for regular wear. The shoe features a Rearfoot Gel cushioned midsole and comes with mesh or leather uppers. It helps the shoe reduce the shock to the foot on impact with the ground and promotes a proper walking stance.
For long distances, the website Sneaker Report recommends the Saucony Triumph 10 shoe. It includes three independent pods in the crash pad at the heel to reduce impact and the midsole features extra padding for comfort. Its design helps promote a natural footstrike, which prevents injury and sore feet.
Sneaker Report rated the adidas Energy Boost as the best shoe for walkers who also enjoy the occasional jog. The design includes a special torsion system that supports the midfoot while still leaving plenty of room for the heels and toes to move. Its lightweight design and durable rubber outsole make them a popular choice.
At Health magazine, writers chose the New Balance 1765 as a good pair of shoes for long-distance walking. The Fantom Fit design offers a secure fit and prevents slipping. A RevLite midsole offers lightweight cushioning at the front of the foot, while medial post cushioning supports the ankle.
The Merrell Mezame ballet flat, recommended by Prevention magazine, combines comfort and style for everyday wear. It features rubber nubs on the insoles that massage the feet as consumers walk and the insole reverses to a smooth side if desired. Made of breathable lining with a moulded nylon arch, the shoe is dressy enough to wear to work, but still functional for power walking.
Saucony Hurricane 15 shoes were number two on Sneaker Report's list for versatile walking shoes. The shoe includes heel-locking technology that offers extra stability and extra cushioning supports the ball of the foot. A special sole helps distribute pressure evenly, making walking more comfortable.
For a casual walking shoe, Health magazine recommends the Skechers Gowalk 2. Four-way stretch mesh provides flexibility at the front and the shoe features a slip-on design. An angled outsole promotes a natural walking gait and an anti-microbial liner reduces odour. Stability mesh side panels offer extra lateral support where feet need it most.
Reebok DMX Max shoes received high ratings from Prevention magazine for the extra cushioning offered by air pockets in the bottom of the shoe. It moves air from the heel to the toe offering more energy return. A mesh upper keeps air circulating around the foot to prevent feet from getting sweaty.