Stress-free and an easy way to stay fit and healthy, walking is a light intensity activity for anyone to enjoy. Travel within the UK is easing and restrictions are lifting which is allowing people to travel and walk further afield. Like any other outdoor activity, having the right gear and equipment before embarking is the key to success. We have put together a walking shoes buying guide to help you choose the right shoes for you. Now that the stores are reopening, we would recommend trying in store before purchasing or if online is your thing, trying at home and walking a couple of laps of your living room will give you an indication on the comfort and fit of the shoe.
How to Choose Walking Shoes
The first thing you should consider is where you will be walking. Whether you are an avid walker and intend to go on extensive treks or if you prefer casual walks with the dogs through a short woodland walk, this will determine the shoe best suited to you.
Once you know your performance level, there are four main factors that should be taken into consideration.
- Comfort – Being comfortable should always be your number one. If you’re not comfortable during your walk you won’t enjoy yourself, ultimately ending with injury. The walking shoes should feature a level of cushioning for maximum comfort in the heel collar, insole and midsole.
- Flexibility – The shoes should provide an element of flexibility, you should be able to move your toes with flex, providing a smooth and steady motion.
- Durability – You should consider materials and fabrics when choosing your walking shoes, generally walking shoes will be synthetic as synthetic materials are lighter in weight.
- Stability – The walking shoes should have a secure and balanced feel throughout the range of motion. Trespass Top Tip – We would recommend bending or twisting the shoe in your hands to see if the shoe has good lateral support.
Walking Boots vs Walking Shoes
As a rule of thumb, we would say to customers that if you’re planning to do more casual, lightweight walking on even ground then a pair of shoes should tick all of your boxes. If you’re more likely to head off track on rocky terrain and do more climbing, we would recommend sturdy hiking boots with a higher collar around the ankle.
- Walking boots offer more support and protection to your ankles if you were to fall or trip over.
- Most walking boots on the market will offer waterproof properties with a breathable liner. Walking shoes won’t always tend to be waterproof.
- A lighter shoe can make a huge difference when on a fast-paced walk or hike. Walking shoes are lightweight and are usually made out of breathable synthetic fabrics.
- Walking shoes are easier for climbing/scrambling up rocks and are less restrictive in comparison to boots.
- When the weather is a little warmer, your feet get sweatier than usual. Shoes can make much of a difference, allowing the air to get to your feet quicker.
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Best Shoes for Walking
The Vorce men’s waterproof walking shoes are developed with a waterproof and breathable membrane. Featuring a rounded toe with a protective toe guard, a suede upper, a lace-up fastening with light blue metal eyelets and a gusseted tongue with branded logo. The walking shoes for men are designed in a modern colour palette. Available in a grey and blue with highlights of yellow and olive with highlights of orange. Modern and stylish.
The Magellan men’s walking shoes from the DLX range feature Vibram soles, perfect for a day out on the trails. With a softshell design, the shoes will help you keep your feet light and flexible, whilst the sole will give you grip on rocky terrain.
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The Scree women’s walking shoes will make sure you are set up for the full day without any worries. Featuring a waterproof and breathable membrane, you will have full support and comfort. Available in 3 different colourways, you will be able to pick based on your personality.
The Messal women’s DLX trainers are waterproof and breathable with a high level of cushioning for comfort. Featuring a Vibram outer sole, the Messal walking shoes are great for difficult terrains and adverse weather conditions.