The best men’s walking shoes 2018: for morning beach walks to peaks and trails

These walking shoes will ensure comfort in every step

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“Don't judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes” as the Native American saying goes, and, while we’ll leave the judging aside, walking shoes are still an absolutely essential outdoor tool. 

The great thing about walking shoes is that they are much less restrictive than boots, but offer more grip and durability than regular trainers. 

How to choose the best walking shoes

While you’d be best off with the extra support of boots for the really rough stuff, the best walking shoes are ideal for lighter hikes, short approaches, and summer rambles, as well as faster and lighter mountain expeditions. 

Some walking shoes have made their lightness and flexibility around the ankle even more of a benefit by incorporating sticky rubber and high, protective rands to give a hybrid approach/scrambling shoe that can cope with pretty much everything in the hills. 

As with walking boots, the key is to pick a comfortable fit, and the correct sizing for your use, as well as considering the type of terrain. 

Many walking shoes incorporate a waterproof membrane, which helps keep water out, but can also trap sweat and heat in the height of summer. Some shoes offer a ‘mid’ option, which provides some of the support of a boot but with more ankle movement, which can be a great compromise. 

Ultimately, any of the best walking shoes should be versatile enough to wear whatever the weather.

More aggressive tread patterns are ideal for muddy conditions, but handle rocky smearing poorly, while stickier rubber will wear out faster and can be slippy in muddy conditions - be prepared to either compromise or pack right!

The best walking shoes

1. Columbia Men's Terrebonne Mid Outdry

The best hybrid between a walking shoe and a boot

Specifications
Best for: Support
Material: Full grain leather and mesh
Waterproof: OutDRY
Reasons to buy
+Classic style won’t let you down+Mid-boot compromise
Reasons to avoid
-May be too boot-like

To the untrained eye, this may look like a hiking boot, whereas actually it's a hybrid walking boot and shoe, called a 'Mid'. The Columbia Terrebonne is a classic lightweight walking shoe, with a ‘mid’ ankle to help support without the warmth of a full ankle boot. A combination of full grain leather and mesh upper is waterproofed with an OutDRY membrane, and a high traction Vibram Outsole keeps you stable and right-ways up.

2. Salomon Evasion GTX

The best walking shoe

Specifications
Best for: Comfort
Material: Suede Leather
Waterproof: Gore-Tex
Reasons to buy
+Incredible comfort+Far more rugged than it looks

If you often go on hikes, then the Salomon Evasion GTX is one of the best men’s walking shoes for uneven terrain. They feature Gore-Tex Technology, foam heels and gusseted tongue which makes them ideal for walking over rocks or in harsh conditions. They are resistant to debris so they won’t get ruined after one walk and they will keep your feet warm and dry. These walking shoes make our number one spot as the next best thing to hiking boots, with the added benefit that they can be worn daily with comfort and no rubbing.  

3. Danner Men’s South Rim 600

The most stylish walking shoe

Specifications
Best for: Style
Material: Suede and nylon
Waterproof: None
Reasons to buy
+Cool as a cucumber+Retro style win
Reasons to avoid
-Not ideal for wet weather

The South Rim 600 is a real go-anywhere walking shoe, designed with city style as well as trail-happy abilities. Built on the super-cushioned Vibram SPE platform from the popular Mountain 600 hiking boot, the South Rim adds Air Mesh for ventilation in hotter climes, but will let in rain in more temperate ones. Summer style for city walkers.

4. Arc’teryx Konseal FL Shoe

The ultimate walking shoe for speed

Specifications
Best for: Speed
Material: Synthetic
Waterproof: None
Reasons to buy
+Fast and light+Streamlined clean design
Reasons to avoid
-None

Brand new from Canadian outdoor designers Arc'teryx, the Konseal FL is aimed squarely at delivering speed and agility across technical terrain, borrowing design cues, fit and ethos from trail running shoes. The streamlined design and attention to detail across the shoe means you’ll not be sorry to be sporting a pair of these, whether on an alpine adventure or up the pub.

5. Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX

It's an impressively lightweight walking shoe

Specifications
Best for: Lightweight
Material: Leather and Synthetic
Waterproof: Gore-Tex
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly light
Reasons to avoid
-May be too much like a running shoe for some

The newly updated Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX is sleek and athletic shoe, with superlative comfort and good protection with a reinforced heel and foot, and dependable grip for moderate to technical terrain. 

The material is abrasion resistant with excellent breathability to help prevent pongy feet, and quick drying. 

Put these classy shoes on and you'll simply want to go eat some hills for breakfast, and thanks to Salomon’s unique Quicklace system, they should literally never come undone – now THAT is a feature. 

6. Five Ten 5.10 Guide Tennie

These walking shoes look just like Vans... If you squint

Specifications
Best for: Normal looks
Material: Reinforced nubuck leather
Waterproof: None
Reasons to buy
+Ultimate go-anywhere shoe+Absolute weapon on rock 
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks support

The Five Ten Guide is a stone-cold classic in walking/approach shoes. While a comfy and durable walking shoe to the untrained eye, the addition of an incredibly sticky Stealth rubber sole makes this a proper climbing shoe in disguise. For summer scrambling it’s perhaps the best shoe on the market, and has stood the test of time, with minimal changes since 1995. 

7. AKU Bellamont FG GTX

Best walking shoe that also works 'in town'

Specifications
Best for: Normal looks
Material: Full Grain Leather
Waterproof: Gore-Tex
Reasons to buy
+Very stylish (by walking shoe standards)+Reliable grip and comfort
Reasons to avoid
-Ankle support is lacking

AKU's new Bellamont FG GTX are a lightweight option that'll have you happily gallivanting over mixed terrain but are equally comfortable when you're settling down in the beer garden afterwards.

Reliable grip comes courtesy of a Vibram ECO STEP rubber, while full grain leather means comfort and durability, and a Gore-Tex liner adds extra waterproofing. 

The more conscientious will be pleased to know the double-density die-cut EVA midsole is made from recycled materials.

This avant-garde trainer-shoe-boot hybrid is perfect for pub walks or days split over rural and urban activities.

8. Jack Wolfskin Vojo Hike Texapore Shoes

A warm but breathable shoe for serious and casual walking

Specifications
Best for: Versatility
Material: Suede Leather
Waterproof: Texapore
Reasons to buy
+Lightweight+Good grip
Reasons to avoid
-Not ideal for wet weather

This pair of men’s walking shoes is ideal for those who do a lot of casual walking with the occasional serious trail in between. They feature Texapore lining and are incredibly lightweight and breathable. 

The suede outer helps these shoes to look more casual than a classic hiking boot and the grey colourway is easy to team up with with most walking apparel, although the grey is a lot darker in the flesh. 

The soles of these walking shoes have superior grip, so if you often find yourself trekking up slippery hills, these are a winner. These walking shoes are no one hit wonder, they are ideal for varied use, so if you tend to trek, walk and hike at different times of year across different terrain, these are the perfect shoe.

9. Keen Men’s Rialto Traveler

A supportive shoe for hikers and backpackers alike

Specifications
Best for: Racking up the miles
Material: Synthetic & Mesh
Waterproof: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Moulds to the foot+Odour control
Reasons to avoid
-None

If you’re off on your travels and intend to do a lot of walking, then the Keen Men’s Rialto Traveler shoe will be a great investment. These shoes really are the best mens walking shoes in our list for longer walks. 

This is a well designed, high quality shoe that can keep your feet feeling fresh for miles and miles thanks to its inbuilt odour control. These make a great lightweight and breathable alternative for backpackers who find boots too restricting but need the best support. 

They have high grip soles which allow you to cover varied terrain while carrying a heavy bag and you needn't worry about your feet sweating or rubbing in these hiking shoes.

10. Mountain Warehouse Path Walking Shoes

A vibrant shoe that’s affordable for everyday use

Specifications
Best for: Budget Buy
Material: Textile
Waterproof: Water resistant only
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Look great
Reasons to avoid
-Not waterproof 

For those on a budget, these Mountain Warehouse Path Walking shoes are great for casual strolls along the beach, across fields or simply for taking the dog out for a walk. 

They aren’t completely waterproof, so they are not the best choice for more serious trails; you will definitely want to stick to regular footpaths in these shoes. However, for under £50, they're comfy, they look pretty good and they are the best men’s walking shoes for daily use and frankly, anyone on a budget.

11. Adidas Terrex Swift R GTX

A stylish shoe that’s light, ergonomic and grippy for all types of walking

Specifications
Best for: Style
Material: Mesh
Waterproof: Gore-Tex
Reasons to buy
+Look stylish+Very light and airy
Reasons to avoid
-Fit comes up small 

If you’re a regular walker and consider yourself pretty stylish too you’ll want a shoe that not only keeps your feet comfy, but that looks good. Adidas has come up with these Terrex Swift men’s walking shoes that provide all the style and comfort of trainers, with all the protection and support from a walking boot. 

They are the perfect combination for both casual and more serious walks, and their mesh body and Gore-Tex technology make them the ideal choice of walking shoe for both winter and summer trails.  You'll struggle to find a better looking walking shoe than this.

12. Leather Omni-Tech Shoes

A classic looking shoe for working and playing outdoors

Specifications
Best for: Everyday Use
Material: Leather
Waterproof: Omni Tech
Reasons to buy
+Inexpensive +Non-marking rubber
Reasons to avoid
- A little rigid

Working outside every day or walking frequently can take its toll on your soles, so it’s important to invest in a pair of shoes that will look after your feet. These Leather Omni-Tech Shoes are sturdy, waterproof and an affordable choice for those who spend all day every day outdoors. 

Their cushioned mid-sole will ensure comfort all day long and they are scratch and mark resistant so they won’t get ruined even when worn so frequently. The leather makes them a little stiff at first, but after a few wears they are a great bargain buy for daily use.  This is definitely a 'mucking about' walking shoe that can take a bashing.