The 20 Best Walking Shoes for Women for Spring 2022 — New Balance, Ryka, Athleta, Nike and More
By Amy Sheridan
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With spring underway and summer right around the corner, it's time to take stock of our health goals for 2022. Whether you are trying to stay fit, get healthy or spending more time walking outdoors, having all of the gym equipment and attire you need is important. While some people want an intense workout and others prefer a yoga class, we've gone back to basics with walking.
Walking is one of our favorite — and one of the healthiest — forms of exercise. First of all, it's low impact, so you can maintain a conversation about last night's Bachelor episode while doing it. Plus, it's a fun social activity that will get you outside to enjoy the weather while you exercise.
But that doesn't mean walking is always easy-breezy. We've all been there: the foot pain kicks in -- your toes cramp and you have aching pain in the soles of your feet or shooting pains lifting through your arch or heel. That usually means it's time for a new shoe. In fact, these are the biggest signs that you need to replace your workout shoes with a good walking or hiking shoe. So, how do you find the right shoe?
What you are looking for is a shoe that is breathable and comfortable all day long with ample cushioning for your heel and arch support. The best part about walking shoes is that with such great lateral support and cushioning, they can double up for most of your workout needs. So no matter what fitness activity you plan on taking up this spring, we can still help find the best walking shoe for you.
Below, ET rounded up some of the best walking shoes for women (or check out our best running shoes if that is your thing) that also happen to be sleek and stylish — so you can accomplish your spring health goals, all while looking fabulous. Browse through our favorite shoes below.
New Balance Fresh Foam 1365 is designed for consistent comfort with its plush Fresh Foam cushioning in the midsole. It has a thick polyurethane insert for extra support and instead of a rubber sole, it has an ethylene-vinyl acetate sole with rubber pods to make it the ultimate comfortable shoe.
Brooks has released a walking version of Addiction, one of its most beloved running styles. Not only does Brooks Addiction Walker footwear have a round toe with a bumper, a padded tongue and collar, but it has good arch support. Additionally, the outsole is totally slip-resistant -- just in case your walk gets vigorous, fast.
For the best walking shoe, you really can't go wrong with a Ryka. This lightweight shoe uses the Anatomical Precise-Return™ insole for arch and heel support and the active foam adds additional shock and impact absorption.
The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 was crafted specifically to help support your knees. The GuideRails® technology is designed to limit excess movement and ease knee pain, making it a great stability walking shoe.
The New Balance Fuelcore NERGIZE Sneakers happen to be slip-ons sneakers, which makes them extra convenient when your BFF texts after dinner to ask, “Want to go for a walk?” They also have removable memory sole insole, meaning they meld perfectly to your foot. They also have a mesh upper for maximum breathability.
If you're looking for women's athletic shoes for wet weather, the Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof shoe is great for hiking and walking on rough terrain. It's designed with a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane to keep your feet dry.
For a casual shoe, these white sneakers with a neutral arch from Ecco are well made and made for walking. It's also a comfortable travel shoe -- they're the perfect pair of sneakers to wear with pants, shorts or dresses.
If you've never tried a Hoka, the lightweight shoe is known for extra wide design and extra cushioning, but the Bondi 7 is the most cushioned model with full-length compression-molded EVA midsole. These are designed to be comfortable for hours of use.
The Ryka Devotion 2 is a walking-style sneaker with pillow-soft cushioning and firm heel support that provide the utmost in comfort. These affordable athletic shoes include memory foam, a rubber outsole and shock absorption, and they come in myriad colors to match your workout gear and personality.
If you're looking for a walking boot to get you through spring and summer hikes, let us introduce you to the Teva Ember Commute Waterproof. This shoe provides all the comfort of a walking sneaker but it's crafted with leather and suede and has a rugged lug pattern for excellent traction in unpredictable terrain. These are also waterproof shoes thanks to the bootie membrane that keeps out all things wet.
People love the comfort of Ryka walking shoes, but if you like to walk on rough terrain, you might want to consider the Sky Walk Trail from Ryka. They have a memory-foam insole to help provide support through the stride along with a molded EVA midsole for stability and a durable outsole for reliable traction.
As its name implies, the Asics GEL-Nimbus 23walking shoe has gel cushioning in the midsole and built-in shock absorption, which make your steps feel soft and steady. This comfortable women's shoe also features breathable mesh, lace-up closure and a padded tongue -- all of that will come in handy if you’re hiking in the woods or walking on uneven pavement.