Best Asics Walking Shoes
for 2016

Asics walking shoes are built with the latest technology and materials to provide ultimate comfort and durability for fitness walkers. They are one of the top brands, recommended by doctors and podiatrists and have thousands of loyal fans. I’ve been wearing them for years and they are my personal favorite!

They offer a great selection of styles, colors and level of support for every foot type. They come in a great variety of widths, from narrow to extra wide. Most walkers, including myself, find that they run small and usually have to order a half-size to size larger (I order an entire size larger than my normal shoe size).

Asics makes shoes for each foot type. You may be wondering what that means! Each of us has an arch type (high, normal or flat) as well as a degree of pronation (normal, under, over). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, please read this informative article on how to pick the best walking shoes. It will be 5 well-spent minutes that will guide you through the process of determining which type of footwear your feet really need.

For example, if you have flat feet, you most likely need to wear a very supportive shoe that manufacturers label motion control. If you have flat feet but purchase a neutral shoe (for those with high arches), you are most likely going to experience a lot of discomfort and even pain. The majority of us, however, wear a stability shoe, which provides some arch support as well as some pronation control.

Wearing the correct type of footwear can save you from experiencing discomfort and pain in your feet, ankles, shins, knees and lower back. That is why I categorize each Asics walking shoe by the foot type it is made for. If you know your foot type, scroll down to the appropriate category and select your shoe from there. This the best way to find a pair that is going to fit well and prevent pain and injury.

I’ve also included some Asics running shoes in the list of top picks. That is what I wear even though I am primarily a fitness walker.  If you like to add some light running/jogging to your exercise routine, a running shoe may be better for you. They are more flexible and have more cushioning. Additionally, the widths come in a better selection than the Asics walking shoes. For example, I need a narrow width (A), which is easier to find in the running styles than the walking styles.


Top Asics Walking Shoes for 2016

Recommendations for the Neutral walker (those with high arches and an underpronator/supinator)

ASICS - GEL-Quickwalk 2 SL (White/Silver) Women's Walking Shoes - The Asics Gel Quickwalk 2SL offers comfort, durability and lots of padding around the tongue and collar for a comfy fit. Made with Asics' GEL technology in the heel to support and cushion your heels as they strike the ground during each step. The forefoot is flexible to support a walker's natural gait.
"ASICS GEL-Quickwalk 2 SL - Men's"

- The Asics Gel Quickwalk 2SL has a low, beveled heel and a flexible forefoot, which will perfectly support a walker's stride. Made from leather, this is a durable shoe. It's a great option for men who need an athletic type sneaker for work or for light walking. However, this sneaker can get hot so if your feet tend to get sweaty, choose another style that has a mesh upper to help air out your feet.

"ASICS GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4 - Women's"

- The Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4 is a great sneaker, made from materials to keep it ultra-lite and to help keep your feet dry. It also has plenty of cushioning for a comfortable fit. It also has a bunion window so if you suffer from bunions, this sneaker will provide some relief. It also has a lot of reflective materials, which makes them a good choice if you walk at night.

"ASICS GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4 - Men's"

- The Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4 for men is a great choice for men who need an athletic sneaker that will keep their feet dry and comfortable. It provides a lot of cushioning but still feels very lightweight. The reflective materials add another layer of safety if you walk at night.

Stability Shoes (recommended for normal feet and normal pronators, but may be appropriate for some with flat feet or high arches)

"ASICS GEL-Foundation Walker 3 - Women's"

The women's Asics GEL-Foundation Walker 3 is packed with materials to keep your feet comfortable throughout the day. Made from a combination of leather and a mesh synthetic upper, it will help keep your feet dry but will also be durable and supportive. It provides great shock absorption too.

"ASICS GEL-Foundation Walker 3 - Men's"

- The Asics GEL-Foundation Walker 3 for men is made with Asics' best materials to keep your feet dry and to provide plenty of support, shock absorption and cushioning for a great fit all day long.

"ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 - Women's"

- New! New to the 2016 Best Asic's Walking Shoes List is the Asics Gel Kayano 22. How I love this Asics Running Shoe! I’ve been wearing this style for a few years now and have never had such a perfect fit. This shoe has more stability than your average stability shoe. It is very comfortable, provides great arch support and is comfortable enough to wear all day. I always wear them when walking but if I'm going to be on my feet all day, then I definitely wear them. Although they are a bit pricey, it is worth it to me to have a comfortable durable pair of shoes. I replace them once a year so it ends up being a good value. 

"ASICS GEL-Kayano 22 - Men's"

- New! New to the 2016 Best Asic's Walking Shoes List is the Asics Gel Kayano 22 for men. It offers top-of-the line running technology to keep your feet dry and to create a perfect fit. This style has plenty of cushioning for a comfortable fit. 

Motion Control Shoes (recommended for flat feet and overpronators)

I haven't been able to locate any Asics walking shoes that are motion control for 2016. I am going to list one of their great motion control running shoes below. But if you are strictly looking for a motion control walking shoe, have a look at my list of best rated walking shoes. You'll find other brands that offer motion control.

"ASICS GEL-Foundation Workplace - Women's"

- New! New to the 2016 Best Asic's Walking Shoes List is the Asics Gel Foundation Workplace. A great option if you need a good work shoe that provides a lot of support (also comes in black).

"ASICS GEL-Foundation Workplace - Men's"

- New! New to the 2016 Best Asic's Walking Shoes List is the Asics Gel Foundation Workplace for men. It is a great motion control shoe for the workplace. Comfortable, durable and supportive. Also available in white.

Sometimes we have complicated feet and you may find that the Asics walking shoe that was recommended for your foot type is giving you pain. That can happen when you are wearing a shoe for your particular arch type but your under/over pronation is not being properly supported by that particular pair. If this happens, try picking a pair from a different category listed above.

I am pleased to see that there is a nice selection of Asics walking shoes year after year. I have found that the best selection of walking shoes is made by New Balance. They continue to improve their design year after year. In addition, they are integrating all of their high-performance running technology into their walking shoes. So, if you can't find a shoe on this list of best Asics walking shoes, consider looking at my recommendations for New Balance walking shoes.

You should never need to “break in” a shoe. If it hurts, take it back! I recommend purchasing your Asics walking shoes from a store that allows you to exchange them for a new pair if they don’t feel right. You should be able to lace them up and start walking right away without any pain or discomfort.

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