The Best Walking Shoes for Ankle Support

Overview

Step 1

Walking offers many health benefits, such as helping you to burn calories and improve your cardiovascular stamina, reports the California Podiatric Medical Association. Unlike many other forms of exercise, taking up walking doesn't require a gym membership or expensive fitness gear other than a good pair of walking shoes. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons warns that it's important to get a shoe with proper ankle support and cushioning to help protect your feet and joints from injury.

Step 2

Rykä Muse Walk

Step 1

The Muse Walk was highlighted by "Health" magazine as the best walking shoe on the market. The editors loved its roomy feel. It's deep enough to handle inserts, says the magazine, and they report that it has great support and felt well-cushioned. Rykä makes it with a combination of leather, mesh and synthetic fabrics to ensure a light weight and proper ventilation, which is important on long and strenuous walks. A reinforced bar built into the sole helps to control your motion so as to keep your ankles from wobbling too much.

Step 2

New Balance 905

Step 1

The New Balance 905 was highlighted as one of 2010's best shoes by "Men's Fitness" magazine. The editors found that it provided the optimal combination of "support and stability" and helped stabilize your ankles to keep your feet from rolling inward. New Balance built it with a proprietary stability system to boost its support while also keeping the shoe's weight down, and also added shock absorbers down the entire length of the shoe.

Avia A104W

Step 1

After testing dozens of shoes, "Consumer Reports" magazine, the official publication of the nonprofit Consumers Union, ranked Avia's shoe as one of the best performers in terms of comfort, support, stability and price. It's built with breathable fabric lining to help wick away moisture, while a proprietary stabilizing system keeps your feet from wobbling. The sole and body are made with injected plastic for durability and a lightweight feel.

Step 2

Reebok Versawalk DMX Max

Step 1

Su Reid-St. John, the senior fitness editor for "Health" magazine, tested Reebok's walking shoe and found it performed exceptionally. She loved its snug fit and said they felt "cushioning" while also maintaining support for your ankles and feet. An emphasis on synthetic mesh for the shoe's construction keeps your feet dry. The only drawback that the magazine noted was the color of the shoes, which only come in plain white.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES
Load comments
PARTNER & LICENSEE OF THE LIVESTRONG FOUNDATION

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy. The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.