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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
This is the first time I've ever felt the need to write a review on something, but these shoes are working out so well that I had to share. I have bunions, a small heel, and my arch is just slightly higher than "normal". I'm also overweight, which I'm trying to work on by starting a walking program. The problem I had was that just walking 30 minutes per day would cause severe heel pain. I have tried various brands of shoes, both with and without adding an orthotic insert. Part of my problem was that I was buying running shoes, only because I liked how much lighter they are compared to most walking shoes (and quite honestly, running shoes are usually "prettier" as well). At 5'2", with a size 8.5 shoe, it's very difficult to find a shoe that doesn't make my feet look like boats.
I finally admitted defeat, and realized that I really did need the stability of a walking shoe (since I have no intention of running!), since they are structured for walking heel-to-toe, rather than a running shoe, which raises the heel a bit so you land on the ball of your foot. I tried on every walking shoe I could find, but none of them seemed to have the arch support I was looking for. Many of them seemed very heavy, and some were just plain ugly. One salesperson actually steered me away from the Ryka's, saying that they were more of a low-end shoe, and wouldn't be what I was looking for. By the time I got to the fifth store, and had been trying on shoes for over 2 hours, I decided to try on the Ryka Radiant, regardless of what that salesperson had said. It really was a "too good to be true" moment. I could immediately feel the arch support, cushioning, and light-weight. Also, they're so stream-lined, my feet almost looked dainty.
Ever the cynic, I brought them home and decided to only wear them around the house for a few hours, in case I needed to return them. I did laundry (up and down the stairs), washed dishes, did some baking, and made a large supper. I was on my feet walking around for over 6 hours, with no pain. The next test was the grocery store, after which my feet still felt great. I can honestly say that I don't see myself straying from this brand any time soon.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2012
First pair of Rykas, but definitely won't be my last. Really fine set of shoes. Quickie points:

1) Ball of the foot area: I prefer more cushioning. A quick trip to the drug store killed that concern, via a ball-of-the-foot set of gel pads. Placed the gel pads under the insole. (May be fine as is for most though.)

2) Indulging fitness walks of 3-5 miles near daily means I go through athletic shoes quickly. Despite all those shoes, these are the ONLY ones which make it *impossible* to have pain under the shoe-tie area. There's a patch of what appears to be leather, atop the tongue. When you tie the shoe, the knot situates itself directly above that patch. So, because this usual irritant is missing, no need to me to use Lock Laces on this shoe. (I've got em on just about all my other sneakers.)

3) The shoe strings actually stay tied, even throughout a multi-mile walk. No double-knot, or Lock Laces, needed.

4) These bad boys are not only super comfy (they cup the heels in a truly glorious fashion!), they look dang good as well.

5) I have mild over-pronation tendencies. I was concerned that there might not be enough support. The support is great, even though these are the lightest shoes I own.

6) Sizing: I always buy 1/2 size up from my true size, to ensure I have a thumb-width of space from toe to shoe tip. Fit exactly as desired.

Conclusion: You really owe it to yourself to try these. Amazon makes it painless for returns, but I suspect you too will deem these stone cold keepers. (Purchased out of pocket; no Vine Membership involvement in this case.)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2011
I walk 30 minutes each day and, whenever possible, buy Ryka brand walking shoes each time I buy new ones. They fit the best of all the brands I have tried since they are made specifically for a woman's foot. I do not get the slippage in the heel like I do with other brands. These are comfortable right out of the box and have a great cushioned feel. This is my second pair of this style. I bought the first last year in a mall store in a size 10, my usual size. They fit fine but, to me, feel a bit shorter than usual. I bought this pair from Amazon in a 10 1/2 (the mall store does not carry 10 1/2 but jump right to an 11). This gives me that tad more room in the length that I wanted. I feel it is probably best to go up 1/2 size in this style. Thanks to Amazon for carrying this half size.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2011
Wonderful shoes love them. Received fast and very happy with purchase. They were everything I expected. Great for my back and walking.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
I bought these shoes when my old New Balance tennis shoes finally died. I have a long, narrow foot and have a lot of fitting problems. These shoes fit comfortably right out of the box. The length is true to size and the width is probably on the narrow side...which suits me just fine. They have excellent arch support and the heel strike is amazingly cushioned. I walk on a treadmill 3 miles every day and these will be my shoes from now on...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2011
Ryka shoes generally are quite comfortable and the Radiant walking shoe is no disappointment. There is no break-in period, and the dk brn color is a great alternative to a white shoe for the fall/winter. This is my second pair, the fit is true to size, cost reasonable, and for someone that tends to pronate,the arch support is very good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
After researching countless hours on the Internet (yes I am neurotic), I have finally found the perfect walking shoes! No breaking in necessary! I did have too loosen the laces as they were too tight initially. After that small adjustment, the shoes fit perfectly and are very comfortable. Walked five miles on the day I received them and no blisters!! As I know everyone's feet are different, my feet are medium (on the wider side) size 8. Great price too! Don't hesitate to buy, you won't be disappointed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2010
These sneakers are my favorite yet. They mold perfectly to my feet. They're my first pair of Ryka's, & I'm a convert. I use them at the gym, for walking, & for everyday running around, & they can't be beat. Pretty cute, too, for a fitness sneaker.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2011
I buy a lot of the Ryka shoe because of my health and walking. Almost all the shoes are great but this shoe is wonderful. I can walk in these and am in no hurry to take them off. Greatest by far. Thank you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 10, 2011
I walk about 45 minutes everyday and hate to have to break in shoes. I tried this pair on at the store and it was so much more comfortable than the others that I wanted to give it a try. It has never given me a problem--totally comfortable from the start, unlike better known brands that can take weeks to fully break. I have been walking in it for months now and it still has the fluffy, comfortable feel I felt the first day I put it on. My very favorite shoe--I have ordered 2 pairs to make sure I have back up when these go.
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