Walking is one of the simplest and most effective aerobic exercises you can do. While it isn’t socially acceptable to walk barefoot everywhere, there are certain shoes that can make you feel like you are walking on air.
Today, I am going to explore the best men’s walking shoes in 2017 based on a range of factors like functionality, comfort, visual appeal, and of course, durability.
Choosing the right shoes can become overwhelming as some are designed for looks, while others are made for comfort.
It’s important to navigate between different categories such as those for athletes, people who are injury-prone, and those with foot, knee, or lower back problems.
Selecting the correct shoes for walking can mean the difference between an enjoyable walk and a painful one that leads to devastating injuries down the road.
5 Best Men’s Walking Shoes of 2017
Comfort and visual appeal are what most walkers first look for when purchasing a new pair of shoes.
However, there are a plethora of other factors to take into consideration before buying. For example, durability and functionality.
We have taken these factors into account, along with others such as back pain relief and compiled a list of the top 5 men’s walking shoes.
Ranking these walking shoes was not an easy task as each pair provides unique benefits. For instance, the Brooks Addiction Walker is great for knee pain relief, while the Sketchers Go Walk has comfortability that is second to none.
Without further ado, here are our 5 best men’s walking shoes from 2017. Get ready to embark an epic trek.
I’m going to start with the only negative, if you stand more than you walk, this isn’t the shoe for you.
However, you are here for walking shoes! If you want some great men’s walking shoes then look no further than this excellent New Balance offering.
The top part of the shoe is made with durable mesh that allows for better air circulation, while the inside of the shoe is roomy and comfortable.
With a simple classic look like this, you truly can’t go wrong with these shoes.
The MW411V2, in my opinion, is the best walking shoe New Balance has ever made.
The Brooks Men’s Addiction Walker is ideal for those suffering from knee pain and plantar fasciitis.If needed, use the Dr. Scholl’s gel insoles to provide better arch support. The combination of these high-quality walkers and the gel insoles are sure to reduce foot, knee, and lower back pain.
Unlike the previously mentioned New Balance, the Addiction Walker is not only good for walking, but also great for those who need to stand for long periods of time.
Brooks has quickly become a high-end name in the walking industry so if you haven’t tried them out you are sure to be pleasantly surprised.
One more New Balance shoe makes the list of our top men’s walking shoes.The MW877 is perfect for those who experience sweaty feet while walking. It is made with suede and mesh instead of leather, which earns a spot for the best air circulation on our list. They air out very well.
These shoes are built with a lower heel compared to your typical running shoes. This allows for a better walking stride and comfortability as your feet make contact with the ground.
Although it isn’t the coolest looking shoe on the market, it’s very functional, comfortable, and has a lightweight design.
If you are a fan of New Balance, we recommend you check out these walking shoes.
These Adidas shoes are in my opinion the most stylish walking shoe on our list.True to Adidas fashion, they come in a variety of colors and the newly developed EVA compound “Cloudfoam” provides a heel pad in the midsection.
These shoes take a little while to break in as they start off a bit stiff. I’d say give them a couple days and they should loosen up from there.
The Cloudfoam VS City Shoe also earned our choice for the best bang for your bucks (best value).
However, we did notice a couple drawbacks which should be noted. If 6-8 hour walks are common for you, this won’t be the best buy for you.
They are comfortable, but don’t seem to hold true to form with those more dedicated long distance walkers.
In short, the Adidas NEO Men’s Cloudfoam VS City Shoe is a lightweight, stylish shoe that is sold at a great price. We advocate it as an excellent option for short to medium-duration walks.
The design of the last pair on our list is a hit or miss: you will either love the look of the Skechers Go Walk or hate it.Despite having a grandpa look, which is maybe not a bad thing, it makes up for it in comfort. These Skechers are also geared towards shorter walking distances and have been described as cloud walkers.
One area in which the Skechers Go Walk shoe excels is the comfort it provides when standing for long periods. With its delightful soft insoles, it is perfect for people who spend many hours on their feet.
The Skechers Performance Go Walk makes standing on concrete all day seem like a much more accomplishable task!
Walking Shoes Buyers Guide
There are many factors to consider when purchasing your next pair of walking shoes. It is important to take each into consideration before buying.
Choosing the right shoes will result in a better walking experience and you won’t have to head to the store (or Amazon) a few weeks later if they don’t hold up.
Comfort – Your walking shoes should be comfortable enough for whatever distance you are planning on embarking.
Be sure to test the comfort of each shoe as what’s comfortable for one person might not be comfortable for you. Thankfully, Amazon does provide a great return policy in case you decide to buy them online.
Durability – One thing many people overlook is the durability of the shoe. You want a shoe that can last many walks and not fall apart midway through your first walk.
If you are buying new walking shoes every 3 months, then you are choosing the wrong shoes. We did our best to only recommend the most durable options on the market.
Support & Functionality – The most important features to consider for any shoe is the overall support.
Not only is it important that your ankle and the arch of your foot are supported, but is also imperative that you find a shoe that supports your lower back and minimizes knee pain.
The right shoes can prevent injuries and can even help heal ongoing injuries.
Visual Appeal – Lastly, if fashion is something you regard highly, then the visual appeal of a walking shoe is one last thing to consider. We put the least stock in this category as a good walking shoe is a good walking shoe. To be honest, the style shouldn’t matter as much as the other features above.
Still, don’t overlook this section completely because if you don’t like the design, you might not feel comfortable wearing them.
What’s the Best Men’s Walking Shoes for You?
We have now laid out the top walking shoes for men of all ages. We hope you have a better understanding of what the right pair is for you.
Determine what matters most to you and pick a pair that you like. Our personal favorite was the Brooks Men’s Addiction as they proved to be supremely comfortable.
However, go with what you feel most comfortable with (pun intended).
If you are still unsure after reading this article, leave a comment and we will try to help.