Top 13 Picks for the Best Walking Shoes

Dansko Paisley walking shoes

Top 13 Picks for the Best Walking Shoes

One trend we have been hearing a lot about from our customers and seeing now that the weather has turned a little warmer is walking. Everyone is out walking right now both for exercise and to get out of the house. Walking is great exercise, works well with social distancing, and is an easy exercise to work into the day. Here are our top picks for walking shoes for comfort and walking wellness.


Our Top 13 Favorite Walking Shoes

Of course, we are biased, but we believe proper walking shoes are crucial. When you don’t have the proper footwear, a short walk can become painful quickly or worse, prolonged wear can lead to injury. That’s why it’s important to make sure your feet are properly supported, and your shoes provide the right fit. Review our selection in our online shoe store here.


New Balance 928

New Balance ® 928v3 White


Our bestselling walking shoe for both men and women, the New Balance® 928v3 features motion control, ROLLBAR stability technologies, and ABZORB cushioning for long wear comfort. Smooth leather or supple suede upper, padded tongue and seamless fabric Phantom Liner, treated for a healthy foot environment, all work to surround and support your foot for long hours at a time. Available in wide widths up to a men’s 6E!


Dansko Paisley

Dansko Paisley walking shoes

Enjoy the outdoors rain or shine, in the women’s Dansko® Paisley, featuring a waterproof 3M Scotchgard™ treated leather upper. The removable EVA footbed accommodates a custom orthotic while the durable Vibram® rubber outsole absorbs shock and delivers maximum traction and stability on varied terrain. These walking shoes also provide recommended support for plantar fasciitis. Available in medium and wide widths in a variety of neutrals this walking shoe stands up to wet conditions with unmatched durability.


Dansko Pace

Dansko Pace walking shoes

Hit the road at your own Pace with Dansko’s newest walking shoe. Engineered for comfort and performance, the Pace features a comfortable and supportive footbed with the Dansko Natural Arch Plus technology, a shock-absorbing heel cushion, and a propel forepart to give you everything you need throughout your walk. Textile linings are treated with Aegis Microbe Shield for odor control, while mesh uppers are treated with 3M Scotchgard™ protector for stain resistance. The Pace also features a lightweight cushioned EVA midsole and a lightweight rubber outsole for long-lasting wear.


Brooks Addiction Walker

Brooks Addiction Walker suede walking shoes

The Brooks® Addiction Walker 2 for men and women has a new roomier fit with an updated leather upper that provides maximum support for low arches and control for overpronation. This shoe features all the technical bells and whistles you expect from Brooks like an Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB®), BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning and removable insole. This modern walking shoe is ideal for both long and casual walks and will keep you feeling great whenever and wherever your day takes you!

Merrell Moab 3 Collection

Merrell Moab 3 walking shoe


If you are looking for a high performance boot with stability and traction that will hold up, look no further than Merrell’s Moab 3. This mother-of-all-boots is a waterproof hiker designed for support with Vibram traction and out-of-the-box comfort. Merrell air cushioning in the heel absorbs impacting shock and helps stabilize the foot. Also available in medium & wide, for men and women.


New Balance 847

New Balance 847 WW847LG4



This shoe is built for stability and heel support. The New Balance 847v4 walking shoe for men and women features a TRUFUSE midsole, ROLLBAR stability post, and TPU heel insert offers added structure for enhanced support where you need it most, complementing your natural movement. These features add strength, cushion, and comfort giving you greater control over rear foot movement, and with rugged construction, these shoes handle outdoor conditions well. Available in wides.


Keen Terradora Flex for women

Keen Terradora Flex grey


Designed for women, this lightweight waterproof hiker doubles as an everyday wearable. The cushioned ankle panel gives you a glove like fit while also delivering you flexible freedom and all-day comfort. Equipped with air injected Luftcell PU midsoles and removable insoles for added support. Available in grey, in both low and mid heights..


Keen Targhee Collection

Keen traghee hiking boot

The Keen Targhee features directional lugs for traction on outdoor terrain, torsional control so you won’t twist an ankle, and waterproofing to keep your feet and socks comfortable and dry. Check out the full walking shoes collection here. We carry both the mid and low heights, for men and women.


Ziera All Sorts

Ziera All Sorts Navy Swirl


For an unconventional look, try the Ziera All Sorts walker. This shoe is built for support and stability equipped with their Super Support footbed made from shock-absorbing PU. Inside, removable arch support, metatarsal cushioning and a contoured heel bed surrounds your feet adding comfort and necessary support.

Aetrex Carly

Aetrex Carly Black with white trim


The most comfortable active walker Vionic creates, the Tokyo has built a fan following. Feather light and flexible, without sacrificing support the Vio-Motion™️ footbed technology delivers Three-Zone Comfort with Ultimate Arch Support for easy wear all day. Perfect for everyone from casual walkers to those with foot and heel pain, shown here in Navy and available in women’s sizes in medium & wide.


Merrell Antora 3

Merrell Antora 3


Merrells best seller, newly updated from heel to toe, with a more durable upper, a softer and more flexible, responsive midsole with FloatPro Foam™ pods in heel and forefoot. Enhanced traction with a new Vibram® outsole gives you superior traction and slip resistance for greater grip even on slick surfaces. Available for women, shown here in Rainbow.


Merrel Nova3 Men

Merrell Nova3 mens shoe


Merrell’s popular men’s trail walker recently updated for superior comfort and foot protection on and off smooth terrain. Unmatched comfort from heel to toe with strategic cushion pods in forefoot and heel plus Super Rebound Compound for shock absorption across the midsole.Vibram® TC5+ outsole for added traction. Breathable mesh upper and lining keep feet cool, while Cleansport NXT™ is a natural odor barrier. Available in medium & wide.



Not sure which shoe style is right for your feet? Our trained footwear consultants can help you identify any problems you may be having, and recommend a brand, style and any add-ons to maximize your foot comfort and health. Contact Peterson Shoes at (763) 421-3433, schedule an evaluation, or visit our Twin Cities shoe store to find your perfect walking shoe for spring.



Peterson Shoes is a family-owned shoe store and shoe repair shop serving the Andover, Anoka, Brooklyn Park, Coon Rapids and Minneapolis areas. We specialize in orthotic shoe inserts, shoes for plantar fasciitis and shoes for tendinitis.

We’re now open for in-store shopping at our Anoka shoe store. In addition, we continue to offer free curbside pickup of our women’s and men’s shoes, as well as socks, clothing, jewelry and accessories. Call (763) 421-3433 to place an order.

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