R.O.C.S Rocker-Bottom Shoes at The Walking Company

ABEO R.O.C.S Aubrey
ABEO R.O.C.S Aubrey. The Walking Company

Walkers who find a rocker-soled shoe to be the most comfortable should walk on over to The Walking Company and try their ABEO R.O.C.S line. In a world where rocker-bottom shoes have mostly disappeared, it's great to have a source of well-constructed ones in a variety of styles for women and men.
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Styles of Rocker-Soled ABEO R.O.C.S. Shoes

The Walking Company has a full line of styles for women and men with  rocker soles.

These include athletic styles, like the Aubrey pictured. The Aubrey comes in black and gray as well as white. They also have a Mary Jane styled Bethan and loafer styled Bree for women.

The men's styles include dress shoes and athletic shoes as well. The Barrett is a black leather dress shoe with a rocker sole. The Baylor is a brown Nubuck leather hush puppy style. The Archer and Antrim are mesh and synthetic leather athletic styles. The Axel is a classic black leather walking shoe style.

Features of ABEO R.O.C.S. Shoes

I was impressed with how lightweight the ABEO R.O.C.S. are, weighing in at under 8 ounces per shoe. The thick sole doesn't add unwanted weight. The shoes are stiff and do not bend. The shoes are still because they are constructed with an X-shaped TPU shank. That means that the shoe is providing the heel-to-toe roll with its design rather than your foot doing the work -- exactly the opposite of a minimalist shoe.

But I know many walkers who say they need that design for comfort.

The athletic shoe styles feature a moisture-wicking mesh breathable lining. The mesh upper also allows air flow to cool the feet. They come with a moisture-wicking antimicrobial insole that should keep odors away.

The R.O.C.S. shoes have found their audience, they keep getting rave reviews from those who love rocker-soled shoes.

Many of my readers missed Skechers Shape-Ups and MBT shoes when the companies cut back or stopped making them. I know several walkers personally who felt these were the only comfort solution for their plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. The Walking Company makes no health claims for these shoes.

What Happened to Other Rocker-Bottom Shoes?

Rocker-bottom shoes were very popular during the heyday of toning shoes. But because so many companies made unsupported claims in their ads as to the benefits of the shoes, most of them have disappeared from the shelves. I've read many a review for Skechers Shape-Ups and MBT shoes lamenting that they have been discontinued.

Companies who made health claims about their rocker-bottom toning shoes over the past few years have had to pay out refunds in settlements with the US Federal Trade Commission.  The Walking Company is smartly avoiding making any claims about R.O.C.S. Instead, they are appealing to those who find them comfortable.

Bottom Line on ABEO R.O.C.S. Shoes

I've heard from many walkers who claim they need rocker-bottom shoes for comfort. You can give ABEO R.O.C.S. a try. They are well-constructed and not too heavy. They may be just what you need, although I prefer flexible shoes for walking.

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