Even if you don't walk for exercise, the right walking shoes can make all the difference if you're on your feet for long hours at work or walking all day while traveling. Professional tests and reviews of walking shoes (unlike other sports and fitness gear) are virtually nonexistent, meaning we had to rely on owner feedback more than usual in order to assess this crowded product category. To whittle down the candidates, we focused on the top-selling walking shoes for women and men — including styles for work, exercise, and leisure — from retailers like Amazon and Zappos. As with other kinds of footwear, such as hiking boots, pricing can vary widely depending on size and style. As always, we made our picks with price in mind, but expect to pay at least $40 to $75 for a good pair of walking shoes; anything less won't make your feet happy over the long term. It's always best to try before you buy to get the right fit, but the big online sellers make it easy — and usually free — to return or exchange shoes.

Prices and availability are subject to change.

Our Top Pick

Saucony Integrity ST2

Saucony Integrity ST2 Review

Our Picks
Saucony Integrity ST2

Saucony Integrity ST2 Review

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The Saucony Integrity ST2 isn't just a comfortable walking shoe, reviewers say. It's also cut out for jobs like nursing that require long periods of time on your feet. The cushioning is moderate; not so bouncy that it makes the shoe feel wobbly. A subtle offset shifts weight from the heel to the forefoot. Experts often recommend this type of shoe as best for plantar fasciitis, and a few reviewers on Amazon who suffer from that condition say it really helps ease their discomfort. Others say they have no problem inserting custom orthotics for added support. This women's walking shoe comes in three colors (white/silver, black/gray, and stone) and is made from perforated leather that users say is comfortable and breathable. A stretch zone eases stress on the forefoot, a plus for those with bunions. Some reviewers note that the shoe's rather clunky appearance won't win any fashion awards, but most don't care, saying they bought it for comfort, not style. The Saucony Integrity ST2 comes in only standard (medium) width.

New Balance Fresh Foam 1165

New Balance Fresh Foam 1165 Review

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Lightweight and cushy, these New Balance walking shoes are a Runner's World favorite for their agility. Editors praise the breathable, flexible mesh upper and supportive midsole, adding that this shoe is sturdy enough for light running. It's also relatively lightweight for a men's walking shoe, weighing just 9.8 ounces for a size-10 pair, and several wearers say they could walk all day in these shoes. They come in widths from standard to extra-wide and in two neutral colors. Owners say this is a very attractive shoe that looks athletic yet appropriate for a casual workplace setting, or for travel when you're trying not to look too much like a tourist. New Balance also makes a version of the 1165 walking shoe for women.

Easy Spirit Traveltime Clogs

Easy Spirit Traveltime Clogs Review

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Easy Spirit Traveltime Clogs appeal to people who travel frequently: They're comfortable and easy to slip on and off quickly at security checkpoints. Reviewers give these clogs a high average rating of 4.6 stars based on nearly 8,500 reviews. The shoes come in a variety of colors, and quite a few fans say they now have a closet full of them. The molded sole provides all-over foot support, and several wearers say the 1-inch heel drop and rounded toe box ease the discomfort of plantar fasciitis and bunions. The mule design also makes this shoe a good choice for people with edema, according to user feedback, because the open heel accommodates foot and ankle swelling. Most people say these clogs are suitable for walking moderate to long distances, although a minority say the open heel and lack of laces make them feel too loose for anything but short walks (and forget about running through the airport to make a tight connection). The best feature, according to many owners, is the huge selection of colors and patterns. Some are attractive and versatile enough to go from the airport to sightseeing to dinner — which means fewer shoes to pack.

Teva Verra

Teva Verra Review

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Need a good walking shoe for hot days that will allow your feet to breathe? Teva sandals are enjoying a resurgence among trendsetters and have long had a loyal following for their comfortable fit and eye-catching, colorful straps. On Amazon, more than 2,000 shoppers have weighed in on the Verra, giving it a solid 4.4-star average rating. We saw many comments from people who say the sandals are great to toss in a suitcase because they're lightweight and look nice enough to wear with a dress or slacks in the evening. The footbed on this sandal is contoured to fit the natural line of most feet, and wearers say the adjustable straps make it easy to get the perfect fit whether your feet are wide or narrow. Women who wear these sandals while hiking praise the waterproof straps and comfortable footbed, which doesn't feel slick or slimy when wet. Teva is currently making the Verra in about half a dozen colors, and older models in other colors and patterns can be found fairly easily online.

Clarks Sillian Paz

Clarks Sillian Paz Review

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One big complaint we see about even the best walking shoes is that they're "clunky" and not very attractive. Many reviewers see Sillian Paz shoes from the Clarks Cloudsteppers Collection as a solution to that problem. Although they aren't suitable for fitness, these slip-on loafer-style shoes appeal to people who have to be on their feet a lot but don't want to wear something that looks like a tennis shoe or athletic shoe. Reviewers give it an overall rating of 4.2 stars on Amazon in more than 1,100 reviews, and a majority say it's a comfortable shoe that's attractive enough for work or a trip someplace where people tend to dress more formally than Americans. These flats have a slightly more pronounced heel than other walking shoes, and some owners who have plantar fasciitis say it reduces their discomfort. We did see some complaints that the shoe runs small, so you might want to order a half-size larger than you would normally wear. Some of the sizes come in a wide width, too. The Sillian Paz is constructed of synthetic nubuck and comes in a selection of neutral colors.

Rockport Ridgefield Eureka

Rockport Ridgefield Eureka Review

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Professionals who are on their feet a lot appreciate the comfort of this shoe, saying the molded heel cup and cushioned EVA footbed provide good support when standing and walking. The insole is removable to accommodate custom orthotics. These Rockports earn a 4.1-star average rating from more than 3,600 reviewers on Amazon, with most owners saying they're equally ideal for the office, the daily walk to and from work, and weekend strolls on the greenbelt. They're also easy to wipe clean, according to reviews. We did see some recent complaints about durability, with a few buyers saying the sole separated from the upper after just a few months. However, Rockport does get kudos for its customer service. These shoes also come in various shades of brown and are available in medium and wide sizes.

Skechers GoWalk 5

Skechers GoWalk 5 Review

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Skechers GoWalk 5 is the latest iteration in a line of shoes known for comfort. It hasn't accumulated many reviews yet, but based on the very positive reviews for the GoWalk 4 (which is still widely available online), we expect this version to be just as good. On Amazon, the best-selling men's and women's GoWalk 4 shoes earn an average rating of 4.3 stars from about 4,000 users. Many reviewers note that these slip-on shoes are a good choice for travel, as they can be removed quickly in the airport security line. They're also relatively lightweight — 7.2 ounces for a pair of men's size 9, 5.5 ounces for a women's size 7 — and several owners say the cushy, comfortable footbed feels like memory foam. A mesh upper contributes to the light weight and adds breathability. Skechers makes the GoWalk 5 for men and women in about two dozen colors and slightly different styles, distinguished by names such as Apprize, Honor, Miracle, and Sparkling. (In our research, men's GoWalk 5 shoes were harder to find online than women's, although older models like the GoWalk 4 are still plentiful.) One comment we saw frequently is that Skechers walking shoes run a bit narrow — something to keep in mind if you deal with bunions.

Ryka Devotion Plus 2

Ryka Devotion Plus 2 Review

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One Ryka shoe or another appears on every "best shoes for walking" roundup we've seen, and the Devotion Plus 2 is a top choice for serious walkers. More than 1,400 reviewers give it a 4.4-star average rating on Amazon, with many saying it's the most comfortable shoe they've ever owned. The insole features a full-length cushioned platform and the shoe is constructed of rubber, mesh, and synthetic materials. The mesh makes it very breathable, while the synthetic overlay helps it maintain its shape, adding stability and durability. Even plantar fasciitis sufferers say they find these shoes very comfortable to wear, even for long periods. People with bunions appreciate the wide toe box. While the very latest (and higher-priced) Ryka Devotion Plus 3 comes in only two colors, the tried-and-true Plus 2 comes in more than half a dozen colors, and in medium and wide sizes.

Brooks Addiction Walker

Brooks Addiction Walker Review

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If you need a comfortable walking shoe and also have very wide feet, the Brooks Addiction Walker might be your new go-to shoe. It's one of the few that comes in an extra-wide 4E width for men and 2E for women (in addition to narrow, regular, and wide sizes). This is a popular shoe among reviewers on Amazon, with a 4.4-star average rating for the men's shoe, 4.3 stars for the women's shoe, and reviews numbering in the thousands. They say the sole provides enough support and stability to keep the foot from rolling inward and enough of a slope to ease plantar fasciitis. On the downside, even positive reviews acknowledge that this is a relatively unattractive shoe. It's also a bit heavy: 14 ounces for the men's shoe and 12.8 ounces for the women's (Brooks doesn't specify which sizes the weights are based on). The Brooks Addiction Walker is available in three colors: black, white, and brown suede for men; black, white, and bone for women.