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Running Shoes VS Walking Shoes

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 00:00

Running shoes and walking shoes have very different characteristics. Runners shouldn’t run in walking shoes, as the majority of them are too stiff and do not flex the way that runners need them to. A fitness walker on the other hand can be suited for either a running or walking shoe. For them, it all comes down to analyzing both types of shoes and then determining which brand works best. Runners require extra cushioning in their shoes as they impact the ground with three times their body weight with each step. Walkers don’t require much cushioning, which is why walking shoes have less cushion than running shoes. Another difference is that running shoes have built-up heels to give the runner more spacing, whereas walking shoes have a lower heel due to the foot strike not being as significant when you walk. One final difference is the amount of flexibility each shoe offers. While runners and walkers both need shoes that have flexibility, running shoes will offer some more flexibility than walking shoes. Many shoes that are marketed as walking shoes do not flex at all. Not a lot of flexibility is given to walking shoes as it gives the user more motion control. Obtain an opinion from a podiatrist on which kind of shoe may be best for you.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with the podiatrists from Dr. Siegerman & Associates. 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 Drexel Hill and West Chester, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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