If you are a competitive walker, or want to get into the sport, you may be wondering what the difference is between walking and running shoes. Before we discuss that, let’s first look at the differences between running and walking.
When running you put more impact on your feet, knees, and joints. On the flip side, the most efficient way to walk is when your shoe never leaves the ground. Because of this it is best for walking shoes to have a low heal drop and minimal cushion, which will allow for an efficient, light-weight walking shoe.
What this ideal walking shoe sounds like is a good pair of racing flats, which are super light-weight with a low heal drop. Ironically, racing flats aren’t just a good shoe to improve performance of runners, but also make for a great walking shoe.
Learn more about racing flats in this previous article, and stop in Complete Runner to try on a pair.