Each year we choose our top 5 walking shoes, and as time progresses, new innovations and styles are released to up the game. We want to introduce you to the best shoes you need to meet your outdoor lifestyle needs, and so have highlighted our favourites of the latest walking shoes, based on weather protection, terrain performance, comfort and aesthetics.
There’s a big choice of walking shoes available, which can make it hard to choose a pair suitable for different terrains and climates, so we’ve chosen a variety to help your decision making. It’s important to have high levels of grip and comfortable shoes for any walking or hiking trip, and many shoes provide deep lug patterns for extra grip. along with contoured footbeds for supreme comfort and stability, and shanks for under-foot protection. With a variety of upper constructions built for different conditions, there is a choice of waterproof styles, or lightweight and breathable choices for different trips.
Top 5 Walking Shoes 2017
The Under Armour Newell Ridge shoes look like a pair of athletic running shoes, but include a number of technical features to make this footwear ideal for muddy hikes. With the Michelin Wild Dig Decent’R and OC outsoles, the lug pattern is ideal for mud and debris in any condition, and the compound provides excellent outdoor traction in poorer conditions. With a TPU heel cradle for stability and dual density EVA midsole with Charged Cushioning for comfort, these shoes were made to stay durable and comfortable for substantial distances. The GORE-TEX breathable membrane is also waterproof to keep your feet dry at all times, and the Anafoam overlay moulds as a precise, lightweight feature. With different Under Armour innovations, these shoes were created to stay comfortable in wetter, less grippy conditions.
Merrell’s Siren Edge Womens Shoes have been created for long distances keeping comfort in mind. With an M Select FIT.ECO blended EVA contoured footbed, molded nylon arch shank and Merrell Air Cushion for supreme stability and shock absorption, and bellows tongue, these shoes provide optimum comfort for long-haul hikes. The mesh and 3D print mesh upper combines with a breathable mesh lining and the innovative organic odour control to keep your feet fresh and maximise breathability, along with the M Select DRY impermeable membrane to seal out water and allow internal moisture to escape. These walking shoes are extremely comfortable for dry weather, but it is important to consider that these may not withstand heavy rain.
Keen’s Versago shoes are particularly ideal for fast trails with their athletic hiker features. The ultralight feel is created from a lightweight and breathable mesh and synthetic upper in the style of a city trainer with the secure lace capture system. The exterior heel counter protects your heels from scuffs, and continues into the sole with EVA materials for comfort and dual density, topped with a non-marking rubber outsole. The footbed is created from a removable and metatomical dual density PU, and the mesh lining is fully breathable to keep your feet cool during high speeds or hot days. Complete with Cleansport NXT for natural door control, these shoes were created to take you from the city streets to the fast trail.
Merrell’s Intercept is breathable and waterproof at the same time with the mesh liner and sculpted leather upper, making these shoes ideal for changing weather conditions and regular hiking at different times of year. With a leather upper, the shoe is topped with a bellows tongue for comfort and to keep debris out and a toe cap to resist abrasion, and it’s lined with a breathable mesh lining with M-Select FRESH to prevent odour before it starts. The footbed is Ortholite Anatomical for superb comfort and stability, and the In-Board EVA foot frame provides cushioning with the Merrell air cushion to absorb shock and add stability along with a nylon arch shank. With a Vibram outsole, these shoes are great for a cross country jog or potentially sweaty conditions.
Keen’s Durand Low WP Shoes come in a traditional brown leather design ideal for hiking in comfort and classic style. The nubuck leather and textile upper is waterproof for changing weather conditions and all year round wear, with its KEEN.DRY waterproof membrane which allows vapour to escape with the metatomical footbed at the same time. PU heel cushion is extremely comfortable, and the metatomical dual density EVA footbed is removable but provides superb comfort, with the TPU shank for shock absorption and stability. The rubber sole has direct-attachment for a long lasting design, and provides plenty of grip.
Our favourite walking shoes from this year emphasise on comfort, but are created for different terrains and weather conditions, so we hope you’ve found the perfect pair to head out into the outdoors. We’ve chosen our favourite of the five for value, performance and looks if you’re still deciding on which pair you should order.
Best Value- Merrell Intercept Shoes
Not only are these the cheapest options, but the waterproof style and comfortable features make these shoes valuable for a variety of different walking conditions and areas, for any time of year.
Best Performance- Under Armour Newell Ridge Low GTX Shoes
These shoes have performed exceptionally well in a variety of conditions, with the athletic style making these suitable for city streets, and a deep lug pattern making these perfect for wetter, less grippy terrains in mud and alike conditions. Superb comfort, stability and shock absorption means these shoes can be worn all day long.
Best Looks- Keen Versago Shoes
These shoes have been designed to look suitable on the trail, on a run or in the city with its sleek and colourful design. Added style features such as the secure lacing and heel coverage add extra substance, comfort and protection to the shoes.