Athletic Walking Shoes and Motion Control Running Shoes with Orthopedic Features

When engaged in physical activity of any kind, having the right footwear is critical to preventing damage to your body. Save your feet, ankles, knees, back and joints from a lifetime of pain and anguish by investing in a pair of orthopedic running shoes.

Shop for Women's and Men's Athletic Shoes that are Podiatrist Approved

The Shoes and Brands We Carry

Healthy Feet Store carries a collection of athletic walking shoes and motion control running shoes that offer a healthy, supportive structure for your feet. Our shoes are screened and vetted by our in-house podiatrist to make absolutely certain that they offer real value to your health.

We offer a full range of sizes and styles that fit all activity levels and lifestyles. There are shoes for both men and women. We also offer shoes with special features like wide widths to provide a more roomy interior for those who need it. On our virtual shelves you will find popular brands like Brooks, New Balance and Aetrex. So, not only are these designs stylish, they're also incredibly well-made and from the finest quality materials available.

Features to Look For in Running Shoes

The difference between our shoes and any other competitor's shoes is that our shoes are orthopedic. The means they are designed with the goal of maximizing your comfort and improving or maintaining your health. With orthopedic athletic shoes you'll avoid common issues like strained arches, blisters and bunions. Our shoes are breathable, supportive and very soft.

Orthopedic shoes have a key feature that sets them apart from other shoes: the removable insoles. Insert your own custom insoles or just a model of insole you find comfortable by switching out the insoles that come the shoes with your preferred insoles. With this feature you can be doubly sure your feet are properly protected through all kinds of physical activity that require your feet to take the brunt of the abuse.

Athletic Shoes: What Features Make Them Healthy to Wear

Not all athletic shoes are healthy to wear. We recommend doing research before purchasing a pair of athletic walking shoes or motion control running shoes because wearing the wrong types of athletic shoes can really harm your feet. If your athletic walking shoes lack the proper arch support, you could very well experience arch pain and heel pain; or if your motion control running shoes don't come with an upper design that includes breathable materials, you could experience foot problems such as Athlete's Foot or toenail fungus due to moisture build up.

Athletic walking shoes and motion control running shoes should have all, or at least some, of the features listed below.

  • Breathable Upper: Synthetic/microfiber mesh or leather materials allow feet to breathe so that they stay dry and fresh. Shoes that trap in moisture are breeding grounds for fungi and bacteria, which could cause Athlete's Foot or toenail fungus.

  • Toebox Size: The toebox should be roomy enough to accommodate the toes but not big enough to cause them to constantly bang against it. As we exercise, feet swell a bit and toes need the extra room to expand. If the toebox is too small, toes get crumpled, which could cause overlapping toes.

  • Secure Closure: Adjustable hook and loop straps and lace up designs keep shoes securely on feet.

  • Padded Tongue and Collar: Having a padded tongue not only keeps the foot in place, but also cushions the foot in the closure area. A cushioning collar provides comfort at the ankle.

  • Arch Support and Heel Cup: A midsole design with arch support and a heel cup prevents pronation and supination by providing proper support along the arches and stability at the heel. These features provide the body proper alignment and balance, which reduces stress in joints and muscles.

  • Removable Footbed: By having a removable footbed, arch support inserts and custom orthotics can be worn. Keep in mind that most athletic shoes have insoles that are supposed to be replaced with better made orthotics.

  • Midsole Design: The midsole should be flexible, long-lasting and cushioned. Constant contact on hard flat surfaces can harm the feet and the midsole should provide shock absorption to reduce impact.

  • Firm Heel Counter: Having stability at the heel increases overall support, pronation control and keeps the back of the foot from moving around in the shoe, which could also help prevent calluses and bunions from forming at the heel.

  • Durable Outsole: Outsoles made with strong, yet flexible materials such as PU and EVA provide longer wear.

Please note: If you're a diabetic or suffer from some other medical condition, we recommend consulting with a health professional to discuss which types of athletic shoes are best to wear.

For more options of stylish footwear, be sure to look at our grand selection of orthopedic shoes for women as well as our huge assortment of men's orthopedic shoes.