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Different Types of Shoes for Different Activities

Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Running shoes and walking shoes serve distinct purposes, and it is essential to choose the right ones for your activity. Running in walking shoes is discouraged as they lack the flexibility needed for running, and the same applies to fitness walking. These types of walkers often find that running shoes meet their needs better, due to their flexibility, cushioning, and suitability for heel-to-toe motion. Running shoes are available in various styles, offering different levels of cushioning, stability, and heel-to-toe drop to match different running techniques. In contrast, walking shoes have typically focused on comfort rather than performance, potentially leading to leg stiffness. Fitness walkers benefit from lightweight, flexible, and flat shoes that support natural foot movement. If you are trying to consider which type of shoe is best for your needs, consider factors like cushioning, heel height, heel flare, and flexibility. Runners require more cushioning, while walkers need less heel cushioning. Both running and walking shoes should offer flexibility, particularly at the forefoot, for a comfortable experience. If you are having trouble determining which type of shoe is best for the activities you will be doing, it is suggested that you seek professional guidance from a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our doctors from Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.


Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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