The Best Shoes for Walking on a Treadmill

This page looks at the best treadmill walking shoes for both men & women.

So you are looking for the best treadmill walking shoes? Maybe you decided to start a walking exercise program or your existing shoes are worn and no longer supportive or your feet or knees are beginning to hurt. Whatever the reason finding shoes suitable for walking on a treadmill should be easy.

Unfortunately, the choice is seemingly massive and the whole experience becomes a worry of choice between a gazillion different models.

In fact, shoes that are suited to other activities in a gym may not be ideally suited to treadmill walking but there are common similarities. So here let's get down to some of the best shoes for treadmill walking.

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Last updated on 18th April 2019 by Curtis. Updated shoes, improved user experience.

We have a whole bunch of information about treadmill walking below all the reviews. We even have a downloadable interval training guide for beginners. Just click on the button below if you want to skip down – and you can use one of the buttons or the square orange link bottom left of the page to quickly jump back up.

But for those who want to see the shoes here they are. The table below gives a quick view of the shoes reviewed in this article for men and women. Use the jump links in the table as well as in the reviews to jump up and down the page quickly and easily. Blue links are for men, pink for women.


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Best Treadmill Walking Shoes for Men & Women

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Best Treadmill Shoe for Power & Fitness Walking for Overpronators

1. ASICS Gel Kayano 25

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$119.95
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Walking & Sports Shoe
Use:Power & Exercise Walking
Men's Sizing:6 – 16 Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:6 – 12 with Half Sizes
Widths:Medium
Upper:Mesh & Synthetic
Cushion:Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Removable
Arch:Flat to Normal
Rating:97%

Features

If you are a fitness walker with overpronation issues then the ASICS Gel Kayano 25 is likely a great choice for you for power walking on treadmills.

Plenty of support coupled with technology to help align your gait and a cushioned ride all help make the Gel Kayano 25 the shoe fo choice for overpronators & neutral gaited walkers.

We have a full-length review of the ASICS Gel Kayano 25 here.

ASICS have a technology called I.G.S. which stands for Impact Guidance System, which helps encourage a better foot alignment for overpronators through the stride.

It works in conjunction with their Guidance Trusstic System which are more fancy words to describe the design of the sole to resist torsion with appropriate grooving and materials of different densities.

Stability and support come from the Dynamic Duomax Support System which is the fancy name for a midsole formed with one harder and one softer material. The harder material resists torsion at the midsole which helps arrest pronating too much. The softer material provides the cushioning you want for a more comfortable walking experience.

The top of the midsole has a SPEVAFoam lasting which is basically a foam overlay under the insole to add to a softer feel.

The materials used for the midsole are very light which in conjunction with the lightweight flexible and breathable upper makes for an overall lightweight shoe.

ASICS Gel technology under the heel and forefoot ensure good shock absorption and comfort under the heel for impact and toes for push off.

The rubber outsole is designed to absorb shock with harder material where the most wear from impact occurs which also helps distribute those forces.

There is a good quality Ortholite X-40 sockliner which gives a spring to the step whilst wicking away sweat to enhance breathability and reduce bacteria promoting dampness in the foot.

Finally, the heel has a plastic counter to provide rigidity and reduce the heel material deforming and rubbing to cause blisters. For sizing consider a half size larger than normal.

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Wrap Up

The ASICS Gel Kayano 25 is a helluva shoe for mild overpronators and well suited to treadmill walking.

With colors ranging from the almost iridescent through to almost restrained enough your grandma will not notice, you'll be able to match up pretty much any existing kit you own.

With its guidance system and natural gait enhancing design, overpronators will appreciate the technology. The decent full-length air compartment, with nanofibres to dampen the air flow under pressure, gives you a consistent feel without that wallowing instability.

The Gel Kayano 25 is a responsive shoe as well as being fairly lightweight and ticks almost all the boxes.

Its biggest downfall is the lack of width fittings and the fact that it comes up small so order at least a 1/2 size larger unless you have narrow feet and low insteps.

ASICS Gel Kayano 25 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Consistent Cushioning

Lots of Color Choice

Good Support

Removable Insoles

Great for Treadmill Walking

Good Midsole Construction

Very Comfortable

5 Star Walking Shoe

Not So Good Things

Sizing Small

No Width Fittings

No Good for High Insteps


Best Treadmill Shoe for Power & Fitness Walking with Neutral Gait

2. Mizuno Wave Rider 22

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Fitness Walking Shoe
Use:Power & Fitness Walking
Men's Sizing:7 – 16 Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:6 – 12 with Half Sizes
Widths:Medium
Upper:Mesh & Synthetic
Cushion:Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Removable
Arch:Normal
Rating:94%

Features

For the fitness and power walker with a more neutral stride and normal arch, you might like to check out the Mizuno Wave Rider 22.

It is a shoe limited to medium width fittings and so will not suit walkers with wider feet but apart from that, it is an excellent treadmill walking shoe.

This long-running model has undergone many improvements and now provides an exceptional product for you if you have a neutral gait and normal arches.

The mesh upper has been improved to provide good breathability which your feet need to stay aired and better durability than fabric knit uppers designed more for style than form.

Mizuno’s Cloudwave technology is a composite of gait encouraging guidance and foot refreshing cushioning with a responsive feel that faster walkers enjoy.

The sockliner is Strobel Stitched to the upper for comfort. In this process the sockliner on top of the footbed is stitched to the upper whilst the upper is stretched on a last. The process provides better form and comfort and is more lightweight than the adhesive method used in less well-made shoes.

The heel midsole uses specially developed foam to provide excellent impact force distribution and shock absorption and an altogether more comfortable, lightweight and flexible shoe.

Only comes in medium widths so not great if you are wide footed. In any case, consider a half size larger than normal.

Wrap Up

As long as you do not have wide feet, the Mizuno Wave Rider 22 is a good choice for intensive treadmill sessions as well as being equally happy for wear outdoors.

Plenty of colors available to choose from and aesthetic styling make for you looking good whilst wearing them too.

The shoe is responsive for a bit of spring without being overly so, and has a nice balance of cushioning for treadmill use – neither too little nor too much!

This current model is a little more flexible in the forefoot which is useful for more intensive workouts and the uppers are nicely breathable to keep your feet drier.

Like the Kayano 25, its biggest downfall is the lack of width fittings and the fact that it comes up small so order at least a 1/2 size larger unless you have narrow feet though there is definitely a little more room for insteps compared to the Kayano.

Mizuno Wave Rider 22 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Fitness or Power Walkers Dream

Lightweight

Soft Heel Cushioning

Neutral Shoe

Good Breathability

Comfortable & Supportive Insole

5 Star Walking Shoe

Not So Good Things

High Arches May Need Special Insoles

No Width Fittings


Best Shoe for Walking on Treadmills – Overpronators

3. Brooks Addiction Walker

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Dedicated Walking Shoe
Use:Power & Exercise Walking
Men's Sizing:7 – 15 with Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:5 – 12 with Half Sizes
Widths:Narrow to Extra Wide
Upper:Leather
Cushion:Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Good Quality Removable
Arch:Flat to Normal
Rating:89%

Features

The Brooks Addiction Walker is an excellent shoe for you if you just want to do some normal to fairly energetic walking.

Designed for overpronators as well as for those with flatter feet it provides excellent cushioning without it being too much. This is excellent for treadmill walking as it provides more stability to the shoe through the strike and reduces the movement from excessive softness.

Check out our full review on this shoe here.

The key to this shoe is the excellent arch support it provides which adapts to your foot shape courtesy of BioMoGo DNA – the moniker for the cushioning technology designed by Brooks.

The diagonal rollbar in the midsection of the sole is excellent for reducing twist and thus counters overpronation perhaps better than any other walking shoe on the market.

The leather uppers give the shoe a great look which is equally wearable outside and matches most dress styles.

An exceptional shoe you deserve if you are not looking to conquer Everest with power walking and just want a comfortable shoe to do your interval walking workouts

By the way, I have a great free interval workout you can download near the bottom of the page!

If you have high arches then I suggest you take a look at the Brooks Ghost 11 which is another excellent light, comfortable and well-cushioned shoe to suit the regular walkers as well as fitness walkers.

Wrap Up

The Brooks Addiction Walker is a shoe with a long pedigree of service to those who enjoy more regular walking exercise as well as just for casual wear.

There's no fancy range of colors but just an excellent shoe for overpronators thanks its diagonal rollbar and stability.

The shoe is specifically designed for overpronators but is equally suited for you if you have a more neutral gait.

There are plenty of sizing options in contrast to many manufacturers who seek profits above all else and cater only to the bigger share of the market with medium fittings.

This is one of the best treadmill walking shoes on the market unless you have very high arches or supinate.

Brooks Addiction Walker – Features of Interest

Good Things

Laces or Velcro

Great Leather Uppers

Cushioned and Comfortable

Made for Overpronators

Great for Treadmill Walking

Loads of Width Fitings

Durable Outsole

Top Walking Shoe

Not So Good Things

Not the Cheapest

Color styles limited

A Bit Heavier Than Most


Best All Round Treadmill Walking Shoe

4. ASICS Gel Quantum 180 v4

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Walking & Sports Shoe
Use:Regular & Exercise Walking
Sizing:7 – 15 Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:6 – 12 with Half Sizes
Widths:Medium
Upper:Mesh & Synthetic
Cushion:Good
Sole:Rubber High Abrasion
Insole:Quality Ortholite
Arch:Normal
Rating:98%

Features

The latest version of the Gel Quantum 180 adds a better sockliner to the already excellent version 3 of the shoe.

The design provides many benefits for the treadmill walker including gel pods to the heel and forefoot to absorb and dampen the shock. For the treadmill walker, the heel pods are going to give the most benefit as your more upright stance will increase the heel strike portion of your gait.

Another welcome feature is the seamless construction within the shoe that eliminates rubbing on the toes and elsewhere from stitching and seams that can easily cause blisters.

Although the shoe weighs in only slighter lighter than average, this is remarkable given the weightier outsole for durability and the high-quality materials used.

The midsole is designed with Trusstic System Technology which is basically a compartmentalized system borrowed from the construction industry's truss beams, which helps reduce the weight of the midsole without reducing benefits.

In a further effort to reduce weight, the midsole material is Solyte which is even lighter than the usual EVA and SpEVA materials used in most ASICS footwear.

Sticking with weight for a moment, it is useful to understand that most lightweight shoes are so lightweight because there are simply fewer materials used in their construction which inevitably strips many of the beneficial technologies from the shoe. If you buy a cheap Chinese made shoe then you will immediately appreciate that targeting low weight simply by stripping out the materials that make the shoe comfortable results in a thin shoe which will readily fall apart.

The new Ortholite sockliner adds much-improved moisture management to the shoe and makes the shoe as a whole more breathable. This much reduces the humidity inside the shoe which builds up from sweat which is readily wicked away and out of the shoe. The result is drier and healthier feet.

The compartmentalized sole is very durable which may not be the deciding factor for a treadmill shoe but is welcome if you intend to use the shoes outside as well. You may welcome the adaptability of using in the gym on the treadmill or out on the road if the weather is nice enough.

A decent lacing sytems wraps up this review. With lacing running from the bottom to the top of the insteps there is plenty of adjustment available to suit your instep height. This also makes the shoe easy to put on in contrast to the one piece upper shoes or those with only 3 or 4 eyelets each side.

Wrap Up

The ASICS Gel Quantum 180 4 ticks all the boxes necessary for your treadmill exercise save for the fact that once again the width fittings are restricted to medium only.

The shoe technology is excellent from the Ortholite sock liners to the gel cushioning and general ASICS quality you are used to.

Comfortable, well cushioned and durable with a tough compartmentalized sole unit that adapts to rougher surfaces if you choose to use them outside as well.

A good lacing system gives some adjustability around the body of your foot but cannot compensate for the lack of widths available for those with wider feet.

For those who take normal width fittings these shoes are hard to beat!

ASICS Gel Quantum 180 4 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Consistent Cushioning

New Design for 2019

Neutral Support

Ortholite Insoles

Great for Treadmill Walking

Good Midsole Construction

Comfortable & Lightweight

5 Star Walking Shoe

Not So Good Things

Higher Pricing Matches Quality

No Width Fittings


Best Wide Fitting Stability Shoe for Treadmill Walking

5. New Balance 990v5

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Walking Sneaker Shoe
Use:Casual & Exercise Walking
Men's Sizing:7 – 16 Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:5 – 13 Half Sizes to 10.5
Widths:Narrow to (Extra) Extra Wide
Upper:Mesh & Suede
Cushion:Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Ortholite Removable
Arch:Flat to Normal
Rating:98%

Features

New Balance has been making the 990 for well over three decades and the latest iteration hit the stores in April 2019.

Very similar sizing to the 990 v4 but with an improved midsole to give a slightly firmer feel underfoot whilst retaining an excellent level of cushioning.

This stability shoe sports a good heel counter at the back to keep your foot well positioned in the shoe and to give a little more stability overall.

The shoe is remarkably comfortable with an excellent Ortholite insole to help with breathability and keep your feet drier. Cushioning and comfort is further enhanced by excellent dual density foam around the collar of the shoes near your ankles.

With a huge range of fitting sizes and widths to fit everyone. Width fittings go up to Extra Extra Wide for men and Extra Wide for women so your toes and midfoot need not feel squashed any more.

The midsole is designed to offer the arch support needed by most people but especially overpronators. The ENCAP technology used also ensures that the support is durable and does not disappear after a few months of wear which is a huge benefit.

As with all versions of the 990 shoe, the materials are top class and put together by the New Balance factories in the USA with highly skilled workers putting the shoe together. There is a good article on this on Esquire showing the shoe being put together here.

The US manufacturing quality gives you confidence that the shoe will be durable and not be shoddily manufactured as can be the case with some of the cheaper shoes originating in the far east which seem to be flooding the market these days.

These shoes make excellent treadmill walking shoes for any overpronator or neutral gaited walker. If you want to take them outside too you'll appreciate the reflective surfaces if you are an early morning, late evening exerciser.

Not a lot has changed style-wise over its predecessor save for a few tweaks to the detailing and profiling. It is still a classy shoe with a restrained yet sporty design.

The excellent lacing system coupled with the huge size ranges available make it certain that there is a perfect size to fit you no matter how long, wide, deep or high your feet are. If anything you should consider a half size longer for the best fit as they come up a fraction shorter than the v4.

Weight is similar to the other walking shoes in this lineup, slightly lighter than the Addiction Walker though.

Really an excellent shoe hot off the press!

Wrap Up

The latest New Balance 990 series shoe just released in April 2019

Hand made by craftsmen in their US factories to a very high quality and with great high-quality materials to match an excellent and improved design.

Comfortable, durable, cushioned and stable, this is perhaps the best treadmill walking shoe for overpronators with wide feet.

The shoe is equally at home on the treadmill in the gym, out on the road or showing off in your casual encounters.

It's great value for money despite its higher price point over some of the competition

New Balance 990v5 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Made in the USA

Top Quality Design

Top Quality Materials

Full Rangfe of Width Fittings

Perfect for Treadmill Walking

Good Cushioning

Very Comfortable

5 Star Walking Shoe

Not So Good Things

Higher Priced but Value for Money

Maybe Order 1/2 Size Longer


Best Large Size Treadmill Walking Shoe

6. New Balance 608v5

21% savings
$55.60
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25% savings
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Walking & Sports Shoe
Use:Aerobic & Treadmill Walking
Men's Sizing:6.5 – 18 Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:5 – 12 Half Sizes to 10.5
Widths:(Narrow) Medium to (Extra) Wide
Upper:Mainly Leather
Cushion:Moderate
Sole:Rubber CushionedAbzorb
Insole:Removable
Arch:Flat to Normal
Rating:84%

Features

New Balance has a best-selling trainer in the 608v5 which is suited both to regular walking as well as any aerobic training you might want to include to widen out your workout.

The shoe is more of a budget shoe than the others in this list and doubles up for casual wear as well as suited to light treadmill running and aerobics.

The 608v5 is a very comfortable shoe with a dual density collar which helps the shoe keep its shape.

Leather uppers make the shoe a little more rigid than the mesh and knit uppers but provide a little more stability.

Plenty of support but less cushioning than the other shoes in this review make it suited for light treadmill and general gym use for neutral gaits and regular arch types.

If you’d rather stick to a mesh type upper and are willing to pay for a bit more comfort then the New Balance Zante 4 is a possible contender.

Suited less for the twists and turns of aerobic use but may suit depending on what exercise you intend to mix with treadmill walking.

It is made more for straight line gait than the omnidirectional movement of full-blown aerobics though.

Wrap Up

The New Balance 608v5 is a classic general purpose sneaker best suited to general gym training and including treadmill walking.

You'll find this shoe noticeably less cushioned than the higher priced shoes in the list and it is significantly heavier.

Good shock absorbing for aerobic work and a long-running design with a good leather upper. The shoe does come up a little small and the leather can constrict so order a little larger than your normal shoes.

With the internal shank, the shoe is less flexible than some, which is actually not a serious impediment for treadmill walking anyway and helps with your aerobic activities.

A good range of sizes to help fit most feet and the shoe is also often worn casually.

New Balance 608v5 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Budget Offering

Best Seller

Rubber Sole

Internal Shank for Stability

Dual Density Collar for Comfort

Classic Sneaker Design

Medium to Extra Wide Fittings for Men

Narrow to Wide Fittings for Women

Not So Good Things

Dated Styling

Limited Features

Good for the Gym


Most Comfortable Lightweight Treadmill Walking Shoe

7. Nike Tanjun

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2% savings
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Sporty Casual Shoe
Use:Casual & Treadmill Walking
Sizing:6 – 15 Half Sizes to 12.5
Sizing:5 – 12 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Medium
Upper:Breathable Textile
Cushion:Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Removable
Arch:Normal
Rating:88%

Features

A budget shoe from Nike that is well suited to treadmill walking.

The material for the midsole extends to the outsole which means somewhat of a compromise for the material which is exposed to abrasion from the walking surface yet needs to be soft to provide the required cushioning.

Because fo this the shoe has limited durability if used outdoors on rough surfaces but this is less of an issue when walking on the already sprung treadmill machine surfaces.

Sizing is a bit of an issue as there is limited availability which seems to infer the shoe is likely to be replaced sometime during 2019, although I have no firm information on that as I write.

Therefore most sizes are available only in the medium width which does limit you if you need a wider width.

The shoe last is the typical skinny Nike offering although the flexible upper does give a little latitude if sizing is not perfect.

This is a lightweight shoe that feels very comfortable no matter if you just want an hour on the treadmill or want it for walking all day.

If you want a very lightweight comfortable shoe and take a medium width then this shoe will meet your needs. Just do not expect extended durability from it.

The uppers are in a flexible knit material that offers great breathability and it comes in plenty of color combinations to match your existing kit.

The shoe is amply cushioned around the collar and the midsole provides enough cushion to match the lightness of the shoe which all adds up to a good overall comfort rating.

The word Tanjun is Japanese for simplicity which shows of the design intention of the shoe and matches its low price entry point.

There are much better shoes available but you'll be paying substantially more for them!

Wrap Up

The Nike Tanjun is a simple yet very comfortable shoe at a very low price point for a Nike.

Better suited to indoor wear and being light and comfortable makes it well suited to treadmill walking even for long sessions.

Lots of breathability from the flexi-knit uppers to keep feet relatively dry but not much in the way of other technology to assist you.

If you have large feet then forget this shoe as it comes up small and is only available in medium sizes. If you are a regular size fit then still order 1/2 size larger.

A good budget shoe at an excellent price point that is very comfortable to wear but suffers from durability issues, especially if worn on rougher surfaces.

Nike Tanjun – Features of Interest

Good Things

Very Lightweight

Good Color Choice

Very Comfortable

Suited to Treadmill Walking

Cheap as Chips

Not So Good Things

Sporadic Availability

No Width Fittings

Poor Durability


Best Treadmill Walking & Crossfit Shoe

8. Reebok Crossfit Nano 8 Flexweave

24% savings
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Crossfit Knit Shoe
Use:Cross-training & Treadmill Walking
Men's Sizing:7 – 14 Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:5 – 11 Half Sizes to 9.5
Widths:Medium
Upper:Figure 8 Flex Weave
Cushion:Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Removable
Arch:Normal
Rating:93%

Features

This is a versatile workout shoe that is super lightweight and comfortable for treadmill sessions and very at home for weight lifting and general aerobic workouts.

Unlike a dedicated walking shoe, the design is adapted to provide more forefoot cushioning and multi-directional grip that is needed if you are working out in sessions with a different focus.

The 4mm low drop makes this a good weight lifting shoe. Whilst most walking shoes have a 10mm to 12mm drop to encourage forward motion more (you'll lean forward from the incline). On a treadmill, this is less important which makes the shoe work equally as well as a treadmill walking shoe.

The Nano 8.0 Flexweave is a super comfortable shoe too with good metatarsal cushioning and a nice flexible upper that has excellent breathability.

The shoe is cut quite low around the ankles with lots of foam cushioning to protect the Achilles and avoid the ankles.

The lacing system is well thought out and extends from the front of the instep right up to the top of the shoe making it easy to adapt to fit your foot shape.

There is a wide range of colors available to suit every taste and fit in with your existing work out wardrobe and either be showy or restrained as your character desires.

The shoe is very light, very flexible and an excellent choice for those with normal or in-between normal and wide fittings since the shoe is cut to a wider last than most. If you need a full 2E or wider though the shoe will be too snug and unfortunately there are no wide fittings in this model.

Wrap Up

An excellent choice for those who take a medium fitting or in between medium and wide fitting shoe as the medium sizing comes up larger than average.

A very comfortable and versatile shoe, it is best suited for you if you intend to be treadmill walking as part of a wider exercise gym program involving other activities and are looking for a flexible solution.

The shoe has good stability as well as durability and lots of cushioning and breathability which makes it an excellent shoe for the gym.

Once again the lack of width fittings is an issue for the large numbers of people who need wider fittings unfortunately but the lacing system and wider last will accommodate you if you are borderline wide.

Reebok Nano 8 Flexweave – Features of Interest

Good Things

Good Cushioning

Lots of Color Choice

Good Forefoot Support

Versatile Gym Shoe

Good for Treadmill Walking

Very Comfortable

Plenty of Grip

Not So Good Things

No Width Fittings

Slight Compromises for Versatility


Best Wide Fitting Men's Shoe for Treadmill Walking

9. Brooks Men's Beast 18

$160.00
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Walking & Sports Shoe
Use:Treadmill & Road Walking
Sizing:6 – 16 Half Sizes to 12.5
Widths:Medium to Extra Wide
Upper:Mesh & Synthetic
Cushion:Very Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Removable
Arch:Flat to Normal
Rating:92%

Features

The Brooks Beast 18 is another top quality shoe from Brooks, again targeting the mild overpronator but this time focussing on those with wider feet.

A well-cushioned shoe that is suitable for you if you have flat or medium arches and want a supportive shoe that provides ample comfort and cushioning.

A smart flexible upper enhances your foot by keeping it ventilated through your exercise.

It sports a progressive diagonal rollbar to help reduce overpronation and provide stability to the shoe which is helpful on a treadmill.

Wide fittings and a wider toe box than most shoes make this the perfect shoe if you have wide feet and overpronate. It is suitable for power walkers as well as Neutral Walkers.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is a similar shoe in many respects, made with higher support for people with normal to high arches.

It has strategically placed pressure zones in the soles to aid more even force distribution.

The Brooks Glycerin 16 is more a shoe for power & fitness than normal walking though.

The support is more restrained but still a shoe that excels.

The New Beast 18 from Brooks Running
Wrap Up

The Brooks Men's Beast 18 is the best Brooks men's shoe for treadmill walking for those with wide feet and a neutral gait or who are mild overpronators.

The generous toe box and width fittings give plenty of room for toes to do their job and the soft cushioning gives an excellent underfoot feel.

The shoe is well cushioned in every department from around the collar to underfoot cushioning abounds.

If you like a cushioned, walking on air feeling, then the cushioning coupled with the spring from the treadmill will give you exactly that.

The shoe comes up a little heavier as a result of the extra materials needed to give you that cushioned ride which makes it slightly less appealing if you are covering very long distances in the shoe because of that extra weight.

Nevertheless, this is one of the best wide fitting men's shoes for treadmill use.

Brooks Men's Beast – Features of Interest

Good Things

Purposely Made for Wide Footed Walkers

Breathable Upper

Accommodating Fit

Great Cushioning

Great for Treadmill Walking

Good Toe Box Sizing

Very Comfortable

Lots of Sizing Options

Equally at Home on Treadmill or Road

5 Star Walking Shoe

Not So Good Things

Pricey But Good

A Little Heavy

Add 1/2 Size for Custom Orthotics


Best Treadmill Shoe for High Arches

10. Saucony Triumph ISO 5

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Walking & Exercise Shoe
Use:Treadmill & Outdoor Walking
Men's Sizing:7 – 16 Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:6 – 11 Half Sizes to 10.5.5
Widths:Medium to Wide
Upper:Mesh & Synthetic
Cushion:Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Removable
Arch:High Arch & Normal
Rating:95%

Features

The Saucony Triumph ISO 5 presents Saucony’s shoe for people with high foot arches and a neutral gait or if you are a supinator.

A similar shoe to the Echelon 7 reviewed below but for high arches rather than low arches..

Other differences to the Echelon 7 is a slightly different insole that helps cradle the heel and encourage better foot alignment than other shoes.

Saucony Hurricane ISO 4 has been superseded by a recently released version 5 which is difficult to source.

The Hurricane is in all respects similar to the Triumph above but provides support and a medial posted midsole.

This shoe is instead suited to overpronators with the medial post reducing twisting caused by overpronators.

The Saucony Echelon 7 is a shoe specifically designed for you if you have flat feet and low arches but are a supinator.

A very comfortable shoe with plush cushioning and 8mm drop suited to regular walkers more than the power and exercise crew.

The Everun topsole provides excellent cushioning and a spring in your step whilst the flexible reinforced knit upper gives breathability and a good upper fit.

The shoe will actually accommodate both supinators and overpronators as the insole is removable allowing for custom orthotics.

It is particularly suited because the shape of the shoe will not become restricted as many other shoes can.

This trio of shoes covers you for pretty much any variation of gait and arch type and are all well-recommended shoes with a variety of width fittings available.

Wrap Up

For supinators who are into treadmill walking the Triumph ISO 5 is a suitable choice.

The shoe is amply cushioned by the quality Everrun midsole and gives plenty of energy return to your step.

Suitable for treadmill or road surface use, the mesh uppers are flexible to accommodate your fit and you can lock down easily courtesy of the excellent lacing provision.

The Formfit insole gives plenty of support under the arches for your high arch structure and ensures better load distribution to avoid overstressing the plantar and other muscles and ligaments.

If you are an overpronator then give this shoe a miss in favor of one of the Brooks or ASICS.

Saucony Triumph ISO 5 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Saucony Triumph ISO 5

Great Brand

Premium Sockliner

Breathable Upper

Great for Treadmill Walking

Good Fit with Toe Box Space

Removable Insoles

Wide Fittings Available

Excellent Arch Support

Not So Good Things

Can Take Getting Used To

Not Super Durable

Need to Size Up in Length


Best Treadmill Shoes for Longer Distances

11. Saucony Kinvara 10

$109.99
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$110.00
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Walking & Sports Shoe
Use:Power & Exercise Walking
Men's Sizing:7 – 15 Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:6 – 12Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Medium
Upper:Synthetic
Cushion:Very Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Removable
Arch:Normal
Rating:86%

Features

The Saucony Kinvara 10 is the upgrade to the previous version 9 with what seems to be a slightly longer last and a little more room in the toe box than the previous model.

This is a shoe for neutrals who prefer a low drop to their shoes, which incidentally works OK for treadmill walking.

The toe box is roomy and high enough to fit most people and the upper is constructed in a mesh with synthetic overlay.

You know that plastic you often see incorporating the logo on the knit and mesh shoes. Well in this shoe that plastic is slightly elasticated and bonded to the mesh underneath. The effect of this is to provide the benefit of a flexible mesh upper whilst providing better stability to the upper as the elasticated plastic covering restricts the flex of the mesh.

Actually, that works amazingly well. Compared to many knit and mesh shoes where the upper seems to move wherever your feet push them and offering little in the way of resistance, these uppers do contain that movement to a degree, making the whole shoe more stable with the same mesh upper flexibility benefits.

The heels are quite wide and for the women, this may be an issue. One of the ways for a shoe to stay well positioned on your feet is by heel positioning. Women tend to have narrower heels than men and the extra width in the heel may just be too much for women. For the men, it is not an issue.

The lacing system is good, with plenty of eyelets to accommodate any lacing refinements you might like to try and to enable the shoe to be fitted snugly to your foot.

The shoe has a lively and responsive midsole unit that provides plenty of cushioning as well as spring back for the return of energy that helps propel you onwards and reduces fatigue over longer distance treadmill sessions.

Wrap Up

For neutral runners who prefer a low drop in their shoes, the Saucony provides a good choice.

Intended for longer duration treadmill or road sessions which you can infer from the highly responsive and cushioned midsole system.

This is a very lightweight shoe that has good breathability and cushioning needed for those longer sessions.

Unfortunately only available in medium width fittings.

Saucony Kinvara 10 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Long Distance Shoe

New for 2019

Low Drop

Removable Insoles

Great for Long Treadmill Sessions

Good Responsive Midsole

Very Comfortable

Not So Good Things

Heel Over Wide for Women

No Width Fittings


Best Lightweight Treadmill Walking Shoe

12. Under Armour Threadborne Fortis 3

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Trendy Sports Shoe
Use:Treadmill Walking
Men's Sizing:7 – 16 Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:5 – 12 Half Sizes to 10.5
Widths:Medium
Upper:Synthetic Fabric
Cushion:Good – Responsive
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Removable
Arch:Normal
Rating:91%

Features

Under Armour have been breaking into the sports shoe industry with some innovative and well-designed shoes.

The Threadborne Fortis 3 is not a perfect all-purpose shoe but it is a very good shoe for treadmill activity.

The trendy styling catches your eye and the fabric upper looks cool and is flexible and breathable. But it does not provide much lateral structure although there is plenty of strength if all you are doing is going forward as you do when treadmill walking.

Unlike the other shoes on this list, the Fortis 3 has an internal bootie construction around the ankles which provides a disconnect to the upper edge and sort of snuggles the underside of your ankle.

It's a great looker when coupled with ankle socks which just peep over the top for a fashion statement but also provides protection against rubbing.

The woven nylon fabric provides plenty of breathability and is very lightweight which also true of the midsole which is thinner than some whilst still giving a good cushioned and responsive feel underfoot. The midsole is not thin, as in a minimalist shoe, just thinner than the more plushly cushioned shoes in my review.

Remember that treadmill walking does not need the same degree of cushioning as an outdoor shoe so making it thinner to reduce weight results in an effective and very lightweight solution.

The materials used for the midsole are very light which in conjunction with the lightweight flexible and breathable upper makes for an overall lightweight shoe.

With a 10mm drop, the product is targeted as a versatility shoe, but for outdoor wear, there are better solutions, albeit heavier ones.

If you are looking for a lightweight shoe that will look good in the gym and which is focussed on treadmill use, rather than multi-purpose workouts, then this shoe may well be a great fit for you.

Pricing is fairly competitive too and for one of the better brands is quite competitive.

The shoe is only available in medium widths but does have some flexibility in the upper and a good lacing system to adapt to your foot shape.

Wrap Up

A very lightweight cushioned shoe from Under Armour that is an excellent design for treadmill walking.

Plenty of colors available and a design that looks up to date and fashionable and looks great.

Good cushioning and comfort for such a lightweight shoe and a good lacing system to ensure a secure fit.

The midsole of the Threadborne Fortis 3 is responsive as well as cushioned despite the lightness of the shoe.

A good choice for targeted treadmill walking sessions but less so for multi-purpose workouts (because the shoe lacks some lateral stability needed for aerobic work).

Nike Air Force 1Under Armour Threadborne Fortis 3 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Very Lightweight

Plenty of Color Choice

Good Looking Design

Removable Insoles

Great for Treadmill Walking

Good Responsive Cushioned Midsole

Comfortable

Good Value

Not So Good Things

Durability Not Exceptional

No Width Fittings

Better for Gym than Outdoors


Best Cushioned Treadmill Walking Shoe for Women Overpronators

13. Brooks Ariel 18

$160.00
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Shoe Specifications
Style:Sports Shoe
Use:Road & Treadmill Walking
Sizing:6 – 13 Half Sizes to 11.5
Widths:Medium to Extra Wide
Upper:Mesh & Synthetic
Cushion:Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Removable
Arch:Flat to Normal
Rating:91%

Features

For women, the Brooks Ariel 18 is a fantastically cushioned and comfortable shoe.

If you are looking for a versatile well-cushioned shoe that will work outside on concrete roads or inside on the treadmill, then the Brooks Ariel 18 should be top of your list.

The shoe is designed for moderate to severe overpronators and will also work for those with a neutral gait.

The name conjures up mermaids for me (too much Disney with the kids I guess), but is kind of apt as it merges the worlds of comfort with support and stability that is high on the list of needs for women overpronators.

Cushioning comes thanks to the SuperDNA midsole that works to absorb shock from heel strike to push-off.

Stability is served well by the Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar which runs at an angle across the heel and into the midfoot and stabilizes the shoe from any torsional twist. In so doing it provides resistance against the tendency of overpronators to roll their feet inwards as their weight transfers to their landing foot.

To promote good heel positioning and to provide more stability, there is an effective heel counter to firm up the rear of the shoe.

The Brooks Ariel 18, like most Brooks shoes, comes in various width fittings and has a larger than average toe box which will help you if you have bunions, wider front foot or simply need a bit more space for your toes to express themselves. Nice when they have been cramped up in the normal shoes we wear.

To top it all off there is an excellent sockliner which provides support for your foot arches and help wick away the moisture to leave your feet drier and fresher.

A top-quality, women only shoe from Brooks to put on your shopping list.

Wrap Up

A very well cushioned shoe for treadmill walking, running and for use on concrete road surfaces too.

An excellent midsole and overall design that brings all the benefits of a cushioned shoe with stability for women who overpronate.

A top quality shoe from a top quality brand that comes in width fittings to suit wider feet and with an accommodative toe box to help encourage toe action at push off.

A good supportive shoe designed specifically for women who overpronate.

A versatile shoe that can be worn out on the road or in the gym on the treadmill as long as you are looking for a really comfortable and cushioned ride.

Brooks Ariel 18 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Top Cushioning

Super Support

Designed for Overpronators

Removable Insoles

Great for Treadmill Walking

Excellent All Round Construction

Very Comfortable

5 Star Walking Shoe

Not So Good Things

Limited Color Choices


Best Fresh Foam Treadmill Walking Shoe

14. New Balance 1080v9

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Atheltic Shoe
Use:Power & Treadmill Walking
Men's Sizing:7 – 16 Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:5 – 13 Half Sizes to 12.5
Widths:Medium to Extra Extra Wide
Upper:Mesh & Synthetic
Cushion:Very Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Ortholite Removable
Arch:Normal
Rating:85%

Features

The New Balance 1080v9 couples the walking-on-air feeling with decent and adaptive support courtesy of the fresh foam midsoles.

The comfort level when you first put these shoes on is truly amazing. But be warned that like many fresh foam type designs the foam will eventually compress and provide diminishing returns.

This would be worrying in such an expensive shoe were it not that the Orthalite insole is quite resilient and extends the durability somewhat whilst providing good moisture wicking and support. As these are removable, you can take them out and install custom orthotics readily available in order to extend the working life of the shoe.

If you want a longer review of memory foam and similar foam type effects then you might be interested in our article on that.

The engineered mesh upper provides flexibility and breathability whilst the blown rubber outsole has a grooving pattern to encourage flexing where you want it.

An Ortholite sockliner adds more cushioning for a great comfortable shoe suited to treadmill walkers.

Since this is removable you have the option to install custom orthotics if the ones provided do not suit.

Still a lightweight shoe, it will suit both fitness walkers and normal walkers looking for a flexible cushioned shoe.

Wrap Up

If you like fresh foam and a soft underfoot feeling then the 1080v9 is a pretty good shoe to put on your list.

The bonus of various width fittings and quite a few color styles now available will attract a wide audience for this shoe.

The flexible Jaquard uppers provide leeway on fit whilst the elasticated laces in the lacing system makes for a very nice secure fit without pressuring the instep.

An Ortholite sockliner provides good moisture control within the shoe and the excellent midsole provides support as well as that comfort and cushioning some people love.

An excellent fresh foam type shoe that can be used with custom orthotics to extend the cushion and support that will wane before the rest of the shoe.

New Balance 1080v9 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Excellent Cushioning

Enough Color Ranges

Good Support

Removable Insoles

Great for Treadmill Walking

Wide Width Fittings

Very Comfortable

5 Star Walking Shoe

Not So Good Things

Fresh Foam Durability


Best Nike Treadmill Shoe for Power & Fitness Walking

15. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Athletic Shoe
Use:Power & Exercise Walking
Sizing:6 – 15 Half Sizes to 12.5
Widths:Medium & Extra Wide
Upper:Mesh & Synthetic
Cushion:Good
Sole:Rubber Cushioned
Insole:Removable
Arch:Normal
Rating:89%

Features

The Nike Zoom Air Pegasus 35 is built for speed.

The full-length Zoom Air insert has been re-engineered to provide a more dampened and balanced air flow to ensure more even pressure distribution.

The uppers are a flexible fabric material that provides a little room for sizing but is pretty snug in a medium fitting, so it is as well that some colors come in an Extra Wide. Note that there is no Wide fitting alternative but balance that with the fact that even the extra wide fitting will be snug if you normally take extra wide fittings in shoes.

The takeaway here is that the Extra Wide fitting will suit you if you normally take a wide.

The midsole is a responsive foam with a beveled heel that provides good cushioning and spring back when you are walking at speed or running.

The cushioning around the shoe collar is angled out and away from the Achilles and ankles to reduce rubbing on these areas.

There is a good lacing system that runs from the front of the instep up to the top and enables the shoe to be securely fastened to your foot without excessive pressure.

A nicely breathable upper that is connected via fly wires that attach lower down your foot which achieves a better fit from the laces instead of relying on pressuring the top of the instep to drag the uppers into place. This is a clever idea that is well implemented in this shoe.

The shoe does run a little short so consider upsizing one half size. If you have high insteps then you will likely find this shoe not to be a good fit because the instep is a little cramped.

Wrap Up

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 is definitely a shoe for the Power Walker or walker/runner and is designed with that purpose in mind.

There is a huge range of colors available for medium fit shoes but the color range in extra wide is more restricted.

An excellent responsive yet cushioned midsole will propel you onwards and give you a lift to carry on and the lightweight fell will not be a drag.

Unsuited to high insteps but well suited to treadmill power walking or running.

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 – Features of Interest

Good Things

Responsive Cushioning

Lots of Color Choice

Great for Treadmill Runners

Nike Quality

Lightweight

Good Breathable Uppers

Not So Good Things

Sizing a Bit Snug

Limited Colors in Extra Wide

No Good for High Insteps


Best Adidas Treadmill Walking Shoe

16. Adidas Ultraboost GOT

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Shoe Specifications
Style:Themed Athletic Shoe
Use:Power & Exercise Walking
Men's Sizing:4 – 15 Half Sizes to 12.5
Women's Sizing:5 – 15 Half Sizes to 13.5
Widths:Medium
Upper:Mesh & Synthetic
Cushion:Excellent Responsive
Sole:Rubber
Insole:Removable
Arch:Normal
Rating:97%

Features

I am a Game of Thrones lover but really apart from the hype, the Adidas Ultraboost is an exceptional shoe. Coming from me that is a real compliment because I am not a great lover of Adidas shoes. Perhaps a leftover of memories of rather poor quality offerings from years ago.

But a poor offering is NOT what the Ultraboost range is – it is a quality intensity exercise shoe with plenty of design features to put it up there with my favorite brands.

Let's start with the Ultraboost midsole. This voluminous midsole is made from a lightweight but very responsive material that provides plenty of cushioning and gives back the energy it received from your weight compressing it.

The midsole is splayed at the rear where your heel strikes and also along the length of the shoe, though to a lesser extent. The midsole thins out somewhat towards the front of the shoe though. There is a very good reason for this.

The thick midsole at the rear provides exceptional shock absorbance and softness as your heel strikes the surface and your weight is transferred. At this stage of your gait, the forces from impact are the greatest. Exactly where you need softness and shock absorbance, the shoe provides it.

On the transition of your gait from heel to midfoot, the forces are less and the midsole thins out to provide less softness (well it's not needed so much there), and more responsiveness to the forefoot. Remember that the forefoot is where you are pushing off from and is exactly where you need responsiveness to give spring back to your push off. Excellent!

The midsole has an outer layer of rubber which Adidas term Sprintweb. Clever name for a perforated rubber with little pimples to grip. The perforations reduce weight and the pimples enable less material to be used in the thickness. And this is one reason why the shoe has poor durability on hard and rough surfaces. But for the smooth treadmill runners, this problem is much reduced because the pimples do not wear nearly so quickly.

The upper is made from Primeknit which is a type of engineered mesh.

What is engineered mesh?

Engineered mesh is a woven fabric or synthetic material where the knit pattern varies in the tightness of fit. This variation in knit pattern allows for a variable amount of stretch across the material. In shoes, it means you can reduce stretch using a tighter knit spacing where you want less stretch and a wider knit pattern where you want more stretch.

The benefits of the engineered mesh allow the uppers to be designed to give more stability to the shoe. However alone, no mesh is going to provide anything like the stability of say, a leather upper.

Despite the increased stability from the mesh, a shoe with such a soft midsole as this needs additional rigidity which comes from the rigid midfoot cage, to which the laces attach, and the rigid plastic heel counter. Some say the rigid plastic defeats the purpose of using a knit upper but I disagree. You do not need flexible knit around your heel nor particularly around the midfoot so it is a very sensible position to add structure to the shoe whilst leaving a flexible forefoot area.

The flexible forefoot area is a good idea but the space for toes is a bit limited. The height in the toe area is skinny before it's reduced by the removable footbed which kind of leaves your big toe pushing up underneath the front of the shoe. To get around this order up half a size.

I've gone on rather too long, but lastly to mention that the upper is a bootie construction with a protruding outward splayed heel pull which looks rather odd compared to what you might be used to but makes it easy to pull the shoe on.

The bootie construction is padded under the lacing area but there is no tongue as such, with the uppers a one-piece construction. It all works well though!

Wrap Up

Not only a Game of Thrones marketing scoop but also a pretty good treadmill shoe.

Only medium sizes and the tight toe area demands a half upsize unless you have very thin toes.

With its guidance system and natural gait enhancing design, overpronators will appreciate the technology. The decent full-length air compartment, with nanofibres to dampen the air flow under pressure, gives you a consistent feel without that wallowing instability. The insole provided is quite thin so even though removable you'll need to size up at least one size for custom orthotics and fit is not assured even then because custom orthotics are thicker into an already tight shoe.

A nice blend of soft mesh flex uppers with stability from the midfoot cage and heel counter.

If you can get a good fit, they only come in medium, then you will find these a very good treadmill shoe and you get to imagine climbing that wall or scaling the ramparts as you exercise.

Adidas Ultraboost GOT Edition – Features of Interest

Good Things

Great Cushioning

Excellent Responsiveness

Satble for a Knit Upper

Removable Insoles

Great for Treadmill Walking

Soft and Comfortable

Pick Your Faction

Not So Good Things

Sizing a Bit Small – Size Up

No Width Fittings

No Good for High Insteps

Poor Durability Outdoors


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 of 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 powerlifting 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 Shoe

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 traveling 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, your 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 (pronates). 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.

Pronation & Supination Showing Right Foot

If you overpronate or underpronate excessively 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 keep 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.

The Stages of the Gait Cycle

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 are 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 a cardboard box (unprinted) and stand with your weight on your foot. The damp imprint will show your arch type on loading.

Which Foot Arch Type Are You?

The process to Select a Shoe

  1. First, choose your arch type – shoes are labeled 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

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 workout.

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

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 at the gym and waste YOUR time waiting for a machine
  • 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 heartbeat should be around 130-140 bpm. If you are very unfit or very fit adjust the 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?
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, fewer 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 the 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 are 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 KAT Walk mini - A Ready Player One omni-directional VR Treadmill (Compact & Unrestrictive).

 

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