Top 10 Cushioned Shoes for Walkers

Cushioning for Long Walks and Hard Surfaces

Walkers generally have less need for cushioning than runners, because they strike the ground with less force. But if you are doing a lot of walking on concrete or doing high mileage days in training for a half marathon or marathon walk, you need enough cushioning. These shoes are designed for those who have no more than mild overpronation, they do not correct for rotation. These shoes have maximum midsole cushioning with minimum support.


These shoes are flexible, lightweight, and have plenty of cushioning for the walker who has a neutral gait. They work great to reduce fatigue for walks from six miles through half marathon distance (13.1 miles) and even the marathon. They have enough cushioning for distance training, yet are light enough for walking at a faster pace. You can maintain a good fast-paced stride while wearing them, with correct heel landing and roll through of my step. They are also durable, with cushioning remaining intact through months of training and racing at the half marathon distance. Typically, you should replace the shoes after four months of intense use.


This is a lightweight performance training shoe that is also a cushioned shoe. It is flexible. It comes in narrow, normal, and wide widths. The cushioning helps relieve leg fatigue in long walks and runs such as the 10K, half marathon, and marathon. You'll find this shoe to be very comfortable. New Balance has been changing its lasts, which provide the overall shape of the shoe. If you've been happy with previous versions, be sure to try on the current version to ensure the last still provides the best shoe shape for you.


This flexible, lightweight cushioned shoe is great for those with a neutral gait who want cushioning. If you have wide feet, the toe box should give still give you plenty of room. It's great to find a shoe such as this that has cushioning without any appreciable extra weight. These should help reduce fatigue for long distance walks and all-day strolls.


This cushioned trainer is flexible and good for high-mileage walkers. It's best for small to medium sized people and comes in extra widths. The fit and feel are impressive. It also comes in a Storm version that is great for all-weather and all-terrain walking. The Pegasus earned the Runner's World Best Buy Award.


Review: Mizuno Wave Rider
The Mizuno Wave Rider is cushioned yet lightweight, with a low heel. It works great for long distance, including the marathon. The Wave Rider comes in widths and has both a wide toe box and a narrow heel. After 20 years of production, it's still getting five stars from runners and walkers. It earned the Best Neutral Shoe from The Running Network.


The Vomero is a cushioned trainer that is great for walkers who don't overpronate. Wearers love the cushioning for training for a marathon and half marathon distances. It has more cushioning than the Pegasus. It also has a wider toebox than is typical for Nikes. You can find it in charcoal, which is a nice option to wear all-day if you are in a casual workplace as compared with the bright colors for some athletic shoes. You won't have to change for a mid-day walk at break or lunch. If you want bright colors, they have those, too.


The Cumulus offers good cushioning at a good price. It has a flexible forefoot and is designed for those with a neutral gait. They trimmed the weight, in keeping with trends and the development of better materials that provide cushioning with less weight. They have a memory foam collar that provides you with a personal heel fit. It earned the Runner's World Editor's Choice Award.


The Asics Gel Nimbus is flexible but also is stable enough in the forefoot for heavier people. It gives the softest, most cushioned ride for ASICS. It has a one-piece upper, eliminating seams. This is a neutral shoe and is suitable for heavier-weight people. They come in a variety of color combinations, including a black version if you don't want a flashy shoe.


This shoe has been a favorite of volksmarch walkers for decades. It is a full leather shoe that has a flexible sole and lots of cushion. It's the only shoe you will want for standing in lines, and also good and durable for the trail. It's a great choice for traveling and walking tours. It isn't flashy and your feet will thank you after a day of sightseeing and museum touring.


This stability shoe also has great cushioning. It has a minimal heel drop, which is better for walkers. It provides a little motion control for overpronators. It comes in narrow, regular, and wide widths.


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