The 10 Best Walking Shoes for Men for 2019

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Not everyone is going to be a runner.

That’s the honest truth. But just because you’re not hitting the road to jog doesn’t mean that you can’t get any exercise while moving from Point A to Point B. There’s some value in just plain walking, too, according to Harvard Medical School. Walks are a great way to lose weight, relieve stress, avoid cravings, and even prevent disease, especially if the alternative is being totally sedentary.

When you get up and go, you need to make sure you have the right gear. You might need all the gear that hard-core runners wear, but you should make sure to take care of the most important body part for a walk: your feet. You’ll want shoes that provide cushion and stability, with sturdy, reliable soles that can keep you on the road. A pair of kicks can make or break your promenades—so check out some of the best walking shoes you can get below.

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New Balance 990v5

New Balance
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$174.95

The classic silhouette from New Balance has been updated with a sleeker, more modern profile, but the focus is still on quality. Your wearing the best, whether you’re using the 990 to run or walk. Bonus points if you’re willing to splurge on the USA made version for even better craftsmanship. 

Columbia SH/FT OutDry Mid Shoe

Get off the beaten path with these kicks, which were made by outdoor stalwart Columbia to bridge the gap between urban and adventure wear. The waterproof, breathable upper makes them a solid choice in any weather, while the high energy return cushioning and lugged rubber outsole help you to drive forward with every step.

Nike Air Monarch IV

The Air Monarch IV is THE dad shoe—but over the past few years, its cultural cachet has swelled as chunky soles gained popularity. Whether you’re rocking them because you have three kids and love to do yard work or you’re trying to stand out on the streets, the shoes are great for walking. 

adidas Solar Boost

adidas
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$160.00

$134.98 (16% off)

While not designed specifically for walking, these runners from Adidas are more than fit for the job. The Boost foam gives top-line energy return, while the upper provides more structure than other styles, like the knit Ultraboost line.  

Saucony Grid Omni Walker

Saucony
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$89.95

This no-frills walker from Saucony boasts leather construction and maximum cushioning. The forefoot and rearfoot both have technologies to amplify the cushion and stability through the gait cycle. 

Brooks Addiction Walker

Brooks
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$119.95

Walk hard with these high quality leather shoes from Brooks. The soles are slip resistant, and the midsole cushioning is the same that the company uses in its running shoes for a smooth ride. 

Hoka One One Bondi LTR

Hoka One One
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$159.95

These chunky midsoles might look outlandish, but once you slip them on the comfort will win you over. The company claims the extra volume is designed to “provide shock attenuation, a sense of weightlessness, and a stable ride” while reducing fatigue. 

ASICS GEL-Contend 5 Walker

These shoes are designed to be comfortable, dependable walkers, with breathable materials and plenty of cushion. The sockliner is even built to provide moisture management, for everyone with sweaty feet.

Reebok Ridgerider Trail 4

This pair from Reebok is meant for the woods—or at least the trail in the park. The durable soles can still handle the roads and sidewalks you’ll walk to get outside, though, so feel confident wearing them anywhere. 

Lane-Eight Trainer AD 1

These trainers from indie company Lane-Eight were made to handle a little of everything, from HIIT workouts to nights out. You’ll be well-served walking from place to place wearing these shoes.

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