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If you are a man who is searching for the best walking shoe to suit your needs, you will likely find one in one of the top brands of 2018 which we discuss here on this website.
Your best walking shoes usually come in a wide array of colors, and in a range of sizes. We look for the shoes that look best, and also fit best, according to our testers.
Skechers Walking Shoes – Highest Rated In Our Reviews!
As you’ll notice, the Skechers brand currently dominates our Top 10 Review List for the year, holding an impressive 4 positions, while New Balance isn’t far behind with 3 positions.
For those that have been following the footwear industry for some time, Skechers has been consistently growing and making a wide array of great multi-purpose shoes, with walking shoes being a particular highlight.
Because Skechers isn’t a brand that is 100 years old, some people just aren’t up with the times, and they’ve asked us, “Are Skechers good shoes for walking?” To that we say, “Not only are they good, but they’re our top reviewed shoe currently. Didn’t you get the memo?”
Believe it or not, there are some people out there who don’t even realize that Skechers shoes are for walking in!
This is because they look so damn good that a lot of you think they’re just for poncing about town in and looking suave.
Now obviously, you can do all this as well. But when you’ve got a pair of Skechers then you can also put in a good few miles too– and not just pounding the pavement either. But with a pair of Skechers, your feet will thank you for wearing them. And we can’t always say that about ‘fashion’ sneakers!
So yes, the answer to the question “can you walk in Skechers” is a resounding YES! And then some!
Top Skechers models include the Go Walk, GOGA Max, the You, and there are many top performers you’ll see popping up in our reviews here.
Meanwhile, New Balance has been on top of their game for over a hundred years, and a good walking shoe is something they excel at making also.
So, if for any reason you need an alternative to Skechers then these are the shoes the most similar!
We’ll focus on Skechers for now, as they are the most dominant brand in our Top 10 and one of the best sellers we can find.
Skechers has many different lines of shoes to geared towards men.
The Skechers Performance line, which includes Skechers GOrun and Skechers GOwalk footwear, is an excellent choice for men’s walking footwear.
Many of these shoes are slip on, meaning no laces, such as the Skechers Performance Men’s Go Walk 3 Slip-On Walking Shoe.
That said, there are numerous Skechers lines of shoes that are suitable for walking, as well as light jogging, and some runners as well.
Below we have reviewed some of the Go Walk range, but this is not an exclusive list – there are so many of them! We do, however, have some of their range reviewed already on the site, for anyone looking for a comparison!
Good For Feet
More good news is that these shoes actually benefit your feet as well. So, when you have a pair of Skechers they do more than just look pretty and fit a treat. They will provide the support you need for your walk – or run. And they will keep going when you want to power through the entire day, without needing the ubiquitous spare pair of shoes to change into.
The Go Walk line sees you well catered for when it comes to finding the most comfortable shoe for walking in. And all things considered, many consider the Go Walk range some of the best Skechers for walking there are out there!
- GOrun – for runners
- GOwalk 2 – mainly golf
- GOwalk 3 – for walking
- GOwalk City
- Mens Sport
- Mens Diameter Casual
- Mens Superior Levoy-Oxford
- Mens Expected Avillo Relaxed
- Mens for work
- Mens Vigor 2.0
- Mens Stamina Nuovo
- Mens Skechers
- Mens Shape ups – for walkers
- Mens Synergy
Comfort & Style
While everyone obviously has different feet and each man has their own unique style, we can guarantee that when you purchase one of the shoes featured in our list, you will be getting a men’s walking shoe which we believe is the ultimate in style and comfort, bar none.
There are literally hundreds of shoes made for walking on the market today, and these are the cream of the crop in our humble opinion.
Your Feet Need Support
Just as each person’s foot is different in terms of shape and size, everyone’s gait is also different.
Between your foot shape, the amount of weight being put on it, and how we walk, there’s a lot of potential to mess up our feet wearing the wrong shoes.
That doesn’t even touch on the matter of traction, which becomes a factor moreso in the winter months when snow and ice are covering every inch of ground we walk on. Rain also can be hazardous to someone walking down the street.
One thing remains constant when it comes to the shoes we all choose to wear, and that’s the fact that support is badly needed.
Without support, we know you know what happens. Your feet first start to feel uncomfortable and then start to hurt.
Lack of proper support over time can lead to actual damage to your muscles, and that’s what we all should be trying to avoid!
The shoes we will be mentioning go above and beyond when it comes to arch support, as well as cushioning, so even if you experience things like cracked skin or bunions, many of these shoes are designed specifically to help with that.
As athletes are well aware, once your foot connects to the ground, that impact goes directly through our legs and knees and basically rocks our entire bodies with every step.
The right support and cushion can reduce that impact down to a mere fraction of what it would be if we were to wear shoes that weren’t so well made.
If you are on your feet a lot or do any amount of exercise, you will want a shoe that supports your foot the correct way.
As a comparison, it’s like having a crappy pillow when you go to sleep.
If you don’t sleep well, it can ruin your whole day, just like walking around in poorly constructed shoes can cause chronic foot pain and a lot of unwanted frustration.
This is why we think its worth it to invest in walking shoes which will treat your feet right!
Goga Mat Versus Memory Foam?
When you start looking at the technology behind the humble sneaker it can be confusing. And perhaps you haven’t quite submitted your thesis for a Ph.D. in sports shoe engineering.
So allow us to (attempt to) explain the difference between Goga Mat – or Goga Max – and memory foam.
Firstly, both are highly comfortable and very supportive for your feet. And naturally, you might have a hard time differentiating between the two. Especially since Skechers produce both types of footwear – memory foam and Goga Mat.
To put it crudely, memory foam is great for everyday walking. And it might even support your feet quite happily over a run. But perhaps not the Boston Marathon.
Basically, memory foam is more of an everyday walking shoe and Goga Mat is something a tad more athletic.
However, for serious sporting endeavors – we mean really serious ones here – they might not be exactly what you need, and you should start to seek proper training or athletic shoes.
For the casual jogger or park runner though, Goga Mat is your friend.
Ultimately, in the fight between Goga Max and memory foam, your feet will be the ones to decide who wins!
Best Walking Shoes For Men In 2018 – Our Review
The following shoes have been tested and reviewed and have emerged as being the footwear of choice for men that want a quality shoe that is both comfortable, stylish, and affordable.
Let us know what you think in the comments below if you buy a pair. We want to hear from you!
Skechers Men’s Go Walk 3-LT
The first of our Skechers Go Walk shoes – so take notes if you are trying to make comparisons!
These are the slip on version of this popular range – some models, like the Flash, also reviewed below – are lace-ups.
The Go Walk 3 LT is quite possibly one of the most comfortable shoes ever made, the Go Walk 3-LT by Skechers slips onto your foot and before you know it you’re out the door.
Fans of the shoe are impressed with its Goga Mat technology, which adds extra bounce and cushion to every step, being made using the same material that is used for yoga mats to add support.
With a resalyte two-piece midsole and Leathertex synthetic upper, this shoe is designed for walking in total comfort.
It is also featherlight. So light that in fact it has been likened to walking on cotton balls – praise indeed!
Like most of the Go Walk range for men, the clue is in the name here. I.e. these have been designed to clock up some serious mileage – of walking in.
It is worth pointing out that these are intended to walk, not run, in. Perhaps you might get away with a short sprint for the bus, but this would most likely be it.
But what you can do in a pair of these Leathertex epics is stomp around for miles in complete comfort.
Better still, they don’t look too shabby either, which means those of you with a desk job – or in fact, any job which requires looking smart – can rest assured your boss will be satisfied with these.
Now we can’t pretend that the Go Walk range comes in the most exciting range of colors known to man. In fact, they are more or less in the forty shades of grey – but the plus side is that they are unobtrusive enough to get away wearing to the office.
As the Go Walk 3 LT is one of the slip-on range (most in the Go Walk line are – for a lace-up pair, see our review of the Go Walk Flash 2) these will definitely lend itself well to wearing with a suit.
Just a word of warning, this shoe is not waterproof, so no jumping into muddy puddles on the way home in them!
What we can be assured of is their quality at all times and above all, exquisite comfort they provide to our feet.
Skechers Men’s Go Walk 3 Mesh Slip-on Shoe
Here we have another fan favorite from the Skechers line of footwear.
This shoe is weather-proof and, once again, is all about comfort due to its 3 layers of protection.
Made from mesh fabric and as comfortable as a slipper, this shoe is at once very leisurely but also designed with athletics in mind, so don’t miss out on this great shoe which appears very casual but literally has been constructed by world renowned shoe experts.
Combining both a Goga Mat technology, Goga Pillars sole and also a memory foam cushioning on the heel – these are the last word in comfort.
And can you run in this mesh Go Walk? This is the hot question on so many customers lips. And the answer is kind of… if that’s right for you.
But in all seriousness, it’s probably not the most ideal candidate for running in – if you’re looking for a comparison, then one of the lace up range may be a better move. This is because as a slip-on shoe, it is never going to give the security of tenure that a lace-up does.
Because these are so comfy, we are hearing reports that it is possible to go naked while wearing them. That is, wearing them without socks!
We’ll leave it up to you if you actually want to run naked in them!
Skechers Men’s Go Walk 3 Attain Slip-on Shoe
This imported canvas model of slip-on shoe from Skechers once again brings you comfort at a level not offered by any other brand of shoe manufacturer.
For a combination of style and athletic performance, this shoe is definitely a cut above the rest and its proponents on Amazon have many kind words to say about it.
Added ortholite antimicrobial sock-liner to help fight against unwanted foot odors.
And smells are something that matter in a shoe – especially when you have to wear them all day in the office. Possibly, this matters even more to your colleagues, particularly when they are forced to share with you in close proximity!
More to the point, if you’re working with Smelly Steve, chief custodian of the Sneakers of Stink then you might want to ahem subtly suggest this range to him.
This is because this particular model of the GO Walk range has received acclaim for being the um kindest to feet that whiff a bit.
All this, and you will feel as if you are walking on air!
Skechers Men’s Go Walk 2 Flash
Sore feet? Not likely with these!
With colors and styles that will draw attention, the Skechers Go Walk 2 Flash model incorporates V-Stride responsive cushioning along with a resalyte impact-absorbing midsole and swanky leather to give it some extra flair.
This makes them extra comfy and protective of your feet.
Featuring a GO-Mat comfort insole, plus outsole traction sensors, you can really pick up the pace in these shoes if need be and avoid any foot pain.
Known for their responsive natural feel when feet hit the ground, you can easily wear these shoes barefoot and enjoy maximum comfort.
We think that out of all of the Go Walk range, these are the ones that we would choose for running or jogging in.
Of course, if you simply prefer walking, then they are also excellent.
As well as hitting the open road in a pair of these, you might also find that they become your go-to pair of sneakers for the gym. This is because these clean up on the treadmill very nicely indeed.
Featuring just the right combo of comfort, air, and support, these can be worn without socks, if you like, and will take you right around the running track, treadmill or perhaps just to the shops, with style!
New Balance Men’s MW928
If you’re looking for a more substantial shoe to stroll in that still offers a lot of comfort, but is decked out with a number of higher-end features, look no further than the New Balance 928.
With a number of proprietary features such as ROLLBAR technology, a Walking Strike Path outsole, Abzorb midfoot cushioning, and an odor-fighting seamless Phantom Liner, the 928 means serious business when it comes to walking in style and comfort.
As you may know, New Balance has been around for a century developing forward-thinking footwear, which makes it a more obvious choice for a top shoemaker and industry leader.
Our reviewer liked this shoe so much they went as far as saying that if you were only going to buy one pair of New Balance walking shoes this winter, this is the one to make it!
Definitely for those of you who like to be seen to be wearing the ‘right’ kit when you’re out for your daily jog, these New Balance’s just edge ahead of the competition – Skechers.
Mohem Men’s Poseidon Mesh Casual Water Shoes
Next up is proof positive that you don’t always have to spend a fortune to get quality. These Posedion Mesh Casual Water Shoes retail for less than $30 and do what they say on the tin.
These are the go-to choice for watersports lovers and just anyone who wants to get wet, without totaling their existing footwear.
So, if you are someone who likes to go out there and get dirty, the Mohem Poseidon casual water shoe might be the choice for you.
Whether it be hiking, fishing, or hanging out at the beach, the Mohem Poseidon easily laces up and is ready for whatever activities you have planned.
No, they don’t just slip on and whilst some may feel this loses them points, we think it ensures a snugger, tighter fit. After all, the last thing you want is your footwear gaining sea legs and floating off!
Now we know that water shoes can sometimes make you look like, well, a dork. But we are happy to report that this really isn’t the case for these Poseidon Mesh Casual Water Shoes.
In fact, they look rather dandy! Available in a few different colors and styles, these should mix and match well with your existing wardrobe
These shoes can also double as an excellent day-to-day shoe, but also watch out for some fairly stylish colors from this make of shoe, such as the yellow version pictured above.
They are also incredibly lightweight and can be wrung out easily.
Our reviewer was so enthused with them that he had no issue with keeping them on their feet and going to dinner in them.
However, we might draw the line at wearing them to a wedding!
Asics Men’s Gel-Tech Walker Neo 4
“Anima Sana In Corpore Sano” is the Latin phrase which Asics president Mr. Kihachiro Onitsuka based the company philosophy on, as it translates into “A Sound Mind in a Sound Body.”
You can tell that if a shoe company is getting philosophical, it must be pretty serious.
That said, we think you will appreciate the technical proficiency offered by the Neo 4 walking shoe.
Now you might not set the fashion world alight wearing these – and they only come in two colors, black and white, we think – but these are the serious walker’s shoe of choice.
This is because they provide superior support for, well, long walks. And sufferers of podiatry conditions are in luck, as they are amply protective of the more delicate foot.
These also feature awesome traction thanks to the abrasion-resistant AHAR rubber sole.
With added Gel for a “cloud-like ride”, you will have to take these shoes out for a late-night walk to really experience how comfortable they are.
These are not the cheapest, nor are they the most lightweight walking shoe out there. These are the ones to pick when your feet just need a little more than something simple or casual.
New Balance Men’s MW577
Need something supportive that will stay the distance, look good and still come in under the $100 price mark? Look no further!
As we mentioned throughout this website, New Balance makes a damn good walking shoe and the 577 is no exception.
So, if you are a moderate-paced walker and looking for something durable and comfortable, look no further than this shoe right here.
Padded tongue and collar offer added cushion and comfort, while an Abzorb midsole and Walking Strike Path technology really up the ante, putting this particular shoe in a class by itself, and its fans agree.
These are a leather walking shoe and pretty tidy looking to boot. We think you could more than get away with donning a pair of these for the office – as long as you don’t work somewhere super formal.
The good thing about these New Balance 577s is that they handle pretty much whatever you want to throw at them with aplomb.
Walk in them, run in them, train in them, go on the treadmill…. then head off to work, still wearing them. And you won’t need to bring the pain-in-the-ass extra pair of shoes into the office, should you decide to skip jog to work.
New Balance Men’s MW928S Leather/Mesh
The 928 by New Balance offers the same great shoe as the 577, but with a few added touches, such as leather and mesh. This gives the shoe a very distinctive look which is both functional and elegant.
Yes, these are a little pricier than the standard bearer, the 577. But not overly so. Coming in above the $100 may be a little steep for some, but you do, of course, get what you pay for.
As well as coming with standard with proprietary features such as Abzorb midfoot cushion and ROLLBAR technology, this model also offers extra-wide width and toe box for bigger sized feet.
This might be good news to the Yetis amongst us. And another thing, for all the Stinky Steves, is the 928 can offer a miracle that the 577 does not; odor control.
Now, it is entirely possible that you may not be the one to notice this. But your nearest and dearest will thank you for your purchase – as will the commuters who share your ride home!
New Balance Men’s MW877
Finally, our last New Balance walking shoe. This time the New Balance Men’s MW877.
Once again, this is another great shoe in the New Balance line of ultra-comfortable, durable footwear. Using premium inserts, a suede/mesh upper, and with the standard Abzorb midsole, you can’t go wrong with this shoe which is made in the USA
With a breathable mesh lining, this shoe naturally combats odors and is resistant to moisture.