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Professional Dog Walker Approved Shoes for Your Next Doggy Stroll


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If you’re a dog owner, you probably know how important it is to walk your pup daily. Daily walks give your dog a chance to exercise, stimulate their minds, socialize, and even train their brains to listen better. But a lot of factors can impact our desire to get outside and walk the dog, including our outfit choice for the day.

Actress and model Emily Ratajkowski is known for walking her dogs in style (and inspiring fellow dog owners to do the same). But e-commerce retailer Zappos knows that most walkers can’t always look like EmRata when taking their pups outdoors.

That’s why they’ve teamed up with the world’s largest online marketplace for dog-walking and pet-sitting, Rover, to launch A Rover-Approved Dog-Walking Shoe Shop full of curated styles for every type of walk. Why trust this list? To maximize credibility, Rover surveyed both five-star dog walkers (who average over 18K steps a day) and pet parents to provide the best selection for all your dog walking needs. 70% of five-star walkers identify under the “10K Steps a Day” category, and 72% of pet parents would love dog-walking shoe recommendations from five-star walkers.

Get dressed to impress without sacrificing comfort next time you take the dog out. Discover shoes from beloved brands like New Balance, UGGs, Hokas, Brooks, and Crocs that are approved by Rover’s five-star walkers and perfect for your next doggy stroll.

Best Sneakers for Dog Walking

UGG® Scuffette II Water-Resistant Slippern

For the 'Wake Up and Ready to Roll' Walker

Buy from Zappos, $95

Features to Bark About

  • Silkee suede uppers with a plush sheepskin collar
  • Easy slip-on style slipper
  • Soft 17mm sheepskin insole
  • Durable molded rubber outsole is suitable for indoor and light outdoor use

People and Puppy Approved: “I’ve never bought Ugg shoes/boots/whatever. These are awesome. Very glad I got them. Wearing them every single night when I get home. The dog has left them alone, so far, sensing, perhaps, a superior predator. He’s really not sure. These could not be more comfortable and snuggly. Easy off and on. Which is good, because I’m lazy. I wear these barefoot. I guess you could wear them with socks, or fine silk hosiery, or culottes, but I have a dork-line I try not to cross, as a personal sort of vague guideline. Hey, bottom line, these are fuzzy comfy slippers. That’s the best way I can describe them. And I like them. They’re fuzzy. They’re slippers. It’s like putting peanut butter with chocolate. Fuzzy. Slippers. Well, my work here is done.”

Hoka One One® Bondi 8 Sneakers

<strong>For the '10K Steps a Day' Walker</strong>

Buy from Zappos, $165

Features to Bark About

  • American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance for promoting good foot health
  • Rear crash pad affords an incredibly soft and balanced ride from heel strike to forefoot transaction
  • Breathable textile lining
  • Removable cushioned insole for elevated comfort

Promising Review: “Having a wide size with planter fasciitis and pronation with tendency to turn or be unsteady on an ankle, I have usually bought other brands. But last year I tried the Bondi 7 and while nice still had both toe box issues and pronation issues but really loved the sneakers. Last week I purchased the Bondi 8, as the design clued me in to MAYBE somebody had figured the issues out and WOW what a difference! The Bond 8, has a more splaid sole offering a ‘check’ against the pronation and ankle flipping, and it has a better wrap-around of material at ankle AND better toe box. Wider toe box. I can choose my socks more easily to wear. I wear my sneakers to run around in daily job of teaching, stairs, distances between schools, currently constantly in hospitals and rehabs for family at fast moments and they are making it possible for me to turn on a dime to help without losing my balance. And they are LIGHT on the feet. The only comment of suggestion is that the designers need to make the insole slightly wider or different design to make the interior edge at the arch not rub. It requires ME to figure that issue out and for the price it’s an easy fix by the company. FIX IT PLEASE. Outside of that I highly recommend these Bondi 8’s for everyday wear.”

Sam Edelman® Michaelastud Flats

For the 'Night on the Town' Walker

Buy from Zappos, $112

Features to Bark About

  • Midway strap with adjustable buckle closure
  • Synthetic rubber outsole
  • Low-top, square toe silhouette

Promising Review: “Coincidentally, I’m wearing my new shoes today for the first time. I usually don’t wear flats much, but when I saw these with the edgy studs, they spoke to me and I had to get them. They are a refreshing change to my usual sneakers and boots. They are cute and comfortable, and fashionable.”

Crocs® Classic Clog

For the 'Sport Mode' Walker

Buy from Zappos, $37

Features to Bark About

  • Durable, non-skid, multi- purpose clog
  • Ventilation system that allows air and water to pass through multiple ports inside of shoe
  • Built-in arch support and a back strap for added stability

Promising Review: “This is my first pair of Crocs and I love these shoes! I had been hesitant to purchase them because the price for plastic shoes seemed expensive, but they are so comfortable and easy to walk in that I’m glad that I finally pulled the trigger and purchased them. They may not be the most attractive shoes, but the comfort factor easily supersedes this. After wearing these around the house and even out shopping today, I tossed my old flip flops in the trash and these will now be my daily shoes. One other thing: I read the sizing information for Crocs and they are meant to be loose fitting, so I ordered my normal shoe size and the fit is perfect. It is loose, but it doesn’t in any way feel as though they will slip off my feet. I will definitely be ordering a winter pair because I really, really like them that much.”

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