Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what training geeks think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Overall, users were quite pleased with how comfortable the Avia Avi-Edge was to wear.
  • Many consumers thought it was true-to-size.
  • Several owners admired its aesthetics.
  • A good number of buyers thought it delivered good value for the price.
  • Some gym rats recommended using it for cross-training because it offered adequate support.
  • A few reviewers liked that it felt light on their feet.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The primary problem users had with it was that the insole kept sliding out of place which made it uncomfortable to wear.
  • A few owners claimed the outsole lacked traction.
  • Some complained that the upper was too tight around the midfoot.
  • A minority of testers mentioned that the sole unit caused their foot to roll inwards.

Bottom line

In general, people loved how comfortable and stylish the Avia Avi-Edge was. Many thought the price was reasonable, as the shoe offered excellent value. However, a lot of users were not happy with the insole as it kept sliding around when in use. There were also complaints that the outsole offered no grip.

Facts

Update: Avia Avi-Edge II
Use: Workout
Price: $55
Weight: Men: 13oz
Width: Men: Normal, Wide, X-Wide | Women: Normal
Brand: Avia
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey
Size
Small True to size Large
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  • Avia got its name from the combination of aviation and the Latin term for a bird. Founded in 1979 by Jerry Stubblefield and his son, Don, the pair went on to design and created footwear that revolutionized the sports world. One of the company’s most significant innovations was the Cantilever sole which enhances the impact absorption of the midsole. This technology is present in all of Avia footwear offerings and the Avi-Edge is no exception.
  • This model features a breathable mesh upper that keeps the foot ventilated.
  • The midsole uses different materials and structures such as a compression-molded ethylene-vinyl acetate foam, Cantilever, thermoplastic polyurethane heel stabilizer, and a MEMORYfom insole for added comfort.
  • A solid rubber material makes up the outsole of this particular model.

The Avia Avi-Edge comes only in men’s sizes. It is true-to-size. It is available in D -Medium width. Though made from mesh fabric, which has stretchy properties, the synthetic overlays prevent it from doing that. Interested buyers are encouraged to try the shoe in person to acquire a secure and comfortable fit.

The Avia Avi-Edge features a solid rubber outsole. This compound is durable, flexible and grippy. It features a herringbone tread pattern which enhances the traction of the rubber. It extends partly to the front and serves as protection from impact and abrasion during workouts.

Flex grooves in the forefoot area promote flexion in the front of the foot while also avoiding discomfort or injuries.

The Avi-Edge uses a full-length CMEVA foam for its midsole. This material is durable, flexible and shock-absorbent.

It features Cantilever, a technology described by the company as a structure that centers the heel of a trainer on top of the incurvate sole, resulting in a trampoline-like architecture that reduces the force of impact. It also adds heel support and better energy return with each step.

Lining the inside is a removable MEMORYfom, a material that adds another layer of shock-absorption.

TPU reinforces the heel area of this shoe. This structure is a type of plastic that is firm and adds stability to the back of the foot.

The Avia Avi-Edge utilizes a breathable mesh fabric that keeps the foot well-ventilated. Leather and synthetic overlays reinforce the mesh and protect it from abrasion and impact associated with training.

It uses a traditional lacing system to keep the foot secured inside the unit. Tightening the round laces can cause discomfort on the instep, to prevent this, the padded tongue serves as a barrier between the two.

The plush collar aims to support the ankle and prevent chafing of the Achilles. It likewise helps to maintain the heel locked in position.

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Nicholas Rizzo

Nick is a powerlifter who believes cardio comes in the form of more heavy ass squats. Based on over 1.5 million lifts done at competitions, his PRs place him as an elite level powerlifter. His PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Forbes, Bodybuilding.com, Elite Daily and the like. Collaborating along the way with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.

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