How to choose walking shoes

What type of walking shoes are the best? 

Walking shoes are the best choice for your next trek through the woods or even for your next walk with your dog, but how do you know what type of outdoor footwear is right for you?

Important factors


Before you buy your next pair of walking shoes, you should consider what you are going to need them for. Some people like to wear walking shoes when they are going for a stroll around the park. They are just so much more comfortable! But perhaps you need walking shoes for your next proper hike around the mountains? So, depending on what type of terrain you are going to be walking on and how long you will be walking for, there are very different walking shoes to choose from.

Terrain & Climate 

The terrain and climate you'll be walking in will help to dictate the kind of shoes you need to buy. If you will be walking on uneven or rocky terrain, it is important to choose walking shoes with good tread and ankle support. On the other hand, if you'll be walking in hot weather, you might want to consider a pair of walking sandals!

Comfort & Support

There is one thing all walking shoes have to have in common: they have to be comfortable. The last thing you want is to get a blister halfway through your walk! Make sure you choose a pair that fits well and that doesn't rub. Popular brands for walking shoes are Khombu, Totes, Tretorn & Eddie Bauer amongst many others! 

What makes a good walking shoe?

There are a few key features to look for when choosing walking shoes. First, you want a shoe with good tread. This will assist you in maintaining traction on slick or uneven surfaces. Second, you want a shoe that is well cushioned. Walking can be tough on your feet, so it is important to choose a shoe that will protect your feet from the impact. A good outer sole and, depending on the climate, a cosy lining will keep your feet protected and warm throughout the hike or walk. Finally, you want a shoe that is lightweight and breathable. Walking can be strenuous, so it is important to choose a shoe that won’t weigh you down or make your feet sweaty.

Some of our favourite walking shoes

Do you want a pair of sporty walking shoes for your next walk around the block?

Loyola 2.0 Blush Tretorn Walking Shoes for Women


We love Tretorn's Loyola 2.0 walking shoes, which come in many trendy colours. These shoes are comfortable, lightweight, and stylish- everything you need in a casual pair walking shoe!

Leo Walking Shoes

The Leo walking shoes by Khombu have a classic, earthy look that is perfect for walking in the woods. These water-resistant companions will protect your feet from the elements and keep you comfortable all day long. You can also combine them with any casual outfit.

Khombu Lola

Are you looking for a pair of waterproof women's boots? The Khombu Lola boots are perfect for walking in the snow or in the rain. With their cute, cosy lining, they will keep your feet warm and dry all day long!

Totes Tommy waterproof walking boots

And how about Totes Tommy? The rugged traction outsole, thermolite insole, and waterproof upper make this Totes walking boot the perfect choice for walking in rainy or snowy weather. Now that you know how to choose walking shoes and boots, go forth and explore! Just make sure you have the right footwear from Brilliant Shops for the adventure.