Here, on this page we have reviewed what we believe to be the best walking shoes for women available on the market in 2018.
Believe us when we say the competition was fierce this year!
The great news is that almost all of the shoes that we did review which made our Top 10 list, were well-received by buyers, and are top quality.
The big surprise this year is that Skechers has become the most popular, and well-reputed brand, when it comes to walking shoes, with several great Skechers walking shoes making it into our Top 10. The only brand challenging them in any serious way at this time is Reebok.
For those who do not follow the raging debates around what walking shoes qualify as this year’s best, Skechers may have once been considered an underdog in the walking shoe arena, but in recent times they’ve just been putting out one great walking shoe after another!
Take a look at our Top 10 best women’s walking shoes below, and you will see we’ve provided a short overview of each shoe, plus a link to a longer and more detailed review.
Each of these shoes is different price-wise, and in terms of style and the features each one offers, so be sure to read our detailed review of each shoe to get the whole story.
That said, if you want to read additional customer reviews, we have provided a link that goes to Amazon, where you can read dozens, if not hundreds of individual buyer reviews for each shoe.
Skechers Women’s Go Walk 3 Tilt
This one remains the most popular choice for ladies, which is why we rate this shoe 4.5 stars out of 5, and if you read our review for the Go Walk 3 Tilt by Skechers, you can see why.
- Manmade sole
- FitKnit Mesh fabric upper
- GO Pillars
- Cushioned footbed with GOga Mat® technology
- Resalyte® midsole with SQUISH’ component technology
- GOimpulse sensors
Depending on the size or color, and where you buy the shoe, this one prices between $60-70.
It is generally available in 6 colors and comes in sizes 5-11 B(M) US.
The manufacturer has designed this product for athletic walking, as it has high rebound cushioning, to help power through those miles out on the road.
Skechers Women’s Shape Ups Walking Sneaker
The clue is in the name with this great looking shoe. This is a high quality product with a leather upper made from Nubuck, for absolute comfort.
With the Skechers Women’s Shape Ups, you get the following:
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately 7″ from arch
- Heel measures approximately 1 1/4″
- Platform measures approximately 1″
- Boot opening measures approximately 10″ around
- Two-tone sneaker with breathable leather, and mesh upper
- Padded tongue and collar
This one also gets a very high 4.75 out of 5 star rating from us, and costs between $60-70, and over on Amazon, this shoe is a blockbuster hit!
It comes in black and white only, and the sizes available are 5-10 B(M) US & 5-10 C/D US
This shoe as you can see looks great, is built for comfort and is one that you will want to be seen walking in.
It really has a very classical sport’s style look and appearance, and I think really does help make you look the part. One of our favorites for sure.
Skechers Women’s Go Walk Extend
This is another interesting shoe in the “Go Walk” line. Yet again you need have no fear about its quality, as this also gets a solid 4.6 out of 5 stars.
- Rubber sole
- Lightweight walking shoe in stretch canvas, with convertible fold-down heel featuring Memory Form Fit memory foam in the footbed, heel, and vamp
- Resalyte midsole foam
Now the good news with this model is that it is at the lower end of the price point as $35-60, and as such should be affordable for most. It would not be my own first choice but some ladies just love this style.
They have been made for comfort, and are easy to care for.
They are extremely light weight , available in 8 colors, and cater for sizes 5-11 B(M) US
Reebok Women’s Skyscape Runaround
This is the first Reebok shoe to appear on the list, but it’s a good one! Now personally, I do not like the black color in these, but some of the other colors like the Persian Blue look amazing. There are 16 colors in total to pick from, so plenty of great choices.
We definitely love this shoe, and this about matches the sentiment out there in the marketplace.
The Reebok Skyscape Runaround offers the following features:
- Manmade sole
- Lightweight lace-up sneaker in stretch fabric featuring Memory Tech 365 insole, constructed of a resilient foam compound that is lighter in weight than traditional polyurethane
- Ribbed toe bumper
The sizes available are 5-11 B(M) US with a few half sizes available.
Skechers Women’s Performance Go Walk 3
This one remains the Skechers best selling shoe, and is a highly popular choice for many ladies all around the US. With all of the buyer reviews pouring in for a product like this, it has maintained a 4.5 star rating across the board, and it is easy to see why this is a best seller.
Check out the features of the Skechers Women’s Performance Go Walk 3:
- Manmade sole
- Heel measures approximately 1″
- Slip-on shoe with lightweight, flexible sole featuring cushioning goga mat insole
Pick from 10 colors and the usual sizes are available.
These shoes are not only light and comfortable, but have been built to last. That is why these remain a great buy, and mainly that is down to their durability.
Skechers Women’s Go Walk 3 Renew
Now I like to be honest, so I have to say I really do not like the look of this product at all. You can also ignore me as well, because many buyers will disagree with me.
It is hard for me to argue with the response it has received by so many fitness fanatics, but for me these look like slippers, and I would struggle to wear these when out on the road.
Here are some of the features of the Skechers Women’s Go Walk 3 Renew:
- Rubber sole
- Slip-on walking shoe with SQUISH technology featuring breathable Skech Knit mesh upper and Goga Mat insole with high-rebound cushioning
- GO Pillars shock-absorbing sole
- Grippy outsole
One reviewer said this:
I love sketchers Go Walks, but these Go Walk 3’s with the goga mat under my feet is heaven.. I have one flat foot (painful) on my right, and heel spurs and plantar fasciitis on my left foot, (UGH) so to find shoes I can actually walk all day in is amazing.
So it just depends on your own preferences. You can get these in 5 different colors, and the normal sizes are available.
Reebok Women’s Skyscape Harmony
Now this pair from Reebok I really do like. I like the style, and these could just as easily be used for people who have to be on their feet all day, as they could for going for a walk in the evening.
Here is a list of features for the Reebok Women’s Skyscape Harmony walking shoes:
- Rubber sole
- Heel measures approximately 1″
- Fabric upper Slip-on design with cushioned removable MemoryTech insole, EVA foam midsole, Synthetic sole provides traction & durability
The prices vary, but are really low on some of the options.
There are plenty of buyers for this model, and there are 7 distinctive colors available, so hopefully one will suit you. It was interesting to note that a few buyers bought these to wear as slippers around the house.
Skechers Women’s Go Walk Aspire
These remain a consistently high selling model in this range. These are actually designed to help develop a really good strong walking stride, and that certainly makes them different from many of the others on our list.
Here are some of the features of the Skechers Women’s Go Walk Aspire:
- Manmade sole
- Slip-on walking shoe featuring cushioned footbed and pull-on port at counter
- Resalyte midsole to absorb impact
- Pod-treaded outsole
Although limited to just 4 colors, they are good choices of colors, and will suit most outfits.
A consistent 4.5 star rating has been maintained with good strong sales of this model.
These are very soft and very light, and on Amazon right now you can get some really great prices on these.
Reebok Women’s Daily Cushion 2.0 RS
The clue is once again in the name. Reebok are stating that these cushioned shoes are ideal for walking every day, and as such are built to last, but these could easily double as runners.
Many times buying a pair of shoes simply comes down to the style you prefer, and this cushioned pair of Reeboks you’ll either love or hate.
- Rubber sole
- Beveled heel
- Cushioned footbed
- Leather and textile upper
- Perforations and overlay details
- Mesh lining
The white in this one I love, and the black one I really do not like. In many ways simply changing the appearance makes these look like two different shoes…I found that quite amazing.
The rating is again high at 4.5 overall, and all the usual sizes are available.
Saucony Women’s ProGrid Integrity ST2
This model from Saucony is at number 10 on our list, but has a very similar 4.5 rating, which is comparable with many others on our buying list.
This one is in fact one of the biggest sellers on the market. I own a pair of these, and I just love the look of them.
They are very comfortable and light, and I have been using them on and off for about 2 years. They still show very little sign of wear, so are a durable product.
- Full-grain leather
- Rubber sole
- Non-marking walking shoe with padded tongue and collar and durable XT-900 material in high-wear portions of outsole
- Grid cushioning unit
- Walk-Trac comfort outsole
- Stretch Zone is a comfortable stretch section to ensure ideal fit
- Walk-Trac comfort outsole for cushioning
- Non-marking outsole
Best Treadmills For Walkers Of 2016
If you are someone who is interested in keeping fit, there are many reasons to invest in a good treadmill for your home. Have a look at our page which explores some of the best options for treadmills in 2016.
Some of these treadmills great because they’re more compact, others have all the features you could want, and others are highly rated due to being a great combination of price and quality. Read our feature article on 2016’s best treadmills for walkers.
About Our Walking Shoe Buying Guide
As we mentioned above, we have completed a full buying guide which you can read in detail by clicking here. It is meant to provide info on how to select the right walking shoe for you, and give you more information on some of the factors that affect walking in general.
However, we thought that we would add some helpful tips in this section, specifically for women, as we thought that would help make your buying decision a little bit easier.
The Skechers Brand
As you can see from our listing above, the Skechers brand currently hold 6 positions on our top 10 list, Reebok have three positions and there is also an excellent pair of shoes from Saucony.
Overall though, Skechers do appear to rule the roost. If you have ever worn a pair of their shoes, then you will already know just how good these actually are. If not, then honestly, you are in for a real treat when you try them on.
Skechers have their headquarters in Manhattan Beach California and also have a facility in Belgium that services Europe.
They have over 1,000 company owned stores and also sell their shoes in many other departmental, specialty, and independents in 120 countries throughout the world. Clearly they are a big outfit.
The company offers two distinct footwear styles:
A lifestyle division which includes Skechers Memory Foam and the charity line BOBS from Skechers
Skechers Performance which includes Skechers GOrun and Skechers GOwalk footwear
For us walkers it is that second line where most of our walking shoes comes from. Within that they have certain lines which are:
- GOrun – for runners
- GOwalk 2 – mainly golf
- GOwalk 3 – for walking
- GOwalk City
- Womens D’lites
- Womens Energy
- Womens Equalizer
- Womens Flex
- Womens Premiums
- Womens Relaxed
- Womens Skech-Air
- Womens Skechers
- Womens Shape ups – for walkers
- Womens Synergy
So as you can see they have a lot of styles available. For walkers though this can be reduced down to a few lines. We reviewed those lines and then included those that were relevant in our top 10 list. Hopefully that will make the choice easier for you.
Comfort & Style
The main consideration for any women should be comfort, but let’s be honest, we also like our style. That means that different ladies will prefer the different looks available. The good news is that with any on our list your comfort is guaranteed. With that assurance you can just focus on the particular style that you like.
The Right Support
A crucial consideration for all ladies should be the level of support offered by a shoe. As we mentioned in our buying guide, having the right support is important.
We will each have our own individual walking gait and we should all know, that not all feet are in the same shape. Some people may have flat feet, some may have raised arches and some may have bunions or hard skin.
When our feet hit the ground, the impact of that goes through our legs and into both the knee and hip joints. With proper cushioning that impact can be greatly reduced and help protect those joints.
Think of your shoes like shock absorbers and you will know what I mean.
Here’s a great video from the good people at Good Feet Houston to explain how arch support works and why you need it.
Best Women’s Shoes for Travel
If you are a lady who likes to travel, or indeed enjoy your vacations, then you will know the importance of having light and comfortable shoes. It is of course fun to travel and visit all the many sights that the world has to offer. When you sit down at the end of those trips, the last thing you will want is sore feet and blisters.
Taking good care of your feet will make sure that doesn’t happen. Having the right shoes will go a very long way to make sure you enjoy your traveling in comfort. Just below we have put together a list of what we think are the Top 5 shoes For Traveling.
Hopefully you will find that useful.
Best Women’s Walking Sandals
They are very stylish, but more importantly they are designed with great care to offer maximum support and comfort for walkers of all ages.
Best Women’s Shoes For Commuting
Many ladies have to take the daily commute to work. Ideally the sneakers that you wear need to be well fitted and provide as much comfort as possible. Now that could of course be by train, tube, car, bicycle, by walking or most likely a combination of all or some of these modes of transport.
You can see from our list, that there are plenty to choose from. The ones we would recommend for your daily commute are the Reebok Skyscape Harmony, which you can read about below, or by clicking here.
Best Sneakers For Everyday Walking
If you are a woman, looking for sneakers that you can use everyday, then you need to look for certain characteristics.
The most important thing is of course comfort. In addition to that though, you should also consider durability. If you are going to be walking in these everyday, then they need to be easy to put on and take off, and also have a sole that will last for a long time.
The ones we recommend for that are the Skechers Go Walk 3 Renew. You can read about those by clicking right here. We have also done a short review down below if you prefer to read that.
The Reebok Women’s Daily Cushion is also a very goo choice so depends on which style you like. You can read about the Reebok one by clicking here.
Best Sneakers For Speed Walking
If you are on the fitness trail, and have taken up speed walking, then you will of course want a pair of sneakers that helps with the stride pattern. You will also want a pair that helps tone and firm up the leg and hip muscles. There are a lot to select from that offer these key features.
The pair we would recommend to you are the Skechers Women’s Shape Ups. These have been specifically designed for speed walkers of all ages.
Best Sneakers For Distance Walking
As with speed walking some ladies prefer to do what is called distance walking. As you can see there are many different types of walking, and distance walking is growing a lot in popularity.
The features that you need in shoes like these are comfort, plenty of air around the feet, and durable and long lasting soles.
These will take a lot of pounding out on the streets and roads so make sure they are built to last.
For this type of walking we would recommend something like the Skecher Women’s Performance Go Walk 3 – read our full review here.
Best Shoes For Casual Walking
In our own walking club we have plenty of ladies who enjoy a casual walk.
They know the benefits of walking and simply enjoy a nice stroll with a few good friends. They will still want comfort but will also want a bit of style.
For this type of walking we would recommend the Skechers Women’s Go Walk 3 Tilt, which is a very popular choice for many.
Best Sneakers For Overweight Women
Many ladies start walking for fitness reasons or to lose some weight. When starting out the chances are they are overweight and want sneakers that can achieve two things. They will want comfort and will also want strong support for their ankles.
The type of shoes is important as they will need a shoe that promotes a good stride, has a toning effect and is yet supportive to the ankles and knees. For this type of walking we would highly recommend the Saucony Women’s ProGrid Integrity ST2.
Best Sneakers For Walking & Running
Now what if you want to combine walking and some light running.
Do they require two different types of sneakers? The answer is thankfully no. For running though you will need shoes that can be laced up. In terms of walking slip on shoes work perfectly well. For running there is a lot more pressure on the heel, and slip on does not work for that.
You will also need more of a sporty shoe. When you have that then you can easily combine both disciplines. The sneakers we would recommend for that are the Skechers Women’s Shape Ups – Strength Fitness Walking Sneaker.