Take a walk through an athletic shoe store and you will see a shoe for almost every sport…running shoes, walking shoes, aerobic shoes, cross trainers, tennis shoes, court shoes and the list goes on. The specific demands of each sport require specific features in shoes that will enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury. In this article we will zero in on the difference between running shoes and walking shoes.
Walking shoes are similar in design to running shoes. And while running shoes are appropriate in design for walking , there is a need for a shoe that is focused on the needs of recreational athletesâ who may not be accustomedÂ to wearing athletic shoes and who does not like the flashy appearance of running shoes.Â The heel pitch is slightly lower than running shoes and the upper is primarily one coloured leather, which is more durable , water resistant and pleasing to the eye than the nylon mesh of a running shoe.Â This shoe is appropriate for walking or as a supportive shoe to be worn at work for someone who is on their feet most of the day(ie nurses, hair dressers etc.) Walking shoe are not recommended for running as they do not have the same heel pitch for the forward momentum of running.
Many models of running and walking shoes exist. Most athletic shoes stores that stock a variety of athletic shoe types can help you choose the appropriate shoe for your activity.