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The perfect pair
When walking you need your shoes to handle that repetitive heel-to-toe rolling motion. After all, "a 150-pound woman's body encounters between 900,000 and 1,350,00 pounds of impact over a three-mile walk," says Paul Langer, DPM, author of Great Feet for Life.
So make sure your kicks are comfy and supportivea poor fit can lead to injury. And choose ones that are secure across the instep and in the heel, but roomy enough to wiggle your toes. Here, shoes that will protect your feet whether you're fitness walking or simply commuting.
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For everyday walking
A cushioned heel paired with a flexible forefoot helps the Asics Gel Frequency ($85; zappos.com) accommodate your natural stride. Plus, the mesh upper helps keep feet cool and dry.
It's no wonder the Vans Classic Slip-On ($50; zappos.com) is a Zappos top seller. The versatile grey slip-on goes with dresses, jeans, skirts, and more, and can easily be slipped off and stored under your desk if you need to change into something more formal for the office. Plus, with a padded collar and shock-absorbing footbed, they're ultra-comfortable and easy on the feet.
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For speed walking
With extra cushioning in heavy-wear zones (think heel and toe), the sleek Ryka Constant (starting at $25; amazon.com) is perfect for fast-paced fitness walkers.
For distance walking
The New Balance WW1065 ($90; amazon.com) has the style of a running shoe, but is designed for long-distance walking. The highly supportive sneaker features medial posts at the inside edge of the shoe to prevent overpronation, a common foot problem.
For casual walking
Not a race walker? Slip on the Skechers Go Step ($59; zappos.com)—the cushioned sole allows for hours of comfortable walking.
For walking and running
Why splurge on two pairs? The Adidas Energy Cloud ($65; zappos.com) running shoe can easily double as a walker.
Thanks to ground-gripping outsoles and a substantial cushion, the New Balance Summit Trail V2 shoe ($100; newbalance.com) is just right for rugged terrain.
The sleek Saucony Jazz Low Pro (starting at $27; amazon.com) is available in 29 on-trend hues. Superlight nylon and shock-absorbing midsoles mean you wonât be sacrificing comfort for style.
The Sperry Top-Sider Seacoast ($60; amazon.com) is made with breathable canvas, making it an ideal choice for leisurely walks along the beach or boardwalk.
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With waterproof materials and extra insulation, these L.L. Bean winter sneakers ($99; llbean.com) provide superior traction and will keep socks dry in snow and slush.