It is time to blow away that grossly inaccurate impression that the market for walking canes only exists among senior citizens. While elderly people do make up a significant percentage of the market, one cannot discount millions of other people that have come to depend on a walking cane at an earlier point in their lives.

Some of us sustain serious injuries that inhibit our ability to walk independently, sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently. But that is all part of life. The bottom line is that whether you are elderly or stricken with a disability, you do not have to give up on walking just because you cannot manage it yourself. Get yourself a good walking cane and enjoy life as best you can. After all, if you think about it, it could come with a few perks of its own. A love for the great outdoors is no longer off-limits to you.

But choosing a good walking cane is not exactly a simple issue. There are many factors to consider and an order of priorities by which to go by. Especially today, walking canes have become more than personal assistants. They are also viewed as a fashion statement. That means they ought to look good too. With all that in mind, we have compiled a list below featuring 9 of what we think are the best walking canes being offered on the market right now. Take your time and then take your pick.

1. Hurrycane Hurrybright Folding Cane

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Why we like it: One of the strongest and most versatile walking canes to be found anywhere thanks to its unmatched technological advancements.

There are only so many kinds of terrain on which you would expect to see someone with a walking cane and we bet you are seeing them in a fairly urbanized or flat setting. The Hurrycane Hurrybright Folding Cane does not limit you to the conventional walking path. It promises to aid you well even on uneven, difficult terrain both indoors and outdoors. This version in the brand has a SteadiGrip base which has the same exact all-terrain promises as that other version. If there ever was a reason why this brand is, in fact, the number 1 best seller in the United States, we reckon we have found it right here.

It features cutting-edge technology, a lot of it patented, which enables users to gain enhanced stability and traction on rough ground. The height is adjustable to between 30.5 and 37.5 inches, all at the push of a button. The HurryCane can support up to 350 pounds. But not everything about it is quite so serious.

2. Hugo Mobility Quadpod Offset Cane

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Why we like it: Goes above and beyond the regular standard set for high-end walking canes.

The Hugo Mobility Quadpod Offset Cane seeks to give you everything you might expect from a good walking cane and then some. Never mind that the official maximum weight that a walking cane should be able to take is 250 pounds. The Hugo Mobility can take up to 300 on 12 different height settings. That is severely impressive even though it is made of heavy-duty anodized aluminum and has a weight comparable to a feather.

The aluminum construction also proves that the Hugo is durable. The design is incredibly versatile and stylish. Compared to a large base cane, the tip of this one weighs less than half and is 80% more compact as well. And it will work for users anywhere between 5 feet to 6 feet and 5 inches. That means the customer base can even extend to pre-pubescent children. Even if you begin using it while you are still quite young, you are only going to love it even more as time goes on.

3. Vive Portable Folding Cane

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Why we like it: A walking cane that makes itself very useful and reliable with its clever design and aluminum construction.

One can expect more from a walking cane these days than something made strictly to support your own weight. You might also want it to be durable, safe, and easier to use as well as store away. All of these characteristics are embodied in the Vive portable folding cane. Yes, it functions just as well as any other walking cane when you are on the move but folds up four-fold along its shaft making it an easy fit for your purse or briefcase.

You will not have to worry about misplacing your walking cane again because if it is not in your hand, it is probably in your luggage. It is fashioned out of anodized aluminum which means that it is highly resistant to corrosion, is very light to carry, and incredibly strong as well. In fact, it will comfortably support up to about 250 pounds. The grip has been ergonomically designed to minimize fatigue and muscle cramping for both the hand and wrist. Height adjustability ranges from 33 inches to 37 inches.

4. Switch Sticks Designer Walking Stick

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Why we like it: Keeping up a fashionable appearance while remaining a convenient and reliable walking companion.

For many of us, a walking cane is not merely about being a reliable walking assistant. It has also come to be a major fashion statement, and most of the top manufacturers have been quick to recognize this. Among them is the Switch Sticks with their Designer Walking Stick. This walking cane oozes style while remaining properly functional. It folds at 4 separate points to make it as compact as possible when it is not in use.

But when it is in use, it can be adjusted to anywhere between 32 and 37 inches. As a user, you certainly will not have to worry about bending or slouching uncomfortably anymore. More importantly, this cane is entirely resistant to slipping thanks to the rubber tip at the base. While the cane itself weighs next to nothing at 13.5 ounces, it can support a maximum weight of up to 264 pounds. Lastly, the handle is ergonomically designed to minimize fatigue and cramping for the muscles.

5. Medline Offset Handle Cane

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Why we like it: A lightweight and sturdy cane that uses the offset handle design to support and balance the weight of users in the most efficient way.

The offset handle design easily distinguishes this walking cane from the rest, but there is more to it than giving off a non-institutional first impression. It actually focuses the weight of the user directly onto the sturdiest section of the cane, beautifully balancing your body weight on it. Of course, that weight has a limit, 250 pounds to be precise, which is enough for most people, particularly partial weight bearers. There aren’t a whole lot of people that weigh beyond 113 kilograms.

The unique design of this cane really does put it on a different level of ergonomics. But the design is no good if the cane itself cannot last. Each one is given an attractive finish that is resistant to marring and scratching for several hours. A locking ring ensures that the cane works quietly without generating any rattling noises. A simple push-button will help you adjust the height. That makes this cane ideal for users both young and elderly.

6. Ez2care Folding Quad Cane

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Why we like it: Designed for both left and right-hand usage and has a sturdy aluminum construction and tough plastic quad base to keep you upright and confident.

Right and left-hand usage is a handy feature to have on any walking cane. The Ez2care’s Folding Quad cane sports a dual side snap design that makes it a comfortable fit on both sides. The body is made of anodized aluminum, the metal of choice for the best brands in the business. A specially configured quad base helps distribute pressure more evenly to afford maximum endurance and safety. The offset design of the handle makes it easy to grip and comfortable as well.

This cane can support a maximum of 250 pounds, which is considered the benchmark for any high-end walking cane. As a result, this cane is incredibly strong as it is light. It tips the scales at a mere 1.35 pounds. The height adjustability is one of the best that you will find anywhere. It can be set anywhere between 29 and 37 inches. And when you do not need it at all, it folds away easily and will occupy a small enough space in your bag.

7. Duro-Med Wooden Cane

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Why we like it: Combines an old-fashioned wooden construction and modern ergonomic design features to make it a simple and comforting walking assistant.

While aluminum is clearly the most sought-after choice these days for building a lightweight and sturdy walking cane, there are still those users who like their canes the old-fashioned way. And why not, really? One look at the Duro-Med wooden cane and you will be asking how the wood-based design ever went out of style. The truth is, it did not. It is still very much a treasured art in the modern industry and showcased in fine examples such as this one.

Although made from wood, this walking cane still feels very light and very strong. It is manufactured to the highest standard in the United States. The wood is rich in quality and has been stained and sealed, giving it a glossy finish. The handle is curved to a comfortable degree, and so minimizes the strain to your palm. The cane itself measures 36 inches in length. But if you need it to be slightly shorter, you could always chip off a bit at the bottom.

8. Brazos Twisted Hickory Handcrafted Wood Walking Stick

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Why we like it: One of the more beautiful walking canes to be included on our list, maintaining a simple design that is enough to keep your standing strong no matter where you choose to walk.

The first thing you have to do is just look at it. If you do not already need a walking stick, you might find yourself momentarily wishing that you did. The Brazos Twisted Hickory walking stick has been styled precisely to evoke that kind of guilty pleasure. It is not just a wooden walking stick, but a handcrafted piece of art. It looks like it was grown straight out of the earth. It sort of is, having been crafted out of a single piece of hickory.

If you love taking hikes in the forest, this is the sort of walking cane that will match your tastes perfectly. But of course, it is not all about looks. The craftsmanship that has gone into it is unquestionable and the design is delightfully simple. None of that folding business or buttons for height adjustment, or light bulbs buried in the handle, just you and your walking cane enjoying the tranquility of nature, totally unphased. The only artificial part of it all is the rubber tip which works as a slip-resistant.

9. EECOO Self Standing Folding Walking Cane

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Why we like it: Lightweight and strong aluminum construction contain additional features that make it relatively safer and more user-friendly.

And now, we return to aluminum and the 21st century with the EECOO self-standing folding walking cane, which has two handles instead of one. Both have a sponge coating that is comfortable to hold and softens the blow to your hands caused by any friction or vibration. In addition, the second hand actually helps equalize weight distribution which in turn, reduces stress on your back and legs. Also integrated into the design are 6 battery powered LED lights which make walking in the dark a whole lot safer.

The body is made from aluminum alloy and weighs just 575 grams but it can support a maximum weight of up to 200 pounds, not the highest in the industry as you will have noted but enough for most people. In addition to comfort and safety, the design also focuses on ergonomics. The cane can be folded into 3 sections so it can be easily stored away in a drawer or travel bag. It also features adjustable height levels between 34.6 to 39.5 inches.