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The best city walking shoes for your everyday routine

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City life is all about the hustle and bustle. Between your daily commute, keeping up with your social calendar, and making time to explore the best spots in every neighborhood, you need a good pair of walking shoes—or two.

Big cities are a walker’s paradise; full of diverse opportunities to explore. At the same time, it can be challenging to make sure you’re always wearing the right shoes for everything your day has in store. If you want the perfect balance of style, comfort, and versatility, look no further than our Glycerin collection for shoes made for city people who are always on the go. 

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The urban walker’s paradise

Living in a “walkable” city has plenty of mental and physical benefits. For city dwellers, walking is more than a convenient form of transportation. It’s also the perfect way to become immersed in your environment, connect with your community, and feel at home. From brick streets through historic districts to modern promenades in pedestrian-only areas to winding park trails, urban strolls can be full of as much variety as you choose. With each step comes the opportunity to discover a hidden gem that could become your new favouurite spot.

Challenges of city walking

Along with all the benefits of walking in a city come a few challenges. For one, your routine might include a morning workout, a few hours at the office, and a visit to the farmer’s market in the park, followed by dinner at a restaurant across town. That means your shoes need to make sense for a variety of settings.

City sidewalks and streets constructed with brick, concrete, or pavement can also take a toll on your feet and your joints. Add unpredictable weather conditions and always-shifting construction zones, and it can be difficult to stay on top of what shoes to wear on any given day.

Two walkers wearing Glycerin 21s

Why shoe choice matters

Whether you’re taking 2,000 steps a day or 10,000, shoe choice can make a huge difference in your overall comfort. The best walking shoes provide plush cushioning and support, which is especially important when navigating city terrain that can vary from smooth sidewalks to uneven pavement or cobblestone streets. Shoes can affect posture and overall walking mechanics, influencing long-term joint health. Style can also be a factor, as certain events and outfits call for specific footwear to complete the look.

Ultimately, selecting the best shoes for walking ensures a pleasant, pain-free experience and allows you to focus on enjoying your journey, whether it’s part of your commute, a dedicated workout, or a casual evening stroll.

Brooks Running: Your partner in urban exploration

The Glycerin collection is crafted to provide cushioned comfort that adapts to your unique stride. Perfect for the urban walker who wants to look good while wandering the city streets, the shoes come in various colourways to fit your aesthetic. Add comfort and stability to the mix and you have the perfect shoe for days spent in the city.

The Glycerin 21 comes with supreme softness, featuring 2 mm more of our nitrogen-infused DNA LOFT cushioning than the Glycerin 20. With breathable construction, a flexible fit, and a broad platform for maximum stability, the Glycerin 21 is the perfect shoe for city walking.

If you’re looking for a sleeker fit, the Glycerin StealthFit 21 delivers, with a soft flat knit upper that provides both stretch and compression to move with your foot. Explore our Glycerin line to get the weightless softness you need for busy days in the city.

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Tips for enjoying the urban terrain

The sky is the limit when you set out for a walk in the city. Whether you have a destination in mind, or you’re just going to wander and see where the streets take you, here are a few tips for making the most out of your city strolls.

  • Switch up your route: Why take the same journey every day when there are plenty of routes that lead to the same place? Mix it up by trying a new side street or taking a detour on your way home.
  • Incorporate nature: Most cities have parks with trails and even waterfront spaces to enjoy on your walk. It’s the perfect opportunity to take a short break from the urban atmosphere without leaving the city.
  • Walk at all times of day: The vibe of the city shifts with the sun. Try going out on an early morning walk to enjoy the tranquility before the rest of the city wakes up. Or wander around at dusk to take in a hint of your neighborhood’s nightlife.
  • Make it a social experience: Enjoying a walk with a friend or colleague is a low-pressure way to fit in some bonding time—and get a little exercise too.

Exploring on foot can be one of the most rewarding ways to experience the city you call home. Make sure you’re prepared with a pair of shoes that provide the comfort and support you need to enjoy all the city has to offer.

Ready to explore? You can count on Brooks Running to be there supporting you every step of the way. Browse our top walking shoes for men and women to find a pair that fits into your lifestyle.

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Disclaimer: Our writer's advice is intended for informational or general educational purposes only. We always encourage you to speak with your physician or healthcare provider before making any adjustments to your running, nutrition, or fitness routines.