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Podiatrists Say Your Feet Will Never Get Sore In These Walking Shoes

Women's Health Logo By Jasmine Gomez, Addison Aloian, Neha Tandon of Women's Health | Slide 1 of 16: 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 or overpronation, 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 podiatrist-approved walking shoes, below:Which walking shoes do podiatrists recommend?When starting to look for shoes you can comfortably walk in all day (even on concrete), Perkins advises you start by looking at cushioning. “Cushioning is a vital element in most walking shoes, since this is what helps with shock absorption as the foot impacts the ground,” she says.More surprisingly, you shouldn’t have to “break in” a new pair of shoes (I know—I was shocked 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.How were the best walking shoes for women chosen?Expert recommendations: WH asked podiatrists which specific shoes and brands they'd recommend to their own patients with a wide array of conditions, from overpronation to ankle injuries, wide feet, and more.Reviewer recommendations: No one's more transparent than online reviewers, IMO. Each of the below podiatrist-approved shoes is paired with an honest review from a happy buyer.Style: Don't worry—the internet is filled with options, so you'll never have to skimp on style while prioritizing your comfort. All of the shoes below fit a wide range of sensibilities.Cushioning: As Perkins noted, cushioning is the most important feature to look for in a good pair of walking shoes. The pairs below max out when it comes to cushioning—say goodbye to those blisters.Flexibility: Per Stavosky, flexibility takes second place in walking shoe priorities. Who has the time to break in shoes? Luckily, all of the selections have been tested by thousands of reviewers (including some Women's Health editors) to be comfortable from day one.See below for the best podiatrist-recommended walking shoes you can easily walk in all day.

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 or overpronation, 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 podiatrist-approved walking shoes, below:

Which walking shoes do podiatrists recommend?

When starting to look for shoes you can comfortably walk in all day (even on concrete), Perkins advises you start by looking at cushioning. “Cushioning is a vital element in most walking shoes, since this is what helps with shock absorption as the foot impacts the ground,” she says.

More surprisingly, you shouldn’t have to “break in” a new pair of shoes (I know—I was shocked 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.

How were the best walking shoes for women chosen?

  • Expert recommendations: WH asked podiatrists which specific shoes and brands they'd recommend to their own patients with a wide array of conditions, from overpronation to ankle injuries, wide feet, and more.
  • Reviewer recommendations: No one's more transparent than online reviewers, IMO. Each of the below podiatrist-approved shoes is paired with an honest review from a happy buyer.
  • Style: Don't worry—the internet is filled with options, so you'll never have to skimp on style while prioritizing your comfort. All of the shoes below fit a wide range of sensibilities.
  • Cushioning: As Perkins noted, cushioning is the most important feature to look for in a good pair of walking shoes. The pairs below max out when it comes to cushioning—say goodbye to those blisters.
  • Flexibility: Per Stavosky, flexibility takes second place in walking shoe priorities. Who has the time to break in shoes? Luckily, all of the selections have been tested by thousands of reviewers (including some Women's Health editors) to be comfortable from day one.

See below for the best podiatrist-recommended walking shoes you can easily walk in all day.

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