Walking shoes aren’t exactly a complicated type of shoe, but they do require precise attention to some core aspects that go into determining whether or not they are actually optimal for walking.
Stride, cushioning, traction, and ventilation are just a few of the more important aspects of a walking shoe. Overlook any of these, and you’ll end up with a pair of shoes that can cause discomfort, and even make it harder on your lower body when walking for extended periods.
Fortunately, ASICS is one the most reputable manufacturers for walking (and running) shoes, so it comes as no surprise that the Walker Neo 4’s excel in terms of being a superior walking shoe that does most everything right.
What appears to be a basic shoe on the outside, is actually an ideal walking shoe with advanced engineering that provides the precise comfort and stability needed for walking, whether you’re out for an extended stroll, or just on your feet a few times during the day.
The body of the Walker Neo 4’s has the design of a standard athletic shoe, which includes plenty of detailing and a mixture of materials depending on the part of the shoe.
Synthetic leather makes up the majority of the shoe’s body, which offers a clean look that is also durable.
The material also reflects lighting at night, adding an extra measure of safety to the shoes.
Plenty of ventilation is offered with the Walker Neo 4’s, thanks to a significant amount of mesh that appears everywhere from the sides, to the upper and down towards the toe box area.
This not only provides the feet with ample breathability, but also helps to cut down on the actual weight of the shoe, which is extremely light.
The shoes’ upper is very soft, and utilizes strategic stretching material that prevents buckling while keeping the foot secure in the shoe when laces are tightened.
This allows the wearer to tighten the laces to their desired level, without worrying about irritation on the top of the foot after a long day of walking.
The cushioning inside of the Walker Neo 4’s is one of its major strengths. ASICS gel-technology is found in the heel and forefoot areas, helping absorb shock, and also reinforcing the padded insole when standing for extended periods of time.
Added midsole support is included as well, keeping the foot in an optimal position while increasing cushioning.
An Ortholite sockliner helps cut down on the moisture aspect, and for is also removable for those who wish to use their own orthotics inside the shoe.
Not every walking shoe offers this, so it’s great for those who need a customized fit.
Proper strides can make walking much easier on your body, and that’s precisely what the Walker Neo 4’s are engineered for.
This is noticeable with the shoes’ Impact Guidance System, which helps to guide the foot along with each step, assisting your natural gait in order to ensure optimal heel strikes that carry forward.
The outsoles of the Walker Neo 4’s are designed to log miles and miles of walking. High-abrasion heel plugs in each shoe help prevent wear in all of the crucial areas, making the soles last much longer than the average rubber sole.
The soles are flexible in the forefoot area, and include a tread design that provides added grip on most any surface.
All of these components work together to create a lightweight walking shoe that is focused on comfort, while also helping to improve the form of your steps.
The shoes’ Impact Guidance System may not be flashy or even noticeable from the outside, but you can certainly feel it with each step.
Cushioning is always a major priority with any walking shoes, but to have a design that assists the wearer with the actual efficiency and form of their steps is a major advantage with the Walker Neo 4’s.
As with many ASICS shoes, the gel technology is always appreciated, especially in a shoe that is made to provide better comfort and support for specifically for walking.
The gel makes a big difference in the overall level of comfort, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re just standing up, or walking.
You can always feel it, and it truly makes the difference between having sore feet or not at the end of the day.
Another thing we love about the Walker Neo 4’s is the large amount of ventilation found all throughout the shoe. Everything from the upper to the sides of the shoes have ample areas of mesh, giving your feet plenty of added breathability that keeps feet drier, even during hot days.
The Walker Neo 4’s are not exactly a budget-oriented shoe, which is part of the reason as to why the high-abrasion heel plugs are such an advantage.
This design really does prevent wear in the heel, which is always the first part of the sole to wear down. This extends the life of the shoes dramatically.
The style of the shoe isn’t our favorite, but there are likely plenty of buyers who will disagree. We would love to see all of the aspects and engineering of the Walker Neo 4’s in a different design, but that’s being a little nitpicky.
At the end of the day, these are still one of the best walking shoes you can purchase, regardless of your style preferences.
These shoes are great for anyone suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.
Do keep in mind that these are walking shoes, so if you were planning on using these for running more often than not, you should look at a different shoe.
It’s hard to go wrong with the Walker Neo 4’s. Many companies manufacture “walking shoes” that are little more than cross-training shoes with some added cushioning.
The Walker Neo 4’s are engineered for walking, and not only provide the cushioning you need, but also assist with your actual walking motion, and are also incredibly durable.
If you need a shoe that is actually specifically designed for walking and standing, the Walker Neo 4’s should be at the top of your list.