Choose Your Shoes to be Reshod
The process takes the cobbler four to five hours per pair of shoes, and he groups them into production runs once a month. The turn-around time depends on when he receives the shoes, but may be 15 days plus shipping time.
Reshod is the project of racewalker Carmen Jackinsky. She has always experimented in modifying her shoes for performance. But she has many years of professional experience in the athletic shoe industry, including running the fit and wear testing department of the shoe development team of a major athletic shoe company.
Reshod Rocker Sole
The rocker sole creates a teeter-totter effect with each step. The low firm heel helps make a stable foot plant, then the midsole pivots the foot onto the toe for a powerful toe-off. With a regular athletic shoe sole, the shoe bends to allow the toe-off, which can create friction and pressure on the bunion area. Stiff walking shoes don't bend, but also don't pivot to allow a toe-off, leading to flat-footed walking. The rocker sole enforces a proper walking motion of heel plant, roll-through, and toe-off. Walkers should be able to increase their walking efficiency and speed with a rocker sole.
Because the sole enforces a roll-through step and has a low heel, you notice a difference in how you use your muscles. If your walking motion has been a lazy flat-footed stride, you will need time to get used to rolling through a step and using your calf and buttock muscles with each step. It takes a few walking sessions to train these muscles and build up your time in using the shoes.
Walking in Reshod Walking Shoes
Walking in the shoes, I could feel the difference in the way my calf and leg muscles were working, especially on both uphill and downhill inclines. But my feet were comfortable at all times and didn't fight the shoes or have any areas of unusual pressure. My walking pattern has gotten lazy and flat-footed, and I could tell that the shoes were shifting me back to the proper roll-through from heel plant to toe-off.
I wore the shoes only for short walks at first, to allow my calf and leg muscles to adjust to the new demands. But I worked my way up to six mile walks and appreciated the difference that the shoes made. I haven't begun to train for speed yet this season, but Reshod shoes are highly praised by racewalking friends. The rocker motion can add power and speed to your stride.