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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Like them so much, had to write a review
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.