I never thought I would buy such an expensive pair of walking shoes
, but after trying countless other shoes that caused blisters, hot spots, callouses, etc., I decided to give these a shot after reading some reviews, and I am glad I did. When I first put them on, I was not sure at all and thought I might return them. They felt "hard" and not very cushiony on the insole. So I wore them around the house for an hour or so, and then started to rethink my initial impression. I think the stiffer insole may be purposeful in that I have read that too much cushion may actually cause blisters and hot spots since the cushioning creates friction and is really only intended for higher impact activities like running
. And I have learned that running shoes
with higher heel-to-toe drop ratios are bad for walking and Achilles' tendon issues, etc. Anyway, these Biom soles have really grown on me, and I think they are the secret behind these shoes. Now that I have about 50 miles on these shoes, I love them. They have changed my walking gait and at times actually make it feel as though I am on a moving sidewalk (yes, really!) and my feet never hurt after walking. The toe box is nice and roomy for comfort, but the arch still isn't too wide so as to be sloppy. I am a tall woman with large feet, and thanks to the ECCO
European styling, the men's sizing worked just fine. I will be wearing these shoes for walking for a long time to come and just hope ECCO
doesn't redesign them too much (as they sometimes are known to do). They are actually worth the high price tag.