The Walking Company produces the ABEO line of walking shoes, with the AERO versions for brisk fitness walking. I gave them a try and was immediately pleased with the fit, comfort and quality of construction. Then I took them out on my 15-minute walking workouts and my Zumba workout and I was very happy with how they performed.
Cushioned Yet Light and Stable
The ABEO line is only available at The Walking Company stores. You get a complimentary digital foot analysis at the store, which determines your arch height and pressure points. This helps them recommend models with more or less arch support and those that provide motion control or not.
I have a neutral gait and a low arch. The Armus has a TPU shank for arch support and stability. The sole still remains flexible for a good walking stride. I most noted the stability when doing a Zumba dancing workout class. I felt more confident in my moves in the Armus vs. the less structured running shoe I had been wearing to class.
While the shoes are stable, they weigh 2 ounces less than the Brooks Glycerin running shoes I use for my distance walking. The AERO line has "channeled air chambers" in the sole to provide cushioning, shock absorption and energy return. I liked the feel for standing for longer periods of time as well as for my walking workouts.
They don't list the heel drop, but they appear to be very flat shoes, as are best for walkers. The heel is slightly rounded (as is better for walkers than runners) and not flared.
Fit and Sizing
The Armus comes in both men's and women's versions. Each comes in a small choice of colors. They come in both medium and wide for most sizes and colors. Oddly enough, in my chosen color, the grey-turquoise, they weren't available in wide. I found that I went down a half size from what I've been buying for walking shoes. I usually buy a wide shoe, but the medium fit well wearing a light sock.
The shoes have breathable mesh uppers.
They come with two sets of laces, one in the base color and one in the accent color. You can choose to have a bolder look or not, which was fun. The lacing system has a tongue-retainer slot so you can keep the shoe tongue in place. They also have an extra set of lacing holes at the ankle so you can lace them to retain your heel if needed. I found the fit to be very good in the heel so I didn't have to do anything extreme with the lacing.
The uppers feel well-constructed for durability, although I haven't given them a long test as of this writing. I usually damage my shoes around the ankle, so time will tell and I'll report back.
The outsoles are made with durable Vibram MultiTrek. They don't have any deep channels where you might pick up small rocks (as many shoes seem to have nowadays).
Bottom Line on the ABEO AERO Armus Walking Shoe
I was impressed with the Armus and I quickly adopted them as my everyday walking shoe.
I recommend them for travel, as they are stable, light and cushioned as is needed for tourist walking.
With the cushioning they provide, they should should work well for many people for walking longer distances as well as the shorter walks I use them for daily.
They should work well on sidewalks as well as in the gym and on the treadmill. I loved how they felt for Zumba dancing.
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