best wide walking shoes for 2016

Wide walking shoes are available in many brands and styles. Here you’ll find the top picks for 2016 for men and women for every foot type. From high arches to flat feet, for overpronators and underpronators, there is a perfect shoe on this list for complete comfort and durability.

You can find a great pair for around $100 or less. Avoid buying cheap or discount shoes because the materials are inferior and will wear out quickly.

It is best to shop for shoes in person, at an athletic shoe store, so you can try on a few pairs to find the one that fits best.

You can even bring in your current pair of walking shoes and an experienced employee will be able to discuss your wear patterns, as well as your needs for a new pair and make some recommendations for you.

But, if you can't get to a shoe store, don’t miss this article on how to find the best walking shoes for you. It will walk you through determining the wear pattern on your current sneakers and other techniques to determine exactly what type of shoe will fit your feet best.

Understanding the needs of your feet will help you select a pair of wide walking shoes that has just the right amount of flexibility, control and cushioning to keep you walking pain free.

Best wide walking shoes
for women

Stability Shoes:
Good for normal feet and normal pronators. May also work for some with flat feet or high arches.

"New Balance WW1765v2 - Women's"

- New! New to the 2016 Best Wide Walking Shoes List is The New Balance 1765, version 2. It is lightweight but has plenty of cushioning for a comfortable walk. Women walkers have been very pleased with this shoe, praising it for its comfort.

New Balance - WW1065 - Fitness Walking (Grey) Women's Shoes

- New! New to the 2016 Best Wide Walking Shoes List is The New Balance 1065. Built for comfort, this sneaker is very lightweight and will help prevent rubbing and chafing around the top of your foot with its no-sew construction.

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

-  The Asics GEL-Foundation Walker 3 is made from leather but has a breathable mesh upper so it can take a lot of wear but it will also help keep your feet dry from sweat and moisture.  With its low, beveled heel and flexible forefoot, this shoe will support your natural walking stride.

"Saucony Grid Omni Walker - Women's"

- The Saucony Grid Omni Walker is a comfortable and lightweight option that provides good shock absorption. Walkers who have bunions or plantar fasciitis find these to be a great option to help relieve their pain.

Neutral Shoes:
Good for high those with arches and/or someone who is an underpronator/supinator

"New Balance W840v3 - Women's"

- New! The New Balance 840 version 3 is a running shoe but makes a great option for a neutral walker. In fact, some women call this The Most Comfortable Shoe Ever! It is lightweight, breathable and can accommodate custom orthotics. 

"New Balance WW665KM - Women's"

- The New Balance 665 is made from lightweight, synthetic mesh, that will feel good and keep your feet dry, too. Women gave it high marks in comfort, cushioning and durability.

New Balance - WW1745 (Black/Coral) Women's Shoes

- The New Balance 1745 is a sharp-looking, lightweight sneaker that is also very breathable, making it a great choice for women who do a lot of fitness walking. It also provides a lot of cushioning for a comfortable fit.

"Saucony ProGrid Integrity ST 2 - Women's"

- This style offers plenty of cushioning, which is just what a neutral walker needs. It's an extremely well-made shoe that will hold up even if you wear it every day. It is also very lightweight and comfortable.

"Saucony Echelon LE2 - Women's"

- The Saucony Echelon LE2 provides great cushioning and shock absorption, which is just what women with a neutral foot need. It has a great rubber sole for good traction control. This is a great shoe to wear if you are on your feet all day. Women report that they are comfortable enough to wear for working 9, 10, even 12 hours a day.

Motion Control Shoes:
Good for those with for flat feet and for overpronators

"New Balance WW847v2 - Women's"

 - New! New to the 2016 Best Wide Walking Shoes List is The New Balance 847, version 2. It has great pronation control to give you added support. Women rate this style well for comfort and consider it a great all around walking shoe. It's not as lightweight as other styles, but it does offer that extra bit of stability, which makes a big difference to those who need it.

"Brooks Addiction Walker '09 - Women's"

- This is consistently a top-rated wide walking shoe. It is extremely comfortable and offers great shock absorption. It is lightweight and can be worn with orthotics.

New Balance - WW928 (White Mesh) Women's Walking Shoes

- The New Balance 928 is an updated version of the New Balance 926 and 927. Although the picture here shows velcro, this style also comes with laces. It provides great motion control and can be worn with orthotics. They are comfortable enough to wear all day and are one of the best rated motion control shoes.

best wide walking shoes
for men

Stability shoes:
Normal pronators. May also work for some with flat feet or high arches.

"Saucony Grid Omni Walker - Men's"

- The Saucony Grid Omni Walker is perfect for everyday wear and fitness walking. It's approved for diabetic walkers and is good for those with plantar fasciitis.

It received high marks for comfort and is lightweight and provides good shock absorption.

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

- The Asics GEL-Foundation Walker 3 offers great pronation control and plenty of cushioning for a comfortable fit. It is made with materials to keep your feet dry all day and are comfortable enough to wear if you have to be on your feet all day.

For walkers with high arches and supinators/under pronators

"New Balance M840v3 - Men's"

- The New Balance 840, version 3, is made for cushioning and comfort. It has plenty of padding for comfort and a mesh upper to keep your feet dry. It can accommodate your custom orthotics.

"New Balance MW877 - Men's"

- The New Balance 877 is a great option for the neutral walker. It is very comfortable, with a nice suede and mesh upper for breathability.

"New Balance MX623WN2 - Men's"

- The New Balance 623 has hundreds of five-star reviews. With its Phantom Liner™, it is designed for comfort and to prevent rubbing and chafing. The fact that this shoe is under $70 makes it a great value.

"New Balance MW759BR - Men's"

The New Balance 759 is a great option for light hiking and daily walking. It provides great arch support and is made from materials that offer extra durability and traction for those off-road adventures.

"New Balance MW659 - Men's"

-The New Balance 659 is made to be comfortable, yet durable with great traction for a variety of terrains.

Motion Control Shoes:
For men with flat feet and for overpronators

"New Balance MW847v2 - Men's"

- The New Balance 847, version 2, is  a great motion control sneaker. It is medicare-approved and built to be light, comfortable and breathable.

"Brooks Addiction Walker - Men's"

-The Brooks Addiction Walker is an all-around outstanding walking shoe that offers great motion control and comfort, too.

Men like that it is a comfortable shoe that feels lightweight and is durable, too.

"New Balance MW812WT - Men's"

- If you loved the New Balance 811, the 812 is the updated version. This is a comfortable and well-cushioned shoe.

New Balance 928: New Balance Men's Walking Shoes Black

- An update to the New Balance 927, the 928 offers even more stability and a more stylish design. This style rates high in comfort and durability. Many men call it the "best walking shoe ever." It can be used for those with plantar fasciitis.

If you are a woman, you can wear mens' styles as they are made wider than women’s and may be a good fit for a wider foot.

Before heading to the store, read these valuable tips on how to pick the most comfortable walking shoes.

Buy your wide walking shoes from a store that has a good exchange or return policy. A pair may feel great in the store, but you may develop aches and pains when you use them under your normal walking conditions. If that happens, you should be able to bring your wide walking shoes back and exchange or return them.

It is easy to find a great selection of the best wide walking shoes. With a bit of knowledge about what your feet need, you’re on your way to finding your perfect pair!

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