Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s still a chance to save big on some top-notch comfortable outdoor shoes. Case in point: REI’s sale section is a gold mine for deeply discounted shoes to add to your wardrobe. From Asics running shoes to Teva sandals, the stakes are high at deeply discounted prices.
Some of the best clearance styles at REI are podiatrist-approved, including Saucony, a company that has received the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) seal of approval for several of its running shoes.
We understand that scrolling through pages and pages of deals isn’t your thing, so we’ve done the hard work for you to compile a list of brands that experts love as much as you do.
When it comes to outdoor adventures, Merrell has some of the most durable and comfortable shoes on the market. His shoes are hiker-friendly and made with weather-resistant materials and extra protection to keep you riding through any weather. Not to mention, the Moab 2 Waterproof Shoe is a great option for anyone struggling with sciatica, Well+Good previously reported.
Our Pick: Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoes – $94.00
Originally $135, now $94
The next time you feel outdoors, take these Merrell hiking shoes with you. They’re super durable, thanks to performance suede leather and protective rubber toe caps. Plus, the EVA cushioned soles massage your feet with every step, while the waterproof upper prevents moisture from seeping in when riding in wet weather.
Whether you’re someone who likes to go for a daily walk or hit the track for a 10-mile run, Brooks has a shoe for every physical activity. Many of his shoes have innovative cushioning that adjusts to your speed, weight and stride to keep you light on your feet. Also, Jennifer Garner is a huge fan.
Our Pick: Brooks Ghost 14 Road Running Shoes — $111.00
Originally $140, now $111
Whether you’re going for a light jog or a run around the neighborhood, these shoes are great for propelling you forward. The secret is DNA Loft cushioning in the midsole. They help create a much smoother ride and provide a smoother heel-to-toe transition as speed increases.
Time and time again, Hoka has proven to be one of the most comfortable walking shoes on the market. So much so, that the company has received the seal of approval from the APMA and from many W+G publishers. Aside from their sleek appearance, part of what makes them so comfortable and great for support is their thick padding.
Our Pick: HOKA Bondi 7 Road-Running Shoes – $129.00
Originally $160, now $129
While Hoka recently released an update to this shoe called the Bondi 8 (see the full review here), this version is still quite comfortable and easy to wear, in my opinion. A lot of that has to do with the memory foam collars that wrap around the ankles and the added support of the EVA midsoles. Plus, the upper is made of breathable mesh so your feet stay cool as you walk.
For long-distance runners who need comfortable shoes, Saucony offers. The brand prides itself on creating shoes that can go the distance and support you every step of the way during moderate to intense runs.
Our Pick: Saucony Guide 14 Road-Running Shoes – $65.00
Originally $130, now $65
Although these shoes are designed for stability, they don’t weigh you down. They have a lightweight feel and provide optimal support thanks to the PWRRUN foam. This cushioning is responsive and comfortable, so you can finish your six-mile run on happy feet.
It’s not just a shoe brand for dad anymore. New Balance shoes continue to be loved by walkers, runners, and podiatrists alike, thanks to the stability many of their shoes provide. Depending on the style, they can be quite roomy and well cushioned throughout the midsole.
Our Pick: New Balance Fresh Foam 1080 v11 Road-Running Shoes – $121.00
Originally $150, now $121
If you have flat feet, shoes that have more arch support and prevent your natural arch from flattening are the ones to add to your wardrobe, board-certified podiatrist with Gotham Footcare Miguel Cunha previously told W+G. And these shoes fit perfectly, thanks to their cushioned midsole. They also have OrthoLite® insoles and elastic uppers to reinforce comfort.
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