Whether you’re taking a quick trip to the countryside or an extended trip abroad, walking is an inevitable part of traveling. This is why it’s extremely important to wear comfortable shoes on your trips. To help you choose your travel footwear, here are five of the best men’s walking shoes.
Importance Of Wearing The Right Shoes When Traveling
In this day and age of Snapchat and Instagram, I know that it’s very tempting to choose your outfit on the basis of how Instagram-worthy it looks. But if you want to actually enjoy your trip, trust me, it is vital that you dress sensibly. And when I say "dress sensibly", I mean, choose the right clothes and shoes.
It is not uncommon for people to wear the wrong shoes when traveling – and it’s easy to understand why. A lot of shoes which are suitable for daily wear may not be comfortable enough for an entire day of exploring and outdoor activities.
Wearing the wrong shoes can cause you extreme discomfort while traveling. In some cases, ill-fitting footwear can cause blisters and even injuries. To prevent these, it is thus necessary to wear shoes specially made and fit for long walks.
Factors To Consider When Choosing Walking Shoes
When it comes to walking shoes, there is no one type or design that would suit every traveler. A number of factors should be considered, such as the following:
1. Comfort & Fit
This is the foremost consideration when choosing the right walking shoes for you. Since you would be wearing your shoes for extended periods of time, you have to make sure that they fit you well and are very comfortable. This would lessen the strain of long walks on your feet.
2. Travel Itinerary
Your planned activities are also important considerations. While relatively cheap walking shoes should suffice for short walks and some casual strolling, you might have to invest in a pair with better cushioning if you’re planning to do some trekking.
3. Expected Weather
There’s nothing like soggy socks and damp feet to ruin an otherwise enjoyable stroll. This is why it’s important to take into consideration the weather in the place you’re planning to visit. If you’d be visiting during a particularly rainy season, then it’s advisable to wear a waterproof pair.
How To Choose The Best Walking Shoes For You
With all the different brands of walking shoes available at varying price range, picking the right pair can be quite a challenge. To help you choose the perfect walking shoes for traveling, here are three easy steps you could take:
1. Determine Your Budget
Let's be realistic: your budget is an important factor when buying shoes. You can get a pair for as low as $20 or you could go ahead and splurge $200 on a well-known brand. Regardless of how much you're willing to spend, the important step is to determine your budget.
When it comes to shoes, the price is not necessarily an indication of quality. This is especially true in the case of popular brands. More often than not, what you're actually paying for is the name. If you're on a tight budget, consider buying a lesser-known but high-quality brand.
2. Know What You Need
In general, the ideal pair of walking shoes is lightweight, well-cushioned, flexible, and with a flat heel. The combination of these four qualities ensures comfort when walking. Shoes made of lightweight materials would place less strain on your leg when going out for long walks.
A well-cushioned heel also provides added support. Although walking is not as strenuous as running, it would still be good to opt for walking shoes with a nice cushion. A flat heel, meanwhile, ensures that your weight is not concentrated just on the balls of your feet.
Flexibility is also important since if your shoes are too stiff, then your feet would fight with the shoes in every step. This can result in numb toes, blisters, and even shin splits.
3. Get The Right Fit
If this isn’t the first time you’d be buying walking shoes, then chances are you already know the right size and specifications for your walking shoes. If this is your first time to get walking shoes, however, I would highly suggest that you get professionally fitted at a sports store.
Unlike everyday shoes, there are more considerations when buying walking shoes. Your gait and pronation are of extreme importance as this will determine which part of your feet needs more support.
As a general rule, a well-fitting shoe should be snug but not tight. There should be enough room for you to wiggle your toes without the shoes sliding off. To see if your chosen pair of walking shoes is the perfect fit for you, you can try walking down an incline and up on stairs.
When walking down an incline, your toes shouldn’t be touching the front part of your shoes. Meanwhile, when walking up the stairs, your heels shouldn’t lift off the insoles by more than 1/8 of an inch.
Which Men’s Walking Shoes Should You Get?
Now that you have a general idea of how to choose the perfect pair of walking shoes for you, here is my rundown of the best men’s walking shoes:
Equipped with a rubber sole for better traction, especially on slippery surfaces.
For a pair of walking shoes sold at a pretty low price point, this pair has great cushioning and perfect fit.
The insole is thick and the cushion has a nice recovery, making it ideal for walking. Every step feels comfortable.
Comes in a variety of colors schemes.
Retailed for under $80, this pair is perfect for travelers who want a good quality pair of walking shoes but do not want to splurge on a high-end brand
This pair is a bit heavier than the other walking shoe variants from New Balance. The weight difference is not really noticeable during short walks, but it gets a bit uncomfortable for all-day strolling.
While this pair is perfect for walking, it is a little uncomfortable to wear if you have to stand for extended periods of time. Arch support is average, and you start to feel the insole give when you are standing in one position for too long.
The sizing of New Balance is quite inconsistent. If you have used or purchased their cross-trainers, then you might want to get measured again for walking shoes because there are considerable sizing differences.
4. Skechers Performance Men's Go Walk 3 Slip-On Walking Shoe
With a rubber sole for good traction and non-slip walking.
The slip-on design is perfect for individuals on the go who want to travel in style.
Weighing a mere 1.9 pounds, this pair is extremely lightweight, making it perfect for day-long walking and even some trekking.
The mesh feature provides for greater breathability.
The full-length goga mat insole and the memory-foam cushioned heel and vamp absorbs the impact brought by every step. It provides wonderful arch support.
This pair fits really well and does not cause blisters even during the break-in period.
Retailing for under $150, this pair is great for travelers who want to travel in style without foregoing comfort and without breaking the bank.
This pair is not made for long walks and rough terrain, and the soles tend to wear easily when used on rough ground. However, this pair works just fine for some casual strolling on the pavement and even surfaces.
It does not really affect the quality of the shoes, but this pair squeaks when walking.
The size chart can be quite tricky so you might want to have your measurements taken at a physical store before making online purchases.
5. Rockport Men's We are Rockin Chranson Walking Shoe
Made with a latex footbed, this pair cushions your foot to reduce fatigue even during long strolls.
This pair’s ADIPRENE technology provides shock absorbing heel cushioning to ensure maximum comfort.
This pair’s mesh lining effectively wicks away moisture, providing for optimum breathability.
The EVA outsole enables the shoes to grip well on just about any surface.
The shoes come in varying width, so it can suit people with narrow, medium, and wide feet.
Weighing only two pounds, this pair is extremely lightweight but at the same time durable.
Available in black and brown, its suede and synthetic upper create a classy but casual look. This is perfect for travelers who want to look dapper even during long trips.
The size chart is inaccurate and confusing. The size guideline is at least a half size off.
The soles are pretty soft, so this pair is not ideal for walking on uneven terrain. Even with the footbed, you can still feel the uneven surface poking against your feet if you are walking on uneven grounds.
As a rule, I switch my shoes around to make them last longer. This is why I often find it difficult to choose just one pair of shoes. But if I have to choose just one pair for this roundup, it would have to be the Skecher’s Performance.
I like how it is a no-fuss pair of shoes with a very reasonable price tag. It goes well with different outfits and is pretty comfortable even during long walks. While I wouldn’t use it for trekking, it’s a suitable footwear for strolling and roaming around during trips.
How about you? Do you have your favorite walking shoes? Let us know in the comments below.
I'm Tomy Evans, Lily's younger brother. I started hunting at an early age with my father and grandfather and I’ve hunted big game all over the United States as well as in Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.