Walking Shoes vs. Running Shoes

If you plan to WALK as an exercise:
Get WALKING Shoes and NOT Running Shoes!

Here’s Why:
There is a big difference in the Gait-Cycle between walking and running;
Walking: Body load -> First strike is on the Heel –> need cushioning at the heel.
Running: Body load -> First strike on the Mid-Foot -> need cushioning at the mid-foot.


Walking

Walking Strike Path Gait
1 First strike with your heel.
2 Gait cycle via the mid-foot.
3 Full feet contact.
4 Propel forward via the ball-of-foot & toes.


Running

Running Strike Path Gait
1 First strike with ball-of-foot (or mid-foot).
2 Gait cycle via the mid-foot.
3 Full feet contact.
4 Propel forward via the ball-of-foot.


All Major Athletic Shoe Brands are aware of the foot-strike difference.

Most of them manufacture shoes accordingly:

Walking Shoes: Cushioned Heel & Flexible Mid-Foot.
Running Shoes: Cushioned Mid-Foot & Elevated Flexible Heel.


Recommended Shoes by Pronation Type:

Overpronation Feet Illustration Image

Over-Pronation

  • Overpronation is excessive inward rolling of the feet after landing instead of pushing off forward.
  • Usually occurs in people with flat feet.
  • This Condition can lead to knee pain, ankle pain, and plantar fasciitis.

Neutral Pronation Feet Back

Neutral-Pronation

  • Neutral Pronation is having an ideal foot-strike.
  • It is characterized by a slight inward movement of the ankle-bone during the foot contact with the ground.
  • Natural foot motion allows you to effectively absorb shock on impact, and evenly distribute weight on push off.

Under Pronation Supination

Under-Pronation

  • Underpronation is a condition when there is excessive outward rolling of the feet after landing instead of pushing off forward.
  • Under-Pronation usually occurs in people with high arches.
  • This condition can lead to knee pain, ankle spring, and hip pain.

illustration of walking vs running



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