Walking versus running
If you need shoes for walking especially going to work, look for a lightweight shoe and extra shock absorption in the heel and under the ball of your foot. These type of shoe more comfortable may help reduce heel pain, and burning or tenderness in the ball of your foot. Some walkers prefer a rounded or rocker bottom on the shoe so they can easily shift weight from heel to toe.
If you need shoes for running, and prefer a traditionally styled shoe, look for overall shock absorption and good torsional strength (meaning the shoe shouldn’t twist easily). These features may help protect against shin splints, tendonitis, heel pain, stress fractures and other overuse injuries.
Alternatively, you may prefer a barefoot (minimalist) shoe. These shoes allow your foot to land on the ground almost as if you were running barefoot: they do little more than provide grip and protect you against harmful objects on the ground. Some are designed to help you transition from heel-first running to barefoot style running (where the midfoot or forefoot strikes the ground first).