The best walking shoes for women in 2023, according to the recommendations of a podiatrist
To learn more about choosing the best walking shoes for women, we spoke with licensed podiatrist and founder of Quality Podiatry Group, Sidney Weiser, DPM. When deciding which shoe will work best for you, you’ll want to keep in mind the type of foot you have (i.e., narrow or wide), how much you’ll be walking, and the type of ground you’re standing on, according to Weiser.
“A soft or hard surface will determine which shoe is best for standing all day,” Weiser says. For hard floors, Weiser recommends always wearing shoes—not going barefoot—and adds that your shoes should have a cushioned insole to prevent heel pain. “The cushioning of the whole shoe is important not only for the heel part of the shoe, but also for the sole and midfoot,” he adds.
While the right footwear plays an important role in keeping your joints and body healthy, it’s important to look at the big picture. “Don’t rely on your shoes to do it all,” Weiser says. He recommends incorporating stretching into your routine to increase flexibility and maintain core strength, which he says is important for back health (since your back is part of your core).
If you’ve looked through this list and can’t decide on the best walking shoes, consider your foot type and needs. For example, if you have flat feet, wide feet, or other specific conditions, choose the fit that will provide you with the most support and comfort.