Top Cushioned Shoes for Walkers

Walkers generally have less need for cushioning than runners, because they strike the ground with less force. But if you are doing a lot of walking on concrete or doing high mileage days in training for a half marathon or marathon walk, you need enough cushioning. These shoes are designed for those who have no more than mild overpronation, they do not correct for rotation. These shoes have maximum midsole cushioning with minimum support.

Brooks Glycerin

Brooks Glycerin 13
Brooks Glycerin 13. Courtesy of Amazon

These shoes are flexible, lightweight, and have plenty of cushioning for the walker who has a neutral gait. I have been using them for walks from six miles through half marathon distance (13.1 miles). They have enough cushioning for distance training, yet are light enough for walking at a faster pace. I am shocked that for the first time in over 12 years of half marathon and marathon walking, my feet and legs have no fatigue after a 13 mile walk. I have also been able to maintain a good fast-paced stride while wearing them, with correct heel landing and roll through of my step. They are also durable -- the cushioning has remained intact through six months of training and racing at the half marathon distance. Typically, I would have had to replace the shoes after four months of intense use.

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New Balance 1080

New Balance 1080 v5
New Balance 1080 v5. Courtesy of Amazon

This is a lightweight performance training shoe that is also a cushioned shoe. It is flexible. It comes in narrow, normal and wide widths. The cushioning helps relieve leg fatigue in long walks and runs such as the 10K, half marathon, and marathon. I found this shoe to be very comfortable. They changed to a new last, the PL-8 starting with the1080v4 in 2014. If you've been happy with the previous versions, be sure to try on the current version to ensure the last still provides the best shoe shape for you.

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Saucony ProGrid Ride

Saucony ProGrid Ride Running Shoes
Saucony ProGrid Ride Running Shoes. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

This flexible, lightweight cushioned shoe is great for those with a neutral gait who want cushioning. I found the toe box to give plenty of room for my wide foot. I could feel the cushioning without any appreciable extra weight. These should feel great for longer distance walks and all-day strolls.

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Nike Air Pegasus

Nike Air Pegasus 30
Nike Air Pegasus 30. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

This cushioned trainer is flexible and good for high-mileage walkers. It's best for small to medium sized people and comes in extra widths. I was impressed with the fit and feel in the 30 version. It also comes in a Storm version great for all-weather and all-terrain walking. The Pegasus earned the Runner's World Best Buy Award.

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Mizuno Wave Rider

Mizuno Wave Rider 18
Mizuno Wave Rider 18. Courtesy of

Review: Mizuno Wave Rider

A previous version of this shoe got me through the Portland Marathon. It is cushioned yet lightweight, with a low heel. The Wave Rider comes in widths and has both a wide toe box and a narrow heel. After 18 years of production, it's still getting five stars from runners and walkers. It earned the Best Neutral Shoe from The Running Network.

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Nike Air Zoom Vomero

Nike Vomero 8
Nike Vomero 8. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Vomero is a cushioned trainer that is great for walkers who don't overpronate. Wearers love the cushioning for training for a marathon and half marathon distances. It has more cushioning than the Pegasus. It also has a wider toebox than is typical for Nikes. I also like being able to find it in black, so I can wear it at work and not just change it for a mid-day walk at break or lunch. For you who want bright colors, they have those, too.

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Asics Gel Cumulus

Asics Gel Cumulus 15
Asics Gel Cumulus 15. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

The Cumulus offers good cushioning at a good price. It has a flexible forefoot and is designed for those with a neutral gait. They trimmed weight starting with version 14, which continues through version 16, in keeping with trends and the development of better materials that provide cushioning with less weight. They have a memory foam collar that provides you with a personal heel fit. It earned the Runner's World Editor's Choice Award.

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Asics Gel Nimbus

ASICS Gel-Nimbus 17
ASICS Gel-Nimbus 17. Courtesy of Amazon

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The Asics Gel Nimbus is flexible but also is stable enough in the forefoot for heavier people. It gives the softest, most cushioned ride for ASICS. The version 17 has a one-piece upper, eliminating seams. This is a neutral shoe and is suitable for heavier-weight people.

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SAS Freetime

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SAS Shoes. Wendy Bumgardner ©

This shoe has been a favorite of volksmarch walkers for decades. It is a full leather shoe that has a flexible sole and lots of cushion. It's the only shoe you will want for standing in lines, and also good and durable for the trail.

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New Balance 1260 v5

New Balance 1260v5
New Balance 1260v5. Courtesy of Amazon

This stability shoe also has great cushioning. It has a minimal heel drop, which is better for walkers. It provides a little motion control for overpronators. It comes in narrow, regular and wide widths.

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