What's the difference between running shoes and other athletic shoes?

When you buy new exercise footwear, the choice inevitably arises: running shoes vs. athletic shoes. There are differences between these styles of footwear. Running shoes are lightweight and built to move you forward efficiently. They tend to be flexible in the toe area and curved up slightly at the ends to allow you to push off the ground smoothly during your stride. Traditional running shoes also tend to have thick, cushioned midsoles and heels for better support, though minimalist shoes break this trend. Other athletic shoes are designed with other purposes in mind, including supporting side-to-side motion, shock absorption, and stability. Typically these shoes are heavier with wider soles, though that may vary with the specific type.

If you’re not sure what kind of shoe would benefit your feet the most during your activities, don’t just guess. Let Sierra Foot & Ankle help you fit the right shoes for your feet. Contact our Carson City or Gardnerville, NV, office by calling (775) 783-8037 or use our website to make an appointment.