Although you might affectionately think of it as the ultimate dad shoe brand, New Balance is a standard-bearer for practical lifestyle and athletic footwear, which the brand has designed since the early 1900s. Since then, New Balance has developed an aesthetic all its own—and offers both ultracomfy and super stylish walking shoes.

Walking shoes should provide comfort and support while minimizing foot pain and issues like plantar fasciitis. New Balance’s walking shoes generally have thick, cushioned midsoles that absorb impact, as well as well-designed footbeds that provide arch support (although some of their models are more minimal). They also suit many foot types: Most models come in standard and wide sizing, while specific sneakers range from narrow to XX-wide.

If it’s not evident by their ability to mass appeal to a diverse audience of dads and fashion icons, New Balance shoes are worth a try for anyone who loves walking. Here are our top picks for the best New Balance walking shoes for long strolls, grocery shopping, dog walking, and everything in between.

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    New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam X 1080 V12 Running Shoe

    The sleek New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080 V12 won the best road running shoe for SELF’s 2022 Sneaker Awards for their perfectly cushioned footbed and medium-wide toe box. Since they’re designed for running, they have a snug, supportive fit that will serve you well on long distances. And don’t worry about fatigue: The Fresh Foam midsole keeps your knees and ankles feeling fresh even as you rack up the miles on pavement.

    Available in sizes 5 to 13; in standard, wide, and extra wide widths.

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    New Balance Women’s DynaSoft Nergize V3 Shoes

    With their plush ​​Memory Sole Comfort insole, these casual New Balance sneakers are an excellent choice for evening walks and all-day wear. They come in neutral tones like grey and white, so they’re easy to match with any outfit, and their breathable mesh upper feels soft and lightweight on the foot. It’s not as structured as some other walking shoes, so it’s ideal for people who don’t need a ton of arch support and lateral stability, or those who deal with overpronation.

    Available in sizes 6 to 11.