New Balance MX608V4
Skechers Equalizer 2.0 True Balance Sneaker
Reebok Royal Astrostorm Walking Shoe
The best walking shoes for men today combine outstanding design, endless comfort, quality materials, durability and a price that won’t send you to the poor house. Throw in water resistance or outright waterproof capability and you have something pretty special on your hands, or rather your feet. The best men’s walking shoes are invariably a hybrid then of the best athletic and the best casual footwear all wrapped up in an attractive package that lets you walk to your heart’s content without suffering undue wear and tear either on your body or the shoes themselves.
The 9 models we’re going to highlight here have proven their mettle both to consumers at large and, more importantly, to our uber-critical product review panel. If they like them you can be sure these shoes have something significant going on. So without further ado here are our choices for the 10 best mens walking shoes on the market today. Keep in mind the following represents the consensus opinion of our review panel members.
The Best Walking Shoes for Men
New Balance MX608V4 Walking Shoes
New Balance has been around a long time now and for the most part make outstanding athletic footwear. What a lot of people don’t know is that they also make some outstanding men’s walking shoes like these MX608V4s. Sure you can see the running shoe at the heart of this design shining through but these are more than that. These occupy a very definite grey area between your wingtips and the shoes you wear when you hit the gym. They’re comfortable, offer plenty of support, have a high grade leather upper and a dual density collar the offers both cushioning and support.
- BrandNew Balance
The MX608V4 offers an injection molded EVA foam midsole that is both comfortable and supportive.
The non-marking outsole delivers plenty of grip so you won’t be slipping on wet sidewalks.
Redesigned collar padding provides a less bulky feel than earlier versions.
Attractive price point.
Still looks like the New Balance running shoe it’s based on.
Not waterproof, so wear them on wet days at your peril.
Keen Rialto Walking Shoes
The Keen Men’s Rialto is incredibly well built, providing structure and support in all the key places. The shoe has a heavy duty look but don’t let that fool you. They tip the scales at a svelte 374 grams so if you’re tired after a long walk in the Rialto it won’t be the shoe’s fault. These Keen shoes are definitely one of the most comfortable all day walking shoes on the market and though you’ll be spending more than a C-note on it, we believe you’ll agree with us that it’s worth it.
Walking trainers that perform just as well on sidewalks as they do on woodland trails.
Thoroughly waterproof for those days when you get caught in the rain.
High build quality from the soles to the reinforced leather eyelets.
Plenty of cushioning but not so much that it negatively affects performance.
Made in the USA.
The cord strap system is perhaps not everything it could be.
Might have to go up a size to get the right fit.
Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4 Walking Shoes
The Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4 Walking Shoe provides you the perfect balance of comfort and efficiency. It comes complete with a lightweight design that includes breathable mesh panels, giving you the ability to trek as far as you please and not feel the stinging pain that other, lesser shoes would cause. This comfort is further accentuated with a padded tongue and collar, giving you the results you need across the entire foot.
Additionally, the removable insole allows you to customize the inside of the shoe if it doesn’t fit quite right, while also giving you ample opportunity to clean it after a particularly gritty walk over mountains. Furthermore, we all know how draining extensive walking can be on the foot, even if you don’t realize it at the time, and, understanding this, the Walker Neo 4 provides excellent arch support by using DuoMax and Trusstic systems that stabilizes every step you take (and, perhaps, every move you make), ensuring safety on even the treacherous of treks wherever you want to explore.
- ModelGEL-Tech Walker Neo 4-M
- Weight1.6 ounces
Lightweight with breathable mesh panels
Padded tongue and collar
Excellent arch support
Stiff sole and material on initial purchase
Constrained toe box
Skechers Equalizer 2.0 True Balance Sneaker
The biggest standout of the Skechers Equalizer 2.0 True Balance Sneaker is memory foam insole, which unlike other types of shoe, manages to mold itself to the contours of your foot to provide that perfect fit just for you. On long, arduous treks, this kind of feature, while perhaps not immediately thought of by many, is essential for providing you with the sole support and comfort you need.
In addition to this, it also offers a true-to-size fit, which walking shoes (despite this technically being a sneaker) can sometimes fail to adequately give you. The durable construction also makes it ideal for years of wear, however, as they are closer to sneakers than shoes, they aren’t as waterproof as some might like them to be. If you’re not planning on doing any walking where there is potential for rain, though, this shouldn’t be an issue, and you can feel free to enjoy the comfort and breathability these Skechers provide all along your favorite hiking trails, or maybe something new, instead.
- Weight4 pounds
Variety of different colors
Memory foam insole adapts to contours of feet
Perfect, true-to-size fit
Wide potential price range
Perhaps not enough ankle support
Rockport Barecove Park Mudguard Walking Shoe
The Rockport Barecove Park Mudguard Walking Shoe gives you pretty much everything any serious walker, hiker, trekker, and budding Indiana Jones needs to ensure they stay comfortable, safe, and secure wherever the world takes them. The slip-resistant sole provides stability on even the most unpredictable slopes, while the flexible design gives you the control needed to navigate these slopes, hills, and rocky terrains like you were born to do this.
Furthermore, the shoe has been constructed using soft materials which provide comfort and durability yet still maintain the durability required for walking shoes. The moisture-wicking Dewix guarantees that your feet stay dry, keeping the shoes from feeling boggy and also preventing odors from forming after whole days on the trail. It’s rugged and designed to mold to your foot for a more personalized wear. As a little bonus, it’s style is neutral enough to double up as a shoe for (almost) any type of occasion, making it an excellent casual shoe for social events as well.
- ModelBarecove Park Mudguard
- Weight3 pounds
Moisture-wicking Dewix lining
Soft materials provide comfort and breathability
Style ensures versatility for different occasions (not just walking!)
Only two colors available
Wide potential price range
Nike Air Monarch IV
If the Monarch IV from Nike looks familiar that’s because these walking shoes are designed to fulfill a range of athletic needs and so come from the same design universe as the company’s popular running shoes. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that and these are excellent all around shoes, but if you’re in search of something that will look passable with your suit you may want to look elsewhere.
Plenty of support throughout including the pylon midsole.
The outsole sports a variety of traction patterns so you’re never at a loss or feel like you’re going to lose control if you switch surfaces.
Sleeker design than some of the earlier iterations of the Air Monarch walking trainers.
The skin friendly lining makes for less irritation over long hours.
The sole can be a bit stiff, which seems to be a function of redesign.
They’re not cheap by anyone’s standards.
The Monarch walking shoes design didn’t fall far from the running shoe tree.
Rockport We Are Rockin Chranson
If you can ignore maybe the silliest name in footwear (that would be the “We are Rockin’” of the title) these Rockport men’s walking shoes stand head and shoulders above 90% of the competition. While Rockport has always seemed a step or two behind the times style wise (and one has to believe that’s at least partially deliberate) that sort of quasi-retro design ethos works perfectly on these Chranson walking shoes which look like your granddad’s shoe but perform like something out of the 21st century that spawned them.
- ModelWe’re Rockin’ Chranson
Outsoles feature what the company calls “biomechanical design” which promotes and supports a more natural gait.
The real rubber outsole provides excellent grip on all the surfaces you’re likely to encounter.
Mesh lining promotes breathability and allows the shoe to dry quickly whether you’ve been caught in the rain or have been sweating on a hot summer day.
Real all-day walking shoes you can wear every day without hesitation.
The heel collar can sometimes rub the wrong way.
What were they thinking with that name?
Merrell Chameleon Slam II
The Wrap Slam Trail Walking Shoes from Merrell perform exactly as advertised. With their breathable upper and molded heel cup they keep your feet dry, cool and in their proper position all day long. While the Chameleon makes no bones about being a shoe for those long schleps down the trail, the fact is they’re also great for those charity walkathons you’re fond of participating in as well as walking to work in the morning.
The upper is made of lightweight breathable synthetic fabric that provides a dry comfortable environment for your feet while also being extremely durable.
The molded toe bumper and rubber banding protect your feet from pebbles and other debris.
The injection molded arch shank helps maintain proper form through the entire step.
They’re not truly waterproof which is a feature we’d expect on a ‘trail’ shoe.
Some folks tend to think these are serious rock climbing shoes. They’re not.
Reebok Royal Astrostorm Walking Shoe
Despite Reebok being more associated with sports, its Royal Astrostorm Walking Shoe is a more than an attractive potential shoe for anybody who prefers to move at a slightly slower pace. Its construction ensures that it runs neither too tight nor too wide, although this could change depending on your foot, and the lightweight design means that your legs won’t feel too heavy after what often feels like a never-ending journey.
Reebok has also strived to address the age-old problem of making it easy to put on and remove the shoe, installing pull loops on the back and tongue for a speedy and convenient on and off. Even better (perhaps) for those who like their shoes to really stand out from the rest, it’s available in a variety of colors, giving you plenty of options and ensuring your style is well-represented and means that you’ll look good as well as feel good whether you’re high atop mountains or trekking through the densest jungle.
- Weight3 pounds
Ankle and tongue tabs for easy pull on and removal
Great for running as well as walking
White pair susceptible to dirt and grime easier than other colors
Walking Shoes Buyers Guide
The following are some of the most commonly asked questions about walking shoes.
Q: What Are The Most Comfortable Walking Shoes?
A: If you’re judging strictly by comfort it would be hard to beat the Skechers Go Walk 3. Maybe the only other walking shoes on our list that would give Go Walks a run for their money are the Rockport We are Rockin’ walking shoes. While we believe other walking shoes are better overall products either of these shoes will deliver comfort by the barrelful even after long days on the trail.
Q: What Are The Best Walking Shoes For Men?
A: Any of the entrants in our list above would fit the bill and answer this question. They all represent the best, most important qualities a good men’s walking shoe should have as laid out at the beginning of this review guide: outstanding design, endless comfort, quality materials, durability and an attractive price.
Q: What Walking Shoes Are Best For Wide Feet?
A: While the Merrell Chameleon walking shoes will certainly fit the bill, the Keen men’s Rialto is also a fine shoe for those with slightly wider feet. As with most things though if you’re looking for a pair of shoes to accommodate a particular aspect of your physiology you really need to go try them on in person rather than tossing the dice and ordering them online.
Q: What Brand Of Walking Shoe Is The Best?
A: Ask 20 people who own walking shoes which brand is the best and you’re liable to get 20 different answers. That’s because everyone’s feet are different as is their walk and what they’re looking for in a pair of walking shoes. Some are looking for waterproof shoes, others for shoes they can wear when they walk to work through the city. Still others are hoping they’ll find a pair of walking shoes that they can wear while strolling and while working out. The bottom line, however, is that any of the brands listed above would have to be in the running for best brand of walking shoes.
Q: Are All Walking Shoes Waterproof?
A: While many are many others are not specifically built with water in mind. This is primarily because water is not an issue for everyone. If you live in Phoenix for instance you may go 2 years without ever encountering significant rainfall on one of your walks through the high country. Other guys just aren’t of a mind to venture out for a walk if it’s raining or snowing and who can really blame them? There are also non-waterproof shoes that are nonetheless designed to get wet and then dry out quickly like the Mxson’s Ultra Lightweight walking shoes profiled above.
Things To Consider When Buy Walking Shoes For Men
Weight – Since you’re going to be wearing these walking shoes quite a bit you don’t want them to wear you out with excessive weight. As a general rule if you can keep the weight to about a pound per shoe you should not suffer leg fatigue even if you wear the shoes all day.
Waterproof or Not? – Whether or not you want your walking shoes to be waterproof will depend on what you plan to do with them. If you’re going to be wearing them kayaking then yes, you’ll want them to be waterproof. If, however, you plan to wear them while walking on the treadmill at the fitness club there’s no need to have waterproof walking shoes.
Sandals or Laced? – There are basically 2 types of walking shoes; those with laces and those that mimic sandals and have no laces. Some people swear by sandal style shoes but for others who may wear their walking shoes while doing light running or climbing sandals style shoes can present a risk of slipping off when you really need them. Other folks simply can’t abide anything that doesn’t lace up nice and snug. It comes down to how you intend to use your walking shoes, as well as personal preferences.
Price – The elephant in the room when it comes to footwear is always price. Do you really want to spend 2 or even 300 dollars on a pair of shoes to walk around in when you can get a perfectly serviceable pair for about the price of a half tank of gas? There’s no doubt that the 300 dollar pair of walking shoes is going to be constructed better and have more of a custom fit than anything you’ll get for 30 bucks. But again, we’re talking about casual walking shoes here, not shoes you’ll be wearing when you run the Olympic marathon.
A pair of high quality walking shoes can make the difference between you wanting to get up and get some exercise or just wanting to stay on the sofa watching Barney Miller reruns. Today’s walking shoes are prime examples of the myriad technological advances that have been made in even the simplest items in recent decades. If you’re in the market for a new pair of walking shoes any of the shoes on our list will be well worth the investment.
We hope you found the information in this review of men’s walking sneakers helpful and that it allows you to make an informed decision when it comes time for you to purchase new walking shoes. Be sure to check back often for more helpful tips, guides, and product reviews.