Our personal picks for best rated walking shoes and socks are based on years of our own personal experience. Shoes and socks we wear, know and love! They are all proven performers. They have all delivered consistently high value, comfort, quality and satisfaction over the years.
NEW: This winter check out selections in the ECCO and Keen sections for special winter footwear. If you need to cope with real winter in your part of the world, they will make your outdoor experience much more enjoyable.
If you don't get to experience the joy of winter this year, there are still some great choices to make your walking totally enjoyable and energizing in all conditions.
Be sure to click on the link at the bottom of each section to get our full background story as to why we recommend each brand.
For some of us, winter is ahead so let's embrace it with some fresh, warm, weather proof footwear to make it as enjoyable as possible.
If you will be walking on very icy terrain, have a look at our Yaktrax for added traction - sort of snow tires for your shoes!
ECCO WALKING SHOES
One of our all time favorite shoes. Soid, reliable and very fun to wear. Perfect fit right out of the box.
Note: trying to find ECCO walking shoes on sale can be challenging. Your best bet is to look for end of season lines - i.e. search for summer shoes as winter is starting.
ECCO WINTER WALKING BOOTs
Treat yourself this winter to some ECCO Boots and Shoes. Proven performers all.
ECCO Women's Walking Shoes
ECCO Men's Shoes
Find out Why We Love Our ECCO Walking Shoes!
Keen Shoes have earned our respect and admiration over the last 10 years. Innovative, comfortable, rugged and durable.
Note: Finding KEEN Shoes On Sale is usually pretty easy. Look for the little RED SALE Banner.
Keen Winter Footwear
KEEN Women's Footwear
KEEN Men's Footwear
Why we are so keen on Keen Footwear.
Mephisto Footwear is simply 'The Best'. Exceptional quaility, comfort and craftsmanship. Geoff's Mephistos are almost 10 years old and still look brand new!
Note: Mephisto does not offer winter footwear.
Mephisto Women's Footwear
Mephisto Men's Footwear
Discover more about Mephisto Walking Shoes - The Cadillac of Shoes
One of the true unsung heroes of outdoor shoes and not well known outside the rugged mountaineering, trail running crowd. Make no mistake this, this venerable American company has super shoes for great walking too.
Note: You will have good luck finding some Vasque shoes on sale from time to time. They only make one high quality level so watch for end of season clear outs.
VASQUE Walking Shoes & Boots
NORDIC WALKING SHOES
By popular demand, we are now including this category of shoes on this page for your convenience. As noted on our Nordic Walking page there are no shoes currently made specifically for nordic walking.
Our focus is on the ECCO Blom Model Trail Running Shoes from ECCO. These shoes provide a well rounded set of characteristics that are nicely suited to nordic walking.
We are also aware of a shoe called the Inov-8 Rocklite Nordic Walking Shoe. We no longer list this shoe because we have not found an affiliate supplier who is able to ship this shoe internationally. It is made in the UK and not very common in North America.
ECCO Trail Running Shoes for Nordic Walking
Read much more on our Nordic Walking Shoes page.
are just two of over 30 types of activity specific socks made by
Thorlo. These socks will make your feet feel great and your walks so
much more enjoyable. Be sure to fully read the descriptions to
better understand each custom design.
NOTE: Be sure to click on the picture of an individual sock. There is a whole lot more valuable information there along with what other users of that exact model think.
NOTE 2: For more choice by activity type, be sure to click on the THORLO word under the brief paragraph at the top of the page for an expanded list of categories.
Thorlo Walking Socks
"These socks are designed to help protect your feet from the damaging forces of impact, shear and blistering that are common to walking.". (Thorlos)
When you first visit the Thorlos Walking Socks page, click on the "Learn More' link in the description. You'll really appreciate what goes into creating the Thorlo Walking Sock magic.
Thorlo Running Socks
"Running Thorlos are designed to help protect your feet from the damaging forces of impact, shear and blistering that are common to running".
Note: we include running socks as well. This is for those of you that are very fit and also do some running AND for those of you that need extra padding that you may find beneficial for your feet.
Thorlo Running Socks are great if you are doing some running or if you want to use a sock with even more padding. Again don't forget to click on the 'Learn More' link for the complete story on these popular socks
Thorlo Specialty Socks
Should you suffer from arthritis foot or diabetes foot issues, the specialists at Thorlo may have suggestions for you as well. Because of the specialized nature of these socks, they are available by personal request only and not displayed on their website. Take advantage of their ...
Visit our NEW & UPDATED Thorlo Socks - A Love Story page for a lot more information and guidance for these exceptional socks!
Great! Enjoy your new walking shoes. Happy feet make for happy walking!
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