The Best Men’s Shoes for Walking on a Treadmill

This page looks at the best treadmill shoes for men. If you are looking for the women's version, you'll find that page here!

So you are looking for the best shoes for treadmill walking having decided to start a walking exercise program. The weather in winter is pretty cold and icy surfaces can make your walking routines outside suddenly dangerous so it can make sense to move indoors..

Or maybe you just want to replace your treadmill walking shoes because they are worn out or hurting your feet or causing knee or back pain.

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When shoes wear out they no longer provide enough shock absorption, cushioning goes flat or falls apart and the comfort and fit is just no longer there. That is a recipe for damage to your feet, legs, knees, back or neck. Never keep wearing shoes that are worn out!

It can be a little overwhelming, trying to put the various features into perspective and some sort of order of importance to come up with the best treadmill walking shoe for the money..

Whether your objective is weight loss, muscle toning, cardiac fitness, or a combination of these for total physical improvement, it is important that you understand the role your shoe will play in helping you achieve your ultimate goal.

There are so many shoes out there to help you cushion your experience. It is important you find the ones that are best for you.

We have done a lot of research to come up with our recommendations for the best walking shoes for treadmills which we will be reviewing later in the article and which you can see below.

We hope you will take the time to understand a bit more why a shoe might be best for your personal circumstances by reading the content underneath the table below.

In a hurry? The links in the table below will jump you down the page to the individual shoe review (no reload required). 

A Quick Look at the 8 Best Men's Shoes for Treadmill Walking in this Review


Best 8 Men's Shoes for Treadmill Walking 

ASICS Men's Gel-Kayano 25 - Ironclad
Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 22 Knit

Mizuno Wave
Rider 22

Brooks Mens Addiction Walker

Brooks Addiction Walker

Brooks Men's Beast '18 Grey/Navy
New Balance Men's 1080v8
Saucony Men's Hurricane Iso 4

Saucony Triumph
& Hurricane ISO 5

New Balance Men's 608v5
Reebok Men's Fast Flexweave Trainer

Shoes for Treadmill Walking - The Main Types

Walking vs Running vs Cross Training Shoes

The first topic to consider is whether you need a running shoe, a walking shoe or a cross training shoe.

There are some differences between these shoe types so the first decision you will need to make is whether you'll be power and fitness walking, doing more usual walking exercise or a mixture of treadmill walking and aerobic gym exercises.

If you will just be power and fitness walking on the treadmill, then a running type athletic shoe will be best. Power and fitness walking means endurance walking at higher speeds, high inclines and longer distances than more casual exercise.

If you plan on mainly regular walking exercise on a treadmill then a walking shoe is going to be the best fit unless you intend doing weight lifting and aerobics as well.

If the game plan is to do aerobics or power lifting as well as walking then you will need to be looking for a cross training shoe.

Running Shoes - Are generally more lightweight shoes for speed. Long Distance running shoes tend to have more cushioning to the mid-foot and toe areas and are designed to flex at the toes for push off.

But, treadmill fast walkers and runners do not lean forward so much as when running naturally outside (as they have no forward motion). They therefore tend to strike more on the heel and need cushioning in the heel.

Power and fitness walkers need very similar design but the spring in a treadmill surface means some cushioning can be sacrificed. Even so a light shoe with a snug fit will help.

Unless you are actually running at speed on the treadmill, a lightweight, well cushioned walking shoe will do you just as well.

Flexibility is preferred but if you need motion control for overpronation then some flexibility has to be sacrificed.

Multiple Types of Walking Shoes

Multiple Types of Walking Shoes

Walking Shoes - Tend to be a bit heavier as they are made for comfort, with a snug fit and good amount of cushioning with more emphasis to the heel area as it is the heel that impacts with the ground first for walkers.

Cross-Trainers- Are designed to provide flex and grip in multiple directions. If you are doing aerobics, your feet are not just travelling with a forward walking strike path which is what walking and running shoes are designed for.

Crossfit trainers are designed to support the foot more multi-directionally as you make the twists and turns involved with aerobic exercise. Similarly power-lifters need lateral stability too which helps prevent injuries.

A Word About Overpronation, Supination (Underpronation) & Neutral Gaits

Simply stated pronation means a roll of the foot towards the inside of the foot. Supination is a roll of the foot towards the outside of the foot.

In a normal stride you foot will tend to supinate at the earliest stage as your heel accepts your body weight; then pronate as the heel is fully loaded and hands off your weight to your midfoot and arch.

The spring of the arch lowers the inside of the foot causing it to rotate inwards (pronate). Flat footed people suffer various degrees of arch collapse which causes the foot to rotate inwards too much. The most common issue to do with pronation.

Then as the arch spring back (if it springs back), as your weight lifts from the midfoot and moves to the forefoot, the foot turns again in a supinating action.

Supination is where the midfoot pronation doesn’t really occur properly and your foot therefore keeps most of the force of your weight on the outside of the foot.

Image of Right Foot Showing Pronation & Supination

Pronation & Supination Showing Right Foot

If you overpronate or underpronate too much then you need to buy shoes that will help reduce the amount of the excess otherwise you will end up with pain in the foot, ankles, knees, hips, back or neck. Or any combination of those parts of your body as they are all affected in one or other ways by your gait.

You can get some more explanation on supination or underpronation here and on overpronation here and the reviews on those pages will also give you some treadmill shoe alternatives.

Men’s Treadmill Shoes - Features to Look For

You’ve read about different types of shoes and now let’s look at the various features between types and shoes made to correct overpronation and underpronation.

What Features Do Treadmill Shoes For Supinators Need?

Supinators typically (but not exclusively) have high and less flexible arches which keeps the foot on the outer edge more than usual. If you are a supinator then you should look for a shoe with good arch support to help distribute the forces in your foot more evenly.

You will also need good cushioning to the small balls of your feet near your smaller toes. This is because pressure there will be greater than normal as the foot does not load properly on the inside bigger ball of your foot near your big toe.

Finally you should avoid any features to stop the shoe rotating inwards commonly called motion control. You want the shoe to flex and allow your foot to pronate as much as it wants.

Phases of Gait When Walking

What Features Do Treadmill Shoes For Overpronators Need?

Treadmill shoes for overpronators should have motion control and want support under the arch to reduce the collapse of the foot arch and encourage good alignment into the push off phase.

Shoes with good cushioning under the major ball of your foot is useful too as most of your weight at push off will be supported there.

What About Men With Neutral Gaits?

Most shoe models will suit people with neutral gaits. The additional cushioning provided to help either overpronators or underpronators is not detrimental to you if you have a neutral gait, sometimes called a normal gait.

Any good model walking shoe will have good heel cushioning as all walkers tend to strike with the heel (as well as quite a lot of runners).

Some models have impact guidance systems that help encourage the foot in the line of a natural gait. Again this is not detrimental to people who already have a naturally neutral gait.

The only point on specific features which may affect the neutrally gaited will be in the arch support.

If you have flatter arches and a neutral gait and buy shoes made for high arches you may find the extra support uncomfortable. Similarly if you have higher arches and the support is not sufficient then the shoes will not be doing their job for you.

So work out your arch type from the image below. Most simply just step out of the shower and after letting your foot drain a few seconds place it on an old piece of cardboard box (unprinted) and stand with your weight on your foot. The damp imprint will show your arch type on loading.

Foot Arch Types

Which Foot Arch Type Are You?

Selection

Process to Select a Shoe

  1. First choose your arch type - shoes are labelled Neutral - High or Neutral - Flat accordingly.

  2. If you have an overpronation or underpronation issue then focus on the shoes marked as suitable for that issue. If you have a neutral gait pick either.

  3. Choose the style for your exercise type - Power Walker, Exercise Walking, Cross Trainer


ASICS Gel Kayano 25

For Gait Type
Overpronators - Neutral

For Arch Type
Low - Normal

For Walk Type
Power & Fitness

Asics
97
Overall

Pros

  • Multiple Widths
  • Lightweight Shoe
  • Quite Durable
  • Wider Toe Box
  • Very Comfortable
  • Very Supportive
  • Great for Treadmills
  • Power & Fitness Walkers Shoe
  • 5 Star Walking Shoe

Cons

  • Not so Many Colors
  • A bit pricey

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Mizuno Wave Rider 22

For Gait Type
Mainly Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal

For Walk Type
Power & Fitness

Mizuno Men's Wave Rider 22 Knit
$129.95 (USD)
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Mizuno
94
Overall

Pros

  • Fitness or Power Walkers Dream
  • Lightweight
  • Soft Heel Cushioning
  • Neutral Shoe
  • Good Breathability
  • Comfort & Supportive Insole
  • 5 Star Walking Shoe

Cons

  • High Arches may need special insoles
  • One Size width fittings

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Brooks Addiction Walker

For Gait Type
Overpronator

For Arch Type
Flat to Normal

For Walk Type
Regular Treadmill

Brooks Mens Addiction Walker
$120.00 (USD)
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Brooks
85
Overall

Pros

  • Laces or Velcro 
  • Great Leather Uppers
  • Cushioned and comfortable
  • Made for Overpronators
  • Loads of Width Fitings
  • Durable Outsole

Cons

  • Not the cheapest
  • Color styles limited
  • A bit heavier than most

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Brooks Beast 18

For Gait Type
Mild Overpronator

For Arch Type
Flat/Normal & Wide Feet

For Walk Type
Power & Regular Walking

Brooks Men's Beast '18 Grey/Navy
$160.00 (USD)
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Brooks
88
Overall

Pros

  • Purposely made for wide footed walkers
  • Breathable Upper
  • Accommodating fit
  • Great Cushioning
  • Good toe box dimensions
  • Removable insole
  • Multiple Width Fittings

Cons

  • A bit pricey but good.
  • Quite Heavy
  • Add 1/2 size for custom orthotics

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New Balance 1080v8

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal

For Walk Type
Regular Treadmill

New Balance Men's 1080v8 Fresh Foam
$116.96 (USD)
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New Balance
94
Overall

Pros

  • 8mm Low Drop
  • Good Breathability
  • Good Balance between stability and cushioning
  • popular Brand
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Version 9 has Blister Issues Due to Heel Redisign - Buy Version 8
  • You might want more cushioning
  • Custom orthotics might make shoe a bit tight in the toes depending on Orthotic.

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Saucony Triumph / Hurricane ISO 5

For Gait Type
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For Arch Type
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For Walk Type
Regular Treadmill

4% savings
Saucony Men's Triumph ISO 5
$153.54 (USD)
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Saucony
95
Overall

Pros

  • Multiple Choices for Foot Form
  • Great Brand
  • Premium Sockliner
  • Breathable Upper
  • Good Fit with Space
  • Removable insoles & various width sizes

Cons

  • Can Take Getting Used To
  • Not particularly durable
  • Need to size up in length 

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New Balance 608v5

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal

For Walk Type
Treadmill / Aerobic

26% savings
New Balance Men's 608v5
$51.99 (USD)
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New Balance
84
Overall

Pros

  • Budget Offering
  • Best Seller
  • Flexible Rubber Sole
  • Dual Density Collar
  • Classic Sneaker Design
  • Wide & Normal Fittings

Cons

  • Dated Styling
  • Limited Features
  • Ok for the Gym

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Reebok Fast Flexweave

For Gait Type
Neutral

For Arch Type
Normal

For Walk Type
Treadmill / Aerobic

Reebok Men's Fast Flexweave
$79.85 (USD)
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84
Overall

Pros

  • Great looking Shoe Design
  • Balanced Cushioning
  • Lightweight
  • Minimal Toe Drop
  • Pressure mapping flexibility
  • Multi-Purpose

Cons

  • Jack of All Trades
  • Better Shock Absorbabce to be Had

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Tips for Treadmill Walking

Treadmill walking does bring some safety benefits over road walking - you’re not likely to get run down by a truck rounding the corner for example but there are other benefits too.

For a start, and obviously, the weather, hot or cold, wet or windy, is not going to give you an excuse not to walk. But perhaps the bigger benefit lies in the incline adjustments you can make to design a walking program that works out more muscles.

Of course road walking has hills but they are not under your control so use the incline and speed settings to control your workout.

Treadmill Walking Routine to Trim Body Fat

There’s a slew of treadmill walking routines to trim belly fat out there and I did a little research for you to present an easy and adaptable routine for you to try.

It’s a 30 minute workout, give or take, suitable for beginners or the experienced alike.

The key to treadmill walking as an exercise is to mix it up.

From the point of view of boredom, you’ll have something to do fiddling with the settings and your body will welcome the changes to muscle groups used through the routine. It also helps burn more calories, lose weight, and trim belly fat faster.

No more lazy tuning into a few sounds and mindlessly placing one foot in front of the other for 30 minutes just to trick yourself into believing you have done a work out.

Are you ready to rumble?

For a start there’ll be NO zero incline walking. There’ll be NO running either.

So find the buttons to adjust incline as you’ll be using them a bit. Also the speed controls.

This is an interval walking plan which means we’ll be switching up the resistance via the incline and switching up the intensity via the pace.

Anyone can do this! You’ll get more bang for your stride than before and can up the intensity as you progress without spending half a day in the gym to progress.

You’ll increase your heart rate over flat walking so better cardio for the heart and you’ll burn more calories and trim more fat more from the higher intensity bits than if you just plodded on like normal.

Busy Gymnasiums Waste Your Time

Busy Gymnasiums Waste Your Time

First a few things NOT to do.

  • If you are overweight, over 40 or under the weather - check with your doctor first!
  • Don't pick a busy time and waste YOUR time waiting
  • Don’t look down - it messes up your posture
  • Don’t hang on to the rails - swinging your arms is as much a part of walking as moving your feet.
  • Don’t slob out on there - pull in your abs - helps straighten your back
  • Don’t change your normal stride length - we want a smooth gait suited to the pace.
  • Don’t talk on your phone, hang loose towels on the handles (they fall and you trip ouch!)

Thanks to myfitnesspal.com for the tips.

30 minute Interval Workout - All Levels

  1. Do a few stretches to loosen your muscles - I’m sure you know how to do that!
  2. 0-5 mins - Walk 5 minutes at 1% incline at around 3 mph speed to warm up - a moderate walking speed.
  3. 5-9 mins - Up the incline to 3% and speed up to 3.5 mph for another 5 minutes. Your heart beat should be around 130-140 bpm. If you are very unfit or very fit adjust incline to match up or down.
  4. 9 -11 mins - Have a rest back at 1% incline and 3 mph for a couple of minutes.
  5. 11-20 mins - The hard bit - up the incline back to between 3-4% and speed to 3.5 - 3.8 mph depending on your fitness level. Aiming for a heart rate around 150 bpm - adjust incline and speed to suit.
  6. 20 - 22 mins - A little break for 2 mins at 1% and 3 mph - yeah!
  7. 22 - 27 mins - Last interval - Incline to 2-3% and speed to 3.5 mph. Heart rate target 130 bpm.
  8. 27 - 30 mins - Cool down with 3 mins at 1% and 3 mph.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Avoid Getting Bored Walking on a Treadmill & Make It Fun?

Avoid boredom by one or more of these tactics.

  • Find a gym with treadmills having a great outside view
  • Find a state of the art treadmill with a screen you can tune into TV with or better still download something you really want to watch via a USB connector. Or one with an on screen virtual walking program like this idea 
  • Make a playlist with slower songs for the rest periods and whatever upbeat tempo music for the intervals, timed accordingly! Just adjust your pace to the music.
  • Go with a Friend or Lover
  • Find a Period When It’s Not Busy
  • Grab your phone secured with a waistband (Jenna likes this one) to keep it safe or maybe an armband like in the photo below and plug in some inexpensive earpods to listen to music or learn with a podcast.
  • Better still grab a decent mp3 watch like this one from Garmin with contactless pay features a heart monitor and various fitness apps.  Avoid the distraction a phone brings. If it ain't there you can't answer it can you?
Garmin Vívoactive 3
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Smartphone Arm Band For Treadmill Walking Inerest

Use a Playlist with Various Tempos to Guide Your Treadmill Training

Is Walking on a Treadmill Bad For Your Knees?

According to research from Ball State University, walking on a treadmill incline reduces knee stress while strengthening leg muscles..

It is better for you than walking on concrete because treadmills have some spring under the belt. The benefits of walking reduce cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes & obesity.

Running on treadmills has similar benefits but is much more stressful on the knees and hips and significantly different in form to running on the ground which adds a lot of extra stress on the knees and hips.

Hence the reason WooWalkers walk and do not run any more.

Is Walking on a Treadmill Good For You?

All walking is good for you if it is done sensibly and in a safe environment. Treadmills provide both a safe environment, less impact forces on the knees and legs and controlled intensity via incline settings that walking outside cannot provide. Plus they avoid the weather.

There are very many benefits to health such as reduced likelihood of Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular health and reduced cholesterol, blood pressure and obesity according to Harvard Health.

It surpasses running for exercise as there is much lower injury rates for walkers than runners which is common sense because the stresses on the muscles and joints are less. It may require a little more time to burn the same amount of calories but it is immeasurably more fun.

Not to mention the mental benefits in reducing stress and looking at the wonders of nature rather than rushing from start to finish. Plus you can do it with your family.

WALKING RULZ!

What's a Virtual Reality Treadmill - I Want One of These?

Well I added this out of interest but unbelievably you can buy it from Amazon - the KAT Walk Mini - the latest exercise while gaming!


The Best Men’s Shoes for Walking on a Treadmill
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