Are ‘Walking Shoes’ Really Needed for Walking?

Yesterday I done a post on why you do not need running shoes for running. But is this true for walking shoes too?

Walking Shoes

Do we really need walking shoes for working?

Shoe manufacturers seem to put a label on every different shoe they put out, but does the type of shoe really matter?

Well I’m a shoe enthusiast and this is exactly what I’m going to talk about today.

Keep reading to see if walking shoes are actually needed for walking.

What is a Walking Shoe Designed to Do?

A walking shoe is designed to enhance shock absorption, weight distribution and alignment of the feet.

Walking shoes should offer enough cushioning to hold the impact and force of your body while providing flexibility for a full range of motion.

For example:

Things like running and tennis are completely different to walking.

They mostly need stability, and that’s why they have shoes specifically designed for them.

Whereas walking requires a full range of motion, meaning it needs a bunch of features other shoes don’t have.

A stiff shoe with no flexibility won’t be good for a walking shoe.

Features you’ll find on a walking shoe are:

  • Achilles tendon protector
  • Shock absorption
  • Removable insole
  • Larger toe box for more room to move
  • More grooves and treads for traction
  • And more

Basically, they need to provide added comfort and support required for exercise walking.

So Are Walking Shoes Actually Needed?

Yes they are.

Especially if you want to prevent injury then yes, you definitely need walking shoes for exercise walking.

If you’re new to the exercise game and only walking 30 minutes at a time, that is completely okay and you do not need walking shoes.

However, if you’re more experienced and want to walk more than 30 minutes a day, you should definitely invest in a pair of walking shoes.

Walking Shoes Should Be One Size Bigger

When purchasing a pair of walking shoes, keep in mind that you should be going one size larger than your normal shoes.


Your feet swell up 30 minutes after walking, a full size actually.

So don’t worry if your walking shoes feel a little bigger than your normal shoes, they need to provide enough room for the swelling that happens.

And that’s why I don’t recommend walking longer than 30 minutes without walking shoes.

It will cause injury, discomfort and pain.

What Happens If You Don’t Wear Walking Shoes?

Well first and foremost it is going to make walking long distances incredible difficult since normal shoes don’t provide the support for a full range of motion.

All sorts of things can happen after that.

Blisters, black toe nails and foot pain from the increased swelling.

It’s going to cause injuries and put you out of the walking game for a while which is not what we want happening.

We want you enjoying fitness, seeing results and feeling good, but you simply cannot do that when you’re beat up and burnt out all the time.

Do the Right Thing

Since you know that not using walking shoes is going to cause all sorts of problems, it’s best to invest in a proper pair of walking shoes.

In the meantime you can definitely walk but don’t make it any longer than 30 minutes.

Make sure your walking shoes are one size larger than your normal shoes and you will do just fine 🙂

Well that concludes this article.

I’d like to answer all questions and concerns you may have. Leave them in the comments below!

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