26 Best Walking Shoes for Men in 2022: Comfortable, Stylish Footwear from New Balance, Nike, Salomon and More

Walking is good for you—like, really good for you—but the best walking shoes for men haven’t exactly always screamed “sex appeal.” Until now. Given the explosion of interest in running’s less strenuous cousin over the past couple years, walking shoes have, ahem, stepped up their game. They’re still packed with all the cushion-heavy outsoles, breathable uppers, and vital arch support you need for a long day on your feet, but now they’ve got the style to match. Some borrow design details from sleek modern runners, some take their cues from retro silhouettes, but all of the ones here will help you get that daily step count in while looking primo with just about anything you’ve got on. Whether you’re heading out for an hours-long stroll or just making a quick trip to the bodega, these are the 26 best walking shoes for men to lace up now.


The Best Trail-Ready Walking Shoe

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, Running Shoe, and Sneaker

Asics Gel-Preleus sneakers

The latest iteration of Asics’ most slip-on silhouette nods to the mid-2000s with a construction that couldn’t be more 2022. The Gel-Preleus draws inspiration from lofty heights—its upper half was designed to mimic the movement of the clouds —but its product specs are grounded in everyday practicality. It boasts the brand’s signature gel cushioning, along with a proprietary support system for extra stability when you’re hoofing it for hours on end. What you get is a sneaker rooted in Y2K aesthetics—the kind of kicks you might’ve laced up to kickbox with Billy Blanks—that somehow, inexplicably, looks like one of the coolest shoes on the planet right now. (And they’re on sale!)

The Best Old School Walking Shoe

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, and Running Shoe

Salomon XT-4 advanced sneakers

A surprise fashion-crowd favorite, the Salomon XT-4 is the rare mountaineering shoe with plenty of city-ready appeal. It’s packed with uber-functional tech—bungee-style lace-up closures, a heavily-padded collar, treaded rubber outsoles—to help you dominate the trails, but will look just as at home anchoring a pair of wide-legged cords.

The Best Fully Freaked Walking Shoe

Image may contain: Clothing, Apparel, Shoe, Footwear, Running Shoe, and Sneaker

Balenciaga Runner sneakers

When Balenciaga dropped the Runner last year it quickly elicited snickers online for its uncanny resemblance to the Asics Gel-Kayano 5, a certified aughts banger that retails for a little over 100 bucks. But anyone upset about the similarities was missing the point. Balenciaga doesn’t try to hide its references. It embraces them—openly and without qualification. In Demna’s hands, imitation really is the sincererest form of flattery. Lovingly plucking a cult-y—but not, y’know, especially cool—running shoe off the feet of the carb-loading set and selling it back to the no-carb crowd at a sky-high premium? It’s fashion, darling. Or at least funny. (That, and they are really comfortable.) Wearing them means you’ll probably have to deal with a few incredulous comments and a guffaw or two, but all that fuss should only steel your resolve: plant your tongue firmly in your cheek and power on.

The Best Hardcore Walking Shoe

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, and Running Shoe

Hoka One One Bondi 7 sneakers

Hoka’s signature sneaker is beloved by serious walkers and serious aesthetes alike. The most cushioned shoe in the brand’s thick-soled repertoire, the Bondi 7 offers a consistently smooth, luxurious walking experience—no matter the distance involved. Yes, the shoe is engineered with the brand’s standout EVA midsole, breathable mesh uppers, and an ultra-soft memory foam collar specially designed to cradle your heel. But it’s also—dare we say it?—downright sexy, a rarity in a market largely dominated by sneakers that place function high above form.

The Best Dad-Approved Walking Shoe

New Balance M991SKR sneakers

Long before they were fashionable, New Balance had the comfort shoe market cornered. The Boston-based brand has been churning out some of the chunkiest, daddest (in a good way!) sneakers around for over a century, and every shoe in its 990 series has rightfully achieved icon status. Almost any pair of NBs will treat your feet with the dignity they deserve, but this one—handcrafted in England with key hits of pigskin suede and a specialized sole to maximize shock absorption—is particularly suited for long days on the move.

21 More Shoes We Love

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, Running Shoe, Sneaker, and Suede

adidas TRX vintage sneakers

Inspired by ’70s-era Adidas marathon kicks, ideal for the brisk speed-walkers of today.

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, Suede, and Sneaker

Veja x Rick Owens low-top sneakers

Turns out, the dark lord of fashion is also an unabashed gym rat. (No, really.)
Image may contain: Clothing, Apparel, Shoe, Footwear, and Running Shoe

Salomon x 11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi “Bamba 5” sneakers

Pre-splattered sneaks from the best left-field gorp link-up going.

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, Running Shoe, and Sneaker

New Balance 2002r sneakers

The shoe to buy when 990s won’t cut it.

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, and Apparel

Nike “Be-Do-Win” SP shoes

Who says fitness can’t be freaky?

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, Running Shoe, and Sneaker
Image may contain: Clothing, Apparel, Shoe, Footwear, Running Shoe, and Sneaker

New Balance x Casablanca XC-72 low sneakers

Eye-grabbing collaborative kicks that’ll make weekend grocery shopping feel downright rich.
Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, and Running Shoe

Nike Free Terra Vista sneakers

A nice, leisurely stroll is no match for a shoe designed with off-road running in mind.

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, Running Shoe, and Sneaker

Adidas x Craig Green “Scuba” sneakers

Take it from British wunderkind Craig Green: the coolest sneakers on the market right now look positively amphibious.

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, and Running Shoe
Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, Running Shoe, and Sneaker

Nike ACG Air Nasu 2 sneakers

Slushy sidewalks don’t stand a chance.

Reebok Zig Kinetica II edge sneakers

Sneakers that feel the need—the need for speed.

Brooks Addiction Walker 2 sneakers

OG geriatric kicks you should steal from your grandpa’s closet.

Diemme “Montegrappa” paneled suede sneakers

The rubber soles say “I take my steps seriously” but the hits of suede (and Italian origins) say “I’m not willing to compromise my fit to get ’em in”.

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, Running Shoe, and Sneaker

adidas Terrex Voyager 21 travel shoes

First class shoes on an economy budget.

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, Running Shoe, and Sneaker

Norda 001 G+ Spike shoes

Ridiculously durable, trail-ready kicks from an upstart Canadian brand you should keep on your radar.

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, and Running Shoe

Merrell Moab speed eco dye shoes

Merrells: they’re (actually) cool now!
Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, Running Shoe, and Sneaker

Rick Owens x Veja lace-up logo detail sneakers

Turns out, the dark lord of fashion is also an unabashed gym rat. (No, really.)

Mephisto Match low top sneakers

Mephisto’s retro good looks and proprietary soft-air technology make for a shoe you’ll want to wear every damn day, no matter how little walking is on the agenda.

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, Sneaker, and Running Shoe

Everlane The Trainer shoes

About as streamlined as a dad shoe can get without compromising on its glorious dadliness.

Image may contain: Clothing, Shoe, Footwear, Apparel, and Running Shoe

Nike Challenger OG shoes

Classic Nike kicks that hearken back to the golden age of the Swoosh.

Leave a Comment