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The Rundown on Running vs Walking Shoes

Running shoes and walking shoes are different because the feet are used differently in these activities and each has a different level of impact on your feet and legs. Running is a high impact exercise where your body absorbs roughly three times the amount of its weight. This makes extra cushioning in your heels and toes, as well as a stiffer sole, necessary in a running shoe. You also need to exert more energy and your feet will also sweat more. These factors dictate that running shoes should be lighter with more breathability than a walking shoe. Because walking distributes your body weight more evenly, it is not as impactful on your body as running, and your body will typically absorb only one and a half times its weight. Walking shoes are generally heavier than running shoes. The normal heel-to-toe stride of walking requires shoes that are flexible and bendable with good arch support, and lower, beveled heels. For more detailed information on the differences between running and walking shoes, and specific advice on what is best for your particular foot structure and fitness goals, consult with a chiropodist.

Finding the right shoes can sometimes be a major hassle, especially if you intend to work out in them. There are shoes on the market designed specifically for running and walking, but it can be difficult to differentiate between the two and find the right shoes for you. If you’re having trouble finding the right shoes, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

What are the differences between running and walking shoes? 

These two types of shoes vary along several parameters.

  • Cushioning: Runners need more cushioning in the heel and forefoot areas of the shoe, while walkers can get away with less cushioning.

  • Heel height: Runners need a higher heel to provide them with stability, but the ideal height of the heel for runners varies depending on their running gait. Walkers generally don’t need a built-up heel.  

  • Heel flare: Flared heels can help provide extra stability for runners with certain gaits, while walkers may benefit from a flared heel to control the motion of their foot. 

  • Flexibility: Both runners and walkers need shoes that are flexible. 

For more information about the differences between walking and running shoes, and to figure out which shoes may be right for you, please consult with a chiropodist. Feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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