By Amber Sayer
Deciding whether to buy skechers shoes for walking or running can be challenging simply due to the abundance of choices of brands and models. Comparing different running shoe brands can help you narrow down your search by identifying key differences in features, fit, and feel.
As a competitive runner for over 24 years at this point, I have had the opportunity to run and walk in nearly every brand of shoes.
One thing I love about Skechers is the memory foam cushioning used in most of the Skechers walking shoes.
Memory foam was originally created by NASA to provide maximal shock absorption for the seats in spacecraft. Much like a memory foam mattress, shoes with memory foam insoles help absorb and dissipate pressure, which can alleviate stress and discomfort on your feet and legs when walking and standing.
Memory foam also helps absorb shock, which reduces stress on the bones and joints of your feet.
Below, I’ve rounded up my picks for the best Skechers shoes for those with different needs.
What Are the Best Skechers Shoes for Walking?
Here are my recommendations for the best Skechers walking shoes for various needs such as the Skechers walking shoes, Skechers walking shoes for flat feet, Skechers walking shoes for standing all day, and the best Skechers shoes for work:
1. SKECHERS Ultra Flex 3.0 Smooth Step Slip-Ins : Best Hands Free Slip in Walking Shoe
The brand new Ultra Flex 3.0 Smooth Step is a great option for anyone looking for an ultra plush, super light, comfortable slip-in walking shoe.
I think this is a great walking shoe for seniors because there is an effortless hands-free entry; not only do you not have to fuss with tying laces, but you can basically stay standing or seated and slip your foot right in without the back portion of the heel folding over and requiring you to bend down and untuck it.
As such, I’ve actually personally recommended these Skechers walking shoes to my grandmother who still likes to get out and take a little walk or go shopping but really doesn’t have the mobility to struggle with putting on shoes (even most slip-on shoes!).
The SKECHERS Ultra Flex 3.0 also have the Heel Pillow to both provide cushioning as well as a more secure and supportive fit while you walk. The lightweight mesh upper has a Stretch Fit® knit upper with a jersey trim, so it fits much more like a sock than a shoe and hugs your foot without squeezing it.
The conformability of the stretch-fit knit upper also helps keep the shoe securely on your foot, no matter what type of foot shape or deformities you might have (again, this is great for seniors or anyone with swollen feet, diabetic neuropathy, hammertoes, bunions, etc.).
Finally, these shoes have a cushioned Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam® insole to provide a soft yet springy platform for your foot to reduce joint pain while molting to the specific contours of your individual foot for optimal comfort.
2. Skechers Max Cushioning Elite 2.0 : Best Shoe for Running or for Walkers With Joint Pain
For runners, walkers, or people who stand on their feet all day, I highly recommend the Skechers Max Cushioning Elite 2.0 running shoes. These are truly the best Skechers walking shoes for anyone with joint pain, extra body weight, or who just needs additional cushioning for their workouts and/or daily life.
In particular, the design feature that earns this particular shoe the accolade of the best Skechers running shoes for anyone with knee pain, joint pain, or who has a heavier body is the fact that this maximalist Skechers running shoe employs the brand’s premium cushioning and thickest cushioning to date through the combination of the Skechers Air-Cooled Goga Mat™ breathable insole with high-rebound cushioning and the Skechers ULTRA GO® cushioned platform underneath that helps provide rebound while keeping the shoe nice and lightweight.
The end result is a super plush shoe that helps attenuate impact forces when you are running, walking, or even just relieving pressure when you stand on your feet all day.
As someone who needs extra cushioning when I run, I have truly fallen in love with the bounciness and plushness of this cushioned shoe, and think that the Skechers Max Cushioning Elite is the ideal Skechers shoe for distance runners, runners with plantar fasciitis, walkers or runners with knee pain or arthritis, or healthcare workers or food service industry workers who are on their feet all day.
There is also a copper-infused footbed lining to help regulate temperature and reduce odors and the Skechers Ortholite® comfort foam insole layer adds long-term cushioning and breathability.
Finally, these Skechers running shoe has a rocker bottom sole that uses “Natural Rocker Technology” for a smooth heel-to-toe transition while walking or running.
3. Skechers Go Max-Athletic Air Mesh Slip on - Best Goga Mat Walking Sneaker for Men
The Skechers Go Max Walking Sneaker is my pick for the best Skechers walking shoe for seniors or everyday casual wear.
The easy slip-on design makes the shoes supremely comfortable and low fuss, but not necessarily geared towards performance or fitness walking or running. That said, the SKECHERS® Performance Go Max shoe features the Goga Max® technology insole for maximum support and cushioning and a great springy rebound with every step.
To aid traction as well as help absorb impact, this Skechers shoe for walking has a 5GEN® rubber outsole, which offers a proprietary injection-molded compound with memory retention.
Other little design features made this particular model earn a spot on my list of the best Skechers shoes such as the fact that the shoe comes in multiple widths to accommodate different foot shapes, it has a high rebound heel to aid cushioning and shock for anyone with joint pain, the toe is reinforced with a guard to protect the ends of your toes in case you bump into anything, and there is a nice little pull tab at the back of the shoe for easy donning and doffing if you have dexterity issues.
4. Skechers Go Walk Joy Sneaker - Best Vegan Goga Mat Walking Sneaker for Women
The Skechers Women's Go Walk Joy Sneaker is my choice for the best women’s Skechers walking shoe for seniors or everyday casual wear.
Like the Skechers Men's Go Max-Athletic Air Mesh Slip on Walking Shoe, the Skechers GO WALK JOY shoe for women is one of the favorite Skechers shoes for knee pain because it has the premium Goga Max cushioning insole for maximum support and shock absorption with good rebound to help you feel light yet comfortable on your feet.
There is also the grippy 5GEN® rubber outsole, which has the memory retention to also help absorb impact and provide cushioning while protecting against slips by gripping the surface of the ground.
This shoe is 100% vegan, very lightweight, and has a cute style so that you can feel fashionable while supporting your feet with quality shoes.
5. Skechers Arch Fit Sneaker - Best Walking Shoes for Flat Feet
When you need a little bit of arch support while still wanting a casual and lightweight shoe for everyday wear, I highly recommend the Skechers Arch Fit-Athletic Slip-on for flat feet.
The Skechers Arch Fit is a very breathable, mesh slip-on walking shoe that seems too light and airy to be all that supportive, but the shoe actually features a podiatrist-certified arch support insole that not only provides cushioning but helps hold your foot in the proper position.
This particular type of Skechers arch-fit insole was developed by amassing over 120,000 different foot scans and 20 years of data from different foot shapes to provide optimal arch support while cushioning, cooling, and wicking away sweat from the foot.
In addition to having the removable Skechers Arch Fit insole support, there is also Air-Cooled Memory Foam on the insole to help cradle your foot and provide maximum surface area that contacts your foot by molding to your foot shape as you walk.
This helps provide additional support and makes this a great shoe for plantar fasciitis because the adaptable memory foam insole helps distribute pressure across a wider surface area, reducing any pinpoint areas of pain where you may have a heel spur or load your foot with excessive weight.
Other cushioning features that I appreciate about this particular shoe that earns it a spot as the best Skechers shoe for plantar fasciitis or flat feet is the fact that there are other high-end cushioning elements such as a ULTRA GO® cushioned midsole.
6. Skechers Women's Uno-Stand on Air Sneaker - Best Shoes for Standing All Day
If you’re on your feet most of the day, you’ll appreciate the Skechers Women's Uno-Stand on Air Sneaker.
Like Nike Air shoes, the Skechers Street Uno - Stand on Air walking shoe has a visible air-cushioned midsole with air-injected pods to help absorb shock and take pressure off of your joints as you stand or walk.
There is also an Air-Cooled Memory Foam insole, excellent traction from the rubber outsole, a little bit of a heel to help provide some extra cushioning at heel strike, and a lace-up design so that you can get a good fit for longer fitness walks or more support for standing long hours on your feet.
7. Skechers Afterburn Memory Fit - Best Memory Foam Walking Shoes for Men
In addition to being known for making some of the first and best rocker bottom shoes for walking, Skechers has distinguished itself as a brand for the memory foam insoles used in many of the premium Skechers running shoes for walking.
The Skechers Afterburn Memory Fit walking shoe is a classic memory foam walking shoe with a lace up design, a durable upper made from leather and mesh, and the Articu-Lyte shock-absorbing supportive flexible midsole.
I love the memory foam insole and the particular materials used in the flexible midsole of this shoe, which together provide excellent cushioning for men with knee pain or other joint pain.
Whether you are doing long fitness walks, gym workouts, or wearing this as your everyday shoe, this updated memory foam shoe is still one of the best Skechers walking shoes for those who want good cushioning at an affordable price point.
8. Skechers Summits Fun Flare Sneaker - Best Memory Foam Walking Shoes for Women
My vote for the best Women's Skechers memory foam shoe would be the Summits Fun Flare Sneaker. This is a supremely lightweight shoe with an easy slip-on design.
While there is the memory foam insole to help cradle your foot by warming and adapting to the shape of the contours of your particular anatomy, this isn’t an overly supportive shoe, so it is best for lightweight wear, standing on your feet for long hours, or an upgrade to cute, casual shoes that are actually good for your feet.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for long fitness walks because there is limited ability to secure your foot in place because of the slip-on design and not a ton of arch support.
However, I find that the shoe is great for wearing around the house or around town or if you are on your feet for numerous hours. It is also 100% vegan, machine washable, and has bungee or stretchy laces for a little bit of customization with the fit of the breathable upper.
9. Skechers Women's On-The-go 600-Brilliancy Sport Sandal - Best Skechers Sandal
Let’s face it: we don’t always want to wear close-toed shoes or lace-up shoes for walking. My pick for the best Skechers walking sandals is the On the GO 600 - Brilliancy sandal.
These women’s sandals have a sporty design yet the sandal is fashionable while being functional. There is an instep strap with adjustable hook-and-loop closure, and a bunch of padded straps to hold your foot in place without causing friction or blisters.
I love the fact that this Skechers sandal features high-rebound cushioning with responsive feedback due to the premium GOga Max footbed technology plus the 5GEN midsole. This midsole has a lightweight injection-molded compound that offers memory retention to help absorb impact.
Another great feature that makes these sandals comfortable for walking is the GOimpulse and integrated Goga Pillars sensors, which are proprietary technology from the brand that help offer more flexibility and responsiveness of the shoe to give you just the right cushioning and rebound based on your actual loading or landing patterns and pressure points on the midsole and outsole as you walk.
The rubber outsole provides multi-directional traction so that you can feel secure whether you are walking on roads, trails, sandy beaches, or rugs around your house.
10. Skechers Cessnock Food Service Shoe - Best Work Shoes for Men
The Skechers Cessnock is the best Skechers shoe for food industry workers such as chefs, cooks, dishwashers, or anyone who works in the service industry.
This occupational Skechers shoe has a full-length memory foam cushion footbed. This Skechers Air-Cooled Memory Foam insole helps keep your feet cool yet comfortable when you are in hot kitchens for long hours.
Even though there is an easy slip-on design, the stretch bungee laces help keep your foot comfortable and secure in the shoe.
What ultimately makes this shoe a favorite with the food industry workers or for standing on the job are the various occupational compliance features such as protection against electrical hazards and slipping.
11. Skechers Squad Sr Food Service Shoe - Best Work Shoes for Women
For women who work in the food industry, my top choice for the best womens Skechers work shoe is the Squad SR.
This sporty utility design offers the luxury Skechers Memory Foam insole for cushioning, a stretch lace front for a secure fit, slip-resistant traction in the outsole, and a 3M Scotchgard-treated soft mesh and synthetic upper.
These features have been tested and meet the standards for providing traction against slipping in wet or oily surfaces such as kitchen areas or hospital hallways, and the upper has an Electrical Hazard (EH) safe design tested by the ASTM-F2892 standards.
How Do Skechers Fit?
In general, Skechers shoes fit true to size which means that if you typically wear a men’s size 10, you would feel comfortable in a Skechers men’s size 10, and if you wear a women’s size 8.5, a Skechers women's shoe in size 8.5 should fit.
One of the benefits of Skechers walking shoes is that they come in multiple widths (sometimes wide and extra wide in addition to “regular”).
Wide Skechers shoes are a good option for anyone who has a wide foot, bunion, metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, or who stands on their feet all day and tends to find that the feet swell and feel confined in shoes by the day’s end.
Skechers walking shoes with stretchy uppers are also more compliant or compatible with wider feet or different foot shapes. On the other hand, the best Skechers shoes for narrow feet are ones that have a lace-up design so that you can tighten the laces as much as possible to get a secure fit. The proprietary Skechers Heel Pillow can also help cradle your foot and lock the rear foot in place as you walk, giving you a more secure fit if you have a narrow foot, flat foot, or overpronate.
You can also access information about the Skechers shoe fit finder here.
If you are interested in maximal cushioning with walking shoes, check out our guide to the best HOKA walking shoes here.