I went on vacation in June to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and it was beautiful! I kept busy with my exercise even while there, because it was so nice outside, I couldn't help but run. My poor old Adidas gave out...and I needed new shoes. My grandma and I took off to check out the local shopping, and the shops there were wonderful. We came across a shoe store that was having a BOGO half off sale, and what is better than a sale...nothing?!
This was the first time I ever put thought into my shoes, before I just bought a pair, and they lasted forever because I did not exercise(plus I am a flipflop girl..hello I live in the Sunshine State). This time I went to asking questions and doing a little research. I needed good quality shoes (not WalMart cheapness) , that could endure walking, running, and weight training. It is very hard to get all of these qualities in shoes. Most are either or and not in between.
I was eyeballing a pair of Nike's that were reasonably priced and were meant for distance. They were really light which was a selling point for me, I don't like running in clod hoppers, but something in my gut said they weren't what I was looking for. I always go with my gut. I ask one of the employees and she brought me to the Rykas.
There was an elderly lady standing there that told me her chiropractor had recommended them to her a couple years back, and she hasn't worn anything since. She said her aches and pains had lessened and she did a lot of walking without any problems. I figured I would do a quick Google search and found nothing but great reviews..why had I never heard of them before now???
What a heaven sent shoe! They are great! These shoes are designed specifically for women, I bought the Skylar which are for beginners or experts. They build shoes that are developed specifically to womens forms..."Ryka knows that a woman’s foot shape, muscle movement and skeletal structure are all inherently different from a man’s. The “Q-angle”(quadricep angle) – the anatomical relationship between the hip and knee – measures 5–7 degrees greater for women than men. As a result, women tend to shift more weight to the outside of their feet which leads to over-pronation, instability at foot strike and higher risk of injury. All Ryka sneakers, including Ryka walking shoes, are designed and developed taking into account a woman’s unique fit needs."
These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. Granted they are not the prettiest shoes, or most female looking but I have no back pain, no leg pain, no hip pain, and most importantly they are light weight and durable. I run and walk around 15-20 miles a week, and I have had these shoes since June, and they are just now starting to break down, that's 5 months, and I only paid $25 with the sale prices! I recommend them to everyone that asks about good shoes. On the website they are reasonably priced and there are many choices! Check them out!