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.
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.