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Children, Walking and Running Shoes

Research has indicated that it is beneficial for children who participate in high-impact activities to wear sneakers that are supportive and refrain from wearing walking shoes. Running shoes can accommodate three times the body weight of the child, while walking shoes are capable of handling one and a half times their body weight. There is more cushioning and support surrounding the heel in running shoes, and there is generally less protection surrounding the ball of the foot. They are made of mesh materials, which may be helpful in keeping the feet cool while running or exercising. In comparison, walking shoes are designed to be more flexible, in addition to having better arch support. The weight of the body is distributed more evenly while walking, and it is beneficial to wear the appropriate shoes. If you would like additional information about the differences between walking and running shoes, please consult a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. 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 Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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