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The Best Walking Shoes for Comfortable Travel and Everyday Life

How to Find the Best Walking Shoes

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There’s nothing worse than buying a cute new pair of shoes only to find that they’re so uncomfortable—or even downright painful—that you can’t bear to keep them on for more than an hour at a time. Many people think this is the price you have to pay for rocking the trendiest new shoes. But no, the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Just because a shoe is fashionable and flattering doesn’t mean it can’t be comfortable and good for your feet. While it’s not the best idea to wear heels if you’ll be walking long distances, you can still find lots of other cute options—like slip-on sneakers, trainers, sandals, wedges, and flats—that are suitable for walking around in all day. All you have to do is shop smart.

This starts by choosing from reputable brands that are known for high-quality shoes that are made to be worn for long hours, like Vionic, Clarks, Dansko, and more. You’ll also want to look for a few key features that’ll help ensure optimal comfort—like adequate cushioning and arch support in the insoles, stability around the ankle, and soft, breathable materials that won’t leave you with sweaty feet or painful blisters after a few hours.

To help you find the best walking shoes for your feet, we’ve rounded up standout picks that meet the guidelines for comfortable, long-lasting footwear. Whether you’re looking for something to wear while exploring a new city on your next vacation or options for a lengthy commute to and from your office (especially if you work long hours on your feet), these shoes are fashionable and functional.

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Best Slip-On Sneaker for Walking: Vionic Women’s Splendid Midi Perf Slip-On

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Vionic is known for making podiatrist-approved shoes, many of which even hold a seal of acceptance from the American Podiatric Medical Association, so you can trust that they’re good for your feet. And this pair is no different—the casual and cute slip-on sneakers include Vionic’s signature EVA footbed that offers optimal cushioning and arch support. The combination of style and function in these sneaks make them perfect for walking around in all day.

Vionic has become a popular footwear option among anyone with foot issues, and Amazon reviewers gave these a 4.5-star rating. “Love these! Very soft and comfortable. Same support I’ve experienced and come to expect with Vionic. Plus, they are super cute and stylish. I got the dusty pink and they are very pretty. I get compliments all the time,” said one reviewer. “After a bad case of plantar fasciitis, I stopped wearing popular cheap awful crappy shoes and mostly only wear Vionic now.”

Buy It, $90

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Best Wool Shoe for Walking: Allbirds Women’s Wool Runners

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Allbirds have taken the athleisure world by storm since its debut in 2014, and for good reason—the wool, machine-washable sneakers are so comfortable and light on your feet. These wool running shoes are Allbirds’ trademark shoe, and the soft merino wool material is temperature-regulating, moisture-wicking, and made to conform to your feet for a perfect fit. Even better, the shoes lightweight, padded foam insoles can fight foot odors, making them a great choice for long days spent walking around.

Related: Wool Sneakers That'll Make You See Past Synthetic Knits

Buy It, $95

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Best Trainers for Walking: Tory Sport Golf Ruffle Trainers

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These adorable trainers in a cotton pink shade from Tory Sport—Tory Burch’s coveted activewear brand—are so fashionable and functional, you’ll never want to take them off. The 70s-inspired leather sneaks are made with soft inner fabric and a cushioned EVA footbed that makes for a super comfortable fit. Even though the shoes have a lightweight and comfy feel, they also include a sturdy and durable rubber sole on the outside of the shoe—complete with grips—for extra traction. What’s more, the ruffled details and suede patches add even more style, making these some of the trendiest walking shoes you’ll find.

Buy It, $198

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Best Wedge Sandal for Walking: Clarks Lafley Rosen

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Yes, there are wedges out there that won’t hurt your feet. Evidence: this pair from renowned footwear brand Clarks. These summery wedge sandals have an adjustable hook-and-loop closure, soft leather lining throughout the shoe, and a cushioned EVA footbed that’s made with Clarks’ Ortholite technology, which offers extra support and comfort. The sturdy wedge, durable material, and adjustable strap make these shoes a great option for stability, too. They even come in five chic colors, including both bold and neutral hues.

Zappos reviewers gave this pair a perfect five-star rating and praised the quality of the shoes. One shopper said, “Comfy comfy comfy! I wore these for the first time tonight and I couldn't believe how comfortable they were on my feet. I got the tan color and they are [perfect], goes with everything. Highly recommend!”

Buy It, $90

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Best Sneaker for Walking: Hoka One One Arahi 3

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If you’d prefer to spend long days on your feet in super supportive sneakers, reach for this pair by Hoka One One. With tons of devoted customers, Hoka shoes have become known for offering optimal cushioning compared to other sneakers, and this pair of third-generation Arahi sneakers is no different. Made with a soft inner lining and breathable mesh material, they also feature a cushioned foam insole for a shoe that feels super stable but still lightweight. One reviewer even said these are the "best shoes I’ve ever owned" adding that they’re "comfortable and stable."

Related: The Best Long-Distance Running Shoes

Buy It, $130

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Best Flat Sandal for Walking: Dansko Reece

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If you’re in the market for supportive sandals to walk around in, look no further than these flat sandals by Dansko, a brand known for superior comfort. They feature a soft, cushioned EVA memory foam footbed and an adjustable slingback strap for added support. The leather material of the footbed and straps are lightweight, breathable, and durable, so they’ll never feel uncomfortable or cause blisters. What’s more, the strappy style makes these an ideal walking shoe for summer.

Tons of reviewers love Dansko shoes for their peek comfort. One shopper said, “These arrived on a recent warm and sunny day and I couldn't wait to wear them...so I immediately put them on and wore for the remainder of the day. The leather is soft and fit is true to size. These will definitely be my ‘go to’ sandals for summer. After wearing them straight out of the box for over 6 hours, I had no tender places or blisters.”

Buy It, $125

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Best Canvas Slip-Ons for Walking: Crocs Women’s CitiLane Low Canvas Slip-On

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You may associate the Crocs name with the infamous clog style shoe, but believe it or not, the brand also sells some really chic options. Case in point: These casual canvas slip-on sneakers. Available in four neutral shades that pair perfectly with any outfit, they’re made with a lightweight canvas material that’ll feel soft and breathable on your feet. The shoes also include stretch panels on either side that make it super easy to slip them on and off quickly, along with supportive, cushioned foam insoles for complete comfort.

Amazon reviewers, who gave the shoes a 4.6-star rating, love that they’re so comfortable while also being cute. “These shoes are amazing. I seriously don't know how I lived before I bought them,” said one shopper. “I wear them every day. They pair well with so many outfits and are super easy to slip on and off.”

Buy It, $30

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Best Ballet Flats for Walking: Naturalizer Flexy Flats

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Ballet flats can be worn with almost anything, so we all need a go-to pair in our closets—and the comfortable, best-selling Flexy Flats from Naturalizer are a great option. The slip-on shoes have a rounded toe box, a tiny half-inch heel, and are made with Naturalizer’s Comfort Technology—this includes a flexible, cushioned insole with arch support that’s made with a lightweight and breathable leather lining for complete comfort. What’s more, these shoes come in both regular and wide width sizing, so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect fit. Available in six neutral colors, these super functional (and fashionable) flats will become your new favorite shoes to pair with any outfit.

One customer even called them “the best flats ever” and said, “these are the most comfortable flats I have ever purchased. So much so that I have now bought six pairs so that I have them well into the future.”

Buy It, $69

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