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The Best Women's Walking Shoes to Keep You Comfy

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Jun 10, 2022

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When you think about your fave pair of shoes, they shouldn't also make you think of blisters, aches or pains. Whether you’re going on vacation and need a new pair of lightweight travel shoes, or you just wanna add some comfortable casual shoes to your wardrobe, we’ve got you covered.

From orthopedic walking shoes to sneakers designed for all-day comfort, here are some of the best women's walking shoes for whatever’s on the agenda. Pssst…check out our recs for our fave breathable white sneakers and casual sandals for every budget too.  

Slip-on walking shoes made from eucalyptus tree fiber… 

That’s breathable and super comfy. The design of this machine-washable shoe conforms to your foot and it’s got a moisture-wicking, odor-reducing insole. (See ya, stinky feet.) They also have a bouncy sugarcane outsole made with the world’s first carbon-negative green EVA. Plus, they come in three classic colors and six limited-edition options. Hop to it. ($100, Allbirds)

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A classic, ’80s-inspired white sneaker… 

Hello, new go-to summer adventure shoes. These have a clean, sleek design that can pair with almost any outfit — dress ‘em up for a comfy night out, or dress ’em down for a day at the park with friends. Customers rave about their durability and comfort, and say they run true to size. ($84.99, DSW)

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Celeb-fave sneakers that are so comfy they’ve got 15K five star reviews… 

These canvas shoes are designed to feel broken-in from the moment you pull ‘em out of the box. No joke. Plus they’re sustainably made with organic cotton, natural rubber, recycled plastic, and cork. Aaaaand come in over 10 different colors. They’re perfect for nailing that effortlessly cool, “just got off the beach” vibe surfers and skaters have mastered. Oh, and ready for a secret? *Lowers voice* They’re finally back in stock after a 61K waitlist. PS: Skimm’rs get a little something off the price tag. Run, don’t walk. ($79, Cariuma)*

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An elevated flat you won’t be desperate to take off after a night out… 

Say goodbye to limping home with these HQ’r fave pointed flats. They’ve been designed with a soft, flexible upper so there's no break-in period, comfortable insoles for all-day wear, and a fully machine-washable fabric. Plus, they’re made with thread spun from plastic water bottles. They come in over two dozen colors and patterns, from neutrals to brights. Psst…for a more casual look, snag these loafers. ($145, Rothy’s)

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Sneakers with a speed-lacing system so you can slip them on and off…

If you’ve ever wanted to walk on a cloud, here’s your opportunity to get close. These shoes are made of Zero-Gravity foam and CloudTec so you have the ultimate cushioned experience. The mesh is antimicrobial and the heel is molded for a really secure fit. What can we say? Skimm HQ loves this shoe. ($139.99, On)

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Two-strap sandals from a brand that’s a household name… 

If it comes from Dr. Scholl’s, you know it’s gonna be comfy. Available in brown, black, and light green, they’ve got a super lightweight construction, a half-inch faux wood wedge heel, and a stretch strap. And, of course, Dr. Scholl’s signature comfort insole we all know and love. Your feet? They say ‘tysm.’ ($49.99, DSW)

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Orthopedic walking shoes designed for foot and heel relief… 

If you’ve got bunions, plantar fasciitis, high arches or are prone to other foot problems, this pair is calling your name. They’ve got anatomical arch support, a 360-degree stretchable upper, premium orthotic insoles, and more features that’ll keep ya feeling comfy all day. Whether you’re walking, running or standing. Ah, sweet relief. ($142.95, Amazon)

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Ultra-chic sandals with anatomically shaped footbeds…

Despite the flat-looking sole. These have got the brand's midsole cushioning technology in the footbed. Customers love how lightweight they are, and how long they last (even for active walkers). Two straps secure the top of your foot while an adjustable back strap keeps your heel in place. Go ahead, grab these in every color. We won’t judge. ($100, FitFlop)

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​​Teva sandals that can be worn literally everywhere...

On a hike, to the beach, or out for a day of running errands. They’re made from recycled plastic and feature quick-dry webbing, a rubber sole for traction, a Microban treatment that’ll minimize odors, and a molded midsole that’ll provide arch support. The hook-and-loop closure makes them easy to take on and off. (And means you can make them as tight or loose as you want.) Your feet? They’re happy as can be. ($33.95+, Amazon)

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