The Best Quality Walking Shoes

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The Best Quality Walking Shoes
A good walking shoe will make exercise more comfortable. (walking image by astoria from

Finding a good walking shoe is important if you walk for exercise or if you are on your feet all day. The most important factor to look for in a new walking shoe is fit. If a walking shoe does not fit you properly, it does not matter how well made it is--it is going to cause you discomfort. Once you get a shoe fitted properly, though, there are a number of extra features you can look out for.

Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam Gore-Tex XCR

According to the reviewers at, the Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam Gore-Tex is the best walking shoe on the market. This shoe has a Gore-Tex XCR gasket construction and fabric lining, with a breathable mesh upper. This means your feet will stay cool and any sweat will be wicked away immediately, preventing discomfort or blistering. This material will also protect your feet from wind or water. There is extra support in the toe and heel, where walkers need it most, and a firm insole to prevent joint injuries.

Salomon Exit Peak

Salomon manufactures walking shoes especially for outdoors enthusiasts. The Exit Peak is crafted from nubuck leather and slit suede, with some mesh upper. This shoe is lightweight and breathable so your feet will not get too hot. It also is water resistant, but not waterproof. It features lots of extras like firm heel foam, a mudguard, protective toe cap and Contagrip outsole.

Brasher Diablo XCR

Brasher specialises in making walking boots--this is their first walking shoe. This shoe is made from suede and mesh panels. Like the Merrell shoe, it is also lined with Gore-Tex XCR material, which means that moisture is wicked away from your foot. They have a Vibram Sole unit that features exceptional grip so you will not slip in these shoes. These shoes also are waterproof, which means cool and dry feet.

Hi-Tec Auckland WP

<p> chose the Hi-Tec Auckland WP as the best value shoe for your money. This shoe has waterproof protection, a suede upper, moisture-wicking lining, an athletic trainer-inspired fit and a gripping sole. This shoe is a good all-around walking shoe. It has all of the same features as more expensive shoes at a fraction of the cost.

New Balance MO1520GT

New Balance is a company that specialises in manufacturing running shoes. Their popular athletic trainers were the inspiration for the MO1520GT, their first walking shoe. This shoe is sleek and durable and, like the Brasher and Merrell shoes, is made with Gore-Tex, which means that it is moisture-wicking, waterproof and windproof. This shoe also has a Vibram outsole like the Brasher. The New Balance has a suede and mesh upper and is light weight.

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