Whether you walk a lot on the job as a nurse or post officer, or simply walk to your place of work, good walking shoes are essential. There are plenty of good walking shoes out there that can suit your needs and style. While work-oriented walking shoes used to be functional without being any fun, many of these new styles are just as supportive, with much more attractive and sleeker looks. Be sure that you check that each shoe has the correct type of flexibility and support you need for your unique needs and foot type.
Propet Stability Walkers
Propet is that old, generic looking standby of walking shoes for work. Nothing flashy, definitely all business. Luckily they have created a functional walking shoe with the support of those Velcro strapped shoes we are used to, but with more of a streamlined, updated look. The Stability Walker has a padded, molded insole that prevents foot fatigue. The tongue is padded to decrease slide and irritation. The stability comes from internal and external heel counters that increase support.
If you are on your feet all day at work, the Adidas Endurobounce might be your best friend. Even lighter than the Gel Kayano Walkers at 9 oz., the Endurobounce have an anatomically molded insole, as well as mesh lining to increase breathability. They come equipped with BOUNCE technology, in the form of a gel-like system of shock-absorbing tread. Also, they aren't too bright and flashy, perfect for wearing at work.
Saucony Grid Omni Walker
The Omni Walker is Saucony's most functional walking shoe, perfect for work. The shoe is built with a "Rearfoot Grid System," a system of woven filaments that create extra cushioning and support at the area of greatest heel impact. The forefoot has a "High Rebound Compound," or highly responsive rubber that provides increased cushioning for the latter part of the step.
Asics Gel Kayano Walker 7
This lightweight shoe gets a lot of critical acclaim as a great women's walking shoe. The shoe has a built-in personal-fit heel that gradually molds to the shape of the individual. It is equipped with what Asics calls I.G.S, or Impact Guidance System, which allows the foot and shoe to move more in unison to decrease irritation and impact. Fairly light, they weigh 10 oz. Additionally, they come in two different color palettes, soft blue or soft pink and brown, which are great for work as opposed to palettes of a brighter or neon shade.
Article Written By Heather Broeker
Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.