Meet Our Most Comfortable Walking Shoes

Brooks running and walking shoes from Stan's

Walking is one of the most underrated forms of fitness, and a pair of comfortable walking shoes can greatly elevate your experience. Whether you walk for convenience, fitness, or fun, investing in your feet is always a good call!

Learn more about our most comfortable walking shoes for women and most comfortable walking shoes for men below. Plus, check out our tips for reaching your daily step goal!

Comfortable Walking Shoes for Women

Open-Toed Walking Shoes for Women

People often assume sandals are flat and unsupportive, but that’s not always the case. Sandals made with cork footbeds mold to your arches and are flexible, lightweight, and breathable—perfect for being on your feet all day. Check out our recommendations for best cork sandals or shop popular brands like Birkenstock, Mephisto, and Naot.

Vionic sandals are also incredibly comfortable. All Vionic shoes are crafted with built-in stability, arch support, cushioning, and flexibility, meaning that even their flip flops are great for your feet. Check out a few of our favorite summer styles before visiting the Vionic Store Milwaukee or shopping online.

  • Bella: Vionic’s most famous shoe, this flip flop has been impressing wearers for over a decade with its unmatched support.
  • Carmela: This chic toe-loop sandal is as classy as it is comfortable, featuring adjustable leather straps for extra customization.
  • Calera: If you never thought a wedge sandal could have built-in arch support, think again! A durable rubber outsole and stretchy straps are just the cherries on top of this comfy style.

Closed-Toed Walking Shoes for Women

Athletic shoes have become trendy for more than just sports; they’re now a staple of everyday style. Stan’s carries the following four brands:

  • HOKA is best known for its thick stacks of cushioning that add comfort and spring to every step. Discover our best HOKA shoes here. 
  • On Running shoes are recognizable by their signature “cloud” soles, which are ultra-lightweight for great energy return. Discover our best On Running Shoes here. 
  • New Balance has long been a favorite of Stan’s shoppers. One of the largest players in the athletic market for over a century, they remain at the cutting edge of shoe technology. Discover our best New Balance shoes here. 
  • Brooks athletic shoes are made for everyone, no matter their movement style. Discover our best Brooks shoes here. 

If athletic isn’t really your style, here are a few of our other favorite walking shoes this season.

  • Birkenstock’s Boston clog has all the benefits of their cork footbed sandals plus a soft suede upper, perfect for both the office and nights out.
  • Dansko’s Lorri casual loafer has an EVA footbed with Dansko Natural Arch® technology, plus odor-controlling and breathable lining.
  • Harjes’ Phil Zip sneaker is made with high-quality leather and nubuck, a shock absorbing outsole, and supportive cork insole.

Comfortable Walking Shoes for Men

Open-Toed Walking Shoes for Men

For beach days or short distances, Archies Arch Support Flip Flops and Slides are a top-of-the-line pick. Over 2 cm of orthotic support enhances optimal foot posture, improving alignment through the whole body.

For the hiker or outdoorsman, ECCO’s Offroad is notable for its midsole foam that provides long-lasting cushioning. It’s adjustable at 3 points and has stretchable lining for a comfortable fit. Finally, RECEPTOR® Technology provides stability and dynamic support for each step.

For summer style, Olukai’s Ulele is an upscale flip flop built with water-resistant materials, extra grip, and the support of a sneaker. It’s sleek and modern but ultra-comfortable.

Closed-Toed Walking Shoes for Men

All the athletic shoe brands discussed above—HOKA, On Running, New Balance, and Brooks—have equally as many men’s styles as women’s. Refer above to check out blogs covering our top picks for each brand!

For a more casual sneaker, look no further than Kizik. This hands-free brand is easy to step in and out of, perfect for busy days on-the-go.

  • The Irvine features extra heel padding, dual underfoot cushioning, and a stretchy canvas upper.
  • The Lima improves each footfall with substantial rebound from Rabbit Foam® outsoles. It also has extra-breathable knit upper, enhanced ankle padding, and a roomy toe box.
  • The Athens has extra Rabbit Foam® on the outsole for added cushioning and rubber traction pods for superior grip.

How to Reach Your Daily Step Goal

If you have a step goal in mind (10,000 or otherwise), the key to success is implementing good daily habits. Check out our top 10 tips to reach your step goal on the blog of Goodmiles, the athletic branch of Stan’s Fit For Your Feet. 

Shop Walking Shoes in Milwaukee

Stan’s Fit For Your Feet has a shoe for anywhere you walk. Indoor or outdoor, work or play—you can find what you’re looking for at Stan’s! Our friendly team of Certified Fit Experts is always happy to help you find your perfect style, size, and fit. 

Since its inception in 1950, Stan’s Bootery Inc. has reliably sourced stylish and comfortable footwear for the greater Milwaukee area. Today, under the stewardship of its third-generation family owners, Stan’s Bootery Inc. is recognized as one of the nation’s top independent shoe retailers. With 7 Midwest brick-and-mortar locations under 4 distinct retail brands – Stan’s, Goodmiles Running Company, The Vionic Store Milwaukee, and Waxberg’s Walk Shoppe in Niles, IL, and a thriving, national e-commerce business, Stan’s Bootery Inc. proudly serves a diverse clientele from all walks of life.  

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