Whether you're someone who's always enjoyed walking or you've recently committed to getting your daily step count up, you'll want to make sure you're equipped with the best trainers for walking. Finding the correct yet fashionable trainers will ensure your feet are supported during every step you take. Plus, you'll look the part.
Walking is a great form of exercise, with lots of physical and mental health benefits. It can give you a new appreciation for your surroundings. And the joy that can be found in going outside for a daily walk is unrivalled. Walking outdoors in the UK can be very rewarding and is fantastic for a change of scenery, getting fresh air, sunlight and moving your body.
Last chance Black Friday deals on walking trainers
We interrupt the regularly scheduled content to let you know that although Black Friday is over, there are still plenty of discounts to take advantage of, including a whole host of last chance Black Friday deals on the best trainers for walking. Want to grab a bargain? These are the retailers that still have the best deals live, or keep scrolling to continue reading our buyer’s guide.
Save 25%: Outdoor Womens Walking Shoes, WAS £39.99, NOW £29.99
Save 40%: Lady Vendeavour Walking Shoes | Barley White Lime Cream, WAS £70, NOW £41.95
Save 29%: Nike Escape Run 2, WAS £89.95, NOW £62.97
Save 20%: Skechers Arch Fit Big Appeal Engineered Mesh Lace-up Trainers, WAS £89, NOW £71
Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking can help you build stamina, burn calories and improve your heart health. Of course, going for a walk doesn't always have to involve going on a scenic adventure. There are benefits to just simply going for a stroll around your neighbourhood or opting to travel by foot instead of the car when you're nipping out close by. With a walk, you can go at a slow or brisk pace.
If you're wanting to take up walking as an ongoing habit for a healthy lifestyle change, the best trainers will make sure your feet are comfortable and can go the distance. Just make sure you're clued up on how to clean your trainers properly to keep them comfy and clean, especially if you've had a particularly muddy walk. If you're looking for trainers for wider feet, then not to worry! Plenty of brands are making shoes especially.
Best trainers for walking at a glance:
• Best overall: Mountain Warehouse Outdoor Walking Shoes - view on Mountain Warehouse
• Best for cushioning: Nike Escape Run 2 - view on Nike
• Best for wide feet: New Balance Women's 624v5 - view on New Balance
Best trainers for walking
1. Hoka Bondi 8
Best for comfort
While on the expensive side, these Hoka Bondi 8 trainers are definitely worth it. With many raving
- Selection of colours
- Popular choice
- Flexible and soft
- Back heel doesn't have as much structure
Perfect for hiking, long walks and everyday use, these Mountain Warehouse Outdoor Walking Shoes
- Good support
- Funky colour
- Sole could be thicker
Best for wet walks
Waterproof, breathable and comfy, what more could you want from a walking trainer? The Lady
- Choice of colours
- Comfortable EVA footbed
- Some customers would have liked more arch support
Best for cushioning
Whether you're out for a walk with friends or on a solo trip to the shops, these Nike Escape Run 2
- Has a wider collar
- Cushioned foam
- Option to design your own
- Better for casual wear
Best for high arches
These comfy, casual walking trainers have a removable Arch Fit cushioning insole system with
- Engineered for comfort
- Podiatrist-certified arch support
- Air-cooled memory foam
- Could do with more cushion
Best for wide feet
In need of a pair of wide-fit trainers? These New Balance Women's 624v5 trainers come in a variety
- EVA footbed
- Variety of widths
- ABSZORB midsole
- Feet will feel hotter inside compared to wearing mesh trainers
Best adaptable walking trainers
These Work N Cushion 4.03 Shoes from Reebok are designed to adapt to you, with a supportive fit
- Available in white and black
- Built with cushioning to support from heel to toe
- Oil-resistant, anti-slip rubber outsole
- No customer reviews
Best slip-on trainers for walking
These easy-to-slip-on-and-off STQ Women's Walking Sneakers come in a range of colours to suit your
- Lots of colours
- Easy to slip on
- Some reviewers have commented that the shoe opening can be a little tight
Best for pavement pacing
In a fashionable range of colours, these GAXmi Womens Trainers were made for pounding the
- Many colours
- Good for urban walking
- Breathable mesh upper
- Some reviewers found they came up big while others found they came up small
Best for off-road hiking
Next, we have the Gelert Womens Horizon shoes, which are impressive. Great for tackling the
- Good for country walks
- Cushioned ankle
- Waterproof upper
- Not that flexible
Best overall men's trainer for walking
These Jack Walker Mens Waterproof trainers have it all: breathability, scruff protection, water
- Good grip
- Six month sole warranty
- Water-resistant, not waterproof
VERDICT: What are the best trainers for walking?
Perfect for hiking, long walks and everyday use, these Outdoor Women's Walking Shoes from Mountain Warehouse are one of the best trainers for walking as they're great for protecting your feet with heel and toe bumpers to prevent direct impact. Durable and breathable, the EVA cushioning moulds well to your foot to provide the comfort and support you need whilst out and about.
What is the difference between trainers and walking shoes?
Walking and running objectively seem like similar activities. However, the two are different, as are the demands they place on your feet and footwear.
When walking, your body weight is spread more evenly on your feet compared to when you are running. There are points where both feet are firmly on the ground, diverging the amount of weight your feet support.
Running, on the other hand, demands the support of at least two to three times your body weight as each stride has moments with neither of your feet positioned on the ground.
Walking shoes are designed with the specific body mechanics of walking in mind. Built to be more flexible through the ball of the foot to provide more range of motion. It also provides more arch support to protect where the force is heaviest on foot.
Walking trainers on the other hand provide extra ankle support for both forward and lateral movement. These make for perfect gym shoes for the average gym-goer and are typically more fashionable trainers that can be worn casually. They have not been developed for use in long runs and are best used for shorter stints.
Finding the right fit for your walking trainers
We're often taught that we need to break our shoes in or give them some wear before they fit properly. While it is best to initially wear new shoes for short periods to test for any rubbing or pressure points, a correctly fitting shoe will feel right from the start.
Make sure to try shoes before you buy/throw out the receipt and find the ones that fit perfectly right for you. Take care of them by washing your trainers correctly so you can make them last.
To make sure you don't run into any problems, avoid trainers that have a thin, hard sole. After all, you need cushioning for comfort and to support your foot. Furthermore, a shoe made of plastic or rubber may not offer much (if any) breathability. So, this will cause discomfort and will retain any sweat. Opt for a different material.
Avoid a walking shoe that has a heel that is too high. After all, this will push your toes to the end of your shoe and cause discomfort as your trek. That doesn't sound ideal. You want to be comfy and encouraged to walk a fair distance without any pain. On the other hand, a very soft, flexible trainer may not offer the support you require. While some casual trainers can be made super easy to bend and pack for travel, they may not help as much as you'd think.
So, how do we avoid picking misfitting trainers? Well, when trying on new trainers, test them in the afternoon as your feet may have swollen over the course of the day. Over the years, our feet naturally change shape and size so it might take some trial and error to find the right fit - it'll be worth it in the end!
Have you really upped your walking activity? Then how about setting yourself the challenge of Walk1000Miles?
Run by our friends at Country Walking magazine, it's a great way to get out and about in the countryside, make friends, lose weight and most of all have fun!
Eleanor Weaver is the Deputy Homes & Garden Product Editor for Yours, specialising in home décor, furnishings and appliances. Having worked commercially on Yours magazine and Yours.co.uk for the past six years, she's previously hosted Yours Live events and loves looking for home inspiration online.