The Best Walking Shoes for Women

Too often we find ourselves having to choose between grandma shoes and cute, yet impractical footwear on vacation—a decision that makes packing a nightmare, and getting ready in the morning an hours-long affair. To put an end to this dilemma for once and for all, we went out in search of the best walking shoes for women. What we found? Sporty slip-ons, cool sneakers, and platform runners that add height without the heel. You can thank us later.

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Allbirds Wool Runners

Allbirds’ cult-favorite runners are idolized among travelers, and it’s easy to see why. They’re lightweight, cozy, and pretty much as environmentally-friendly as shoes can come. If the wool construction has you iffy, fear not—they’re completely breathable and actually wick moisture and minimize odor, so you can even wear them without socks.

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Nike Air Force 1 '07 Sneaker

This Nike sneaker helps athletes improve their game while also allowing the not-so-sporty to stay stylish on the sidelines.

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Everlane The Day Glove ReKnit Shoe

Looks like a ballet flat, feels like air. Everlane’s new version of the Day Glove molds to your foot thanks to its breathable knit material and cushioned leather insole. Plus, the outsoles are made from recycled plastic bottles, so this shoe is a sustainable option as well as a fashion-forward one.

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Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Sneakers

We love the classic look of these Superga Cotu sneakers, and the high platform provides an extra height boost. 

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M.Gemi Felize Printed Leather Moccasin

Made by hand in a tiny Tuscan workshop, this beauty is a comfy fan-favorite from M.Gemi that’s sure to fit your vibe this spring.

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Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers

These Golden Goose kicks get serious style points—the grungy distressing, the signature star appliqué, the zebra calf leather coverage. Plus, they’re super comfortable.

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Rothy's Slip-On Sneaker

Tired of having to break in shoes before a trip? Rothy’s promises that you won’t have to with its slip-on sneakers—they’re comfy straight from the get-go. P.S.—they’re made from recycled plastic bottles, too.

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

Add a pop of pink to your spring style with this modern take on a classic.

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ECCO Soft 7 Sneaker

These durable Ecco sneaks will look and feel great as you strut the streets, even on your busiest of days.

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Everlane Court Sneaker

Everlane’s newest sneak adds a sporty vibe to your everyday wardrobe. Available in seven colors and designs, there’s a style for everyone.

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Vans Old Skool™ Core Classics

Make a statement with these retro Vans kicks.

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Mephisto Rebeca Perf Sneaker

Add a pop of color to your ‘fit with some eye-catching red sneakers.

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Dreamcity Lightweight Walking Shoes

For easy dressing, go for black, which works with every getup.

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Everlane Tread Trainer Sneakers

If you’re a regular Jetsetter reader, you already know how much we adore Everlane for its sustainably-made, transparently-priced wardrobe staples. The brand’s Tread Trainer sneaker only adds to our long list of favorite products. It goes with absolutely everything, comes in various stylish colors, and uses 54% less virgin plastic than other sneakers of its kind.

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Vince Blair Fashion Sneaker

You’ve seen these around A LOT—and for good reason. The Vince fashion sneakers are great for walking, with elasticated sides for easy slip-on and a streamlined shape we love. 

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Tretorn Nylite Plus Sneaker

Add some eco-friendly fun to your footwear with these modern green-accented Tretorn sneakers, complete with the brand’s EcoOrtholite high-performance liner.

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Sorel Out N About Plus Sneaker

Casual, airy, and colored for the season, it’s hard to go wrong with this Sorel pair.

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Nike Roshe One Sneaker

Made with knit mesh fabric and a foam-padded collar, Nike Roshe Ones are lightweight and easy to slip your feet into. You could walk around in them all day and still not wake up with sore feet. 

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COMME DES GARÇONS PLAY x Converse Chuck Taylor Multi Heart 1970s Ox Sneakers

How cute are these Comme des Garçons x Converse kicks? They’ve got the classic rubber sole and toe cap of regular Chuck Taylors, but the signature heart-and-eyes illustrations by New York artist Filip Pagowski take them to the next level.

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Reebok Nano 9 Training Shoe

Comfy, stylish, and coming in 27 different colors, these Reebok babies are perfect for roaming the city.

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Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker

Stan Smith sneakers are a classic go-to lace-up no matter the season.

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Taryn Rose Briella Shoe

Practical and minimalistic, this easy slip-on sneaker is water-resistant, built for comfort, and totally chic.

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LINEA Paolo Kendra Sneaker

A thick platform makes these LINEA Paolo sneaks extra comfy.

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New Balance Fresh Foam Cruzv1 Reissue

For ultra comfort, go for New Balance running shoes. The neutral color palette makes them appropriate with any outfit.

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Nike Women's Tanjun Sneaker

If your travel itinerary includes outdoor excursions or walking-heavy city tours, opt for these athletic Nike sneakers.

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Tretorn Bold Perforated Platform Sneaker

Add height sans heels with these Tretorn platform sneakers.

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TIOSEBON Women's Mesh Walking Sneakers

These budget-friendly Tiosebon kicks are perfectly engineered for maximum comfort, with a knit mesh fabric that feels like a cozy sock. We wore them around for days and can’t say enough great things: they’re breathable, lightweight, and eco-friendly.  

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How to Style Walking Shoes This Season

Don’t leave your walking shoes at the bottom of your closet until your next trip—incorporate them into your spring wardrobe. Below, we rounded up some of our favorite styles from EverlaneMadewellNordstrom, and more to complement your new kicks.

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