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12 best walking shoes for women for short and long distances

A good walking shoe should provide support and comfort for feet. (Getty Images)
A good walking shoe should provide support and comfort for feet. (Getty Images)

Whether you're heading off on an all-day hike or a leisurely ramble with the dog, what shoes you wear are key for comfort.

If you're a fan of long-distance trail walking, it's even more important you're wearing the correct footwear to avoid blisters, sore ankles or aching arches.

We've compiled our top 12, from big-name brands such as The North Face, Nike, Teva and Timberland which marry form and function and don't compromise on style either.

They boast quick-wicking fabrics, lightweight designs, padded cuffs, cushioned heels and arch support.

We've considered budget too, so whether you want to splash out and indulge ahead of your next countryside walk or save the pennies on an affordable trainer, we've got you covered.

The best walking shoes for women

Allbirds Women's Tree Runners | £105 from Allbirds

Allbirds Women's Tree Runners
These trainers from Allbirds are great for travel.

This pair is made from eucalyptus fibre and have a cushioned midsole for all-day support. They're designed for walking and are lightweight and perfect if your job involves you being on your feet for long periods.

CAT Conquer 2.0 lace up walking boots in black leather | £110 from ASOS

CAT Conquer 2.0 lace up walking boots in black leather
Keep your feet clean and comfortable in this durable pair from CAT.

These chunky boots are for outdoor enthusiasts looking to tackle hikes, hills and trails. They have a secure lace-up fastening, a padded cuff, a lugged tread and a midsole which will provide lightweight cushioning. They can be worn year round too.

New Balance 840v2 | £100 from New Balance

New Balance 840v2
The New Balance 840v2 show is versatile and durable.

Made with hiking and walking in mind, this is a durable shoe which can absorb impact, and has a rubber outsole and leather upper.

Nike Running Air Zoom Pegasus 38 trainers | was £109.95 no £60.47 from Nike

Nike Running Air Zoom Pegasus 38 trainers
Nike's Running Air Zoom Pegasus 38 trainers have a grip sole - ideal for walking on pavement, grass, road or track.

This pink and black pair boast a reactive foam midsole for plush cushioning, a durable rubber outsole and a textured grip tread, perfect for long-distance walks.

New Balance 520 trainers in purple and yellow | £65 from ASOS

New Balance Running 520 trainers in purple and yellow
This 520 pair from New Balance have a reliably durable rubber outsole.

Keeping with the colourful theme, next up we have this vibrant pair from New Balance. They have a soft midsole for ample underfoot support, a moulded heel, and adjustable lace closures so you can ensure it's a snug fit no matter how narrow or wide your feet are.

Teva XLT2 flat sandals in multi | £65 from ASOS

Teva XLT2 flat sandals in multi
Keep feet cool in these colourful Teva XLT2 flat sandals.

While the fashion crowd has embraced the Teva sandal as summer's hottest accessory, its purpose is actually designed for walking. This colourful pair has a cushioned heel, adhesive strap and an open toe, so feet can remain cool all summer long.

Salomon X ULTRA 4 GORE-TEX | £140 from Salomon

Salomon X ULTRA 4 GORE-TEX
The Salomon X ULTRA 4 GORE-TEX show is ideal for harder hikes and walking trails.

This lightweight, rugged women's walking shoe is perfect for powering through uphills and descents with ease. It caters to more advanced walkers, mixed trails and technical challenges and provides maximum foot protection.

Euro Swift Hiking Shoe For Women | was £115 now £57.50 from Timberland

Euro Swift Hiking Shoe For Women
Timberland's hiking shoe is an eco-friendly, supportive design.

This pair of hiking shoes are sturdy without compromising on comfort. They have a steel shank on each foot to provide support for your foot arch, a lightweight upper made with 50% recycled plastic ad a rubber outsole for added grip.

Cotswold Maisemore Low Top Walking Shoes | £62.99 from John Lewis

Cotswold Maisemore Low Top Walking Shoes
Cotswold's Maisemore Walking Shoes have a gusset tongue to keep debris off your socks.

Cotswold has made these low-top shoes specifically for trail walking, woodland walks and low-intensity hill climbs. They're lightweight, waterproof and have a moisture-wicking lining to keep feet dry.

Waterproof Leather Hiker Boots | £75 from John Lewis

Waterproof Leather Hiker Boots
This budget-friendly pair from John Lewis have a grippy rubber sole.

Designed for town and country walking routes, one happy John Lewis shopper was full of praise for this pair: "Excellent value for the price – just what I need to walk the dogs in the rain and mud!"

Merrell Women's Accentor Sport GORE-TEX® Trail Shoes | £89 from Go Outdoors

Merrell Women's Accentor Sport GORE-TEX® Trail Shoes
These trail shoes from Merrell have a sticky rubber outsole for extra traction.

Outdoor footwear company Merrell's has mastered the perfect walking shoe for hot, humid trails. The suede and mesh upper are both durable and breathable and the fabric will reduce shoe odour in even the sweatiest of climates.

The North Face Women's Hedgehog FutureLight™ Hiking Shoe | was £120 now £115 from Blacks

The North Face Women's Hedgehog FutureLight™ Hiking Shoe
This pair from The North Face is designed for fast-paced trail running and hiking.

One happy shopper said of this pair, "Really good fit, comfortable shoes. True to size – no need to wear extra bulky socks." Made for speedy walkers, they're lightweight and fast-drying, so even if it pours with rain, you're feet will remain cosy and dry.