Best Walking Shoes for Men 2021
Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet
Physical activity is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle, and walking is one of the best activities around.
The American Heart Association recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week, with even more health benefits accumulating at 300 minutes per week. Since walking is a prime moderate-intensity activity, it’s a perfect way to be more active and improve your health.
Walking can reduce cardiac risk factors, such as high cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness and inflammation, and mental stress. It’s also low-impact, easy to get into and enjoyable to do with friends.
If you plan to start walking for exercise or you’re already logging laps around the neighborhood, it’s worth picking up a pair of the best men's walking shoes. But don’t feel stuck if you can’t find walking-specific shoes that work for you—you can also use running shoes for walking.
We think these are some of the best men’s walking shoes available today:
- New Balance 840 v5
- HOKA ONE ONE Bondi SR
- Brooks Addiction Walker 2
- Altra Torin 5
- Karhu Ikoni 2021
- Saucony Triumph 19
- On Cloud
- Mizuno Wave Rider 25
- ASICS GEL-Kayano 28
[Updated September 2, 2021. This article is part of the Fleet Feet Buyer's Guide for The Best Running Shoes 2020. Find all the best running shoes from the top brands for all situations.]
New Balance 840 v5
The men’s New Balance 840 v5 gives you the right combination of performance and style to walk comfortably.
New Balance designed the 840 v5 with a full length Abzorb midsole. The foam helps dampen the impact of walking on hard surfaces, creating more comfortable steps when you’re on sidewalks or paved trails. Underneath, New Balance coated the shoe in a blown rubber outsole, which increases traction and improves durability.
The newly designed engineered mesh upper of this shoe will allow your foot to breathe, while giving it structured support. This is a great versatile shoe that gives you lasting cushion with a responsive ride for all of your daily walks.
HOKA ONE ONE Bondi SR
Spending a lot of time on your feet? The HOKA ONE ONE Bondi SR is a great walking and working shoe thanks to its big midsole.
HOKA packed the Bondi SR with an oversized pad of EVA foam for unbeatable comfort. The midsole feels soft and bouncy underfoot to keep your feet feeling fresh whether you're a recreational walker or logging long shifts at work.
Designers wrapped the Bondi SR in a full-grain leather upper for a subdued look and water-resistant finish, and they coated the bottom with a slip-resistant (and non-marking) rubber outsole to make it safe on the job.
Whether you need a comfortable shoe to walk around the neighborhood or something safe for work, the HOKA Bondi SR will meet all your needs.
For a sportier look without slip-resistance, check out the standard men's HOKA Bondi 7.
Brooks Addiction Walker 2
The Brooks Addiction Walker 2 is one of the best men’s walking shoes because it’s tailored specifically for walkers.
Brooks used its proven BioMoGo DNA foam to cushion the ride and gave it extra stability features for more confident steps. Designers topped the Addiction Walker 2 with a full-grain leather upper that’s comfortable, durable and offers subdued styling.
With a slip-resistant outsole and single-color upper, the men’s Brooks Addiction Walker 2 is a great choice for walkers or workers who spend all day on their feet.
Altra Torin 5
Whether you’re walking to lose weight, reduce stress or one of its many other health benefits, the Altra Torin 5’s 0mm heel-to-toe drop and wide toe box lets you keep a natural stride during your time outside or on the treadmill.
When you put on the Torin 5 for your next walk, it may be tough to go back to a traditional walking shoe. Altra’s gloriously wide, FootShaped toe box lets the toes be free with plenty of space for swelling and toe splay during long walks. And because of the shoe’s natural shape, it can accommodate a variety of widths and arch heights.
The Torin uses Altra’s EgoMax cushioning that feels plush and bouncy on hard surfaces that helps reduce the impact hard pavement can have on the body.
The 0mm drop and energetic ride make the Torin 5 a super versatile shoe for walks, runs and cross-training.
Read more: Altra Torin 5 review
Karhu Ikoni 2021
The Karhu Ikoni 2021 is the perfect men’s walking shoe for strolls around the neighborhood, exploring a new city or taking the dog out for an afternoon walk.
The Ikoni uses ultra-lightweight Aerofoam that feels soft underfoot and absorbs impact on hard pavement. The cushioning works with the shoe’s integrated Fulcrum unit positioned under the arch to roll your forward for a smooth transition as you walk.
Designed for comfort and durability, Karhu shaped the Ikoni using data points from millions of 3D foot scans taken during Fleet Feet’s fit id® outfitting process. The result is a shoe perfect for walking that feels like it was custom made.
Saucony Triumph 19
If Saucony manufactured cars, their luxury model would be the Triumph 19. Its cushy ride and accommodating fit makes it a great choice as your daily shoe for walking and long days spent on your feet.
The upper mesh and laces feel plush and premium when you slip the shoe on, and Saucony revamped the upper using lightweight and breathable recycled materials to keep your feet cool and comfortable. Built to withstand heavy mileage from running, this shoe also has a durable rubber outsole that will hold up to your walks on gravel and pavement.
As one of the best-cushioned shoes on the market, the Triumph 19’s PWRRUN+ midsole foam will put an extra pep in your step during your walks.
Unique engineering and design highlight the On Cloud, but it’s the shoe’s comfort and versatility that make it one of the best walking shoes for men.
The On Cloud is comfortable thanks to its soft engineered mesh upper and roomy fit. The shoe breathes easily on warm days, making it perfect for walking around the block or around the city.
Designers built the Cloud on top of On’s unique Cloud elements. The individual pods beneath the shoe collapse when your foot lands to provide cushion, and they spring back into shape for a quick response.
With a secure heel fit and quick-lacing system for easy entry and exit, the On Cloud is an ideal everyday shoe for walking, running errands or a night out.
Mizuno Wave Rider 25
The same qualities that make the Mizuno Wave Rider 25 a great running shoe is why we think it is one of the best shoes for walking as well.
A Wave Plate underneath your heel compresses and propels your foot forward for a smooth stride while a soft cushion of Mizuno’s Enerzy foam protects your feet and joints from the impact of the pavement.
In our review of the Wave Rider 25, Fleet Feet testers described the shoe as “so durable that you never know when they are at the end of their life.” This is because Mizuno uses an abrasion-resistant X10 rubber outsole that wears more evenly over time from the effects of walking or running.
The Mizuno Wave Rider 25 is the perfect walking shoe for endless miles on your feet. Its lightweight and breathable mesh upper prevents rubbing on the outer edges of the shoe for comfort and support mile after mile.
ASICS GEL-Kayano 28
One of the best stability shoes for the last 20 years, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 28 makes a great walking shoe for its supreme cushion and structured fit.
One of the few running shoe brands to use GEL technology in the midsole, ASICS adds its signature shock-absorbing gel pads underneath your heel and forefoot to protect your feet from the impact of the road. As you stride forward with your heel, a dense posting of foam under the inside of the arch keeps your foot moving forward without losing momentum from overpronation.
A padded heel collar gives you support from the rear of your foot cradles your heel and improves ankle stability and balance during long walks.
The GEL-Kayano’s plush ride and breathable mesh upper that cools the foot with each stride make this a walking shoe for endless miles on your favorite roads.
How We Picked the Best Men’s Walking Shoes
We used data from our fit id® outfitting process, interviews with designers and real-life wear testing to determine the best men’s walking shoes for most people.
Standing Behind Our Picks
You can shop with confidence at Fleet Feet: We offer free shipping on all orders over $99, and our return policy means you have 60 days to return any gear if you don’t like the way it looks, fits or feels. Plus, with our price-match guarantee, you can make sure you never pay too much for a new pair of running shoes.