Most walking shoes don't actually have ankle support unless they are designed for some off-pavement use, including light trail hiking and walking on dirt roads. Walkers who are looking for ankle support should check out trail-walking shoes, which are lighter and more flexible than hiking boots, but still offer some support. Look for a shoe with a supportive midsole and heel cup and a flexible forefoot (but not too flexible) with room for the toes to move. Finally, spend time finding a pair of shoes that fit you really well. There are dozens of excellent options from companies such as New Balance, Reebok, Rockport, Nike, Brooks, Ryka, Saucony, Merrill and Asics. A few of the more popular shoes with 2009 prices are listed below.
New Balance's MW965 Walking Shoe
This versatile shoe provides support on both pavement and on trails. It has waterproof material, and offers excellent shock absorption. Plus, it's Stability Web® ensures excellent support of the midfoot, while the C-Cap® midsole's compression molded ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) is well cushioned and flexible. Prices range from $65.00 to $109.00 in 2009, depending on where you purchase the shoe. Also try the New Balance MO1520GT
walking/multisport shoe, which costs around $129.00 or the New Balance 844, which costs about $70.00.
Hi-Tec Aukland WP
These lightweight, supportive trail walking shoes are waterproof, have a moisture wicking lining, a waterproof seam-sealed suede leather/mesh upper, rust proof eyelets, are abrasion resistant, and are comfortable and stable. They also have a durable carbon rubber outsole that supports the heel arch and a sole that offers a good grip. Plus, they look good and are inexpensive at around $60.00.
Asics Gel-Kayano Walker
This walking shoe was voted "best walking shoe" by Health magazine for a variety of reasons. It has memory foam in the heel, which ensures that the heel molds to a person's foot; plus its DuoMax® midsole technology alleviates pronation. The shoe also boats an Impact Guidance System®, which improves the foot's natural gait, as well as a GEL® cushioning system in high-impact areas that helps the shoe absorb shock. It retails for around $100.00.