This line of shoes from The Walking Company earned the APMA Seal of Acceptance. The SmartSystem shoes were designed to relieve knee stress and knee pain. You can get a free digital foot analysis at The Walking Company stores to help select the right shoe and insole. I wear the 3510 mary jane as my casual shoe.
2. ECCO Shoes
Talk to walkers about what comfort shoes they wear for work, and you'll probably hear about Clarks. The Wave collection from Clarks earned the APMA Seal of Acceptance. The Wave collection has a slight rocker sole, but nothing extreme like a toning shoe. Instead, it lets you move forward with ease. They have a removable cushioned footbed.
4. Dansko Shoes
5. ABEO R.O.C.S
While toning shoe companies got into trouble making health claims about rocker-bottom shoes, and many stopped production, many walkers found them to be comfortable. The Walking Company makes no health claims for the ABEO R.O.C.S. line, which debuted in 2013. Instead, they offer them for those who loved other rocker-bottom designs for their comfort. The shoes have no heel, forcing you to really roll through each step from heel to toe, enforcing good walking technique. They are lightweight despite their thick soles. If you have problem feet and have tried many different solutions, rocker-bottom shoes are one more option. They come in both athletic and casual styles.
6. SAS Shoes
For many years, volkssport walkers throughout the USA swore by SAS shoes. These were in fact the only shoes I could wear at work to prevent aching, tired feet when my job required constant standing and moving short distances. SAS Shoes are not sold on the internet. They are best found at SAS Factory Outlet stores at factory outlet malls, or at comfort shoe stores. They are well-cushioned and flexible, great for walking but a bit hot.
Nike Free shoes mimic walking barefoot and fits like a glove. The extreme flexibility from the grooved sole allows your foot to move as it wishes, not how the shoe wishes. The shoes come with a recommended training schedule to slowly build your time in them, as your feet and body adjust to the extreme freedom. Unlike the other comfort shoes listed, these have minimal cushioning and are extremely lightweight. Oprah Winfrey named these as one of her favorite things in winter, 2010.
This comfort shoe is a great lightweight walking shoe that you can also wear for everyday lifestyle walking. It comes with the Orthaheel podiatrist-designed tri-planar footbed. The footbed provides arch support and motion control. The shoes come with a regular footbed to interchange if you prefer. The shoe is flexible in the forefoot for a good walking stride. They are flat with a low heel, perfect for walking.
Z-Coil shoes are super-cushioned by a spring in the heel and major cushioning in the forefoot, plus a stiff orthotic. Testimonials abound for them helping conditions such as plantar fasciitis. They also have a big market among those who must walk and stand all day on concrete surfaces - such as nurses, store clerks, etc. They are individually fit by a distributor to ensure proper fit. The drawbacks are that they are heavy and rather odd looking - but you can get them with an enclosed heel. They have styles for comfort walking as well as fitness walking and trail walking.