The Best Walking Shoes For Men (And Why Walking Is Good For You)

Today we’re going to review a subject that goes back tens of thousands of years, my friends.

Walking. Yup, that’s right, one of the simplest activities we do basically, almost since we were born.

Now if you had the chance to walk for hours (family trips, or shopping with your girlfriend/spouse), we know that feeling,

aren’t we?

It’s the same almost every time the same too… you go there, the first 3-4 hours are ok, but fast-forward 7 hours later

you are just aching, dragging your feet, looking for anything that resembles an object that you can sit on.

Either that or you’re simply like walking, like me, taking that mind-focusing walk.

In both cases – you should really hear the thoughts I’ve gathered about, what seems to be, the top walking shoes for men.

These shoes are simply different, believe me, it’s like another planet. You can walk for hours and hours to come,

nothing interrupts you.

Ever since I’ve got my Reebok’s not too long ago, I feel awesome walking around – no more pain, no more complaining,

no more whining – you walk, you win.

So let’s take a look of the results I’ve gathered to the following guide chart, grouping the top walking shoes I’ve found:

 

PictureNameRatingPrice
New Balance Men's MW759 Country Walking Shoe4.1$66.59 - $77.95
Rockport Men's Eureka Walking Shoe4.3$44.81 - $99.95
Reebok Men's Work N Cushion Walking Shoe4.0$25.82 - $69.99
Reebok Men's Daily Cushion 3.0 RS Walking Shoe4.4$25.22 - $69.99
New Balance Men's MW577 Walking Shoe4.3$53.26 - $85.99
New Balance Men's MX608V4 Training Shoe4.4$31.67 - $74.95
New Balance Men's MW577 Leather Hook-and-Loop Walking Shoe4.1$50.82 - $85.99
Skechers Performance Men's Go Walk 3 Slip-On Walking Shoe4.4$40.99 - $118.00
Rockport Men's World Tour Classic Walking Shoe4.3$99.95 - $114.99
Rockport Men's We are Rockin Chranson Walking Shoe4.4$46.00 - $119.95
New Balance Men's MW411V2 Walking Shoe4.4$24.75 - $64.95

New Balance Men’s MW759 Country Walking Shoe

Testimonial:

I’m going short on 5 stars and only giving 4 as I am not convinced they deserve more yet. Got these about 4 days ago after reading others comments on size and fit of all the New Balance shoes. Everyone was right about them being smaller. I usually get 10 1/2 M, but due to the comments, I got the 11 D. Glad I did. They do fit but are pretty slim for a D width. Used to be New Balance was noted for their generous room, not so with these Chinese models. This is one case where I would pay the extra for them to take one step back to their other manufactures.The brown with dark brown/orange/black trim do look good and I’ve had several comments on that. And I suspect NB will start selling more of these.They are fairly comfortable and I’ve been taking some time breaking them in as one of the soles was really stiff and board like. But it has loosened up some with use. The ankle padding and tongue are adequate without getting in the way of function. The laces are flat and I like the way they stay tied. They certainly beat the round ones they had for a while.I’ve been a fan of NB for quite a few years, hopefully this one will continue the heritage. If you order be sure to order at least an extra half size larger and maybe even a little wider to avoid the exchange thing.Added Dec 28, 2012I’ve been wearing these for a few months now and I must say that since break in, these have been very comfortable to walk in. And I’ve changed the rating from 4 to 5 stars. I’m definitely ordering another pair of these come April.

 

Rockport Men’s Eureka Walking Shoe

Testimonial:

We travel overseas a lot and this is my husbands “go to” shoe. To rip off a phrase – he wouldn’t leave home without it. The shoe is very well made, fits very well and is comfortable. Comfort is a huge factor, as we do a lot of walking overseas. Also, this shoe is not so casual that he can’t wear it for dinner. Thus, it eliminates having to take a pair of dress shoes. When the suitcase weight is important, leaving a pair of shoes home is wonderful. I’d rather have that weight used for those items that I can’t pass by! Oh, I almost forgot the most important feature. This shoe is very, very water resistant! We travel in the spring and fall, notorious for rain in Europe. And, although we’ve been caught in some torrential downpours, hubby has never had wet feet! I can’t say the same for my shoes. All in all, it’s a great shoe, even if you don’t travel. Best price I’ve found. Don’t hesitate to order this.

 

Reebok Men’s Work N Cushion Walking Shoe

Testimonial:

My husband recently transferred to a new department at work. He had always worn dress shoes and been at a desk. Now he is on his feet walking on concrete all day, through grease and other spills. He tried wearing a pair of rugged shoes he had, but slipped and slid around all day. His legs got very tired and sore. I decided to order a pair of the Reebok Men’s Work N Cushion Walking Shoes for him to try. The first day he put them on he noticed a huge difference. He said they felt so good on his feet and gave him the much needed support. Best of all there is no slipping! Every day he tells me how great his shoes feel. I plan to order another pair, to always have as backup.I purchased these shoes at regular price and they are worth every penny! Thanks Reebok!

 

Reebok Men’s Daily Cushion 3.0 RS Walking Shoe

Testimonial:

I received my shoes less than 48 hours from Amazon and they are great. I like the Reebok’s memory tech in their shoes. I have other Reebok with the same memory tech and it is a added softness to the bottom of your feet. I’m not really hard on shoes because I alternate them between other shoes during my workouts. I am sure they will last and they also look great.

 

New Balance Men’s MW577 Walking Shoe

Testimonial:

I had to get out of the closet because it was full of New Balance MW577’s. No longer able to jog, I went looking for a good, comfortable walking shoe with wide widths. Already a fan of the SL-2 last in my NB running shoes, I quickly narrowed my search to the 577’s. If you find the right fit, which for me was the same as my running shoe, you should have no problems falling in love with this model. I replaced the shoe’s insert with a thicker type, and I am set. Fearing the day they decide to stop producing the 577’s, I have purchased a good number of both the Velcro and tie models. Thus the full closet. I walk 2-3 miles most days, and these shoes have been my best friend from pair one. I wear them everywhere.

 

New Balance Men’s MX608V4 Training Shoe

Testimonial:

These are terrific shoes – comfortable in all aspects with support in all the right places. I run tennis tournaments for a living and when on-site I am often on my feet all day from 7:00 A.M. until as late as 9:00 or 10:00 P.M. I have worn New Balance 623 for years but recently New Balance changed the design of this shoe so I switched to the MX608V4.The toe box in the 608’s is wider than that found in the 623 making the 608 much more comfortable particularly if you are on your feet for prolonged periods of time. When this happens it’s inevitable that one bursts small blood vessels in the feet which leads to the edema or swelling at the end of the day. The extra width in the toe box makes the 608 more comfortable throughout a long day. These shoes have good arch support plus terrific cushioning for impact absorption. In short they are a big improvement in my opinion over the 623’s.These shoes are so comfortable that we ordered two pairs for the War Department (a.k.a. Mrs. B.) who is hard to fit. For her we get men’s size 7 4E. Yep, think little short wide webbed feet like a duck. Anyway these are so comfortable that she wears them all the time. The bottom line is that we ordered a three extra pairs for each of us just in case New Balance changes this model like they have changed so many different models over the years.Everyone have a great day out there.

 

New Balance Men’s MW577 Leather Hook-and-Loop Walking Shoe

Testimonial:

I love these shoes, as I have small but wide feet. My neurologist also gives them two thumbs up for people with burning / painful feet. I previously had a pair in size 9. I upsized against Dr.’s opinion, but have not yet experienced negative aspects of doing so. They are wide in the toe box, and the velcro is a plus in making adjustments easier. In most US sized shoes, I wear an 8.5, and sometimes need wide widths depending on brand design. New Balance seems to run narrow consistently for me and my paddle feet. I do not find the 4E any problem at all, and is actually needed. I heard from a worker at one of their outlets that this shoe is a top seller, and I hope it means that they will continue making them for some time.

 

Skechers Performance Men’s Go Walk 3 Slip-On Walking Shoe

Testimonial:

There is a different between amazon size chart and Skechers size, in amazon chart (14) in US size equalize (47) in EUR size but in Skechers size (14) in US size equalize (48) in EUR size as the Skechers shoes box label, so for that i got one size larger than the usual and it’s bothering me a little bit. But i am forced to wear them because actuality i am from Saudi Arabia and it will be very costly to send it back again to the US .

 

Rockport Men’s World Tour Classic Walking Shoe

Testimonial:

I am a scientist with material science background, so think I have a somewhat objective view of things material.I had had a pair (made in China) which fit very well. I have high arches, so I put in an orthotic. The older pair was my basis of comparison. It was a pair I had bought about 10 years ago, memory approximate.So I got the newer pair (made in Vietnam) a few weeks ago. To superficial appearance, the newer model was more boxy in the toe. It had sewn seams around the outside top, though the older model was one piece. I don’t think this detracts from the newer design, just mention it.1. The poor reviews complain about cheaper materials or construction in the newer model. I went over the newer model with a fine tooth comb (figuratively), and I could not find any poor quality. The leather seems thicker, and there is judicious use of synthetic leather around top of the shoe. But It doesn’t seem poor quality. If anything, the newer model seems made to last longer.Another difference is that there was a sewn panel on the inside of the previous model where the laces thread through. This leather panel is missing from the newer model. Instead, they thread the laces through several slots in the tongue, effectively stabilizing it, and perhaps adding support to the tongue itself. I don’t know why they did this, but It doesn’t seem to me to be a lessening in quality overall.In all other aspcts of material and finish, this newer model seems identical to the older one I found comfortable. The padding around the inside, the bottom, the sole – all seem as good as or better than the earlier model. The sole seems more rugged, just my impression.Break-in and wearWhen I first put on the new pair, they seemed stiffer, so I was concerned that these would not break in as easily as the older. So I wore them 3 miles around the track, but did not have any rubbing issues or blisters. They were a little stiff, is all.So I decided to accelerate things by flexing the sole energetically and forcefully working the uppers – twisting, pushing. This helped to break them in, but I found that 15 minutes of this was more than enough, and I may have made them a little looser than a really good fit needed. My advice in retrospect would be, yes, flex the soles by bending them the way they are bent as you walk. But the uppers I would only work where you feel a little tight or stiff as you wear them. In general, stay away from the heel box and concentrate on the toe box. Limit this “kneading” to 5 minutes at a time.At this point, they fit so well I don’t think about them when they are on. I feel the quality reduction expressed in the poor reviews is not evident. I’m considering buying a pair of the World Tour as well. I have been an Ecco wearer for years, but it’s possible these give better support.

 

Rockport Men’s We are Rockin Chranson Walking Shoe

Testimonial:

These have become my new favorite ‘go-to’ shoes for my work–I am a pharmacist. Standing on my feet all day as I do, I need a comfortable shoe with a considerable amount of support in the arch/heel region. These lightweight shoes definitely are everything the manufacturers claim they are; lightweight, supportive, and comfortable. I am a size 11 D and must express some minor criticism regarding the fit of this shoe. I found that my big toes were each pressed against the front of their respective shoe–which almost made me consider returning this purchase in exchange for a 1/2 size larger. I am happy to report that the shoes stretched out sufficiently after wearing them for a week so this problem solved itself–but just barely so the size up option might be worth considering next time for me. I’ve read that another reviewer claimed the toe box was too narrow for himself/herself, so this might be worthy of your consideration if you are interested in this particular brand and design of shoe. I’ve never purchased Rockports before, and have always relied on other brands like Ecco and Brooks. Without exceptions, I have have found the Ecco and Brooksbrands of shoe to be consistent in sizing for my feet. Two months have elapsed since I initially purchased my Rockports and I still find them to be extremely comfortable shoes to walk about and stand in while at work. I have plantar fasciitis and also wear a custom heel/arch support from GoodFeet. They slide underneath the standard insole and fit quite well. I highly recommend these lightweight, comfortable, and supportive shoes and would gladly purchase them again. Rockport certainly seems to be a great brand of shoe—just be careful with the sizing(specifically the length rather than the width). I hope this helps prospective buyers.

 

New Balance Men’s MW411V2 Walking Shoe

Testimonial:

I’m usually an ASICS guy when it comes to shoes but my last pair seemed to die out pretty quickly, so I wanted to change things up. It has been a few years since I had a pair of New Balances, so I decided to give these a shot. I selected these mostly due to the inexpensive price and the fact that they come in “extra wide”. I usually wear just regular “wide” but the prospect of an “extra wide” excited me in ways that are probably illegal in some countries.Let me say this: these shoes are surprisingly the most comfortable pair of shoes that I’ve had in years. I had figured that they would be no better than an average pair of sneakers due to the low price but I’ll be damned if they didn’t exceed my expectations in every way. The extra wide size is perfect for my very Flintstone-like, yet still extremely sexy, feet. They’re pretty basic looking sneakers, so if you want to look like some dillweed rapper with flashy shoes, then these sensible sneakers aren’t for you.These shoes are extremely comfortable. I’m a learned doctor and am on my feet all day long. When I get home to my mansion after a long day of saving lives, my feet don’t kill me like they did in my old pair of shoes. I really couldn’t recommend these shoes more. They’re a great pair of footwear for such an inexpensive price.I will say this in regards to the sizing: I usually wear a 9.5 and that’s what I ordered here. I’ve found that I would’ve been better off with just a 9, so at least in my case, I feel that the shoes ran about a half size larger than expected.Oh, and ladies: you know what they say about a man with “extra wide” feet…

 

 

One More Thing…

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned, but walking is really good for you, and you should really start walking, I mean – today.

A study that was conducted in 2012, of the C3 collaboration for health, concluded that walking regularly, even if just a few minutes a day,

can raise life expectancy:

Recent studies have shown an association between walking and a reduction in deaths from all causes, ranging from 19–30 per cent depending on the frequency and length of walking activities.14 The most significant reduction in mortality was associated with walking 20km per week (beyond steps taken in normal day‐to‐day activities), while a reduction of 19 per cent was associated with 2.5 hours of brisk walking per week (around 12.5km, assuming walking at about 5km/hour).15    While the usual recommendation for physical activity for adults is 30 minutes at least five times a week,16 the health benefits of brisk walking begin to be seen at levels well below this level. For example, a recent study of 400,000 people found that just 15 minutes a day of moderate exercise (which includes brisk walking) can have significant health benefits, adding up to three years to life expectancy. Every additional 15 minutes of daily exercise reduced all‐cause death rates by a further 4 per cent.17

So yeah, you should probably take a walk soon 🙂

My dear readers, I hope you’ve enjoyed this article, and I wish that you’d be able to walk freely, painless, and enjoy it for years to come.

If you have any recommendations for shoes or tips, please write them in the comment section below, we’ll use them to improve on this article and bring you relevant content.

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TheShoesForMe Team.