The 8 Best Walking Shoes For Men Updated for 2019

The eight best walking shoes for men for 2019 are listed in the navigation table below. You can immediately see the shoes I recommend and jump to any review you want to read using the link under the shoe you like.

If you want to read more on picking the right shoe then you can skip past the reviews using the blue button immediately under this paragraph.

If you are female and somehow landed on this page, I advise you to read my post about the best walking shoes for women.

Last Reviewed on 15 January 2019 - Amended layout & Checked Products Live

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Comparison Table

Before you buy: Make sure to read the rest of the article first, to learn more about your personal footshape and the fitting shoe types.


Best 8 Men's Walking Shoes

Saucony Men's Grid Omni Walkers

Saucony Men's Grid Omni Walker

Asics Men's Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4

ASICS Gel Tech Walker Neo 4

ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 25 - Ironclad
New Balance Men's MW1865v1
New Balance Men's 928v3
Brooks Men's Addiction Walker

Brooks Mens
Addiction Walker

Saucony Men's Echelon 7 Grey/Black
HOKA ONE ONE Mens Bondi 6 Black

Saucony Men's Grid Omni Walker

Saucony Men's Grid Omni Walkers
$56.91 - $90.00 (USD)
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Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Good for Walkers with Overpronation
  • Moderate Cushioning
  • Light Motion Control
  • Leather Uppers
  • Quite Comfortable
  • Good Support for Flat Feet

Cons

  • Better Shoes Available
  • Limited Color Range
  • Looks Boring.

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ASICS MEN'S GEL TECH WALKER

Asics Men's Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4
$110.00 (USD)
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Pros

  • Good Arch Support
  • Removable Footbed
  • Great Gel Rearfoot Cushioning
  • Comfortable
  • Great for Road Surfaces
  • Great for Treadmills
  • Good Materials

Cons

  • Arch Support Needs Getting Used To
  • Only Two Colors
  • Take Time to Break In

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ASICS Gel Kayano 25

ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 25 - Ironclad
$159.95 (USD)
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Pros

  • The Best ASICS
  • Guidance technology to help your gait
  • Cushioned and comfortable
  • Wider Toe Box
  • Rearfoot & Forefoot Gel Cushioning
  • Super Comfort

Cons

  • A little expensive
  • Wider Design Range Would be Good
  • Doesn't Like Small Stones

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New Balance 1865v1

New Balance Men's 1865v1
$119.95 (USD)
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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Good for Neutrals
  • Takes Custom Orthotics
  • Great Brand
  • Uppers nicely flexible & breathable
  • Good for the Narrow Footed as They Come Up Small

Cons

  • No good if you ahve wide feet
  • Not waterproof
  • Too narrow last makes sizing difficult
  • Limited Cushioning

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New Balance 928v3

7% savings
New Balance Men's 928v3
$134.95 (USD)
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Pros

  • Great for Overpronators
  • Leather Uppers
  • Premium Sockliner
  • Wide Fittings Available
  • Suitable for work
  • Removable insoles & various width sizes

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Limited Range of Colors
  • Heavy 

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Brooks Men's Addiction Walker

Brooks Men's Addiction Walker
$120.00 (USD)
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Pros

  • Best Selling Walking Shoe
  • Leather Upper
  • Excellent All Rounder
  • Excellent Support for Neutrals and Overpronators 
  • Classic shoe design
  • Multipurpose

Cons

  • Limited colors
  • Order 1/2 size larger

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Saucony Echelon 7

Saucony Echelon 7 Men
$129.88 (USD)
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Pros

  • Purposely made for flat footed walkers
  • Also made for supinators and neutral gait
  • Accommodating fit
  • Great Brand
  • Good toe box dimensions
  • Removable footbed
  • Multiple Width Fittings

Cons

  • A bit pricey unless you are a flat footed supinator
  • Not Very Heavy
  • Pricey but great quality in this boot

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Hoka One Bondi 6

HOKA ONE ONE Mens Bondi 6 Black
$150.00 (USD)
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Pros

  • Great looking Restrained Design or Garish as You Wish
  • Exceptional Cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Minimal Toe Drop
  • Neutral Cushioned Shoe Perfect for Most Supinators
  • Normal & Wide Width Fittings

Cons

  • Toe box a little slim
  • You'll be sad to take them off
  • A little pricey

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Quick Tip

  • As your feet swell during walking choosing shoes at the end of the day is a good plan.
  • You should also put on your walking socks beforehand.
  • If you wear orthotics, be sure to buy shoes with removable insoles.

The first point is to ensure that you are looking at shoes designed for walking and then choose a pair that are appropriate to the anatomy of your foot. To do this you need to identify your foot pronation and arch-type and choose the appropriate shoe design. The information below will help you with this.

The most important consideration is to identify comfortable walking shoes that fit correctly. If you go on long walks with poorly fitting shoes it will lead to blisters, callouses, general discomfort and may even result in tendon damage. Read on if you want to learn more about how to choose best walking shoes for men.

The first point is to ensure that you are looking at shoes designed to let you walk comfortably and choose those that are appropriate to the anatomy of your foot. To do this you need to identify your foot pronation and arch-type and choose the appropriate shoe design. The information below will help you with this.

How to Choose the Best Mens Walking Shoes in 2018

Step 1: Determine your foot pronation

When choosing a walking shoe, first consider pronation. Just after your foot lands on the ground, it rolls inward. This is a natural movement which helps the lower leg absorb shock at the initial moment of contact. This movement is called pronation and needs to be considered when choosing walking shoes.

foot types pronation with arches

If there is just slight inward movement at the initial moment of contact, pronation is said to be neutral.

Under-pronation is when the inward roll is limited and over pronation is when this rolling is excessive.

Neutral pronation is the ideal motion to reduce the likelihood of injury. The design of walking shoes takes these variations into account by providing different degrees of support based on the nature of pronation.

The maximum amount of support and cushioning is required for over-pronators (massive inward movement) whereas softer, more flexible walking shoes would be appropriate for under-pronators.

What's my foot pronation level?

Examining the sole of a worn shoe will reveal information about your pronation. This should be undertaken by an expert; so ideally bring an older worn shoe. You can also do this at home:

  • Take a shoe from yours (doesn't matter if it's an athletic or casual shoe) and examine the wear pattern.
overpronation on shoe

If the inside is more worn than outside: You might be an overpronator.

underpronation shoe

Outside more worn than inside: You might be a supinator.

neutral pronation on shoe

Same wear pattern on both side: You are neutral / normal pronating.


Step 2: Determine your foot arch

You can also look at your own foot prints. Wet your foot and stand on sheet of paper. The nature of the footprints reveals whether you are a neutral, over, or under –pronating.

If you compare the footprints from when you are standing to when you are sitting and the standing (weight-bearing) footprint has a larger surface area than the non-weight bearing (seated) footprint then there is probably a need for some support in your walking shoes for pronation control.

Foot Arch Types

The motion of our feet is also linked to their arch height:

  • Generally, more pronation occurs where the foot arch is lower. The pronation is less when the arch is higher.
  • You can find out about your arch type by examining your footprints. If most of your foot is visible, this indicates flat arches. A limited print indicates high arches.

The Right Shoe Type for YOUR feet

It is important to choose a walking shoe with appropriate support for your arch height. Note: Men are heavier than women. Therefore walking sneakers for men need more cushioning than womens shoes.

For high arches: Cushioning shoes

Walking shoes for high arches should have extra padding and arch support that does not limit motion to ensure shock is absorbed and the arch supported.

For flat arches (flat feet): Motion control shoes

For male walkers with flat arches, firm midsoles and pronation control are required (flat feet can cause muscle stress in feet and knees).

See my guides about the best motion control walking shoes and my top 12 walking sneakers for flat feet

Neutral arches: Stability shoes

Neutral arches provide adequate shock absorbance and support and therefore do not require specific features in the walking shoe.

The pressure and stress that can potentially be experienced by over-pronation is reduced by choosing motion control shoes. These have denser soles and slightly thicker heels.

Although they appear a little heavier, they are very durable and protect the walker from pressure at the initial moment of contact.

Stability shoes are available for walkers who over-pronate just slightly. These have a thinner heal and are lighter. For those walkers with neutral-pronation, cushioned walking shoes are available.

These have limited support making them lightweight and flexible.

Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

Walking and running place different demands on your feet and therefore require different types of shoes.

walker on a trail

The base of support on walking shoes is on the heel whereas the support for running shoes is more widely distributed. This is because the weight of your body is distributed more evenly on the foot during walking compared to running.

During running, there are times when neither foot is on the ground and then, at maximum impact, the foot needs to support 2-3x the body weight. The outer heal absorbs most of the initial impact which is subsequently distributed through the foot.

runner in a race

Walking is much gentler. The weight rolls from the heal to the toe on each footfall and shock absorbed is much less (1-2x the body weight) than when running.

As a consequence, walking shoes are flexible to allow motion through the roll of the forefoot with greater arch support compared to running shoes.

If you are looking at a hiking boot then you will notice the soles are less flexible to provide more protection on uneven surfaces.

A high quality pair of walking shoes should last you at least 400 miles, so pay attention to durability as well for the best bang for your buck.

As the heel is the maximum point of impact when running, this is the most cushioned area in running shoes. As more heat is generated when running, these shoes are lighter and constructed of materials that cool more quickly.

Conclusion

Your shoes are one of the most important considerations when buying your walking kit. It is important to take time and care deciding on a pair that is suitable for your feet.

When choosing the best walking shoes for men you need to identify your pronation and arch type and ensure you select the shoe design appropriate for your foot-type.

It is best to try shoes at the end of the day after you have been walking so your feet are slightly swollen. Wear your walking socks and take your time to select well fitting, waterproof and breathable walking shoes.

Your walking shoes may provide up to 500 miles of service. It is important to choose correctly fitting comfortable shoes to protect your feet and legs and to enhance the enjoyment of your walking experiences.

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