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Walking Shoes Vs. Running Shoes

Parashar Joshi
Not many of us know that there is a vast difference between running and walking shoes. This write-up gives you the difference between the two, so that when you plan to buy a pair, you make the right purchase.
Buying the wrong kind of shoes is something that a large number of people regularly do, or have done.
Using walking shoes for running and jogging or vice versa, often results in the person developing heel pain, back pain, or other leg or back-related injuries. This is the reason why you should be very particular and careful about choosing the right kind of shoe for your training activity.

The Difference

Here are some rather noticeable differences between the two kinds of shoes:
  • Traditionally, walking shoes are available in white (or in shades of white and pink in case of women's shoes). Running shoes and sneakers, on the other hand, are often seen in a multitude of flashy colors and mixed shades.
  • Running shoes typically have a high heel, as compared to a low or undercut heel in case of walking shoes. The reason for the undercut heel is that walkers typically land on their heels, and the undercut makes for better landing and stability.
  • Running shoes always have a higher amount of cushioning, as compared to a pair of walking shoes.
  • Running shoes have a much thicker sole as compared to walking shoes. Also, the sides of a running shoe are comparatively higher and stiffer than those of a walking shoe. This is done so as to ensure better ankle support and prevent ankle twists or sprains while landing.

How to Choose

Now that you know some of the differences between walking shoes and running shoes, how do you choose what type to buy? Well, these are some of the factors that you should consider while choosing a pair of shoes.
  • Any prior history of foot or leg related problems.
  • Your body weight and your walking or running technique.
  • The amount of pronation and supination involved in your walking technique.
  • Your foot type, i.e. whether you are flat footed, or you have a high arch, etc.
These were some of the factors that you should consider while selecting a pair of shoes for walking or running. Additionally, here is a very simple rule which you can keep in mind and follow. Walkers are free to use either of the two shoe types, depending on personal choice, ease of use, and comfort. 
However, runners and joggers should always use only specially designed running shoes. To put it in a sentence, walkers may use running shoes, but the reverse does not apply.
Remember, always use the right kind of footwear regardless of what physical activity you pursue. It plays a vital role in preventing muscle pain in the legs and other leg related injuries.