Our Best Walking Shoes
Warmer weather, drier trails and longer days; the yearning is over and now we can let our feet take us away on adventures. Whether it’s a multi-day charity trek, a city break, a hike up to a crag or an every-day dog walking shoe, we’ve got something for you. To help you find the right pair our footwear buyer, Tim, has chosen a few of the best walking shoes from our new range.
Whatever adventures you’ve got planned it’s imperative to a shoe which fits well and is suitable for the level of activity you’re undertaking. Take a look at our handy boot fitting guide and visit your local store for a full boot fit with one of our expert staff members.
Top Men's Walking Shoes Back To Top
La Sportiva TX2
Built from the ground up to be a true scrambling/approach shoe, the La Sportiva TX2 shoe is the closest thing to a rock shoe whilst still offering some structure and protection. The soft and grippy outsole gives great feel and contact with the ground helping you feel agile, whilst the very breathable upper keeps you cool when the pace picks up. Highly technical, these approach shoes even have an integrated cord at the heel to fasten them together for carrying.
Perfect for: Hard scrambles and short approaches.
Built tough and perfect for long treks where extended comfort is a must, the Keen Wanderer is a classic walking shoe that will stand the test of time. The cleverly contoured heel lock holds your foot in position and the cushioned footbed is perfect for long days on your feet. Immediately comfortable, the Wanderer has a fully waterproof, breathable membrane and is versatile and durable.
Perfect for: Long distance walking
Scarpa Cyrus GTX
The Scarpa Cyrus shoe is light, soft and flexible, yet durable enough to cope with daily use. Constructed with a nubuck leather upper it is supple and instantly comfortable whilst a Gore-Tex membrane keeps the feet dry and enables excess heat to escape. This shoe oozes Scarpa quality and will keep your feet comfortable mile after mile.
Perfect for: Country walks and rambling
Hanwag Barcas GTX
Hanwag are famed for producing footwear of supreme quality and these shoes are no exception. A true walking shoe, the Barcas is highly supportive and well structured for long days on the feet whilst the clever honeycomb structured sole keeps the shoe light so you won’t feel encumbered in warmer climates. Light, comfortable and durable, the Barcas GTX is perfect for long walks on dusty trails.
Perfect for: Summer walking and rambling
Scarpa Oxygen GTX
The Scarpa Oxygen is a technical, lightweight walking shoe with the capability to deal with changeable weather conditions. The Oxygen uses a Gore-Tex surround membrane which provides waterproofing but at a minimal cost to breathability. A mesh panel side vent provides breathability from the upper and the venting in the insole and midsole allow heat to escape through channels under the foot, so when the scrambling pace picks up, your feet stay cool. Versatile and technical, the Oxygen is a multi-purpose shoe packed with features.
Perfect for: Rugged walks and scrambles
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Salomon Women's Tibai Low
The Salomon Tibai Low is a lightweight summer walking shoe designed in conjunction with our buyers at Cotswold Outdoor. New for this season, the shoe is waterproof, breathable and has a modern aesthetic. The Contagrip sole is grippy over a variety of surfaces and there’s enough structure in the shoe to cope with low-level trails whilst remaining flexible. All this contributes to a very appealing shoe at an accessible price point.
Perfect for: Low-level walking
Keen Teradorra WP
The Keen Terradora WP is an urban crossover shoe designed to be worn everyday but technical enough to be worn out on the trails. Comfort and cushioning are provided by a woven textile upper and a dual density PU footbed making for a beautiful glove-like fit. If the conditions are damp the Keen.Dry membrane will keep your feet dry whilst still allowing them to breathe.
Perfect for: Everyday use and light walking
Merrell Siren Q2 Sport
This is the second generation of the Merrel Siren and is specifically and ergonomically designed for women. Everything from the EVA foam in the sole unit, to the supportive instep and heel structure has been designed to address women’s gait and provide superb stability and comfort.
Perfect for: Summer Walking
Lowa Women’s San Luis GTX Lo
The Lowa San Luis Lo is a travel shoe that is perfect for adventurous city breaks and days out in hot climates. The shoe is waterproof yet remains highly breathable thanks to the Gore-Tex surround membrane which provides extra breathability through venting in the sole unit. Stylish worn with shorts or trousers, the Lowa San Luis Lo is the perfect traveller’s shoe.
Perfect for: Warm weather adventurous travel
Expertly picked by
Our footwear buyer Tim has worked for Cotswold Outdoor for 18 years and has a comprehensive knowledge of all things footwear and boot fitting. He enjoys climbing and backpacking in the UK and has ventured as far as Nepal, Sweden and the Canadian Arctic and led a team of Cotswold Outdoor staff to the summit of Mont Blanc.