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Best Walking Shoes

Having the proper walking shoe is important. They are great for serious walking enthusiasts or simply for getting you from the train to the office. When searching for that perfect walking shoe, there are several factors to consider including support, traction and durability. The physical appearance is just as important. Be sure to consider size, color and for those budget conscious consumers, price. Here are our top 5 picks for the Best Women's Walking Shoe.

Vibram FiveFingers KSO Women's Shoes

Walking shoes are not popular with everyone. According to Walkingshoesreview.com, "You won't see a lot of teenagers wearing them. Top athletic walking shoes can be expensive, as you are paying for a superior product." This includes the Glove Shoe, which is a higher-end product. It's designed like a glove – hence the name – and has individual "toe slots" for easy maneuvering and grip. It also provides maximum comfort, flexibility and support. The shoe's creator, Robert Fliri, originally designed the shoe for boating enthusiasts. FiveFingers.com, the manufacturer, recommends wearing this shoe for exercise, play and fun. They believe "stimulating the muscles in your feet and lower legs will not only make you stronger and healthier, it improves your balance, agility and proprioception." Style and prices vary but these shoes generally retail at approximately $120.

New Balance Women's Toning Walking Shoes

This is one of two new lines recently created by the New Balance corporation. These shoes are designed for fitness walking and everyday wear. They are made from a high-quality material for natural comfort, durability and breathability. Features include cushioned insoles, solid rubber outsoles and an ultra-light midsole. Popular styles include the women's WW850, WW1442 and WW1100. This shoe is aimed at the budget-conscious shopper with a price in the area of $70. For those that are looking for a higher-end New Balance shoe with more features, prices begin in the $95 range.

Merrell Chameleon Arc Women's Shoes

This is another higher-end shoe. Because of the price, this particular style is more suited for the walking enthusiast. The price ranges from $110-$130 and is designed for maximum comfort, durability and wind and water resistance. This is a rugged, outdoor walking shoe that can be used for hiking and low-mountain climbing. Merrell – the company that makes this shoe – has been creating high-quality products for athletes for over twenty-five years. The line has recently expanded to include less-expensive walking shoes for everyday use.

Ryka Optimum Mary Jane Women's Walking Shoe

In basic black, this shoe is one of the more stylish ones. But don't let the style fool you. With the leather material, it also provides that maximum comfort that serious walking enthusiast look for. This shoe is also made for those casual walkers and errand runners. It's lightweight and includes a leather, mesh, nylon, high-density foam upper that has an adjustable hook for a better fit. For those with arch issues, the shoe includes a support shank and as well as a cushioning cartridge in the heel.

ASICS Women's Gel-Resort 2 Walking Shoe

This shoe is great for walking because it is designed to protect the arches with its flexible rubber sole. There is a rear foot GEL cushion that absorbs shock with every step. Removable sock liners can be taken out to accommodate orthotics. The material is flexible leather so it molds to the shape of your foot. The high quality leather also makes this shoe airy by allowing the foot to "breathe" with every step. There are several designs to choose from. The available wider sizes give a snug fit to all foot shapes and sizes.

Rockport World Tour Classic Men's Walking Shoe

The Rockport World Tour Classic Walking Shoe is a comfortable and stylish shoe. It looks more like a casual shoe than an athletic shoe, so they can be worn with a wide range of clothing. The shoe is leather with a rubber sole that provides some stability, but is soft and flexible enough to be comfortable on long walks. It has a removable rubberized EVA footbed to encourage drying for more healthy feet. This is a good shoe for walking around the mall, amusement park or the fitness trails.

New Balance Men's MW967 Country Walking Shoes

The New Balance Men's MW967 Country Walking Shoe seems like a compromise between a hiking shoe and a running shoe. The combination of the two types results in a versatile walking shoe. A combination of leather and mesh construction provide support and durability. The mesh is particularly important in these shoes and makes the otherwise fully leather shoe breathable to keep your feet dry. Use of dual density collar foam in the MW967 helps make them more comfortable than they may appear.

Brooks Mens Addiction Walker Walking Shoe

If you are looking for a sturdy and stable walking the shoe the Brooks Addiction Walker is a good choice. With a genuine leather upper and a synthetic sole the Addiction Walker offers comfort and some protection when you are walking in the park or on the trails. The rear and forefoot have hydroflow for better cushioning and shock absorption. Some men may be turned off a little by the somewhat chunky design compared to some other walking shoes. However, the performance makes up for any shortcomings in the looks department.

Asics GEL Advantage Walking Shoe

The Asics GEL Advantage men's walking shoe provides better than average shock absorption for fast walks, light hikes in comfort. The synthetic leather upper and padded tongue provide durability and comfort. With a rugged, slip resistant outsole you can walk with confidence on trails and all kinds of surfaces. The high abrasion rubber is a great feature that adds to their ruggedness. The combination of features and style makes these walking shoes a good all around shoe for general use.

Nike Air Avenue Mens Walking Shoe

If you are a fan of cross trainers, than you will probably like the Nike's Air Avenue Walking shoes. They have the look and feel of a multi-sport and will certainly hold up well to even your most demanding walks. The slip resistant rubber outsole provides good traction for all kinds of surfaces. The light weight Air Sole technology in the heel cushions the feet for fast hikes and long walks. The flex grooves in the sole allow for a greater range of motion and encourage better bio-mechanics.

Michael Phelps
I have written numerous fitness and sports related articles for sites like eHow.com and Livestrong.com. I have participated in a wide range of sports competitions including marathons, triathlons and powerlifting meets. As a certified hunter I have gained experience with a number of firearms and other equipment used for hunting.
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