When we hear the words ‘walking shoes’, we often remember rainy field trips, muddy camping holidays, and days spent wishing we could switch our clumpy black school shoes for sparkly sandals. However, walking shoes have come a long way – and today, there are tonnes of fashionable options you can slip on your feet without ruining your entire outfit. In this article, we’ll show you how you can be fashion-forward in our favourite types of walking shoes.
The classic trainer
An obvious favourite for travel on foot is the humble trainer, offering versatility and comfort in spades. Whether it’s a weekend hike, or a day hitting the shops, the trainer has your back – or your feet – on any occasion. Invest in a black pair and a white pair to cover all bases, then think outside the box and grab a brightly coloured pair to make boring outfits pop.
This is a quirky take on the classic white trainer:
Everyone needs a black pair of trainers in their wardrobe – and this pair will go with every outfit:
Brighten up a dull outfit with this funky pair:
The ankle boot
If you want a shoe built for tougher stuff, an ankle boot will stand you in good stead. However, we’re not talking heeled boots here – a flat option will support your feet and ankles while still looking stylish. There are so many different styles of ankle boot available that you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you commute to work on foot, a smart pair of black or brown faux leather ankle boots are perfect for workwear, whilst a buckled biker boot is ideal for exploring a new city on your next weekend break. For walks in the countryside, a pair of tan boots will help create that countryside chic look – just pair with your favourite jeans and a wool jumper.
Work the professional look in this buckled pair:
Snap up a pair of these black boots ASAP:
The winter boot
If you’re planning a winter getaway to a snowy destination, you’ll definitely need some walking shoes for the alpine trails. For those lucky enough to be going skiing this winter, make sure top priority on your packing list is a pair of snow-friendly boots, which will keep your toes warm and your feet cosy while you walk around those quaint mountain villages.
Show off this faux fur trim pair on the slopes:
Evoke your inner snow queen with this fabulous pair:
The hiking shoe
For those who love to hike, a pair of hiking shoes is a must-have to avoid blistered toes and sore heels. If you’re a serious walker, you may need to step-up your usual trainers for something more durable – luckily there are lots of fashionable hiking shoes on the market to keep you looking your best on the trail. Wrap up warm with a puffa jacket and a beanie hat to complete the look.
Enjoy the outdoor life in this platform pair:
The walking sandal
If you’re already planning your summer holiday, you won’t want to wear a pair of boots with your floaty dress and sunnies as you explore your new destination. When it comes to vacations, sandals can also be great walking shoes, as long as you find a comfy pair. Just make sure to go for a flat heel and supportive shape to cushion your feet, and try to wear them in before you go.
This white pair has us dreaming of sunny Mediterranean skies: