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Can the Same Shoes Be Worn for Walking and Running?

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

People who enjoy walking and running may wonder if they can use either type of shoe for both activities. Research has shown that both types of shoes have similar qualities, which include laces that can provide a secure fit, and cushioned midsoles that can help to absorb shock. Additionally, most of these shoes are made of sturdy materials that can ensure the shoes will last for several miles. The difference between walking and running is the actual time that the feet are spent in the air. Runners can put more stress on their bodies from the extra time the feet spend in the air than walkers, who always have one foot on the ground.  It is beneficial to have shoes that fit correctly, regardless of which type is chosen. This is done by ensuring there is a thumb’s width of space between the front of the shoe and the big toe. If you would like additional information about what type of shoes are beneficial to wear for walking and running, please confer with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. 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 our offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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