Rockport Men’s Eureka Walking Shoe

Last updated date: May 12, 2021

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8.1

Rockport Men’s Eureka Walking Shoe

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We looked at the top Men's Walking Shoes and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Men's Walking Shoe you should buy.

Update as May 12, 2021:
Checkout The Best Men’s Walking Shoe for a detailed review of all the top men's walking shoes.

Overall Take

These stylish men's walking shoes will support you all day at work, and they look great doing it. These shoes come in five colors of leather and they have a latex foam footbed for cushioning and moisture-wicking.


In our analysis of 66 expert reviews, the Rockport Men's Walking Shoe placed 9th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The ridgefield collection combines the comfort of a walking shoe with the look of an everyday casual—so you never have to compromise. With san crispino construction for heel stability, generous collar and tongue padding, removable footbed, and a strobel construction build for forefoot flexibility, you’ll enjoy all day, every day support. For casual comfort, choose Rockport's Eureka Touring shoe. This versatile design has a full-grained leather upper and sporty styling for good looks, plus breathable mesh lining, thick interior padding, and a rubber sole for a thoroughly cushioned step.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.0
10 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.2
4,503 user reviews

What experts liked

A walking shoe that offers impact absorption, plenty of cushioning and EVA midsole. Lightweight genuine leather uppers with a soft mesh inner lining make this shoe breathable and ultra-comfortable. Durable rubber sole with excellent traction.
- Shoe Advisor
Imported materials lend to a solid construction and give it a well-balanced look.
- Trek Bible
The collar and tongue is well-padded to ensure your feet are comfortable all day long.
- Theme Country
I was pleasantly surprised to see the finish on these shoes: they rival the look of my dress loafers I was using on the job, which weren’t designed for daily walking.
- New York Mag
It is a leather walking shoes that you can use for long term with ease.
- Top 8 Review
You will enjoy all day comfort regardless of the terrain you are walking on.
- Top Guide Pro
August 4, 2019 | Full review
The latex foam footbed provides an unparalleled cushion. Rockport makes these shoes with “flex” in all directions, soft materials, and added traction for an optimized walking experience.
- Verywell Fit
It has a stable heel, tongue padded, generous collar and a removable footbed. It’s very comfortable and well designed.
- The Z8
With a latex foam foot bed and a mesh lining to keep the moisture in check, the design of this shoe cannot be beaten.
- A Great Reviews
The inner lining is lined with the mesh fabric that makes it sure your feet will remain cool and dry even after a long walk so you don’t have to face the sweat and smell in your feet.
- The Style Shoes

What experts didn't like

Rockport should improve on the shoe’s durability.
- Top Guide Pro
August 4, 2019 | Full review
The upper leather is not as soft as it should be and does not give a look of full grain leather.
- The Style Shoes

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

An Overview On Men's Walking Shoes

Before you begin your journey to healthy exercise habits, prepare your body with the best equipment. Buying new shoes is the perfect place to start. The best men’s walking shoes will ensure that your feet stay happy and your body feels great.

“Every single person who walks should purchase a walking shoe!” Stephanie Mansour, a certified personal trainer and the founder of fitness brand Step It Up Steph, says. “The body needs proper support while standing upright and walking.”

Don’t cause your body more pain or damage by choosing the cheapest pair of shoes you can find. Wearing the right set of sneakers can boost your productivity and lessen your aches and pains after a long walk. We will discuss a few of the ways to go about finding the best shoe for you.

 

There are several factors that go into comfort for your feet during a long walk. Comfort is just one aspect though. You’ll find price and style come in close second and third and should factor into your final choice. Let’s take a look at each of these:

Comfort can be found in several aspects of the walking shoe. The cushioning is usually the first thing consumers look for in the soles of the shoes. Cushioning has come such a long way and today’s walking shoes. Much of the comfort of the cushioning is determined by how much pressure your feet feel when walking. Some walking shoes feature memory foam like the Skechers Men’s Afterburn Memory-Foam Lace-up Sneaker or gel such as the ASICS Men’s Gel-Venture 6 Running Shoe for interior cushioning. Outside soles really should be rubber to give that bounce-back reaction and soft step landing during your walk.

The fit is extremely important when buying shoes and includes heel support, accommodation of the shape of your feet (including arch), and the wear on the outsole of your shoes. For heel support, you’ll find some brands have a very thick back end of the shoe to support those who tend to roll from the very backs of their heels while walking. Your heel is most likely the point of contact with the ground and bears the brunt of the weight of your body as you walk.

“Walking shoes should make you feel more comfortable while walking than other types of shoes,” Mansour says. “The heel counter that holds the back of heel just underneath the Achilles tendon should be snug and feel like it’s holding your foot in, but it shouldn’t feel too tight or like the shoe is squeezing your foot. The insole in the bottom of the shoe should feel comfortable on the bottom of your foot when you walk. In the toe box, you should be able to comfortably wiggle  and scrunch your toes but there shouldn’t be excess room here or else your foot will slip when you walk.”

As for shape, some people have wide feet and others have narrow feet. Some brands are known for supporting one over the other type of foot and you will soon discover which brand is perfect for your feet. Some people even have one foot that is wider than the other, in which case it’s advised to get the correct shoe size for the wider foot and use inserts for the foot that is narrower.

Look for men’s walking shoes that have a variety of width ranges. Some brands have as many as three different widths available to accommodate your foot.

For your heel, you will have to think about the way you walk. If your step is more towards the ball of your foot by your toes, the shoe you choose will not need an extra thick supportive heel. However, if you tend to really roll your foot from heel to toe, you will really want to consider a hefty heel support. Again New Balance has great heel support in most of their walking shoes.

Next in line for finding a comfortable men’s walking shoe is the support of the arch. If you have a high arch but your walking shoe doesn’t support it, you are at risk for pain caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition where your arch is weakened and sore and compromises the rest of your foot, making it susceptible to injury. To prevent this, some foot specialists will suggest an extra insert that offers arch support in your shoe if you cannot find a shoe with a high enough arch. Likewise, if you have a shallow arch, you don’t want a shoe that stresses it and puts unnecessary strain on it.

Mansour advises that you try any type of walking or running shoe on at the end of the day when your feet are their most swollen. This will give you the best indication of the shoe’s fit.

Before you make the important purchase of a new walking shoe online, you may want to try on several different brands and sizes. If you are ordering online, try walking around inside your home until you find one that fits like a glove (but not like an overly tight glove, of course!).

The Men's Walking Shoe Buying Guide

  • Find a lightweight shoe if you are an endurance walker. They will be less fatiguing on your body and typically offer better aeration for your foot.
  • Consider a Velcro option if you have arthritic hands that do not like to tie shoes.
  • Try to always store your shoes in an open-air place instead of a gym bag or shoe box. No matter how well they are made, odor and bacteria from sweat can build up if they are kept in a closed, dark space.
  • Consider a cross-training shoe if you think you’ll be doing anything besides walking in the shoes.
  • Try to use your walking shoes only for walks. Using them for workouts or hikes or even just running errands will shorten their life and you will be replacing them much more frequently than need be.
  • A general ballpark figure for replacing your walking shoes is roughly 350-500 miles.
  • Worn out tread, wrinkles in the side of the sole, upper ankle support tears are all indicators that your shoes need to be replaced.