The highest ranking brands of walking shoes include ASICS for everyday walking, Rockports for commuting, Ryka for speed walking, New Balance for distance walking and Skechers for everyday walking. A lot of impact is placed on the feet when walking, therefore it is important to have a comfortable fitting shoe.
When choosing a walking shoe, it is best to pick something lightweight, comfortable and breathable. To test the flexibility of a walking shoe, hold the shoe by the heel and the toe and bend the toe upward. It should bend at the ball of the foot. If it doesn't, a different brand is a better fit. ASICS brand shoes come in a variety of fits and styles, but the Gel is most comfortable for walking and provides the most support. For walking and running, Adidas' shoe, Energy Burst, provides a fit that is comfortable for the transition from walking to running.