I did a lot of reviews on running in Hoka’s shoes, but there were a lot of questions about walking shoes. One thing many people may not realize is that I go for walks every day!
It’s such a great way to interrupt the day by sitting at the computer and making sure I get out in the fresh air!
One of the reasons I love Hok for walking or standing all day is the design the shoe provides the foot with greater stability for leveling the feet without sacrificing pillows.
If your legs hurt after a day of standing or a long day of walking on vacation, it’s time to make sure you have the right walking shoes.
Is it bad to wear running shoes while walking?
You should definitely have running shoes and walking shoes.
A blow to the leg is different in running than in walking. Your heel hits first and then rolls over the front of the foot to bounce off the ground. When running, the heel may hit first, but it’s super fast before it rolls forward, and the way your foot rolls is likely to change between running fast and walking.
You also don’t want your running shoe to break faster than necessary, or to have a foot pattern engraved in it that could cause foot pronation.
Why are Hoka shoes suitable for walking?
Walking shoes are often heavier because they focus on supporting the arch and are not as focused on creating breathable shoes as you might find while running. But HOKA will give you both support and light feeling and cushioning.
In addition, although we tend to recommend a lower slope between heel and toe for runners, we really like it for pedestrians.
As already mentioned, your heel will be the first, so we don’t want to exaggerate. All Hoka shoes tend to be in the range of 4 mm to 8 mm, which is ideal for enjoying pillows without too high a heel.
NOTE: If you have problems with Achilles, in fact, it is better to look for those 12 mm in more traditional running shoes from Brooks or Asics.
And in the end, I’m a fan, because most walking shoes have much less cushioning, and that’s fine, because walking doesn’t have a big impact, but after long days on your feet, it sometimes seems damn comfortable!
- Options for different levels of pillows
- The wider base provides the leg with greater stability and prevents knee and low back pain
- The spacious toe helps to swell the foot and prevents blisters or hot spots
- They are durable shoes that can easily withstand 500+ miles of walking
Rarely are the best running shoes also good walking shoes, but that’s exactly what I feel about these models.
In fact, there are a number of podiatrists who recommend HOKA One One shoes!
“Thanks to extensive experience here in the Midwest, HOKA has been our favorite footwear for racing athletes, charity runners and pedestrians for many years.– Mark Mondul – DPM, FACFS
The best walking shoes Hoka
Let’s start by focusing on exercise shoes. Those days when you aim to take 10,000 steps as training!
These are not my recommendations for hiking, but for walks around the area, the track or the non-technical gravel trail.
Clifton is my best choice because, as mentioned, pedestrians don’t need as much cushioning as runners (although I absolutely run in this shoe!). I ran and walked in many iterations of this shoe and I like where it is at the moment!
- Neutral shoe
- Natural stability preventing excessive pronation thanks to Hoka’s wide shoe base
- It sits on a wider foot (my leg is narrow and my shoe doesn’t seem sloppy)
- 5mm heel drop
- 7.2 oz for women – one of the lightest walking shoes you will find
Check out the current Hoka prices on REI >>
Check out the current Hoka Clifton prices on Amazon >>
If you see an older version that is on sale, grab it 100%! You will probably be just as happy and save some $$.
My second option is another shoe I’m running in, Bond. In fact, I’ve also tried several models of this shoe over the years.
This shoe is MUCH plusher. It may seem amazing to you or you may find yourself lazy.
- Neutral plush padded shoe (really the softest shoe I’ve ever tried)
- It fits like Clifton
- 4mm heel drop
- 8.90 oz for women
Check out Hoka Bondi’s current colors and prices on Hoka >>
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The best Hoka shoes for standing at work
If you stand all day, you may want to consider wearing compression socks and finding great shoes.
The idea is something that will help you maintain good balance so that you will not have problems with your hips, knees or back along with tired feet.
Designed with more support in the middle of the foot and the front of the foot, this shoe is super comfortable, but provides support that will help your body stay happy throughout the day. If your arch begins to collapse with fatigue, your body will deviate and cause pain.
- Another plush padded shoe, but with more arch support
- The wider tip in Hoka can help prevent bulges
- 5mm drop
- 9.1 oz for women – heavier thanks to additional stability
Unlike traditional stabilization shoes from other brands, these shoes are not extremely hard or stiff. Another reason why I like this brand!
Check out the current colors and prices of Elevon on Hoka >>
Hoka Bondi SR
This is their anti-slip version of this plush Bondi designed specifically for the workplace. Some improvements to this model for work:
- Non-slip rubber sole
- Anti-slip tested on surfaces with water, oil and soap
- Waterproof leather upper
- Neutral shoe
- Available in white and black
- 11.5 oz for women – is heavier than the above version of breathable exercise mesh
Check out the current details of Bondi SR >>
Hoka’s casual travel shoes
Both David and I wear Hoka’s when we travel. It’s a shoe that may look casual, but it gives us the comfort we want, knowing that we often take over 20,000 steps on vacation.
Huapana Flow in gray is an easy shoe for casual wear with jeans, but still remains comfortable.
Unlike the other shoes mentioned, I would not run or train intensively in these shoes, but I love them because I simply move around all day, do errands or discover and feel comfortable.
- I no longer offer the slip, but the laced version does
- It comes in black / gray to become everyday shoes
- Neutral shoe
- The least sprung of these shoes, yet still comfortable
- 5mm heel drop
- 7.5 oz for women
Hoka’s Return Policyso you can try out which shoes suit you.
As always, the best walking shoes are the ones that feel good on the foot! You can find most of the models in every running shop, so go ahead and try them out.
Believe me, they want to help you and they don’t care that your main focus is walking. We know that runners need walks and that a lot of us runners started as walkers!
You can take them for a walk around the block to find out if there is any discomfort in them and see how the eve foam midsole feels about you. Remember that even if you buy them, take them home and go for a walk to find that you don’t like them, YOU CAN RETURN them !!
Whether you decide to start walking to help reduce stress, work out high cholesterol or diabetes, your feet deserve good shoes!
If you feel better, you are more likely to want to wear them and continue.
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