A shoe advertised as being a "walking shoe"
might bring to mind a less-than-fashionable orthotic pair. But the best stylish walking shoes on the market today combine supportive, ergonomic designs with style-conscious good looks — and they seriously come in every shoe type imaginable, from sneakers and loafers to ballet flats or even lightweight sandals.
According to the Mayo Clinic,
walking shoes should have specific design features that work with your foot’s anatomy to cushion and support each step. They’ll have a soft insole with an extra layer of padding underneath — in what’s called the midsole — plus, extra contouring around the Achilles tendon. Some styles use mesh uppers or panels for breathability (just like your fave running shoes) and the outsole should have good traction with a wide toe box.
It’s a bit of a stretch trying to squeeze so many features into a stylish pair, so many picks on this list combine
some of the specs above with a fashion-forward design for a stylish yet walkable shoe. That might look like a waterproof sneaker in a chic, neutral palette or a pair of strappy sandals with a comfortable footbed that reviewers rave about. Only you can know what works best for your feet, but all 10 of the stylish walking shoes below combine fashion and function, delivering all-day comfort, no matter where the road takes you. 1 These Leather Walking Shoes With Driver-Inspired Soles
Frankly, I’m just amazed by an under-$30 leather shoe. These
chic walking shoes have a minimalist-luxe vibe with raw edges and exposed stitching that looks like a loafer without a whiff of stuffiness. Underneath you'll find a padded insole with a super-flexible rubber sole that's ultra thick and waterproof. Some Amazon shoppers did note that these gorgeous loafers were a touch tight at the toe, but that didn't stop more than 6,800 reviewers from giving them a perfect, five-star review. "As soon as I got them and tried them on, I was immediately hooked. The leather is super soft and supple and comfy, and the soles felt cushiony and supportive. I've been wearing one color or another almost every day for a few weeks," one fan raved. Choose from a ton of different colors, including some metallic options. Available colors: 32 Available sizes: 5 — 12 2 A Pair Of Waterproof Sneakers With Ultra-Cushy Insoles
You wouldn’t expect what looks like a
lightweight knit sneaker to be fully waterproof, but Sorel — a brand known for its iconic snow boots — also makes a mean weather-worthy sneaker. They feature an extra cushioned insole and a soft removable liner. Beneath that, you'll find an additional EVA foam footbed and waterproof rubber outsole with grippy, herringbone traction. Reviewers dubbed the toe box wide and comfy, with one noting, "For an all-around, travel, walking, casual, non-workout sneakers, this will absolutely do. I think in a pinch, I can workout in these as well.” Available colors: 10 Available sizes: 5 — 11 3 These Wildly Popular Sandals That Are Literally Made Out Of Yoga Mats
walking sandals really, truly feature a soft yoga mat footbed over a rubber sponge outsole, for a double dose of comfort, with a soft sling sandal design that's infinitely wearable. A wrapped toe post basically eliminates blisters, and the pair is safe to machine wash if the going gets messy. It's not surprisingly that these comfy sandals have racked up over 17,000 ratings on Amazon. "The moment these amazing sandals/flip-flops were placed upon my feet, I swear I could hear my little tootsies SING," one fan raved, adding, "They are a DREAM to walk in!!! The ‘strap’ material is stretchy enough to accommodate moving around and walking, and yet supportive enough to feel like these shoes won't fall off...The cushion is perfectly squishy without being too squishy - just enough squish for my plantar fasciitis to be happy walking in these all day. No, seriously...ALL DAY.” Available colors: 9 Available sizes: 5 — 11 4 These Chic Leather Ankle Boots That Were Made For Walking
walkable ankle boots feature Ortholite foam insoles that cushion every step. They’re made from real leather with a low 1.5-inch block heel you can stomp in all day. An elastic gore and ankle zipper ensure a close yet flexible fit while the Western shape and signature ankle stitching scores major style points. The sole is sturdy and durable rubber, although there's not a ton of hiking-ready traction. You can snag them in regular and wide sizes, so there’s a fit for almost everyone. “I was looking for an everyday set of boots to wear to work. These fit great and my feet don't hurt after walking around in them all day. I would definitely buy them again,” a fan recommended. Available colors: 3 Available sizes: 5 — 12 (regular and select wide) 5 A Fan-Favorite Pair Of Slip-On Walking Shoes In Breathable Mesh
minimalist walking shoe looks aerodynamic in athletic mesh, and the streamlined style keeps it ultra-versatile. The Skechers Go Walk line is packed with foot-friendly engineering, like a breathable upper that expands with your foot and two types of cushioned insoles over an ultra-flexible synthetic sole that features plenty of grip. They're super lightweight — just over 5 ounces per shoe — and machine washable, making these a great travel option, as well. Over 37,000 Amazon shoppers have reviewed this pair, dubbing them "super comfortable" with a "very generous toe box." One shopper gushed, "Wore them on a trip to Italy and my feet never hurt even walking on those cobblestone and gravel streets." You can score this pair in three different widths (narrow, regular, and wide), as well. Available colors: 24 Available sizes: 5 — 13 (including narrow, regular, and wide) 6 These Pretty Crocheted Loafers With An Antimicrobial Footbed
Texture is a great way to dress up otherwise simple pieces, and these
cute walking loafers layer a delicate pattern over heavy-hitting comfort. The upper is made of soft cotton canvas — they're machine washable! — while two elastic gores ensure they’re easy to slip on and off. Meanwhile, the antimicrobial EVA foam footbed is contoured for comfort with a spongy rubber sole that absorbs shock. "These shoes are adorable and fit comfortable," one shopper praised. "I usually throw these on before heading out to run errands. They look great with a pair of jeans or shorts." Several reviewers mentioned that they get more comfortable as they get broken in. Available colors: 1 Available sizes: 5 — 9 7 These Ergonomically Designed Ballet Flats
leather walking ballet flats — which only get softer with time — are designed with your foot’s anatomy in mind. (Vegans, don’t worry: there are imitation options in the listing, too.) The contoured footbed has extra arch support, while a double layer of padding provides added cushioning underfoot to absorb more impact. Their flexible sole adds grip and security and a padded heel tab ensures a secure, pillowy fit that’s still easy to take off at the end of the day. “I've worn them for 12 hours straight (work & then plans) & they are like walking in or on marshmallows," one reviewer raved. Available colors: 14 — Available sizes: 5 12 (regular and select wide) 8 Some On-Trend EVA Birkenstock Sandals Birkenstock sandals have always had a reputation for being comfortable, but the EVA foam version is also waterproof, making them an amazing "wear anywhere" sandal. This pair comes with an ultra-comfy contoured footbed that's specifically designed for extra room in the toe. There are four different arches to promote your natural stride and support foot and leg health, as well as a heel cup and raised toe to keep the shoe firmly in place on your foot. This pair takes the shape of your foot over time, with a sturdy rubber sole. One reviewer was thrilled with how easy to wear they were, writing, "These don't chafe at all and are very soft to the touch. The arch support on these makes them very comfortable to walk in for long periods of time and also help keep my feet from slipping around, even when wet." Available colors: 29 Available sizes: 5 — 15 9 A Pair Of Best-Selling Kicks Available In Bold Colors
If you love sneakers, opting for an
athletic walking shoe in a punchy shade turns them into a style statement. “I was pulled in by the appearance of these sneakers thinking I would have an interesting pair to walk the dog and maybe do stationary cycling in at home, but I was not expecting to find the most comfortable running shoes I have ever worn in my life,” one reviewer commented. This pair has more than 33,000 perfect Amazon ratings, and here’s why: The eye-catching bladed soles provide incredible bounce on pavement, and the knit mesh upper provides breathable stretch. The inside is just as comfortable with contoured padding and a super soft liner. They slip right on with a stylized heel tab and the laces, though largely decorative, are great for adjusting fit. 17 Available colors: 5.5 — 10.5 Available sizes: 10 These Memory Foam Slip-On Sneakers That Go With Everything
In faux snakeskin, neutral suede, or tie-dye, nobody will guess that
these stylish sneakers hide performance innovation under the hood. Their specialty insole was designed to address the unique needs of every part of your foot, from cushy padding under the heel to high-recovery foam along the instep and extra support under your toes. The heel is padded with light contouring for your ankle and a soft fabric lining, plus the patent leather heel accent is a nice touch. In regular and wide sizes, there's a fit for everyone. "They're comparable to Vans or Steve Madden slip ons, except they're WAY more comfortable. I will definitely buy these again if the other ones wear out, but they seem durable after weeks of walking in them," a reviewer praised. Available colors: 18 Available sizes: 5 — 11