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Quality Walking Shoes for Women with Sore Feet

Updated on April 22, 2017
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Deborah suffered for several years with Plant Fasciitis, or painful heels, until she experimented with several brands of shoes.

If You Do a Lot of Walking, It is Essential That You Wear Quality Shoes with Good Support

This style of New Balance cross trainers are among the most comfortable walking shoes this author has ever owned.  They are available in a variety of colors.
This style of New Balance cross trainers are among the most comfortable walking shoes this author has ever owned. They are available in a variety of colors. | Source

Wearing Comfortable, Quality Walking Shoes May Help Your Feet

Are you looking for walking shoes which will help your tired, sore feet? Are you looking for arch support and good padding?

When I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis, my podiatrist suggested that I wear either clogs (with 1 1/2 inch heels) or good quality walking shoes, such as those made by New Balance. Although I worked in a high school at the time, I did not want to go around wearing clunky looking athletic shoes all of the time. As a result, I began researching the different types of comfortable shoes which are available for women who have sore feet. I found several brands of sandals (Rainbows and Birkenstocks), as well as attractive clogs (manufactured by Dansko and Easy Spirit). Once I knew my sizes, I was able to re-order them, when necessary, from Amazon.

Next, I needed walking shoes. The two brands I like the best are New Balance and Sketchers.

In researching the shoes which are available, I have been pleasantly surprised to discover that not all of them look as if I am planning to run a marathon. In fact, some of them have decorative trim which make them look attractive with a casual pair of jeans or slacks. Although I am unlikely to ever wear a pair of walking shoes to a dressy event, it is good to know that there are some fairly attractive athletic shoes available for those times when I am at the high school where I work or out running errands.

Pay Attention to the Shoe Width, As Well As the Size

Buyers can find a good selection of walking shoes in stores as well as online. Sometimes you can even find them for less online than you would spend in a major department store, as long as you are confident of the size you wear in that type of shoe. If you order them online, you may want to note what reviewers have to say about the width. For example, reviewers of the New Balance walking shoes repeatedly stated that most people will want to purchase the wide width, unless their feet are very narrow.

I highly recommend that people read online reviews for any product they plan to purchase, whether they are going to buy it online or not. With items like shoes, you definitely want to read reviews, especially if you are going to buy them online. You want to know whether or not other buyers thought they were comfortable, fit well and lasted a long time.

New Balance Women's WX20v2 Minimus Cross-Training Shoe
New Balance Women's WX20v2 Minimus Cross-Training Shoe

These cross-training shoes look nice when I am out shopping and wearing a pair of black slacks.

 

What I Learned from Reading Reviews Before I Bought

One of the types of walking shoes which especially appeals to me is the New Balance Women's WL442 Sneaker. They come in a variety of colors. However, for sheer practicality I found that I like the black and grey pair, with a touch of pink. They have a rubber sole and a synthetic upper. They are also one of the least expensive New Balance walking shoes.

I also liked the fact that they scored an overall 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, with five of the twelve buyers who rated this shoe giving it 5 stars. One reviewer commented that they work in a hospital and they thought these shoes were perfect.

Several of the reviewers commented that these shoes run narrow, and the buyers advised people to order a wide width (C/D) unless your feet are extremely narrow. Some people had even returned their shoes and reordered them in the C/D width. Other than that, buyers tended to feel that the shoes were lightweight, attractive and comfortable.

I was glad that I read the reviews of the different styles before I bought. I was very satisfied with the style and size I purchased.

Slip-on Sneakers - A Combination of a Clog and Walking Shoes

I love to wear shoes which I can just slip onto my feet, without having to tie or Velcro them. While you might experience a little slippage would would not be ideal for a marathon, these shoes are a great idea for people who need comfortable walking shoes for a stroll around the block or a shopping trip to the local mall.

They also meet the recommendation of my podiatrist that I wear shoes that are a little higher in the heel area than in the toe area.

New Balance Women's W801 Sneaker
New Balance Women's W801 Sneaker

This backless sneaker is loved my many people. However, not everyone is comfortable with a backless shoe.

 

Should You Buy a Toning Shoe?

Another option which I thought was appealing was the toning shoe. I have worn toning shoes before, and do believe that they help to keep my legs in shape, although probably not as much as advertisers would like you to believe. Newer toning shoes are not designed like those in the past. For example, most are no longer designed to throw you slightly off-balance in order to make your legs work harder.

One of the things you will want to look for is good arch support. Without it, your feet will eventually get tired and sore.

If you are already prone to plantar fasciitis or other foot problems, you want to be careful when selecting walking shoes, since you might spend several hours a day in them.

What shoes work best for you?

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      Hannah Writes 4 years ago

      I love my New Balance sneakers! When I am not writing, I can be found running around!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I return visit and recommend for other lenses

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      Escapes2 4 years ago

      Great looking sneakers!

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      CoolFool83 4 years ago

      Love New Balance brand. Top quality!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Nice to see these options.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @WriterJanis2: I love these New Balance shoes. They seem to be the most comfortable walking shoes I own.

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      SadSquid 4 years ago

      I made the switch form Nike to New Balance about a year ago and I've never walked back. Really comfortable and look much less garish than modern Nikes

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great shoes for sore feet!

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      pawpaw911 4 years ago

      My wife and I both like New Balance Shoes.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      new balance is very popular now. i vote for it.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @tvitorino: Thank you for reading my lens on New Balance Walking Shoes. Any advertising you see connected to the lens was provided by Squidoo. I didn't do anything special. However, I'm glad you found the advertising helpful.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @sukkran trichy: Thank you for checking out my lens. New Balance shoes are supposed to be excellent walking shoes.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for all this great information about the New Balance Walking Shoes for Women

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @OhMe: New Balance really does make great walking shoes!

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      I'm using some walking shoes from LL Bean. I was having lots of problems with joint pain earlier this year and now that I wear these shoes most of the time, I'm feeling a lot better. Still sad about having to give up my loafers, though.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @Board-Game-Brooke: Thanks for the suggestion about walking shoes from LL Bean. I'll have to give them a try!

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      EstheticGoddess 4 years ago

      I love New Balance! I made the mistake once of purchasing another brand and the don't give me any arch support so I went back to New Balance.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @EstheticGoddess: I've tried other brands of walking shoes, too, and always come back to New Balance. It is hard to beat!

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      rasnasah 4 years ago

      Great lens.Very informative.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @rasnasah: I hope you give these New Balance shoes a try!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like the new balance 927, but they fazed them out, hope to find another pair equally as good!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I used to buy these shoes when I was working and on my feet all day long. Great product... and a great investment for keeping feet in good shape.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @anonymous: My New Balance walking shoes need to be replaced, too, and I have been checking out the choices. Some of them come in pretty wild colors!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @Linda BookLady: Thanks for sharing your experience with New Balance walking shoes. I have been very happy with mine!

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      I have few pairs of new balance, I used one to walk around the neighborhood for exercise when I was pregnant, very comfortable shoes.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @LornsA178: Thank you! I use New Balance walking shoes, too, and I love them!

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      DebW07 4 years ago

      I wear New Balance shoes for the gym and they couldn't be more comfortable. Great job, Deb!!

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @DebW07: I use New Balance walking shoes, and I agree that they are very comfortable!

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      junkcat 4 years ago

      I am always looking for comfortable shoes.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @junkcat: New Balance makes some of the most comfortable walking shoes on the market. Thanks for checking out this selection!

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      cdhops 4 years ago

      I am a New Balance lover. I won't buy anything else. If you have a wide foot they are awesome.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      @cdhops: I agree that these shoes are great for anyone who needs comfy shoes. I am glad to hear that are particularly good for someone with wide feet.

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      Birthday Wishes 3 years ago from Here

      Good running shoes. Thanks a lot for sharing this great lens!

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      kissmiss 3 years ago

      I always wear NB.

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      I have a lot of friends who always wear New Balance. If you have sore feet, it is helpful to find a brand you like and stick with it.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      I've been wearing New Balance shoes for years. They are well made and last. My most recent pair is starting to look a little tired -- they're at least 12 years old!

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      New Balance makes some of the best walking shoes on the market, especially for people with sensitive feet. That is fabulous that yours lasted for 12 years, Au fait !! Awesome.

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