What are the best walking shoes?

I walk a lot--at least 25 miles per week because I walk to work almost every day. Can you recommend a shoe that can withstand that sort of rigor? Sylvia Boston, Massachusetts

Jan 13, 2010
Outside Magazine

Kudos to you for walking to work almost every day. I've been testing shoes for Outside's spring/summer Buyer's Guide and am impressed with the durability of Aetrex. The company may be a relative newcomer to the recreational shoe market, but it still has plenty of cred: It's been making orthotics and pedorthic products for more than 60 years.

The comfort and durability of the women's "Athletic Walker" line boil down to these factors: a "Mozaic" pressure-release system in which you can custom-remove pressure points; two removable inserts that give you more flexibility in the fit; a molded, external heel counter that gives your rear foot support; and a shock-absorbing performance insole. I'd recommend the Voyage Athletic Walker ($120; aetrex.com) or the more urban, slick, black Lenex Athletic Walker ($130).

If you prefer a shoe with multiple uses, try L.L. Bean's new Mountain Laurel ($99; llbean.com). The first women's specific hiking/trail shoe L.L. Bean has ever designed, the Mountain Laurel is durable, comfortable, and has a lightweight, waterproof, leather-and-mesh upper for even the sloppiest Boston morning.

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