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'My feet never hurt': Podiatrists and nurses love these slip-on sneakers, and they're on sale for $46

If warmer weather has you itching to get your steps in, it's time to upgrade your walking shoes. Amazon shoppers have found a pair you'll want to check out: Akk Memory Foam Walking Shoes, which have earned over 14,000 five-star ratings. Available in over 20 colors, they may just become your favorite footwear too. You can get a pair of the cushy, podiatrist-approved shoes on sale for as little as $46.

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

$46 at Amazon

Walking shoes aren't cheap. They can cost up to $150 (about what you'll pay for popular but pricey Hokas). Note that prices vary by color and size, but chances are high that you still won't shell out more than $46 for these beauties — a very small price to pay for pain-free strolls around the neighborhood.

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 moving in the right direction is supportive footwear.

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 almost any direction that weight bearing permits," explained Dr. Rock G. Positano, director of the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service at Hospital for Special Surgery's Joe DiMaggio Heel Pain Center in New York City.

But these shoes aren't just for exercise. With soft, comfy uppers, they're also fantastic for 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 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
Cloud-like comfort just got a little more affordable. (Amazon)

As Positano put it for us, "The feet are the body’s Michelin tires. And the last thing you want is for your foot to become a flat tire." Well, Amazon shoppers, podiatrists and nurses say these are the shoes to keep those tires properly inflated.

"I fell in love with these shoes," said one fan. "Easy on, easy off, I work on my feet for 12-plus hours a day, it feels like you are walking on a cloud. I use these primarily for nursing at my job. ... I just ordered my third pair, I have used the same pair for over a year and they look and feel barely worn. ... And they breathe so well, no more damp socks."

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." Plus, they added, these shoes clean up great. "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!"

If you have any mobility issues, take note: You may need to bend over to get these shoes on, reviewers caution.

"Love how they feel. Very comfortable," said one shopper, before warning: "They are slip-ons, but not without using your hands, if that is what you are looking for."

"They aren't fully a slip-on," another chimed in. "I still had to use my hands, but they are comfortable. For the price, they really are a decent shoe."

These cushy sneakers come in over 20 colors if bright white isn't your thing.

$46 at Amazon

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

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