Whether you’re strolling seaside or wandering cobblestone streets, these women's walking shoes will give you a leg up.
Some destinations call for a sturdier shoe due to rugged terrain or extreme weather. And in that case, you'll need some trusty, travel-friendly boots. But when mild weather and walkable streets open up the possibilities, it gets a lot harder to choose the perfect pair. We sorted through sneakers, sandals, slip-ons, and every style of footwear in between to find the best walking shoes for women. Our picks are designed to maximize comfort — using technology like shock absorption, memory-foam insoles, and breathable upper fabrics — without compromising style.
Sarah Flint — a made-in-Italy brand beloved by celebrities like Meghan Markle and Amal Clooney — is known for effortless, feminine shoes, like this elevated loafer. The footbeds have 3 millimeters of extra padding for all-day walkability, and the 1-inch block heel is inset a bit to keep your steps from feeling clunky. Not only is it excellent for traveling, but reviewers say that it makes a great work shoe, especially if your job requires a lot of standing. "It's hard to find a shoe that both looks cute, and is comfortable," one explained. "Working 8 to 10-hour weddings is tough when sneakers are 'unprofessional.' Enter Rosie: the shirt black heel makes it possible to roam wedding halls and venues in comfort while still looking like a put-together wedding expert." To buy: sarahflint.com, $375
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