Even though we are called “Running” Bear we are happy to help walkers find a perfect pair of shoes for their feet! Below are our Top 5 Walking Shoes. If you have any questions about sizing, please contact the bears!
Described by many as “Strong and durable, supportive and comfortable. Would highly recommend”. These are a fantastic, purpose-designed walking shoe which provides a lighter and more supportive alternative than walking boots when pounding the paths and trails. This is down to the BioMoGo midsole cushioning, providing that plush but stable feel perfect for long mileage hikes.
On, a brand born in the Swiss Alps, have carefully designed this trail shoe not only to perform brilliantly on the up-hill but to also focus on excellent traction and grip on the down-hill. These are my go-to dog walking trainers, as they’re lightweight, cushioned (thanks to the zero-gravity foam) and they allow me to maintain control and balance on the steep and rocky downhill stretches around Bosley Cloud.
Another one of my favourites. This is my go-to trail running shoe, but I also love it for long walks. The grip on the Saucony Peregrine is phenomenal thanks to PWRTRAC rubber lugs, so when it’s particularly muddy (which in Britain is both summer and winter!) I rely on these to keep me upright. What’s also fantastic is that there are multiple different versions available depending on what you prefer. Want to keep your feet completely dry? Go for the Gore-tex! They’re great on dewy mornings or rainy days. Want that extra, extra grip? The Peregrine ST will be the choice for you with its longer lugs digging even deeper into that mud. I also find the Peregrine to be slightly wider fitting, so it fits my wider feet well. There’s also no compromise on comfort, with the PWRRUN cushioning keeping my feet happy and ache-free.
We class the Brooks Ghost as one of our grippier road shoes. This will be a great option for someone who wants the top-tier plush cushioning but doesn’t walk on too aggressive terrain – so ideal for someone who enjoys road walking, paths (such as the Middlewood Way and Biddulph Valley Way) and canal towpaths. It’s Brooks most popular neutral shoe for a reason, with the super plush DNA LOFT cushioning meaning customer’s come back to us for this shoe time and again. Often described as ‘slipper-like, it comes in different width fittings too so you can make sure your foot has that room to breathe. The high heel to toe drop (12mm) also means it’s great for anyone who has problems such as plantar fasciitis or a tight Achilles. If you over-pronate, the alternative to the Ghost is the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21.
The 6th Generation of the Hierro has proven just as reliable, comfortable and grippy as its predecessors. The FreshFoam technology that provides that textbook comfort in their road shoes such as the 1080 has been transferred into this trail shoe, allowing for that fatigue diminishing ride and superb shock absorption that is perfect for long mileage country walks. The Vibram Megagrip outsole provides the wearer with confidence on those more daring descents or muddy paths, making it the ultimate partner for walkers.