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Knowing The Difference Between Walking And Running Keds

While they may look the same,all athletic shoes and keds are not created equal.And this is a good thing.Some sneakers are designed specifically for walking, while others have features for running.Whatever your activity, from strolling to sprinting,you should first of all find the perfect keds for your personal fitness needs.Here is what sets a walking shoe apart from a running keds, and why it matters.Follow these tips so that your feet thank you.

RAJIB KANTI ROY

4 December, 2017 12:00 AM printer

Knowing The
Difference
Between Walking
And Running Keds

SHOE WEIGHT

 

When you walk, significantly less weight bars down on  the  ground  with  each  step  than  when  you  run. Because of this, a good walking shoe requires less cushioning  than  a  running  keds. While you wouldn't want  to  walk in  a  shoe  without  any  cushioning,  of course, the additional padding you'll likely notice in the heel and forefoot of most running shoes may add more weight than you need. A lighter shoe that  still provides some cushioning is preferable for regular use and longer walks, as this will keep your feet comfortable without adding extra weight.


HEEL HEIGHT

 

The point of impact changes when you walk versus when you run. While runners strike the ground anywhere from the forward part of the heel through the midfoot to the ball of the foot, a proper walking stride will cause the heel to strike first. Because of this, the type of shoe and the ideal heel height vary by activity. Runners need differing degrees of built-up  heels depending on their specific strike pattern,  while walkers should look for shoes with the least height differential between the heel and the toe. Be sure to pay attention   to  the  actual  heel  rather than the shoe's outer sole.

 


FLEXIBILITY

 

Both  running  and  walking shoes should be moderately flexible; where that flexibility is centralized, however, is what sets them apart. While most running shoes flex at the arch or midfoot (again, this relates to how the foot  meets  the  ground  when running), walking involves a forward rolling motion starting  with the heel and ending with the toes pushing off the  ground.  This is best suited to  a shoe that flexes at the forefoot.
With a better understanding of the differences between walking shoes and running  shoes, you will now be able to find the perfect footwear for your specific needs.


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