Top 5 Walking Shoes 2013 – Walking Shoes Review
Walking shoes have seen some major changes over the years from the heavy, bulky boots of previous decades and now new styles provide the perfect alternative for walkers wanting a lighter approach to their hiking footwear. Take away the built up ankle support of a pair of walking boots and you’ll be surprised at how steady you are on your feet, especially in the latest styles which offer much more in terms of construction. But when it comes to outdoor shoes in today’s competitive market there are some features that should be standard with all hiking shoes but surprisingly are not. Searching for good walking shoes can be a bit of a chore if you’re not too sure about what kind of features you want, so a good place to start is by finding good all-rounders; footwear that can handle a bit of everything, allow you to expand your horizons and explore more of the environment around you. From the best lightweight shoes that feel as though you’re walking on air, to the most grippy and solid footwear around, we’ve put together another fantastic top 5 to help you make your decision that much easier.
2013 Walking Shoes
This year we’ve stuck with a £100 budget so that whatever shoes you’re interested in looking at, you don’t have to spend too much money. After all, if you’re only going to drag your feet through mud and dirt why spend more on footwear that’s going to enjoy a few minutes of box fresh style before getting wrecked. We’ve chosen the best from a variety of brands too so if you’re not too keen on a certain style, there’s always an alternative to suit your taste instead.
Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam Shoes
If you’re looking for a versatile shoe that not only performs brilliantly but offers the kind of style that you can enjoy casually every day, the Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam is the perfect choice. Boasting an athletic construction with a wraparound rubber band and stretch neoprene fit, the Chameleon Wrap Slam also offers the same unrivalled comfort and support of a walking boot with the breathability and lightweight feel of a sports shoe. It’s hardly surprising that they’re not only a best seller now, but have been since Merrell introduced this model.
When Salomon released the Speedcross, footwear fans knew that they were about to get their hands on a shoe for life. Although it probably won’t out-live you, it will have you going back to the brand to buy updated versions, and that’s exactly what you get with the Salomon Speedcross 3 Shoes. Updated versions of its incredibly sought after predecessor, the Salomon Speedcross 3 combines the best elements of trail running shoes with the comfort and protection that you want from a walking shoe. Perfect for anyone wanting completely adaptable footwear you can run and walk with a pair of these fantastic shoes and they’re also available in a huge range of colours and variations.
The North Face have been bringing superb hiking footwear to the market for years, and with the Hedgehog 3 GTC XCR Shoes they ticked all the boxes. With GORE-TEX waterproof and breathable fabric, lightweight Vibram soles and super lightweight construction, this athletic shoe was designed to be used and used over and over. TNF want you to never stop exploring and with their fantastic Hedgehog shoes you can’t help but slip them on and enjoy what the outdoors has to offer.
One size doesn’t fit all and if there’s a brand that knows it, it’s Merrell. That’s why with their footwear they recognise the different needs of men and women and offer a different fit for both. The Merrell Siren Breeze Ladies Shoes are a multi sport style which not only leave an impression on the wearer in terms of comfort and looks, but their flexible construction makes use of materials that don’t leave their mark on the environment. Comfortable, reliable and eco-friendly; everyone’s a winner.
For the seasoned hiker sometimes something a little special is in order but you don’t always want to pay over the odds for it. That’s where the superb Salomon XA Pro 3D Ultra comes into its own by offering high quality features without the increased price tag that you’d expect. Designed specifically for trail running and speed hiking, these Salomon shoes are light, durable, cool and comfortable. Salomon’s XA Pro 3D Ultra shoes also feature a low profile with additional control features to correct your stance; helping you to run and walk more efficiently.
People are looking for more in everything that they now buy so when looking at a new pair of walking shoes, they want more than just shoes that are good for walking – they want versatility and more features for less. Functional footwear that can be used every day in more casual environments and situations is a big must-have and so more and more brands are looking towards the style aspects of their shoes to offer the wearer style and comfort combined; find a shoe that ticks both boxes and you’re onto a winner.
The market leaders are those shoes that have been tried and tested and then improved, and brands are recognising that walkers are always going back to the footwear that made an impression. Rather than changing something that works brands such as Merrell, The North Face and Salomon are building on their most successful models and retaining their reputation and fan base.
Whether you’re looking for something completely different to what you’ve had before or want to avoid straying from what has been the best pair of walking shoes you’ve owned, you can enjoy classic and new styles without having to go above the £100 mark.
Merrell Siren Breeze Ladies Shoes At just under £65 the Merrell Siren Breeze Shoes are definitely a bargain with so many technical features and innovations that give you the comfort and support you want no matter which sports activity you’re planning on taking part in which is something you could expect to pay over the odds for with certain brands. You also have the added benefit of knowing they won’t harm the environment in any way during use or even after they have become a well-loved battered old pair of trainers.
North Face Hedgehog 3 GTX XCR Shoes The latest in the Hedgehog series from The North Face highlights all of the incredible technical innovation the brand has to offer in a single pair of shoes that are designed to aid in your performance no matter what type of terrain you find yourself on with waterproofing, moisture wicking and unrivalled grip even on the muddiest slopes. They will also stand up to continued use time and again without compromise so investing in a pair of The North Face Hedgehog 3 GTX XCR Shoes won’t disappoint.
Salomon Speedcross 3 Shoes
Undoubtedly the most visually appealing of the best walking shoes for 2013, the Salomon Speedcross 3 Shoes are instantly recognisable as a Salomon product and have an incredible athletic shoe style design. They also make the best use of tonal and complementary colours and with features like non-marking Running Contagrip and Mud&Snow non-marking Contagrip no matter how hard you put them through the paces, a quick wash and they will look like they’ve come straight out of the box time and again.
No matter which walking shoes you choose from the best of 2013 you’ll find what you’re looking for, whether it’s more affordable, better style or all round support you need these have you covered.