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Shoes Differ for Running and Walking

The foot moves differently while walking than it does when running. Podiatrists suggest buying shoes that would best serve the foot for the intended sport. When people run, the feet typically support approximately twice the weight of the body, and there are times when the foot is completely in the air. This is followed by an impact on the ground, and running shoes are designed to distribute weight throughout the foot. This type of shoe is generally constructed with extra mesh and can help to absorb body heat in addition to supporting the foot. People who enjoy walking can purchase lighter shoes. These types of shoes are made with less cushioning than running shoes and have extra shock absorbers in the heel and arch area. This may be beneficial in preventing foot and ankle injuries. If you would like more information about the differences between running and walking shoes, please confer with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with James Pak, DPM from California. Our doctor 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 our office located in Anaheim, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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