Top Women's Shorts for Walking

Stay cool and dry on summer walks or on the treadmill

The right shorts can help boost your walking. If you are sweating on the treadmill or outdoors, it's best to choose shorts made of wicking fabric. This allows evaporation to help cool you and they will dry quickly so you won't be sticky or clammy. You may want to wear compression-style shorts made of spandex or lycra to help prevent chafing.

Pockets or no pockets? If you use arm motion for brisk walking, it is best to select shorts without side pockets so you won't catch your thumbs. But if you like to have places to stash essentials, then you want to look for styles with pockets in the right places.

If you need a larger size, browse the top picks for plus-size shorts. If you are traveling or doing a long walk in changeable weather, you may want to look for convertible pants with zip-off or roll-up legs to convert into shorts.


Go wild with the fun patterns and colors from B-Skinz. The spandex fabric is so cozy you may never want to take them off. They are a simple design with no pockets and just an elastic waist. You can get them in a 6-inch length or a 2.5 inch spankie length. You can order them in size XS through XL.​


Some women don't want to wear short shorts. Longer can also be comfortable for walking. These mesh shorts have an 8.75-inch inseam. They have a wide elastic waistband with internal drawstring to adjust the fit. The Signature Moisture Transport System wicks away moisture and they are anti-odor.


If your walking takes you off-road, these Supplex nylon trail shorts are great to walk or hike in. The fabric is windproof, breathable and fast-drying. Royal Robbins shorts always have a plethora of pockets. These shorts have front hand pockets, an accessory pocket on right hip, a zip security pocket on left hip, and angled rear pockets. They come in sizes 4 to 18.


Compression shorts help battle chafing. Nike's compression shorts come in lengths including a very short 2.5-inches, 5-inches, and 7-inches. Choose your coverage and wear your swoosh with pride.


Walkers love the combo of compression undershorts to prevent chafing with a looser short over it to hide your bumps and bulges. They are made of a sweat-wicking polyester/spandex blend. They come in a variety of color combinations.


These nylon cargo shorts are perfect for strolling the neighborhood or touring the world. They get top ratings for walking in hot climates, and you can stash things securely in the pockets, including a zip pocket. They have belt loops for those who want to wear a belt. They come in sizes from 2 to 16. The inseam is approximately eight inches.


These split shorts have a separate liner so you can choose whether or not to wear something else under them. The give you classic fit with great freedom of movement at any speed thanks to the split sides. They are made from polyester microfiber to wick away moisture and help keep you dry. ASICS makes several different designs of split shorts, so you may want to compare them.


These shorts have low-rise construction for a comfortable fit. They are made of 100 percent polyester taffeta microfiber with contrast mesh and self-fabric side panels, contrast self-fabric binding along hem and side seams. The side panel notch design allows for good range of motion. They have an elastic waistband with internal drawcord, built-in Dri-FIT crepe liner, internal card/key pocket, They are a short length with a 3-inch inseam.


You may like a 8.5-inch inseam. It's not too short, not too long. This version has a small waistband pocket. The shorts are made of nylon and spandex. It has a drawstring at the waist you can wear inside or outside.

REI Sahara Shorts

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REI Sahara cargo shorts are made with lightweight, breathable, quick-drying nylon. They have a water-repellent coating. The pockets, they give you lots of options for where to carry your essentials. They include two front hand pockets, two back pockets, two zippered leg pockets in front of two velcro-closed leg pockets. The waistband has as an adjustable elastic band, as well as closing with a snap and zipper. I like the 10-inch inseam length and the high rise.


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