Skechers Afterburn Men’s Memory-Foam Lace-up Sneaker

Last updated date: October 8, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3


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Overall Take

The Skechers Afterburn Men’s Memory-Foam Sneaker is not only the Best Overall but also the Best Value. The leather and synthetic materials in addition to a rubber sole create a perfect combination of comfort, support and style. In addition, their interior memory-foam soles are made of very high-quality foam for a long life. We found these to be comfortable and supportive during our testing. In our analysis of 79 expert reviews, the Skechers Skechers Afterburn Men's Memory-Foam Sneaker placed 1st when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Men’s Walking Shoe for a detailed review of all the top men's walking shoes.

Expert Summarized Score
9.6
13 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
10,005 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Afterburn Memory-Foam Lace-up Sneaker is made from leather and synthetic composite and features a rubber sole, a mesh with supportive overlays, and a padded collar for extra comfort around the ankle. The shoes, like many others, also feature a memory foam insole to enhance comfort during long walks. Thanks to high-quality memory foam, the shoes do not lose their integrity, even with daily use.
- Byways
This Skechers Sport Men’s Afterburn Memory Foam Lace-Up Sneaker will be your feet’s best friend no matter where you go. You can stay on course with the rugged style and all-day comfort in these Sketschers After-Burn Sneakers because this is an award-winning global leader in the lifestyle footwear that you can trust with the shoes quality.
- Top 10 Review Of
The soles of these athletic shoes are made from durable, flexible Articu-Lyte rubber for strong support and comfort, boosted by the padding of the memory foam insoles.
- Shoe Advisor
July 25, 2019 | Full review
Provides good grip and traction on a variety of surfaces and tracks.
- Develop Good Habits
The rubber sole, textile finish, a 2 heel, and the easy on loop heel allows you to immediately and effortlessly slip these on when going for a walk, for optimal pleasure on any trail which you take. A very comfortable and stylish pair of walking shoes created and designed by Skechers
- Product Expert
August 6, 2019 | Full review
These hiking shoes by Skechers boast a super comfortable memory foam insole and a rubber outsole that provides excellent grip.
- Travel and Leisure
May 31, 2019 | Full review
There are supportive overlays on the top of the shoe that sit just above the comfortably padded tongue.
- Improb
No more sore feet for you! They are lightweight and the fit is incredible.
- Boot Bomb
The combination of synthetic material as well as leather material make the athletic shoes for men super tough and durable in the long run and the tongue part of the athletic shoes for men is very much cushioned and with mesh material for the best kind of comfort from any athletic shoes for men out there.
- Jen Reviews
They are made out of quality leather and synthetic materials with laces and mesh, and also with a cushioned mesh tongue that adds to its comfort.
- Idea Hacks
It is a lace-up sneaker designed with the active user in mind and features a mesh upper with supportive overlays, and provides excellent arch support to keep you comfortable and stable throughout your routine.
- Sports Life Zone
The insole is created using cozy memory foam material while a built in heel helps support the wearer's balance.
- Nurse Theory
The memory foam insole and cushioned mesh tongue allow you to feel like you’re standing on a cloud, while the arch of the shoe provides effective support.
- Products Mansion
May 20, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The memory foam insert needs to be replaced if you wear it for a long walk.
- Develop Good Habits
Removable memory foam may be uncomfortable for some
- Idea Hacks
Not too durable and slightly slippery on wet surfaces.
- Sports Life Zone

From The Manufacturer

Smooth leather, synthetic and mesh fabric upper in a sporty training sneaker with perforated details, stitching and overlay accents. Padded collar and tongue, fabric lining, Memory Foam insole, Articu-Lyte rubber sole and a flexible, high-traction rubber sole. 1 ½ " built-in heel. Imported.Skechers is an award-winning global leader in the lifestyle footwear industry that designs, develops, and markets lifestyle footwear that appeals to trend-savvy men, women and children. The company's success stems from it's high quality, diversified, and affordable product line that meets consumers' various lifestyle needs. Since it's inception in 1992, the Skechers diverse product offering has grown from utility style boots to include seven Skechers brands and five uniquely branded fashion lines for men and women. Skechers is an award-winning global leader in the lifestyle footwear industry that designs, develops, and markets lifestyle footwear that appeals to trend-savvy men, women and children. The company's success stems from it's high quality, diversified, and affordable product line that meets consumers' various lifestyle needs. Since it's inception in 1992, the Skechers diverse product offering has grown from utility style boots to include seven Skechers brands and five uniquely branded fashion lines for men and women.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Skechers Afterburn Men’s Memory-Foam Lace-up Sneaker
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 13
2. New Balance Men’s MW577 Velcro Walking Shoe
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
3. ASICS Men’s Gel-Venture 6
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 9
4. New Balance Men’s MW411v2 Walking Shoe
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 8
5. New Balance Men’s MW877 Walking Shoe
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 18
7. Rockport Men’s Eureka Walking Shoe
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 10

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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.”

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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.

For a great variety of width ranges, New Balance is typically the brand you want to try out. The New Balance Men’s MQ411v2 Walking Shoe has three different widths available to accommodate your foot and comes in several colors to suit your style.

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, the New Balance Men’s MW577 Hook and Loop Walking Shoe is ideal for a low arch. For a high arch, Brooks walking shoes offer quite a supportive arch and accept inserts fairly well if needed.

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.

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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!).

DYWM Fun Fact

  • Interestingly enough, men were noted as the first to sport high heels. They needed to attach stirrups to for riding their horses. This was established in the 10th century and back then, not only did owning a horse show you were wealthy, but wearing heels was a symbol of high society.
  • Greek actors used to wear different shoes to represent that they were in the theater. Even more specifically, platform shoes were a sign that you were an actor in the tragic genre which was always considered higher than comedy actors.
  • The name “sneakers” was adapted in the late 19th century. Because the shoes were made with rubber soles, they were very quiet and sneaky in comparison to shoes of past times. The name has stuck ever since.

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 such as the New Balance Men’s MW577 Hood and Loop Walking Shoe 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.