Dogs are our favourite companions, with 33% of the UK populace proud dog owners. Our tail-wagging friends have plenty of energy that makes daily walks essential. Whatever the weather, a good pair of dog-walking shoes are essential to helping you keep up with your pooch.
Discover the best shoes for walking the dog come rain or shine with our handy guide.
Best shoes for dog walking
Find out the best shoes for dog walking below.
Skechers Dynamight 2.0 Women’s Trainer
The Skechers Dynamight 2.0 Trainers are a great pair of dog walking shoes that keep your feet snug and secure with every step. The platform sole is sturdy enough to support you on trips to the dog park, while the memory foam insole promotes comfort with every step. The light grey and pink details make for a neutral style that will fit with any outfit.
Top Tip: Don’t worry if you do get caught out in the mud – these trainers are machine washable so you can keep them fresh.
Podium Men’s Blue Lace Up Casual Shoe
The breathable Podium Men’s Blue Lace Up Casual Shoe are some of the best dog walking footwear for men. The relaxed shade of blue means they’re incredibly versatile, so you can stay stylish while taking the dog round the park. These also have a cushioned memory foam, so you’ll never have sore feet.
Top Tip: While these trainers are comfortable and practical, they’re also suitable for everyday wear and work well with a pair of jeans.
Cotswold Women’s Sandringham Welly
Invest in a reliable pair of wellington boots that are the perfect dog walking shoes for when the rain and mud inevitably arrive. These Cotswold Women’s Sandringham Welly boots are a lovely navy colour that can easily go with any outfit and keep your feet dry. They’re a slim fit that perfectly hug the leg and stop puddle water from splashing down your leg.
Top Tip: Pair these welly boots with skinny blue jeans or thick leggings that will tuck into the boots and keep you warm.
Dunlop Devon Adults Safety Wellington
A sturdy pair of wellies are among some of the best shoes for walking the dog as they keep your feet dry and stop mud from splashing up your trousers. These classic Dunlop Adults Safety Wellington boots are a durable pair in a classic green shade that have a steel toe for extra protection. You’ll be able to step out into wet weather and know your feet and socks will still be dry when you and your pooch get home.
Top Tip: The wide leg means you can wear any cut of trousers with these boots, but we’d recommend something waterproof to keep out the rain.
Cotswold Women’s Wychwood Grey Hiker
As you’re searching for the best shoes for walking the dog, chances are you’re looking to invest in something that will see you through longer walks. These Cotswold Women’s Wychwood Grey Hiker have a tall ankle that gives extra support for off-road scrambling and have a water-resistant layer for keeping your ankles dry.
Top Tip: If the weather is warm, you can pair these with sports leggings. If you’re trekking in winter, layer up with an additional pair of fleece-lined waterproof trousers.
Cotswold Men’s Abbeydale Mid Hiker
If you’re after a durable pair of walking boots that don’t skimp on the fashion, the Men’s Abbeydale Mid Hiker boots are a top choice. The colour scheme is subtle with a dash of vibrancy, so you can still feel stylish while trekking through the mud. The water-resistant membrane protects toes, while the memory foam soles mould to the shape of your foot.
Top Tip: If these shoes get muddy, simply leave them to dry and use a stiff bristled brush to scrub away the hardened muck.
Heavenly Feet Sidewalk Women’s Black Boot
Walking your beloved dog at least twice a day doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style. These Heavenly Feet Sidewalk Women’s Black Boot are the perfect pair of stylish boots to see you along the pavements in autumn and winter. The side zip makes them easy to slip on and the colour is easily paired with most outfits.
Top Tip: Wear these boots with a pair of black skinny jeans or tights when wearing a skirt.
Beckett Men’s Brown Pull on Chelsea Boots
These Beckett Men’s Brown Pull on Chelsea Boots are both fashionable and comfortable enough to work as dog walking shoes. Thanks to the round toe, you won’t suffer any pinching when taking the dog for a stroll round the neighbourhood.
Top Tip: Dark brown Chelsea boots go with just about anything, but we recommend either a mid-wash blue or black jean.
Lilley Women’s Slip-on Diamante Denim Canvas
Slip-on canvas shoes might not instantly come to your mind when considering the best dog walking footwear, but they’re an easy fit and comfortable enough to run out the door with your pooch in tow. They’re perfect for trips round town and the diamante detailing means you can show your sparkly side.
Top Tip: These shoes go wonderfully with a pair of light wash jeans when you’re going for a casual and airy summer look.
Red Fish Men’s Blue Slip-on Canvas
Another easy-fit pair, Red Fish Men’s Blue Slip-on Canvas shoes are the go-to pair for a dry, summer saunter. Slip them on when you and your dog are taking a jaunt around the park.
Top Tip: These canvas shoes definitely work best when you pair them with a mid-wash pair of blue jeans.
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