Finding the best walking shoes for your feet can be difficult. Four factors need to be taken into consideration when choosing a walking shoe. First, choose a shoe that is lightweight so that your walking motion is fluid. Second, choose a shoe that has a supportive mid-sole. A good mid-sole supports arches and flat feet. Next, a good walking shoe should feature a supportive heel cup to prevent excessive movement of the heel. Finally, avoid walking shoes with thick heels; they are more suitable for running.
Asics GEL Resort
According to The Fitness Walking Guide one of the top rated walking shoes for men are the Asics Gel Resort. It's a neutral shoe that's recommended for those with high arches. The shoe features a synthetic upper mesh for breathable protection, AHAR heel plug for more support at point of impact, a full length GEL cushioning system, Ortholite insoles for moisture control and all terrain rubber soles. As of 2011, shoes retail for around $55.
Brooks Addiction Walker
This is a casual everyday walking shoe that is recommended for normal foot types. According to The Fitness Walking Guide The Brooks Addiction Walker is the best walking shoe for stability. Shoes feature a full-length MoGo mid-sole for extra cushioning, HydroFlow cushioning for support in the forefront, shock absorbers in the heel, an extended roll bar for stability, and dispersed silica soles for ultimate skid resistance. As of 2011, shoes retail for around $100.
Saucony Progrid Stabil LE 4
The Fitness Walking Guide rates this shoe as a top walking shoe for motion control and for flat-footed people.This walking shoe features a ProGrid system that absorbs shock at the point of heel impact and a cushioned mid-sole that maximizes control of over-pronation, which is when the arches of the feet collapse and become flat. The shoe also features HRC cushioning to absorb shock during the gait cycle. As of 2011, shoes retail for around $90.
Men's Merrell Intercept
The Merrell Intercept is an all terrain walking shoe that focuses on providing stability. A stability shoe is more flexible than a motion control shoe. The shoes feature an air cushioned mid-sole for stability and comfort, supportive heel to prevent excessive movement. The shoes also feature rubber and lug soles for added grip and an In-Board EVA foot frame that aids in stability. As of 2011, shoes retail around $100.
Patagonia Release GoreTex
The Patagonia Release GoreTex was named the 2010 top trail shoe by "Outside Magazine." This shoe is ideal for all environments. It features an air-cushioned insole for extra comfort and shock absorbency, Vibram rubber soles for traction and reflective panels located on the heel and toe for visibility. As of 2011, shoes retail for around $130.