Walking is becoming more popular as a low-impact method to get, and stay, fit. Starting a walking regimen is easy, but sticking to it is not. The quality of the shoes you wear can make a big difference in whether you get shin splints, ankle, knee, or hip pain - which can sideline you indefinitely.
The most popular shoes for walking today are toning shoes and rocker bottom shoes. These shoes have really brought walking back to the mainstream, as an exercise activity. You can argue if these shoes burn more calories, or firm and tone your body - but there is no argument that they get people motivated to get out and walk. Once you are out there walking, the key to getting the most benefit from this activity is the amount of time you spend walking, and the frequency in which you do it.
The shoes you wear will play a major role in how much you benefit from walking. Having comfortable and supportive shoes are the two most important factors in choosing a walking shoe.
Enter Tenevis Footwear. Tenevis Footwear look like rocker bottom shoes, but they are not. Unlike rocker bottom shoes, 70% of the sole of the shoe connects with the ground when you walk. Their main focus is comfort and support. The shoes are designed to reduce the impact on your joints caused by walking. These two benefits will allow you to walk longer distances. As a result, you will achieve greater benefits from your walking regimen.
Tenevis comes in two models - the La Jolla, and the Cardiff.
The La Jolla comes in six parts: Upper, Insole, Plantar Support Chip, Midsole/Outsole, Balance Chip, and Balance Bone.
What make the La Jolla unique are the Balance Chip and the Balance Bone.
The Balance Bone creates a slight degree of instability in the heel, causing you to naturally improve your posture by straightening your spine. Many people lean slightly forward when they walk, which can put stress on the lower back. The Balance Bone helps to correct this. It also holds the Balance Chip.
The Balance Chip absorbs the shock of the heel strike when you walk, which protects your knees, ankles, and joints. It then returns that energy and gently propels you forward. The balance chip is removable and comes in firm and soft, so you can customize the feel to your liking.
The balance chip and balance bone, in combination with the specially designed elastic midsole, create a feeling of walking on a cloud in Tenevis Footwear. Your muscles don't get fatigued, and you reduce stress on your joints, which allows you to walk longer distances, more frequently - so the end result is more calories burned. The cushioning of Tenevis Footwear has been rated 127.5% better than typical high quality walking shoes.
The Cardiff has the look of a rocker shoe. It isn't. It has the same basic technology behind it as the La Jolla, but instead of having a balance bone and balance chip, it combines both of these innovations in a heel as a single unit. Even though the Cardiff looks a lot like the MBT or Skechers Shape Up, the heel on the Cardiff is designed to absorb energy during the heel strike and return energy as you lift your foot while taking your next step.
The unique technology behind Tenevis Footwear has been found to reduce joint load by 30 to 40%.
Here is a video with the CEO of Tenevis, talking about the history and technology behind Tenevis Footwear...
When most people try walking shoes, they judge them by their weight - and how they feel in the store. I have found these criteria can give you a false sense of the comfort of a shoe. To get any benefit from walking, you need to walk at least 20 minutes a day. It's hard to walk around a shoe store for 20 minutes. When I first tried the La Jolla, I took them out for a 1 hour walk. Right away, I felt lighter on my feet. At the end of my walk I did not feel fatigued. How you feel after a 1 hour walk is a true test of comfort and support.
I've tried a lot of walking shoes, so how does Tenevis compare? I would rate them at the top of my list of walking shoes. Their unique design is appealing. They are as comfortable as any walking shoe I've worn. Their design is versatile enough to wear on the train or in the causal work environment. They are on the mid to upper end of the price scale ($100 for the Cardiff and $160 for the La Jolla). The fit is true to size.
You can learn more, and purchase a pair, online at http://www.tenevis.com/