Best Walking Shoes for Women, According to Podiatrists

Bondi 8 Max Cushioned

Best Overall Walking Shoes: Hoka One Bondi 8

“Hoka is leading the way in cushioning and comfort right now in the shoe market,” says Anne Sharkey, D.P.M., a podiatrist with the North Austin Foot and Ankle Institute in Texas. One of the most cushioned options in Hoka’s lineup, the Bondi 8 uses an EVA midsole for a plush feel. Translation? “These will make activity feel like you are walking on clouds!” says Sharkey. Indeed, Tulpule agrees that the cushioning makes them wonderful walking shoes.

608 V5 Best Value Walking Shoes: New Balance 608v5

Sometimes, you can’t do better than the classics. Largely available for under $75 and offering tons of much-needed support, these chunky-cute sneakers are ideal for walkers who don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to hit the trail in comfort—just look at all of that cushioning and arch support!

“It’s a miracle! I can walk without my feet hurting terribly, I’m able to stand for longer periods of time now,” reports one Amazon reviewer with plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, and poor circulation. “Love these shoes!”