As someone who already walks, or is perhaps thinking about starting to walk regularly, then you know that of all the items that you need to go walking, high quality shoes are the most important consideration of all.
Now we know that it is not the only consideration, but it is right up there as a top priority. People all over the world walk for many different reasons, some for relaxation, some find that it helps with stress, and others just like to get out in the fresh air.
There are some who walk to burn off calories, lose some weight or simply to keep toned and fit. The reasons are many, and if you fit into any of the above, then a big welcome to our website dedicated to walkers throughout the world.
I’m Dave, and I manage the website here with a member of our walking club. We have been walking as a group for many years and it is something that we really love. When we were searching online to find out useful information about walking, we did find some information here and there, but nothing all in one place.
We realized then, it would probably be a good idea to just set up a website of our own, that helps people just like you to find out some really great information about the huge benefits of walking. And so Best Walking Shoe Reviews was born. Stay with us to find out more about us and our website. Here is what we are going to cover today:
Let’s get to the business!
What is our mission?
Our mission is to make hiking and walking easier, safer, and more enjoyable for everyone.
Unfortunately, the internet is full of “experts” reviewing shoes they have never actually seen in real life and brands spending a lot of money to promote lousy shoes online. Nowadays, the marketing budgets of footwear brands significantly dictate what products are popular.
We empower our readers make good choices about purchasing footwear by providing tested, researched, and trialed product reviews, recommendations, and comparisons.
Our lists of the best shoes or best boots are all sorted by the voice of the community and experts in the matter, not by what makes us money.
Next, we explain what makes our website different compared to other similar websites.
What makes us different?
We care about the quality of the products we review and recommend. We spend a lot of our time researching the products we recommend so our readers can feel confident when choosing the right one for their needs.
Although we sometimes add new testers to our team, most of our team has stayed constant for the last few years. This means that same team has tried, over the years, many shoes from different brands.
Although shoes are a very personal matter, we can proudly say you can trust our reviews and advice because we definitely know what we are talking about.
Moving on! Here is who is standing behind all of our posts and reviews.
Who is on our team?
Bob is a retired educator from Canada currently based in Tampa, Florida and the primary author of Best Walking Shoe Reviews.
Although he is 70, Bob is still a daring explorer and survival expert. As a certified bushcraft instructor, he has spent a lot of time in some of the most remote and extreme environments in the world.
He has been to over 30 countries on five continents, seeking out new food, adventure activities, and off-the-beaten-path experiences, and pristine nature.
He teaches hiking navigation classes and embarks on several backpacking, day hiking, winter mountaineering and bushwhacking trips each year.
He strongly believes that hiking is one of the best ways to get outside, give yourself a break from everyday troubles, and get some natural exercise.
When it comes to outdoor footwear information and reviews, Bob is the best person to go to. When reading his reviews, you will immediately notice that he is unbiased and straight to the point. Great footwear will receive praise and excellent grades, while the bad ones will get what they deserve.
Bob is also a husband and father, and he pretty much lives off coffee. He also owns a Youtube channel where he publishes all sorts of videos, from him making brown muffins to him reading amazing bedtime stories.
Here is a cool video from his channel showing him making brown muffins:
Cool guy, isn’t he?
Maddalene is a mother and a nature enthusiast. And, she loves to write about both. With over 10 years of writing experience, passion is an understatement when describing Maddalene’s love for writing.
After 5 years working as an amateur journalist for a local newspaper, Maddalene decided to share her love for writing online.
She’s writing on a wide range of topics, from health and beauty to outdoor sports and everything in between.
When she isn’t writing, she is running outdoors or trying all sorts of fitness classes. When she gets the chance to travel, she loves to hike and explore the world by foot. Her love for hiking and running is what helps her do amazing reviews on sports footwear.
It is also worth mentioning that she has completed 2 half marathons and several 10k runs. She has a plan to run her first marathon next year.
Jeannete is a physiotherapist with a special interest in running shoes’ impact on running performance.
She has worked in the outdoor industry as a whitewater and hunting guide, gear tester, copywriter, and content writer. She is also a lifelong competitive runner, especially interested in 5k runs. Her personal best record on 5k is 20:45 minutes.
Jeannete also loves to write a lot. She’s writing on a wide range of topics, from health and beauty to Zumba dance. Speaking about Zumba, Jeannete is an excellent dancer and has recently started teaching others.
She is also one of the funniest and cheerful people you’ll ever run into. Her smile is almost infectious.
When she is not writing or running, she is spending time with her husband and her kids.
Meet Michelle, a daring explorer and fitness enthusiast.
She grew up in Alaska in an outdoorsy family and spent most of her childhood embarking on outdoors adventures with her parents, Bob and Jane. She has been fortunate enough to travel all around the world and experience some of the most pristine wilderness areas on Earth.
Michelle worked as a teacher in Tampa, Florida for almost 15 years. Ready to experience something new and wanting to spend more time outdoors, she joined our walking club which now has over 150 members and is still growing.
When she isn’t hiking in the mountains, you can find her enjoying the company of her friends and family, playing rec sports of all kinds, and taking her dog Jeff for very long walks.
Finally, we share more about our walking club.
The Walking Club
Our club has now over 150 members and continues to grow. It is a diverse club and one that is both a social network for us all, and also a great community get together. With so many members the talk often turns to many aspects such as people with flat feet, high arches, leg pains etc.
We also discuss different routes, rates of walking, devices to measure distance and calories and as you can imagine there is plenty to discuss. We have men and women of all ages and they all walk for different reasons. We have plenty to talk about and plenty to share.
The main purpose of this website is to share that information with you and hopefully you will find that useful. We are based in the USA, but the information that you find here, can be used anywhere, be that Asia, Africa, Europe, the UK or just about anywhere in the world.
Here at Best Walking Shoe Reviews, we love to walk, and we hope that you enjoy walking just as much as we do.
There is nothing quite like a brisk walk to help you relax and breathe in the fresh air! Walking is something that most of us do every day, and most often in a very casual way.
However, if you take it just a little more seriously, it can burn some serious calories, depending on intensity and distance.
For us, though, we think one of the key advantages of walking is that it is accessible to, and can be done as an exercise, by almost anyone!
Those who are overweight and would struggle with more demanding exercises can still walk, and from there, build up their levels of fitness.
Likewise, people who love the great outdoors can enjoy a nice walk on some nature trails.
If you have reached a stage where you can no longer put pressure on your joints, then walking can be a great form of exercise.
We then have, of course, what are termed “power walkers,” or (also called speed or race walkers) and they use walking to stay very fit and active, and also to help them control their weight and body shape.
At the end of the day, all you need is the motivation to get started, your legs and some good footwear.
Get Inspired to Move!
Before we go any further, we want to share with you some of the inspirations for starting this website. These are organizations made up of individuals who have done more to support walking than we could ever hope to.
We highly recommend you visit the following sites at any time if you want to learn more about walking and health in general:
The Terry Fox Foundation – http://www.terryfox.org/
If you haven’t heard the name Terry Fox, then you should look him up, because his story is inspirational. Not just to runners and walkers, but to everyone. After losing his leg to cancer, he became widely known for his run across Canada, called the Marathon of Hope. If anyone can teach a person not to give up so easily, it’s Terry Fox!
America Walks – http://americawalks.org/
America Walks is a non-profit organization whose goal is to make the U.S.A. a safe and enjoyable place for pedestrians to walk at all times. In this day and age, with so many people driving or taking other forms of mass transit, we can forget that walking can be an option. As such, America Walks was founded on the idea that walking is a movement, and something it is something we as citizens should always have a right to do.
American Heart Association – https://www.heart.org/
We must give a nod to the American Heart Association, who have been combating heart related illnesses since 1924. Of course, none of us can be healthy without a healthy heart, and so we take a lot of inspiration from this organization, who has spent its career trying to improve the health of all Americans, and, effectively, save as many lives as possible.
Other organizations worth investigating:
Walk Friendly – http://walkfriendly.ca/
World Class Racewalking – https://www.racewalking.org/
The YMCA – http://www.ymca.net/
The Walking Site – http://www.thewalkingsite.com/index.html
Canada Walks – http://canadawalks.ca/
USA Track & Field – http://www.usatf.org/
Walk21 – https://www.walk21.com/
Boston Athletic Association – https://www.baa.org/
What We Are All About
We have dedicated this site to walkers throughout the world.
If you are just starting out, then a big welcome to the club. If you are already a regular walker, then we are sure that you will find some great information here as well.
We have tried to make our website as easy to navigate as possible, with an organized navigation menu you’ll find above with a range of categories.
The articles you’ll find here range from tips on the best types of walk to do, setting up your own walking plan, and generally getting the most benefits out of your walking experience.
We cover everything from walking, to hiking, and also the different products that you may want to read reviews about.
Understanding the Footwear Market
To begin though, let’s see what is actually available in the market, when it comes to buying footwear, which will help you get started.
There are basically five distinct types of walking footwear.
#1 – Walking shoes are used for those who like to do something as simple as a stroll in the evening, and for those who want to walk on roads or paths or participate in a walking club. Rather than just use your normal shoes, or a pair of trainers, these are designed to aid walking of a general variety.
- Read our reviews of the best walking shoes for men
- Read our reviews on the best walking shoes for women
#2 – Trail shoes are for people who like to walk on slightly rocky or rugged paths and in relatively fine weather conditions. They are slightly tougher than the first ones that I have mentioned.
- Read our reviews of the best trail shoes for men
- Read our reviews of the best trail shoes for women
- Read our article, “How are Trail Shoes and Running Shoes Different?”
#3 – Hiking boots or as some will call them mountain boots or even hiking shoes, which are designed for the tougher types of walking such as hill walking, various types of mountaineering, anyone who is into backpacking and for those who are brave enough to do mountain climbing. People who are into hunting will also typically opt for these type of hiking boots.
- Read our reviews of the best hiking boots for men
- Read our reviews of the best hiking boots for women
#4 – Walking sandals – Finally at the other end of the scale there are also sandals for walking. Now simply by their very nature these are not designed for any type of heavy duty walking, and yet manufacturers are become more and more successful at making walking sandals almost as durable as their shoe counterparts. That said, these are more vacation based, for walking on beaches, around the pool or simply for a stylish stroll in the evening.
- Read our reviews of the best walking sandals for men
- Read our reviews of the best walking sandals for women
We will have a look at each below, so as you know what choices to make, depending on the main use that you are going to put them to.
#5 – Running Shoes – This may seem obvious but we’ll say it anyway – you can walk in running shoes <gasp!> Yes, some running shoes may be designed for you to run in but they’re actually great for walking in as well. You might be surprised how comfortable some runners can be to walk in, and, the way we see it, if it’s a shoe that motivates you to get out and walk, then more power to you (and the shoe)!
Walking Shoes – Why They’re Important
Shoes are, we think, the most essential piece of athletic gear that you need. You can do without most other things, but if you own a good quality pair of comfortable walking shoes, then you are assured of protecting your feet and getting the most out of your efforts.
Walking shoes have also been carefully designed to help improve the way we walk and also to help improve our posture when walking.
They help take the strain out of muscles and also help support the joints. That is why we believe they are a very good investment.
On any of the above highlighted pages, you will find a list of the best shoes, boots, and sandals for both men and women that are currently available in the market right now, based 100% on actual buyer ratings.
If you have been looking around, you are probably aware that there are quite literally hundreds of different styles to select from. These are all made by the very popular brands like Skechers and Reebok, but there are many other brands as well that are top quality that you may not have heard of.
Now some people just prefer boots to shoes and especially those who like to walk over tougher terrain. There are, however, some men and women who also need the support of a comfortable walking boot.
Like the shoes they come in so many different types so we thought we would offer some help, if you decide that you prefer boots over shoes. If you are considering hiking rather than walking, then boots will be a better option.
The key things to consider when shopping for good boots is to know:
- What type of terrain or ground you will mainly be walking over
- What weight will you be carrying – think backpacks, weight of gear etc
- How long do you plan on walking on average
There are quite a few good brands available such as Scarpa, Salomon, Merrell, Short Cam and Propet. These are all good quality boots and are priced between $40-50.
Now you can get more expensive ones of course, but it depends on your available budget, and just how serious you will be taking your walking.
And at the other end of the spectrum you also have people who prefer the comfort of a sandal and prefer the air around their feet. We were of course not going to leave them out, so we have created many articles about sandals, and reviewing sandals.
Mainly though people will use these for simply being around the home or when they go on vacation. The range of these is quite staggering and again a whole range of styles and brands. The Yoga Sling style sandal is one of the most popular and has quite literally sold in hundreds of thousands.
Other brands like Merrell, Atika, Sanuk, Aerosoles and crocs also have a wide choice available. The average price for these type of high quality sandals is around $40. We think that is a fair enough price to get a high quality product that will help look after your feet. KEEN and Teva dominate many best lists and all of the sandals are of very high quality.
There are a number of walking aids available that can help those of us who enjoy our walks. One great walking aid is a pedometer as it can help track how far we have covered, how long it has taken us and many other measurements. There are a whole range of these available.
There are also walking poles, often referred to as Nordic poles. Now these are not for everyone, but some people find these very useful indeed.
There are of course other items that people have started to buy when going out for a walk. These are earphones, headphones, small GPS tracking systems and even heart rate monitors, usually in the form of a watch.
People will own some of these as they just help make the walk more enjoyable.
Other Walking Information
It isn’t all about shoes, sandals, or boots though as there is plenty of other information to know about walking, and we will be covering all of that on this website as well.
We will be looking into areas such as the benefits of walking, walking plans for different age groups and levels of fitness, and what choices you can make.
Some people also walk to lose weight, stay fit and toned, and if you are one of those people, then we will be packing this website full of tips.
The one thing we know for certain is that daily walking has so many health benefits, so why not do it properly.
We would recommend reading this article called 10,000 steps a day as we think you will find it very interesting.
In this article you can also discover how to make walking a lot more fun.
On this website we try to cover off all aspects of walking. As we add to that list we will of course continue to update this page with the most recent information.
We love to walk and we love to share information.
Please check out our handy Buyer’s Guide to learn more about how to choose the best walking shoes for you.
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