9 Best Walking Shoes For Women (And Men Too!) + Snag These Hot Deals!
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Starting a fitness regimen this year? These are the best walking shoes for women according to our Hip2Save community!
Kick the year off right with a new pair of walking shoes.
Don’t let the wrong walking shoes ruin your workout. Fitness is important and so is what you wear on your feet! We all have individual needs based on our mobility level, the shape of our feet, injury history, exercise style, and terrain preference. To find the best shoe for you, speak to your podiatrist and visit a specialty store to have your feet measured. Many brands also have online shoe finders that can point you in the right direction.
Knowing which brands make the best walking shoes can be helpful too. We researched which brands are most recommended by athletes, doctors, and those who work on their feet. We also asked the Hip2save community what their favorite walking shoes were and we got a ton of feedback! The next time you’re in the market for a pair of new shoes try one of the picks from our list of favorites!
9 best walking shoes for women (and men too):
1. HOKA walking shoes are podiatrist recommended and suitable for many scenarios.
Women’s HOKA Clifton 8 Shoes or Men’s HOKA Clifton 8 Shoes – $111.99 – $140
The Hip2Save community has spoken! When it came to the best walking shoes, HOKA was a clear winner and those who wear them couldn’t say enough great things. One of our readers, Annette, walks 2-3 miles a day and HOKA was her top recommendation for shoes. Hip2Save’s Cam also raved about HOKA and how the shoes come in all kinds of inclusive styles to fit different aesthetics, genders, skill levels, and preferred terrains. They are even made from sustainable materials!
HOKA walking shoes are some of the very best according to podiatrists. Several of their shoe models, including the HOKA Clifton 8, have received The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance. If you’re impressed by these recommendations, use HOKA’s shoe finder to see which shoe might best fit your needs. The Bondi, Arahi, and Clifton are all considered orthopedic, and the Bondi was recently named as the best walking shoes by Dr. Miguel Cunha of Gotham Footcare.
“HOKA’s have been so helpful for my foot pain and are like walking on a CLOUD! I have tried so many brands from Nike to Saucony to Adidas. None can compare IMO! If you are on your feet all day these are it. They are recommended by podiatrists and are worth the investment. My husband now wears them too. He actually went to a local runner’s shop (Runner’s Den) and stood on a machine that tells you where you put your weight on your feet and ended up with the same pair as me and loves them. Highly recommend! My back and feet feel so much better when wearing these.❤️” – Lina, Hip2Save team
“HOKA Clifton 8!!! I always got side shin pain walking for exercise and since the day I bought them and put them on, haven’t felt shin pain even once! And that’s with 3 miles of daily walking. I love them!” – Kara, Hip2Save reader
2. Want a consistently top-rated brand? Look no further than Brooks walking shoes.
Brooks Women’s Ghost 14 or Men’s Ghost 14 – $99.95 (regularly $140)
The Brooks Ghost recently got the gold star from both Forbes magazine and MindBodyGreen. These neutral shoes are soft, balanced, and provide lightweight cushioning. I’ve worn these shoes for years and I highly recommend the Ghost and the Brooks brand, in general. I’m an avid hiker so I usually train in them by walking on my treadmill at a steep incline. However, they are great for the road or track too!
I’m not the only one who loves them. A ton of readers wrote in to give the Brooks brand praise. Hip2Save reader, Heather, says they are her favorite of all time and reader, Kelli, likes them because they’re great for hip pain. The most commonly mentioned models were Adrenaline, Ghost, and Glycerine. If you’re wondering which Brooks shoe might fit you best, try this online quiz that assesses your needs. Brooks has a 90-day trial run. Give your new shoes a test and send them back if they aren’t for you!
Don’t forget to check out their Last Mile Sale where you can find shoes up to 40% off!
“Brooks Ghost. I have had back surgery and they are the only shoe that helps me be able to walk long distances.” – Lauren, Hip2Save reader
“The Adrenaline’s are amazing on my feet. Other shoe brands give me planter fasciitis. I have to get new shoes every 6 months. But I walk 3 miles, 5 days a week. So, I add a lot of miles to them.” – Michelle, Hip2Save reader
“I walk and Brooks Glycerin is my favorite. I have also liked my HOKAs but still prefer the Brooks.” – Jay, Hip2Save reader
3. New Balance offers generous discounts and a great rewards program.
New Balance 877v1 Women’s Walking Shoes or 877v1 Men’s Walking Shoes – $79.99 (regularly $99.99)
New Balance Men’s 608 V5 Casual Comfort Trainers – Starting at $34.88 (regularly $74.99)*
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New Balance prides themselves on creating the best walking shoes for women and men. Their shoes are crafted from premium foam that cradles your foot to provide an extremely comfortable experience. Their cute styles truly merge function and fashion. You can find very affordable styles for as low as $49.99. Or, splurge on a pair of Fresh Foam walking shoes or trail shoes – some of their top sellers.
New Balance offers a lot of perks to their customers! The brand offers 25% discounts to seniors over 60, government employees, various healthcare workers, first responders, college students, teachers, and those in the military. Fans of the brand should join My NB Rewards to score free standard shipping on every order, discounted 2-day shipping, and $5 off for every $100 spent. Rewards members also get a birthday discount of $20 off $100.
“I walk and love New Balance.” – Barbara, Hip2Save reader
“My son loved the Brooks Adrenaline, I loved the Ghost, but we both just switched to New Balance” – Michelle, Hip2Save reader
4. On Cloud walking shoes are popular with both men and women.
Women’s On Cloud 5 Shoes or Men’s On Cloud 5 Shoes – $139.99
Hip2Save’s Lina reported that both her best friend and her dad love this Swiss brand. Her dad walks every single day and says these are the most comfortable pair of shoes he’s ever had. Many Hip2Save readers feel the same! It’s clear that On is a winner when it comes to making the best walking shoes for women and men.
The On Cloud 5 is fantastic at absorbing impact and that’s why it’s a favorite of New York podiatrist, Dr. Miguel Cunha. It was also a favorite of Certified Personal Trainer, Rachel MacPherson. She thinks it’s the perfect shoe for standing in all day long. That’s because On uses CloudTec in every shoe. It’s a unique cushioning system that reduces strain, absorbs impact, and even adapts to your movements. If you’re interested in “running on clouds” head over to their website to find a shoe for you. One way to score a great deal on these shoes is to shop their Last Season section.
“On Cloud. The best, most comfortable sneakers I have ever had! I love them so much!” – Danna, Hip2Save reader
“On Cloud Stratus with Currex Run Pro medium insoles. Absolute magic. I can walk for hours and hours in them with no pain (I highly recommend Fleet Feet for a fitting & they have a killer return policy unlike many running shoe stores!)” – Lindsay, Hip2save reader
5. Going off-road? Salomon makes excellent walking shoes for hikers.
Salomon Men’s Outbound Prism Hiking Shoes – Starting at $65.42 (regularly $80)
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Salomon Women’s X-Crest Hiking Shoes – Starting as low as $50 (regularly $100)
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Salomon Women’s Pathfinder Hiking Shoes – $40 (regularly $80)
Salomon started in the French Alps in 1947 and one of their specialties is making shoes for outdoor sports. If you love trail running, hiking, or winter activities then Salomon may be the brand for you to try. They’re excellent for those who work outside or are part of the police force or military.
One of their best-selling outdoor shoes is the Outbound Prism hiking shoe. Like many of Salomon’s other models, it comes with All Terrain Contragrip technology. That means the soles are reliable whether the ground is wet, dry, or loose.
If you’re interested in trying out the brand, they have a ton of sales on Amazon. Or, you can buy from Salomon directly and sign up for the FREE S/Plus Membership program. You’ll save 10% and earn 50 reward points when you join. Members also receive 1 point for every $1 spent. If you earn 300 points you’ll snag a $10 discount. Plus, you’ll get early access to sales and FREE shipping.
“He averages about 20,000 steps per day with his work and if he’s not wearing work boots for a specific job he is wearing waterproof Salomons. He says they’re one of the only hiking shoes that fit his long/narrow feet and they’re very comfy. The laces are also simple to just pull and tighten without having laces dangling around. He typically needs a new pair every year because of how much he uses them but they have always held up really well in water, hiking, etc.
I have the women’s version and LOVE LOVE LOVE them when we go hiking. They feel super secure and have amazing grip and have handled any puddle or mud we’ve trekked through.” -Sara, Hip2Save team
6. For affordable and effective walking shoes, look to Reebok.
Reebok Women’s Zig Dynamica Shoes or Men’s Zig Dynamica Shoes – $85
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Final cost just $72.25!
Reebok Women’s Ultra 7 DMX Walking Shoes or Men’s 7 DMX Walking Shoes – $44.97 (regularly $80)
Reebok is one of the most recognizable and reputable brands of footwear today. Their walking shoes are designed for maximum cushioning, grip, and all-day support. Not only are they affordable, but many of their styles are fashionable too! They have a HUGE SALE going on right now where you can snag up to 50% off!
Join Reebok Unlocked to get a 15% off a purchase, a $10 off $50 birthday reward, free shipping and returns, and early access to sales. The more points you rack up, the more perks you get! You can also score 15% off by signing up for emails!
One perk about Reebok is that it has one of the most generous discount programs. They give 50% off to healthcare professionals, first responders, military personnel, government employees, teachers, and students. 🙌
“I walk on the treadmill and Reebok’s Zig Dynamica work great for me. I have a wider foot and they’re very comfortable. Never paid more than $70. I literally have 6 pair in different colors and always get compliments on my powder blue pair.” – Leah, Hip2Save reader
7. Many Saucony walking shoes are approved by The American Podiatric Medical Association.
Saucony Women’s Guide 15 or Men’s Guide 15 – $90.95 (regularly $140)
Hip2Save’s Erica absolutely loves her Saucony shoes and so do many readers! If you have narrow or wide feet, Saucony has some great walking shoes for women and men. Some of their most popular models include the Omni, Ride, Integrity Walker, and the Guide. Several of these are approved by The American Podiatric Medical Association so you know you’re getting a quality walking shoes. To find a shoe that might be right for you, use their Shoe Finder or Text an Expert features.
Saucony offers a generous discount of 20% off to students, teachers, government workers, first responders, and healthcare professionals. They also have a section of their website that shows you all the current discounts and promotions. Plus, if you sign up for e-mails, you’ll get 10% off your first order (restrictions apply).
“Saucony Rides fit my narrow feet well and are supportive for my daily walks. I’m on my 4th pair.” – Meghan, Hip2Save reader
“I run on occasion, but love to walk. I didn’t find success with the HOKAs at all. Too heavy and bulky. But I love my Saucony Kinvaras so much. The perfect weight and very comfortable” – Crissy, Hip2Save reader
8. Rykä walking shoes are made just for women.
Rykä Sky Walk Walking Shoes – $79.99
Rykä Dash 3 Walking Shoes – $59.99 (regularly $79.99)
Rykä Devotion Plus 2 Walking Shoe – $49.99 (regularly $99.99) – last chance sale!
Attention ladies! Rykä is by women and for women. This excellent company makes shoes specifically for women’s unique needs. When you buy a pair of Rykä walking shoes, you know they were made with your foot shape, muscles, and build in mind. This brand has a lot of fans in the Hip2Save community and boy, are they enthusiastic about these shoes!
Right now, Rykä is offering special promotions including free shipping on orders $65+. You can also get $10 off $50, $25 of $100, or $50 off $150 and FREE shipping when you use code STRENGTH at checkout. When shopping, check out some of their most popular shoes which include the Dash, Devotion, Sky Walk, and Flourish.
The company also pairs with the organization Futures Without Violence. Together they work to fight against domestic violence and sexual assault. When you support Rykä, you’re truly supporting women. 💜 You can even add a donation to your purchase!
“I like Ryka. I have wider foot in front and narrow heel and they seem to fit me the best.” – Vera, Hip2Save reader
“Rykas!!!! Love them!!!!” – Lynne, Hip2Save reader
9. Skechers are super versatile and may be the perfect everyday shoe.
Skechers Women’s Skech-Air Dynamite – $39.99 (regularly $70)
Whether you’re wearing them for athletics or just as a casual sneaker, Skechers is a tried and true brand for comfort. They’re also pretty cute too!
The Skechers GO WALK Arch Fit has hundreds of 5-star reviews and Certified Personal Trainer, Rachel MacPherson, thinks the Skechers GoWalk Joy is ideal for women over 50. If you’re interested in what the buzz is all about, use Sketcher’s Shoe Finder feature to find a shoe right for you.
To score a deal on Skechers, check out the Promotions section of their website. You’ll find deals like 20% off if you sign up for text messages. Also, consider joining the Skechers Plus rewards program. You’ll get 1000 points just for joining (that’s equal to a $5 reward) and after that you get 10 points for every $1. Those perks get better the more you spend, but just for signing up you’ll get FREE shipping and returns, a 90-day return window, exclusive offers, and double the points during your birthday month! 🥳
“Not in an exercise way, but 12-hour nurse shifts. Sketchers is the only brand I ever wear.” – Nancy, Hip2Save reader
Don’t forget to check out our list of the best running shoes!
Under armour should be on this list.. those an OC are my go to shoes for everything
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Becky! I’ll be sure to pass along your feedback to the team. Glad to hear you Under Armour is a favorite of yours! 👟💕
I own a few pairs of Adidas NMD’s and let me tell you,I’m 50yrs old and never owned the best walking/running shoe until now,I own 4 pairs of NMD’s.
So happy that you’ve found a brand and style of shoes that are comfortable for you! Thanks so much for letting us know about the Adidas ones you own. 💕
I highly recommend going to a specialty store, that specifically fits shoes for your feet. I did that a couple of years ago and it was well worth it. You walk on a mat that can see how your feet move, it measures your arches and if you roll over or turn inside or outside. And then they can recommend shoes based on that. Everyone is different, I don’t think one shoe or brand fits all. Just my two cents 😊
How neat! Thanks for sharing how you found the perfect shoe for your feet! 💕👟
I previously recommended buying Hoka sneakers on Hokas site because they have wide widths (I own 3 pr Cliftons). Hokas are on the wide size on purpose. Most sneaker toe boxes are too narrow,
and your toes need a wide toe box especially if running. So if your feet are wide, their sale has plenty of wide widths unlike REI and other sites.
Thanks, Lucy! We sure appreciate the helpful recommendation! Good to know they have wide options available! ❤️❤️
I have flat feet and Saucony guide 14, recommended by podiatrist, fits me well. Although my feet are still a little sore after long walk (more than 10,000 steps), it is much better than before.
Happy that the Saucony Guide 14 shoes have fit so well! 🙌 Thanks for commenting!