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- Synthetic and mesh
- Rubber sole
- 96% energy return
- 20% less impact
- Less joint stress
- Less fatigue
- No cushion loss
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Breathable air mesh combined with Spira's Saddle Support Strap technology cradles and supports the midfoot. The 5mm molded EVA footbed can be removed to accommodate orthotics. Compression molded EVA incorporating Spira's WaveSpring technology in the heel. The women's Spira Valencia Mesh is a cushioned walking shoe that provides superb heel and forefoot cushioning built in harmony with a stable sole platform. The forefoot has anatomically aligned flex grooves that aid in flexibility and toe off efficiency.
Put more "spring" in your step with Spira's Valencia walking shoe. Its dual spring technology reduces harsh impact so that you'll have complete comfort with every step. The durable leather upper and traditional lace-up is practical for every day, and full cushioning and traction will take you anywhere you want to go.See all Product description
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 4 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B003R4ZEYS
- Item model number: WVALEN1C
- Date first available at Amazon.com: May 1, 2007
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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Don't bother. There is nothing special about these shoes. Not only are they hard and lumpy inside, but they slide up and down along my ankle area, even when tightened. I guess they're for fat-ankled folks, no slight intended. (I have average, slimmer ankles.)
I pulled out the insert and can vouch that if there is a spring in the heel, I sure can't tell. Hard as a rock even with a lot of pressure on the heel. I honestly believe the spring is missing in these! (If it actually has one--who could tell without cutting them open!)
My advice: Go to a reputable store and try on several pair from different brands. Don't believe the hipe. That's the only way you'll ever be sure of a good fit and *real* cushioning. I'll probably go back to New Balance, they've always been rated high in those areas.
They did feel like a comfortable shoe, but I have orthopedic issues and really needed a shoe that would help with severe knee and back pain and these clearly would be no better at the job than my old sneakers. I would suggest checking with Spira's website for an accurate description prior to placing your order. While I would hope the seller would fix the inaccurate description, I suspect that they may not get around to doing so.
Additionally all the Spira shoes are advertiesed to have a really high energy return. The study I read which supported that allegation spoke only to the running shoes which have 3 springs, 2 in the forefoot and one in the heel. It seems logical that eliminating a spring would eliminate some of that energy return thereby making Spira's assertion as to the exact amount of energy return suspect.
These were substanially less hot to wear than the all leather walkers which are hot to wear just sitting at my desk in a cool house.
Other reviewers mentioned the durability issue. I will cross my fingers, but I don't expect these to last as long as my last pair of sneakers. Why? Because of the breathable mesh that I love. Sneakers with that soft mesh always fall apart, get holes, or whatever-quicker than solid leather ones. Solid leather is much more sturdy, but also hot. It was a toss up for me. Maybe I'll get lucky and get a couple years out of these Spiras. I only paid $60 for them, so I won't feel cheated if I don't.
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