How to Choose the Right Walking Shoe

We covered here many walking shoes for specific issues you might have with your leg or foot.

Now it is time to aggregate most of the foot issues in one place as well as fitting the right shoe to the surface you choose to do your walk whether it is road or treadmill or you might be hiking on a rocky trail or even trail.

Depending on your activity and the type of your foot arch, you may need a different type of shoes to save you from injuring yourself.

Choosing the right walking shoes for your feet is multifactorial, you need to consider many variants such as:

  • Comfort
  • Protection
  • Stability
  • Your health (knee pain, back pain, heel spur, ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis)
  • Your weight (Obese, Overweight, Normal or Skinny)
  • Foot-Width
  • Pronation (Over Pronation, Normal or Underpronation)
  • Arch Type (High Arch, Normal Arch or Flat Arch)

all of which can influence your decision in choosing the right shoe for your activity.

First you need to identify the type of foot arch you have:

A very simple method is to look at the foot mark you leave on the floor, you can test this by taking a dark paper, setting it on the floor of your home, then wetting your feet and stepping on the paper once and looking at the pattern that is left on the paper.

Based on the pattern you can determine the type of foot arch you have, take a look at the image below:


Here’s a great table that summarize your options:

Arch ▶


Surface ▼

High Arch


Normal Arch


Low Arch




Cushioned Shoe:
Nike Air Pegasus
Brooks Glycerin
New Balance 1080
Stability Shoe:
Asics GT-2000
New Balance 847
Brooks Adrenaline
Motion-Control Shoe:
New Balance 928
Saucony Grid Stabil
Vionic Orthaheel
Even Trail


Cushioned Trail Shoe:
Salomon X-Scream
Merrell All Out Fuse
Ecco Biom Ultra Quest
Stability Trail Shoe:
Merrel All Out Rush
Mizuno Wave Ascend
Saucony ProGrid Guide
Motion-Control Trail Shoe:
Brooks Beast
Salomon Speedcross 3
Merrell All Out Blaze
Rocky Trail


Cushioned Hiking Shoe:
Dunham Cloud
Merrell Moab Mid
Stability Hiking Shoe:
Vasque Juxt
Under Armour Valsetz
Motion Control Hiking Shoe:
New Balance 1569

About the Author

David Alegeta

David is a long-distance hiker, a writer and an editor whose favorite topics include backpacking and trail running. He is an adventure athlete who covered over 20,000 miles. He frequently speaks to groups about the benefits of proper footwear and has written numerous articles on this subject. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his family.