5 Best Walking Shoes For Seniors – Don’t Let Foot Pain Ruin Your Trip

The biggest threat to enjoying a beautiful day is not being able to get out and about on foot.  I personally have what’s called Morton’s Neuroma, a very painful nerve inflammation I got from climbing shoes.  So when I went researching for the best walking shoes for seniors, I had some first hand knowledge of how important a great pair of shoes is to any day where you plan to use your feet more than usual.

One thing I didn’t want to do was make you look at large, ugly shoes.  With all the options these days, there is no reason to give up style for comfort (unless you absolutely want to!)

The following shoes can be found in men’s and women’s styles, but I included them for their reviews and experiences of both myself and people I talked to.  If you’re planning your next trip and have any doubts about walking shoes, I highly suggest one of the pair below.  I have used the Altra’s myself and noticed an incredible decrease in discomfort caused by my morton’s neuroma.

Altra Torin Plush

Product: Altra Torin Plush

Price: $139.95

Cheapest Place To Purchase: Amazon

My Review:  If you are used to cramped toes and metatarsal pain, these shoes are a literal game changer!  I personally own three different types from the Altra brand because of my running hobby, but even when I am at work in hospitals all day, I wear these Torin Plushes.  The Altras are known for super wide toe boxes and a zero drop heel, so your foot stays in a natural position.  The Torin Plush model has extra cushioning for longer runs, or just long day hikes through Venice!

Key takeaways:

  • Wide toe box will seem strange at first but will become a must in all your shoes!
  • Zero drop heel also takes pressure off the front of your foot so that the foot can take contact in a more natural way.
  • Great for road runners or urban day hikes.

See the Altra Torin Plush here.

Lems Trailhead Sneakers

This picture is from REI.com

Product: Lems Trailhead Sneakers

Price: $130.00

Cheapest Place To Purchase: REI

The Lems Trailhead is on my list of shoes to buy next.  Like the Altra’s above they have the wide toe box but include a 4mm drop from the heel to toe, which might feel more natural for some and if you have any heel pain or arch issues, the thicker midsoles may give you more of the support you need.  Trailhead sneaker is built with a more “traditional sneaker” look to it.  The outsoles are also full length 2.5mm rubber so you get an excellent amount of traction and grip on trails or wet pavement.

Key takeaways:

  • Wide toe box will seem strange at first but will become a must in all your shoes!
  • 4mm drop heel also takes pressure off the front of your foot, but will encourage a natural heel-to-toe gait, which may be better for anyone with heel or arch issues.
  • Micro-suede is durable and quick drying
  • Great for urban day hikes and light trail hikes

HOKA ONE ONE Bondi 6 Road-Running Shoes

Product: Hoka One One Bondi 6 Road-Runners

Price: $161.83

Cheapest Place To Purchase: Amazon

In the hospital world, it doesn’t take long before you start noticing the numbers of nurses wearing Hokas.  Given the amount of hours they spend on their feet, I consider this a pretty good endorsement of the comfort and support of the brand.  The Hoka One One  Bondi has impressive heel stability and the most cushioning I have ever seen while still being a lightweight walking shoe.  People with high arches or any kind of serious foot pain swear by the Hoka.  The toe boxes are not as wide as in the Lems or Altras, but the cushioning might be better for your personal taste.

Key takeaways:

  • Extreme foot and arch cushioning from midsoles
  • 4mm drop heel also takes pressure off the front of your foot, but will encourage a natural heel-to-toe gait, which may be better for anyone with heel or arch issues.
  • Breathable mesh construction
  • Great for extended time on your feet

See the Hoka One One Bondie here.

Danner Trail 2650 Hiking Shoes

Product: Danner Trail 2650 Hiking Shoes

Price: $149.95

Cheapest Place To Purchase: Amazon

Danner might have made the best trail shoe I’ve ever worn.  If your day hikes are going to be mostly on rock or trail, this is definitely one to consider.  The heel counters offer heel stability and comfort while the leather mesh upper is durable and still provides breathability.  The Vibram® rubber sole will give you superior grip on rock or wet pavement, although I know from experience it takes a day or two to break the rubber in for daily comfort – so plan on taking this shoe for shorter walk before your longer days out.


Key takeaways:

  • Durable leather mesh construction upper soles
  • Excellent heel support for a lower ankles shoe
  • Superior rubber sole for any rock work
  • If your idea of a day hike is on a trail, then this is your shoe

See the Danner Trail 2650 here.

Astral TR1 Mesh Shoes

Product: Astral TR1 Mesh Shoes

Price: $149.95

Cheapest Place To Purchase: Amazon

The Astral is a trail shoe like the Danner with a few major differences.  The G® Rubber sole is softer, which breaks in easier and has a different type of grip that works well in wet environments.  The heel drop is closer to 1mm so this will be a more natural almost zero drop position for the foot, which some people (like me) prefer.  This shoe has an increased breathability from it’s fully synthetic mesh upper, while special Water Ready™ holes at the front and back of the shoe drain any moisture build up, which is helpful in any extended hike.  The midsoles themselves will not be too different from the Danner, but in my reviews I am seeing the Astral as a little bit lighter shoe with less support on the heel but if you prefer the zero drop, this offers more of that.

Key takeaways:

  • Mesh construction upper offers extreme breathability and Water Ready™ holes offer drainage
  • 1mm heel drop bringing your foot to a closer all natural position
  • Softer rubber sole that will offer more comofort and grip on damp surfaces
  • Perfect for rainy or drizzly locations or a trip that will have any serious amount of boat time

See the Astral TR1 Mesh here.

Feet Are Important

As someone with Morton’s Neuroma, it’s amazing how important shoes can be to my day.  A pleasant walk in the park can become a forced march without them!  Hopefully you don’t have to deal with anything serious, but the above choices should make your life that much easier.

Do you think I left any out?  Let me know in the comments and I’ll try to review them for next time.

Saludos, John


1 thought on “5 Best Walking Shoes For Seniors – Don’t Let Foot Pain Ruin Your Trip”

  1. Hi John, Great article. I had too google Morton’s Neuroma. So sorry you are suffering from that! Personally I’m a runner, but I have been suffering from foot issues too. My whole life I’ve been struggling with “typical” feet….or problem zones, so to say. And a few years ago bad shoe choices contributed to a nasty heel injury. Comfort, support, shock absorption is what I aim for at this stage. Ive suffered too often because I choose my shoes based on overall look, colour and style instead of what my feet really need. So I totally get what you’re saying about how important it is to wear the right shoe for your personal needs. Thanks for sharing your insights on these shoes with us!

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