Best Women's Walking Shoes for 2016

Women's Walking Shoes

The best women's walking shoes for 2016 include some time honored customer favorites, revamped styles and brand new additions to the list.

If you've made it a goal to get fit and lose weight by fitness walking, the only thing you really need is a great pair of sneakers. But first, you need to know what type of shoe you need. They are designed for a variety of feet based on arch type and pronation.

This list will give you recommendations for women with high arches or flat feet. You'll also find the best choices for overpronation and underpronation.

If you don't know what type of feet you have, this article on how to find the best walking shoes for your feet will help you determine your foot type and give you recommendations on the proper shoe.

Below you’ll find a list of the best walking shoes for women. Some of the best brands are Asics, Brooks, Saucony and New Balance. They are categorized by the specific foot type they are designed for.

You'll find recommendations  for the best walking shoes for flat feet (motion control shoe) and the best walking shoes for high arches (neutral shoe). You'll also find some great choices for Stability shoes (normal arches, normal pronation).

Best Walking Shoes for Women for 2016

The shoe recommendations listed below can be purchased from a variety of retailers. I personally recommend because they have great prices as well as free shipping and exchanges. They are also currently running a summer special -

Stability Shoes:
Best walking shoes for women with normal feet and normal pronation, but may be appropriate for some with flat feet or high arches

"New Balance WW1765v2 - Women's"

- New! New to the 2016 Best Women's Walking Shoes List is New Balance 1765 v2, an update to the popular 1765 model.  I really love the sleek, updated look and the fun colors (white is available, too).  They receive really high marks for comfort. In addition, they are made with New Balance's high performance materials and technology, such as REVlite® which is 30% lighter foam and FantomFit, which fuses the upper materials of the shoe without sewing. All of this creates a lightweight, comfortable athletic shoe.

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

 The Asics GEL-Foundation Walker 3 is new to the 2015 Best Walking Shoes list.  It has a low, beveled heel and a flexible forefoot to support your foot through the entire heel-to-toe motion that you take with each step. It is made of leather but also has a breathable mesh upper and a sock liner that is made to wick moisture away from your feet to keep them dry. It received the American Podiatric Medical Institute (APMA) Seal of Acceptance.

"Saucony Grid Omni Walker - Women's"

- These are very comfortable shoes that provide good support and cushioning. Walkers love these shoes and they are great for those on their feet all day.

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

- New! New Balance really knows how to create a great walking shoe. The 1065 model, at around $80 is a great option. Made with high performance materials, this is a lightweight, comfortable, great looking shoe. This shoe runs a bit narrow so if you have a wide foot or need a lot of room for your toes, this is not the shoe for you.

Neutral Shoes
Best women's walking shoes for high arches and an underpronator/supinator

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

The Asics GEL-Tech Walker Neo 4 is built with Asics GEL® cushioning for added comfort and shock absorption. This style is also made with a bunion window so it's great for women who suffer from bunions or who are just looking for an extra roomy toe box. They are lightweight and made with Asics' DuoMax® materials which will help keep your feet dry. I also like the reflective details on the shoe which can be seen by headlights if you are walking at night. 

"New Balance WW665KM - Women's"

- The New Balance 665 is a great all-around walking shoe built for comfort and durability. And it doesn't hurt that it's cute and stylish, too!  It's also lightweight and breathable to keep your feet dry and happy all day.

Saucony - Progrid Integrity ST 2 (White/Silver) Women's Walking Shoes

- The Saucony Integrity ST 2 is a very well-made, durable shoe that is offered at a great price. It provides a lot of flexibility, especially in the forefoot. This is a great shoe for those with high arches. They can be worn all day.

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

I love the color options of the New Balance 1745! In addition to its good looks, this style is going to give you great support and cushioning. It's made from a very light, breathable material to help keep moisture away. Women report that they are very airy, comfortable, and supportive.

"Saucony Echelon LE2 - Women's"

The Saucony Echelon LE2 is a perfect choice for someone who needs to be on their feet all day, whether it is for work or for sightseeing. This is a very comfortable shoe, built for great shock absorption and durability.

"Ryka Devotion - Women's"

I absolutely love all the color combinations of the Ryka Devotion and for less than $80, you can't find a better sneaker! It's made from materials that will provide support and cushioning but will keep your feet dry. Women love that they are comfortable, good looking and lightweight.

"New Balance W840v3 - Women's"

- New! New to the 2016 Best Women's Walking Shoes List is New Balance  840. This is a lightweight sneaker with a removable insole, making it a great option for those with custom orthotics. It provides a lot of cushioning which is just what the neutral walker needs.

"New Balance WW877 - Women's"

- New! New to the 2016 Best Women's Walking Shoes List is New Balance 877. Women love how comfortable this style is. It has a nice, roomy toe box as well. It is not a lightweight shoe (it's not heavy either, just not made with extra light materials). These are medicare-approved and will provide a lot of cushioning and comfort.

Motion Control Shoes
Best walking shoes for women with flat feet and overpronators

"New Balance WW847v2 - Women's"

- New! New to the 2016 Best Women's Walking Shoes List is New Balance 847, version 2. This updated style is a great choice because it receives high marks for comfort, cushioning and arch support. It's also Medicare-approved and breathable to keep your feet dry. You can use your own orthotics and they are great to wear as a work shoe.

"Brooks Addiction Walker '09 - Women's"

- The Brooks Addiction Walker is an all-around fabulous shoe and always a favorite on my Best Women's Walking Shoe List. It is without a doubt, a customer favorite with an enormous amount of positive reviews. If you need a motion control shoe, give this one serious consideration. It is comfortable and lightweight, but comes with plenty of cushioning. In fact, many women enjoy wearing these shoes all day so they are perfect for someone who is on her feet all day. Additionally, they will give your feet the extra stability they need and help prevent them from rolling side to side.

"New Balance WW928WT - Women's"

- The New Balance 928 is an industry leading motion control walking shoe for women who need the most support they can get in a sneaker. It provides plenty of support and comfort. They received high marks for comfort and durability

"New Balance WW812BK - Women's"

- An update to New Balance's time-tested, all-around favorite, the 811. This shoe is made of soft material, making it very comfortable. The rollbar technology offers lateral support, which is important for those who need pronation control. It is also a great shoe to wear if you'd like to use an orthotic insert. The velcro strap is a great option for someone who has trouble tying shoe laces.

I recommend trying on several different shoes to find the best women's walking shoes for your feet. Visit a shoe store that specializes in athletic shoes.

Talk with a knowledgeable staff member who can analyze the needs of your feet and make recommendations on the best women's walking shoes that specifically for you. You can even bring in your current walking shoes as the wear pattern can help identify what kind of shoe you will need.

Buy your sneakers from a store that allows you to either exchange or return your shoes within the first thirty to sixty days. A pair that feels great on your feet in the store could give you trouble once you start walking in your normal environment.

Don’t miss these helpful tips on how to find the most comfortable walking shoes.

There are many choices for women's walking shoes. But the best pair of women's walking shoes are the ones that fits your feet best. Always go for comfort and the right level of support when it comes to a good exercise sneaker.

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