This is quite a turn up for the books… and yet it makes sense. This presentation by Cornelius Berthold in the History Park Bärnau reveals why our fantasy RPG characters probably shouldn’t be walking in the way we do. It’s not widely understood how people in medieval Europe walked.
It’s all down to the shoes. If you’re wearing the sort of shoes our characters would likely be wearing, unless in very heavy armour, we’d be leading with our toes and putting weight down on the balls of our feet. This helps keep us agile but uses more energy.