Customized Comfort from The Walking Company and ABEO [Sponsored]

Customized Comfort from The Walking Company and ABEO [Sponsored]

Remember the days of suffering in ill-fitting shoes just because they looked cute with your outfit? I sure do. I had a friend in college who would say in a cheery yet resigned tone, “pain for beauty!” each time I hobbled around with her, complaining of the blisters on my sore feet.

Back then, I would tolerate the pain but now that I am older and wiser, I know the importance of comfortable, supportive, pain-free footwear. Without healthy feet, my favorite activities – travel, hiking, photography, and cooking – would not be as enjoyable.

The Walking Company

When The Walking Company, the world’s leading specialty retailer of high-quality comfort footwear and accessories, contacted me about working together it was perfect timing. I was preparing to leave for an overseas trip to celebrate my 50th birthday and was very concerned about a recurring and increasingly bothersome foot issue my doctor diagnosed as metatarsalgia. This is a painful foot condition affecting the ball of the foot. My trip would involve lots of walking – 10 to 15 miles per day on some days – and I was worried my foot pain would not only hinder the enjoyment of our trip but make the condition worse.

After doing some research, I discovered metatarsalgia may be caused by ill-fitting shoes with not enough arch support, especially shoes that are too tight and/or too short. Once I became familiar with the high-quality customized comfort analysis The Walking Company provides, I was confident I would find shoes that would fit my feet properly, provide comfort and improve my overall health and wellness.

 Visiting The Walking Company Store

The Walking Company store has a location at the Santa Rosa Plaza, not far from where I live. I visited the store in early October to select shoes from their exclusive ABEO brand, a line of exceptional everyday footwear with customized comfort. ABEO has two distinct collections: B.I.O.system and P.R.O.system

Every P.R.O.system style comes with an interchangeable 3D3 CORE Orthotic matched to your foot type.

The B.I.O.system collection features customized built-in footbeds that support the arch, align the body, balance weight distribution and absorb impact which in turn result in better foot health and extraordinary comfort.

3-D Digital Foot Scan

I met with the knowledgeable and friendly store manager Ari at The Walking Company in Santa Rosa. After we got acquainted she asked me to take my shoes off so she could scan my feet and create my own 3-D digital footprint. Very cool! The 3-D digital scan measured my exact length, width and arch type. As you can see on my right foot, something is definitely going on there. That’s the foot that has metatarsalgia.

Now that Ari knew what kind of arch I have – neutral – she could help me pick the ideal orthotic for my foot and arch type.

 First we looked at walking and running shoes. I had a sneaking suspicion my running shoes at home were to blame for my foot problems. I wear them regularly to walk and run on my home treadmill and have noticed the more I wore them, the more I hurt.

Because I am an 11 – 11.5 in women’s shoe sizes, Ari chose shoes from the men’s collection, something I’m used to when it comes to athletic shoes. I tried on three different walking and running shoes before deciding on the ABEO Sandar, part of the P.R.O.system collection, which means they come with an interchangeable 3D3 CORE Orthotic custom fit to my needs.

Next it was time to shop for fashion forward footwear. I have to say I was so impressed with all the cute styles available at The Walking Company. The ABEO line in particular has some very fashionable flats, pumps, sandals and boots.

I love to wear booties in fall and winter and decided on a pair of ABEO Yana booties with neutral footbeds to fit my neutral arch. These flat booties include B.I.O.system built-in orthotics.

I love the rounded toe and short shaft height. I also adore the silver buckle and embossed snakeskin details.

It’s been several weeks since I brought the ABEO Sandar shoes and the ABEO Yana booties home with me. My overseas trip had to be canceled but I have still put many miles on both pairs.

I wear my Sandar shoes on my treadmill every time I work out and usually put in about 6 to 12 miles a week. I have noticed a significant decrease in pain from my metatarsalgia since wearing the ABEO Sandar shoes.

I also wear my Yana booties frequently. I almost always wear them with jeans, rolled up a little to show off the stylish details.

Thanks to The Walking Company’s ABEO brand, I don’t have to sacrifice foot health and wellness, and comfort for style. No more pain for beauty. My feet and I thank you, The Walking Company and ABEO!


My feet and I thank you, The Walking Company and ABEO!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Walking Company. I was given two pairs of shoes and payment for this blog post and social media postings. All ideas and opinions are my own.



  1. KSL
    November 29, 2017 / 6:41 am

    So great about your foot pain, and very cute boots! I can’t stand to wear uncomfortable shoes anymore either.

  2. Km
    November 29, 2017 / 7:53 am

    For future running shoes, be sure to buy a half size to a full size bigger than you normally wear. I’m a size 10 in fashion shoes and a size 11 in running shoes. You might have caused your foot issues with too-small running shoes.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      November 29, 2017 / 8:06 am

      Hi Km,
      I always need to go up a size with running shoes. I bought some at a reputable running shoe store and thought the fit was correct at first but I think the toe box was too narrow and squeezing the upper part of my foot. The ABEO is a much better fit for me. I still have some remnants of the metatarsalgia but it’s so much better than it was. I can run on the treadmill again, thank goodness!

    • Adrienne Shubin
      November 29, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Oh, and forgot to mention – both the uncomfortable shoes from the local running store and the ABEO are a full size (maybe even a size and half converted to women’s) bigger than what I wear in street shoes. The ABEO booties are 11 womens – my usual size.

  3. Renée
    December 3, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    It boggles my mind that there are only 4 comments in response to this post. Where are all the suggestions for comfortable but stylish shoes? Aren’t we precisely the demographic that demand this? It’t a timely topic. My husband and I are currently in the process of planning 1 1/2 weeks in France and Italy, and given my previous experience with tender soles after 2 weeks of daily touring, I’ve already started hunting shoes. I won’t be able to wear my trendy red Frye oxfords (comfortable for work and daily walking, but not for the miles required by being a tourist) or other truly stylish shoes. Since I just can’t bring myself to wear my hiking shoes, I’ve finally decided that I’ll have to settle for the Tamara, the sleekest of the Dansko clogs, and either a pair of shoes of Samuel Hubbard (assuming they’re narrow enough for my narrow foot), or the black triple decker leather keds, which have a 1 inch sole, thick enough to cushion the ball of my foot. I look at all the shoes that middle age women bloggers who travel to Europe bring with them, and I have to ask, do they do any extensive walking? There is just no way I could walk for miles on a thin soled boot, unless I didn’t care about walking for miles the next day.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      December 4, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Hi Renee,

      I was more than a little worried about our trip to France – the one we didn’t get to take, unfortunately – because I knew from past trips to Europe that it was essential to have supportive and comfortable shoes for all the walking we do. It’s been 4 years since our last European vacation and since that time, my feet have given me problems, as I mentioned in the post. I am sure my ABEO booties would have been the ideal shoe/boot to take with me on that trip – and if we ever get a chance to reschedule it, that’s what I will wear. I have finally come to realize that foot health is not something to take for granted if you want to remain active throughout your life. I have gotten rid of all my shoes with heels higher than 2″ except for one pair of dress pumps I wear maybe 3 or 4 times a year – and when I know I will be sitting down a lot.
      Enjoy your trip! Thank you for stopping by.

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