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Best walking shoes for women in 2021

Just as it’s essential to buying the right running shoe if you’re a jogger or runner, finding a good pair of walking shoes is a must — especially if you’re on your feet in the same shoes for the majority of the day.

A good walking shoe isn’t a hiking boot or trail running shoe, it’s a comfortable shoe with good shock absorption, cushioning and support for your feet that prevents leg, foot and knee pain. There are a lot of options out there for women looking to add a new pair of walking shoes to their wardrobe — that’s why we curated this list of podiatrist-recommended pairs that won’t cause blisters, heel pain, calluses or discomfort.

With help from a podiatrist and lots of time spent analyzing customer reviews on Amazon, here are the five best walking shoes for women, including those geared for specific foot problems such as flat feet, high arches, plantar fasciitis, narrow feet and wide feet. I also took into consideration things like cushioning, ankle support, breathable mesh, shock absorption, a removable insole, whether it is a lightweight shoe and all of the other factors that separate good shoes from bad ones.

1 New Balance Women’s FuelCore Nergize V1 Sneaker

New Balance Women’s FuelCore Nergize V1 Sneaker

Midsole Cushioning: These New Balance sneakers feature a REVlite midsole that delivers incredibly lightweight cushioning and provides a responsive ride for comfortable all-day wear
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2 Ryka Women’s Devotion Plus 2 Walking Shoe

Ryka Women’s Devotion Plus 2 Walking Shoe

Find the best walking shoes for plantar fasciitis, high arches and more.
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3 adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe

adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe

  • Cloudfoam memory sockliner and textile lining
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4 ASICS Women’s Gel-Venture 7 Running Shoes

ASICS Women’s Gel-Venture 7 Running Shoes

  • The assured support, comfort, and response of the GEL-Venture® 7 running shoe will give you the edge you want on every run!
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5 Ryka Women’s Sky Walk Walking Shoe

Ryka Women’s Sky Walk Walking Shoe

Ryka Women's Sky Walk Walking Shoe 100% Leather and Mesh Imported Synthetic sole Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch Weight is 7.9 oz Breathable mesh upper with supportive leather overlays Memory foam with latex ...
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Narrow-footed people aren’t the only ones who have problems finding a comfortable walking shoe that fits correctly. I personally have a wide foot and can attest to the fact that few things are worse than walking around in shoes that squeeze all of your toes together and pinch your heels (I demand a bigger toe box for bigger toes!). It’s not worth it, even if they’re the cutest dang shoes you’ve ever seen. 

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