Shoe Review: The ABEO AERO from The Walking Company

General Features of This Fitness Footwear

ABEO 3400
ABEO 3400. Walking Company

A brisk 20-minute walk is one of the simplest ways to log high-quality exercise. To make the most of a walking workout, you'll want to make sure you're wearing shoes that are comfortable, fit correctly, and are, well, made for walking. You don't necessarily have to buy "walking shoes," but it stands to reason that fitness footwear designed for a specific activity is worth considering.

For fast walking, one option is the AERO line of shoes sold by The Walking Store. AERO shoes are part of The Walking Store's ABEO line and are available in lots of styles. Besides "neutral" designs that will work for anyone, there also are AEROs specifically for people who need help with motion control or stability. There are styles for men and women in regular and wide widths.

You can buy ABEO AERO shoes online or at a brick-and-mortar The Walking Company store. If you purchase from a store, you get a complimentary digital foot analysis to determine the height of your arch and to home in on specific pressure points of your foot. This information can help the salesperson recommend models with the exact amount of arch support you need and that will be most stabilizing for your foot.

General Features of ABEO AERO Shoes

These walking shoes come in a wide choice of colors and widths. They even come with two sets of laces, one in the base color and one in an accent color. Having the choice of switching off laces can make for a fun shoe to wear. But what about features of the ABEO AERO shoes that make them comfortable and a good option for exercise walking? These include:

  • A supple sole. It can be hard to find your stride in a stiff shoe. The soles of ABEO AEROs are flexible enough to allow your foot to move comfortably.
  • Comfortable cushioning. The AERO line has "channeled air chambers" in the sole to provide cushioning, shock absorption, and energy return. They feel good on the feet even if you're standing still for long periods of time.
  • An ideal heel. The heel of the shoe is rounded, rather than flared, and is in the same plane as the front of the shoe—in other words, the back of the shoe is neither higher nor lower than the front. For most people, a flat shoe is better for walking than one with an elevated heel.
  • Smart laces. The lacing system has a tongue retainer slot for keeping the shoe tongue in place. The ABEO AERO shoes also have an extra set of lacing holes at the ankle. This allows for an extra degree of stability in the heel if needed. 
  • Well-constructed uppers. The shoes are designed to last.
  • Durable outsoles. They're made from a high-tech material called Vibram MultiTrek. The bottoms of the shoes don't have deep channels in which tiny rocks and other bits of debris might get stuck.
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