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Going For A Stroll? Lace Up With The 15 Best Walking Shoes for Women

Country Living Logo By Meg Donohue of Country Living | Slide 1 of 16: It’s a universal plight: the struggle of walking for long periods of time in shoes that are simply not made to be walked in for long periods of time. Sometimes the duration isn’t even that long; the shoes are just that uncomfortable. This fact of life is unfair to you, sure, but it’s duly unfair to your poor feet. Otherwise, pleasant experiences like, say, a nice after-dinner traipse, touring a new city, or a trip to Disneyland (okay, that one’s debatable) can quickly be ruined by shoes that don’t fit right or lack adequate support. Whether you’re commuting, sightseeing, or walking for exercise, you need to treat your feet right while you earn those steps. But everyone’s shoe needs are different. You might have high arches, flat or wide feet, or chronic pain in the heel or ball of your foot. Maybe you have weak ankles or deal with over-pronation. Perhaps you’re particularly sweaty (no judgment here). The bottom line is there’s a lot to consider, but the right walking shoe will cater to all of these factors. We looked to customer reviews, expert opinions, and the hands-on testing of our friends at the Good Housekeeping Institute and Women’s Health to determine which walking shoes can really go the distance. Below, shop 15 of the best pairs.

It’s a universal plight: the struggle of walking for long periods of time in shoes that are simply not made to be walked in for long periods of time. Sometimes the duration isn’t even that long; the shoes are just that uncomfortable. This fact of life is unfair to you, sure, but it’s duly unfair to your poor feet. Otherwise, pleasant experiences like, say, a nice after-dinner traipse, touring a new city, or a trip to Disneyland (okay, that one’s debatable) can quickly be ruined by shoes that don’t fit right or lack adequate support.

Whether you’re commuting, sightseeing, or walking for exercise, you need to treat your feet right while you earn those steps. But everyone’s shoe needs are different. You might have high arches, flat or wide feet, or chronic pain in the heel or ball of your foot. Maybe you have weak ankles or deal with over-pronation. Perhaps you’re particularly sweaty (no judgment here). The bottom line is there’s a lot to consider, but the right walking shoe will cater to all of these factors. We looked to customer reviews, expert opinions, and the hands-on testing of our friends at the Good Housekeeping Institute and Women’s Health to determine which walking shoes can really go the distance. Below, shop 15 of the best pairs.

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