Whether you are running or walking, some of the more natural ways to exercise include the use of athletic shoes. These days, choosing the wrong athletic shoes could mean that you could end up with a aching heels and shin splints instead of enjoying your favorite pastime of walking or running. In the athletic shoes department, you will find shoes for casual walking as well as running. Generally speaking, running shoes are more flexible than walking shoes and have a little extra cushioning because of the greater impact that is felt by the feet during running. If you need shoes for both walking and running, it is a good suggestion to get one pair of shoes for walking and a completely different pair of shoes for running.