The Importance Of Wearing The Proper Sporting Shoes For Walking And Running

There are many different sporting activities that require different types of sporting shoes. In this article I am going to focus on walking and running shoes, and the benefits of proper sporting shoes.

What role does your shoes play in your daily walking or running exercise? Does it really matter what type of shoes you wear when walking or running? What affects do you think could result from not wearing the proper shoes for the sport?

Results From Improper Shoe

According to the foot and ankle institute “your feet are the foundation of your body” and you should always protect them. Regardless the activity you are engaged in you should make sure you have the appropriate shoes. Most importantly is that you do not need to do anything to cause body injuries.

Take for instance; walking or running you should always be wearing the proper shoes for these exercises. The same would be for any other sporting activities but as stated previously we will focus solely on sport shoes for walking and running.

Improper shoes for either walking or running can and will create health problems with your feet, ankles, and other parts of the body. Problems such as; “hammertoes, blisters, bunions, corns, calluses, heel spurs, mallet toes, ingrown toenails, toenail fungus, and athlete’s, foot” according to Everyday Health.

Other symptoms caused by improper footwear would be heel pain, ankle pain, leg pain, knee pain, and lower back pain.

Regardless of the affects caused by improper shoes most can be avoided by choosing the correct shoes for the sport so don’t take chances.


Think about what you want most from a sport shoe when making your choice. Remember that you need to choose a shoe that fits correctly and is designed for walking.

This type shoe will allow your feet and ankles to function correctly relieaving pressure to other body parts that would otherwise overcompensate and lead to bodily injuries.

If the shoe is too loose or too tight it will affect you’re walking and create problems. This would also limit your walking distance, the speed you normally walk, and your endurance.


Running shoes are designed for running and take a lot of rough treatment. These shoes can provide you support and minimize the shock of the run. If you choose a shoe that is not supporting and intended for running can cause bodily injury at some point.

You must make sure that the shoe is designed to have flexibility, firm cushion, and supporting arch. The shoe should have plenty of toe length and width to allow for movement, but not to much movement.

Tying your shoes are also important and you need to be sure they are not too tight or too loose, making sure they are comfortable on your feet.

Shoe Choices

There are many shoe manufacturers that provide quality shoes for both walking and running. Many also provide a crossover design for both walking and running. I would consider the crossover but keep in mind that if you are walking or running every day it may be best to pick a different shoe for each.

It is your choice when choosing shoes and you need to take in consideration what your body will endure during these daily exercises. Make sure you pick a shoe that will help support your feet and ankles relieving pressure to other parts of your body. If you have a poor quality shoe during walking or running may result in health problems with feet, ankles, legs, knees, and back.

Note that many shoe outlets provide help with getting you fit with a correct shoe size regardless the type of shoe and I recommend taking advantage of this service. Naturally you would try the shoe on but If at all possible put the shoes on and walk around with them to make sure they are perfect for your feet. You do not need any that will create problems for you later on.


Like anything else nothing is designed to last forever and sporting shoes and gear take extreme abuse and require replacement much sooner than a lot of other items.

Shoe replacement is just as important as purchasing the proper shoe because shoes do get a lot of wear and tear on them and they are only rated for so many miles and still have the proper foot support.

Walking and running shoes are designed to last approximately 6 months and still be affective. The shoes are designed to hold up for 350 to 400 miles which would average out to be around 6 months.

Depending on how often you walk or run is the deciding factor on when a shoe should be replaced. It may be sooner than 6 months or it may be more than 6 months and that adjustment is up to the person and the amount of exercise on the shoes.

Just remember that walking and running shoes will wear much quicker than an average shoe that you wear for everyday use. Exercise shoes are put through a lot more rugged and rough terrain, along with excessive weight due to fast walking and hard running, plus you have to take in account of the weather change as well.


In this article I have covered the importance of proper shoe wear for the sport which happens to focus on walking and running. What to look for in a shoe for each activity and to be sure the shoe fits properly.

I have talked about what role the shoes play in your daily exercise along with the affects that could result from the wrong type shoe which can cause damage to your body in many ways.

Shoe replacement is very important as shoes are not designed to last for years, especially sport shoes. These will break down quick due to the pounding abuse from the beating they take while walking and running constantly.

Remember that it is your body and you should always take into consideration how you treat it and take care of yourself.

Bobby D. Sandlin


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