Watch out for the Best Walking Shoes for Men 2017

best walking shoes for menThe most important piece of equipment for walking is a pair of walking shoes. Don’t go out and buy what is the cheapest or the most popular. There is no one best shoe for all walkers. The best shoe for you is the the one that fits you best, the one that gives you the proper support, flexibility, cushioning, and compensates for any stride problems you may have, such as overpronation. Each person’s feet are different. I will help you decide which are the best walking shoes for men.

The 10 Best walking shoes for men

PictureNameTypeWeight PriceOur Rating
nb mw577New Balance Men's MW577Motion Control13.5oz / 385g$$$4.0 Stars
ng mw928New Balance Men's MW928Motion Control 16.5oz / 468g$$$$$4.5 Stars
new balance mw847New Balance Men's MW847Motion Control11.7oz / 334g$$$$4.5 Stars
la sportiva bushidoLa Sportiva Men's BushidoTrail shoe
Stability
10.7oz 305g$$$$$3.5 Stars
brooks men 12Brooks Men's Beast '12Motion Control14oz / 396g$$$$4.5 Stars
brooks men glycerin 11Brooks Men's Glycerin 11Cushioning11.8oz / 334g$$$4.5 Stars
asics gel trainerASICS Men's GEL-DS Trainer 19Stability9.8oz / 278g$$$4.5 Stars
saucony progrid ride 3Saucony Prodgrid Ride 3Cushioning11.5oz / 326g$$$4.5 Stars

Chart Legend and Information

Picture
What You Can Expect the Shoes to Look Like
 Name Links to More Information and Option to Buy
 Type Here You Should Look for which One Fits Your Foot Type
 Weight The Weight of One Shoe (Lighter = Better)
Price $$ = Under 50$
$$$ = 50$ – 75$
$$$$ = 75$ – 100$
$$$$$= 100$ and up
Rating Our personal rating of the shoe at WalkingShoeGuide.com

You can sort by using the title of any column to your preferred topic. To find a shoe with a lower cost, just click the word Price at the top of the column to sort it from lowest cost to highest cost. When you’ve found a shoe that fits your needs, click on the name or photo of the knife to check it’s current price on Amazon. Here you can use their check-out system to make a purchase or find other walking gear.

Watch this video to find out your foot type:


If you’re not sure what type of sneaker your feet need, please read on for a step-by-step guide to finding the most comfortable pair of walking shoes for your feet.

Step 1: Your Arche Type.

 A wet footprint test is a common method for determining foot motion. Get your feet wet and stand on a flat surface that will allow your footprint to be shown. A paper towel works well. Compare your footprint to the images below.

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Normal arche – This is the most common foot type. It’s also called “pronator“, your foot collapses inward alittle to help absorb impact.

Shoe recommendation: You can wear almost any type of shoe. One with arch support (stability) is recommended to give you some support.

overpronation

 

Flat arche – Common for heavier people. Also known as overpronator. Excessive inward roll.

Shoe recommendation: Stability or Motion Control shoes, depending on the severity of overpronation.

 

supination

 

High arched feet: Least common foot type. “Underpronator” – feet tend to roll outward.

Shoe recommendation: Neutral-cushioned shoe, maximum flexibility.

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 Step 2: Determine your level of pronation

Take a pair of shoes of yours and look at the wear pattern.

pronation

 

Inside are more worn out than outside (overpronation)

Shoe recommendation: Stability or Motion control shoes

 

 

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Outside more worn out than inside (underpronation)

Shoe recommendation: Neutral-cushioned shoe with a flexible sole

 

pronation1

 

Same wear on both sides (normal)

Shoe recommendation: Stability shoe with normal flexibility

 

 

The Difference between Walking and Running Shoes

A running shoe has different characteristics from a walking shoe. Walking is associated with first striking the heel, whereas when you are running, it involves landing farther forward on the foot—a midfoot strike in most cases with more forefoot landing as running speed increases.Runners need more cushioning in the heel and forefoot than walkers, which is why you see all of the hype about air cushioning systems.

Walking shoes are designed with the specific body mechanics and strike path of walking in mind. They are constructed to be more flexible through the ball of the foot to allow a greater range of motion through the roll of the forefoot.

They also have greater arch support to protect where the force is heaviest on the foot. Running shoes, in contrast, have more cushioning in the heel–the point of impact–and less protection through the ball of the foot. The amount of heat generated in the running motion is greater, so running shoes also are made with a higher amount of mesh to keep feet cool during exercise.

Neutral vs. Motion Control vs. Stability

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1. Motion Control Shoes:

Motion control shoes have a thick midsole made of harder material, built to correct your gait so that your stride doesn’t roll inward as your weight transfers from your heel to your forefoot. They tend to be on the heavy side, and because of this, are generally a pretty durable shoe.

2. Neutral Shoes:

A “neutral” or cushioning shoe is made for both those with a neutral walking or running gait and for those who supinate (or roll outwards in their gait. If the wear on your sneakers looks even on both the inside and outside heel, you are probably a neutral runner.

3. Stability Shoes:

Stability has gradually become a generic term in the footwear industry for shoes that have any sort of corrective support. It does, however, still imply a shoe that has a level of corrective support below that of motion control.

Choosing the right size

You should normally buy your walking shoes 1/2 size to 1 size bigger than your regular shoes. Feet will swell a size or more during walking or running. If your sneakers are too small, you will likely end up with blisters, black toenails and severe foot pain from this swelling.

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When Should I Replace My Walking Shoes

But walking and running shoes have a limited life span. With each step, you are breaking down their cushioning and support. By 500 miles,depending on your running style, body weight, and the surface on which you run, most shoes are dead and need to be recycled or saved for non-exercise purposes.

About halfway through the life of your shoes, you might want to buy another pair of walking shoes to rotate into your walks. Your shoes will last longer when you allow them to decompress and dry out between workouts. Also, having a fresh pair of shoes as a reference will help you notice when your old ones are ready to be replaced.

How to Make Your Walking Shoes Last Longer

I save my good walking shoes only for walking. I have other shoes that I wear to work, shopping, etc. That keeps them fresh and saves them for when I really need their good features. Two tips: 1. Use baby powder inside the shoes every time before wearing them. It will keep them dry and fresh. 2. When the soles wear out re-fill them using Shoe-Goo.

Note: Dont forget to check out my shoe guide for women.