You’re a traveler who doesn’t like taking the easy route — especially if it means hopping in a taxi. You’re up for the walk. Often the long walk. But long walks bring wear and tear to your shoes and you need the footwear that can keep up with you and match your “take the long way” mentality.
When choosing a pair of long-distance walking shoes, you have to know what to look for. Stability, sole support, and durability are three critical requirements for long distance walking shoes. On the personal side, you need to know your feet. Are they wider or more narrow? Do you need extra support in the arch? What brands have worked for your feet in the past? Answer these questions before you pull the trigger on a new pair.
With that in mind, let’s get to it. So what are the best long-distance walking shoes? We’ve found a few that are consistent winners with those who put their shoes to the test.
Best Trail Shoes: Nike Air Zoom Terra Tiger 3 (men’s and women’s)
A trail running shoe, the Terra is built for speed but can take the wear and tear of the trail. They do pretty well as far as style points go as well.
Best Style: Adidas Alphabounce (men’s and women’s)
More of a street shoe, the Alphabounce is light enough to take out for a run but offers the support needed for a long hike. These can be worn with long pants and take the crown for all-around functionality and style.
Best Hiking Shoes: Salomon X Ultra 2 (men’s and women’s)
Tough like a hiking boot, but light like a trail runner, these hybrids bring the best of both worlds and are perfect for those taking the long trail. If your long walk is looking a little tougher than just a stroll on a well-worn path, these are your pick.