What are the best comfortable shoes for moderate or more walking?
To me there is no right answer to this question as it totally depends on your feet. Many travelers I know use Merrels or Keens or Skechers but neither of those brands fit my feet. I have very fussy feet and have defaulted to wearing a brand of athletic shoe called Altra because of the wide toe box. They are not for everyone as they have a "zero drop" platform, which means no heel elevation - toe and heel are the same height. If you aren't used to them they won't be comfortable. I also wear a product called Correct Toes which is to strengthen feet and prevent plantar fasciitis and my shoes have to be wide to accommodate them and a natural toe splay. It also depends on where you are going and which program you are taking. For my trips to Europe I have to make sure I can go 5-8 miles daily so I know my Altras will keep my feet in good shape for that kind of mileage. I am a light packer (everything I need fits in a 21" rollaboard suitcase) so take 2 pr of shoes for my trips - both pairs are Altras. I wear one, pack one. I don't dress up and for the Road Scholar programs I've taken athletic shoes were perfectly acceptable for any part of the programs including dinner. What works best for you for walking a lot? I recommend you have your shoes that you are going to take with you at least 3 months ahead of time and put some miles in on them. I also live in a rural area and have no shoe stores that carry anything to fit my feet so I am a big user of Zappos. No connection to them - but they have free shipping and free returns. If I am unsure of a size I'll order 2 sizes and return the one that doesn't work.