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The best walking trainers for men and women in 2019

Whether you’re hiking in the country or getting to the office, you’ll want the most comfortable trainers possible…

best trainers for walking

As well as something the majority of the population perform each day (even without thinking about it), it’s estimated millions of adults in the UK walk recreationally.

If you’re one of these people, then you need to start thinking about comfort, because the wrong trainers could end in causing your feet long-term damage. In addition to comfort and stability, you will need to consider durability when selecting the shoe for you - so it’s important to think about what you’ll be doing in them.  

Taking into consideration the surface, distance, elevation and shape of your feet, there are many different options available on the market to suit your needs. In fact, finding the best trainers for walking can quickly become a bit of a nightmare. 

To help you in your search, FOOTY.COM has taken a look at which walking trainers are the best out there, so that you can make sure you’re spending your money wisely. 

Best Men’s Trainers for Walking 2019

Asics Gel-Odyssey

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Specialists when it comes to sports footwear, Asics have a range of top-class trainers suitable for walking. One of the very best is the Gel-Odyssey, which is perfect for those long summer strolls. The rearfoot GEL and SpEVA foam midsole provide the foot with cushioned comfort, whether you’re stomping your way to work or hiking in the country. Equipped with a midfoot Trusstic and leather upper, the product is breathable and stable on all surfaces. Durable through the inclusion of a bouncy midsole, it offers further comfort from an internal heel counter, sockliner and stitch down toe reinforcement.

Brooks Men’s Addiction Walker

Brooks Men's Addiction Walker trainers
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High-performance sports shoemakers Brooks are next on our list with their Addiction Walking Shoe. Unlike other walking trainers it has managed to incorporate the fit and feel of a running shoe. Featuring long-lasting MoGo midsole cushioning, supple full-grain leather upper, it also has strong support via a reliable slip-resistant outsole. This means comfort is king, but the Addiction is also durable and stable in various conditions. This trainer’s name pretty much says it all. So, if you’re addicted to walking, these could certainly be the right trainers for you. Keep in mind that the Addiction provides a better fit for those with narrower feet. 

New Balance Fresh Foam Trailbuster

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Specialists across many sports, New Balance join the walking party with their eye-catching Fresh Foam Trailbuster. Available in white with navy or Rain Cloud with Moroccan Tile & Aztec Gold, the trainer is perfect for a casual park stroll or a mountain hike. Boasting Engineered mesh and a Suede/textile upper, it combines an everyday lifestyle look with innovative Fresh Foam cushioning to provide a more natural ride. Comfort isn’t an issue with the lightweight Trailbuster’s bootie construction and a lacing system offering a snug and supportive fit. You may also want to bear in mind that the Trailbuster provides a better fit for those with wider feet.  

Skechers GoWalk 5 - Apprize

Skechers GoWalk 5 - Apprize trainers
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Just like fellow worldwide brands on this list, Skechers definitely know how to put together a performance trainer. Their GoWalk 5 - Apprize is different from others we’ve selected so far in the fact that it is a slip-on shoe. Featuring lightweight, responsive ULTRA GO cushioning and high-rebound COMFORT PILLAR TECHNOLOGY which reacts to your every step, it more than delivers on the comfort front. That’s taken to the next level with Air Cooled Goga Mat – a breathable insole which provides high-rebound cushioning, while a dual density outsole adds stability and support. The soft knit mesh fabric GoWalk5’s are also available in navy, black, or charcoal.

Best Women’s Trainers for Walking 2019

New Balance 1201

New Balance 1201 trainers
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Inspired by hiking, New Balance’s 1201 trainer is designed for walking long distances on any terrain. Featuring ABZORB cushioning in the midfoot, you’ll be provided with exceptional shock absorption and comfort which will help keep you going all day. Although on the heavier end of the products we’ve hand-picked on the list at 300 grams per shoe, its rubber outsole and suede upper are incredibly durable, while genuine leather wraps the heel and the ankle for ultimate support and stability. Its suede upper in a marblehead with magnet colourway provides a sophisticated aesthetic that lends itself style well-beyond trekking. Just keep in mind, the 1201 is said to fit those with a narrower foot better than wider. 

Skechers Ultra Flex – Free Spirits

Skechers Ultra Flex - Free Spirits trainers
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Want to feel free and look sporty all at the same time? Well the Skechers Ultra Flex – Free Spirits are for you. Designed for both training and walking, its athletic sporty mesh fabric, stitching accents and smooth synthetic upper are easy on the eye. Featuring an Air Cooled Memory Foam insole, plus padded collar and tongue, no stone has been left unturned when it comes to comfort. A highly flexible Ultra Flex midsole delivers superior impact cushioning protection and remarkable energy return to help you reach your steps target for the day. Fit-wise, the Ultra-Flex – Free Spirits’ lace-up construction make the trainer secure even on the briskest of walks.

Saucony Integrity ST 2

Saucony Integrity ST 2 trainers
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A brand we haven’t covered yet but another who knows a thing or two about bringing the best trainers for walking to the market is Saucony. Their Integrity ST 2 will allow you to walk in comfort via its bouncy PROGRID Cushioning system which takes on the impact upon heel strike and aligns the foot for a safe heel-to-toe transition. The full-grain leather upper employs Forefoot Stretch Zone technology for ample flexibility and support, while compression molded EVA means the trainer not only has a nice feel but boasts a durable asset to make it long-lasting. Available in black, white, or stone, it is said to provide a great fit to walkers with wide feet.

Nike Air Zoom Vomero 14

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Although known as a running shoe, Nike also market Air Zoom Vomero 14 as a walking trainer. The word “plush” springs to mind on first-look at the breathable mesh-like knit upper. It looks and feels plush but features such as an ankle collar mean it still provides incredible support when you’re stomping around. Delivering an ultra-responsive feel with each stride, the shoe has soft Nike Lunarlon cushioning and Zoom Air units positioned closer to the bottom, resulting in additional comfort. The famous Zoom Air sensation of feeling like you're being pushed forward is still as present as ever, but less top lace cables allow for more forefoot flexibility and less distraction, especially if your feet are on the narrower side.

Hopefully our list has shed some light on the best trainers for walking, as with so many different brands and models available to purchase it can be very confusing. But having explored a range of models to suit various surfaces, conditions and even foot sizes, you should now be better equipped to make the right choice.

So what are you waiting for? Add a new pair of cheap walking trainers to your basket for the cheapest price through the help of FOOTY.COM and you’ll be comfortably pounding the pavements, crossing those fields and climbing those hills in next to no time. 

Daniel Tyler

A football enthusiast who's scored as many Premier League goals as Lionel Messi.