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'My feet never hurt': Podiatrists love these sneakers — get them for $26 (that's 70% off)

The Akk Memory Foam Walking Shoes are the superstar sneakers that people on the go can’t stop raving about — they’ve earned over 19,000 five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers. Available in more than 30 colors, from purple to peach to classic black, we feel pretty sure they’re about to become your favorite footwear. And right now, you can get a pair of cushy, podiatrist-approved Akk Memory Foam Walking Shoes on sale at Amazon for as little as $26, all the way down from $80.

Lightweight, wide and roomy, these sneakers offer just the right mix of support and cushioning.

$26 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal?

Walking shoes are not cheap — they can cost up to $150, but these sneakers feel so amazing on your feet, you’ll be saying: “Should we do one more lap?” You certainly won't be saying, "Akk!" from sore feet. We haven't seen the price on these dip so dramatically since Prime Day, and even then, not quite this low. (Note that prices vary by color and size — with 37 to choose from! — but you still won't be paying more than $40 for these beauties.)

Why do I need this?

According to the Mayo Clinic, the average American takes 3,000 to 4,000 steps a day. Think you might be below that number? Maybe all you need to get yourself moving in the right direction is the right footwear. If you're not up for a big investment at the moment, no problem.

Yahoo Life asked a pro exactly why these kicks feel like magic. “They’re accommodative, meaning they allow the foot and the ankle to move in most any direction that weight bearing permits,” explained Dr. Rock G. Positano, director of the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service at the Joe DiMaggio Heel Pain Center at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

But Akks are not just for exercise. With soft, comfy uppers, they’re also fantastic for home use, errands, yard work — whatever your day has in store. Support matters, all the time, according to the pros.

“During the pandemic, we noticed a dramatic increase in foot and ankle disorders due to barefoot walking in the home,” says Dr. Positano. “As comfortable as it may seem, walking barefoot increases the amount of stress that the foot must absorb.” Remember: “The feet — and mainly the heel and plantar fascia — are the major shock absorbers for the body.”

light blue walking sneakers with white soles
You will literally feel like you're walking on air.

What reviewers say:

Need a second, third and fourth opinion? Here’s what nurses have to say:

“Love these shoes,” said one. “They are so comfy and yet lightweight. I need to stand for a long time. Since wearing these shoes, I don’t feel foot pain after finishing the day's work.”

Another chimed in: “I am a nurse and I wear compression socks to get me through the long hours. Because these shoes are made to stretch, when I’m nearing [the end of] a 16-hour day they don’t feel tight on my feet. These are perfect to kick off and put in the wash.”

Said another: “I bought these for work, since I'm a nurse and walk around all day. They are soft, very comfortable and look good. People compliment me all the time. My feet never hurt!”

There’s nothing more important to your walking life than the right shoes. As Dr. Positano put it, “The feet are the body’s Michelin tires. And the last thing you want is for your foot to become a flat tire.” Keep them strong, supported and energized with the comfy cushioning they deserve.

These cushy walking sneakers come in 37 different colors and have received perfect five-star ratings from more than 19,000 Amazon customers. 

$34 at Amazon

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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