Who should buy the Ryka Sky Walk
The Ryka Sky Walk is a walking shoe that was engineered to meet the needs of the foot during walking. It is a solid choice if:
- you need a comfortable shoe to ease foot and leg pain
- you have wide feet or bunions
Who should NOT buy the shoe
If you need a more reliable walking shoe that will last for hundreds of miles while remaining supportive, consider Skechers Arch Fit or Skechers Max Cushioning Arch Fit.
Cushioned for shorter walks
A lightweight molded EVA midsole is installed underneath to augment the model’s cushioning. The sole unit also absorbs impact and steadies the foot.
Inside the shoe, there is a plush memory foam footbed. This softly lined insole molds to the shape of the foot to evenly distribute the weight. A lot of reviewers refer to it as the shoe's highlight as it made the step-in feel extremely comfortable.
On the downside, most wearers found the cushioning to be enough for shorter walks only. This is not the shoe for walking and standing all day as it loses its cushy and supportive qualities over time.
The Ryka Sky Walk employs mesh in its top part, which allows the air to circulate inside the foot chamber. Based on the users' feedback, the shoe is very breathable.
A TPU shank is placed in the middle for increased support and structural integrity. In the upper, the shoe is wrapped in leather overlays in the key areas of the upper to prevent wobbling and ankle twisting.
With these supportive features, the shoe was able to provide the needed amount of arch support to the majority of wearers. It also helped them to alleviate regular pain in the feet and knees.
Snug lacing system
A traditional lace-up closure ensures a secure foothold. It also allows the user to adjust the fit according to their preferences.
The tongue is padded to give a comfortably snug feel. Furthermore, it protects the instep from getting irritated by the shoelaces.
This footwear has padding in the heel collar for comfort. It works together with the lacing system to prevent heel slippage. None of the reviewers reported issues with their heels slipping out of the shoe.
The Ryka Sky Walk utilizes rubber all over the bottom to allow traction on a wide variety of surfaces. This durable material also has wear-resistant, flexibility, and waterproof properties.
Not very promising durability
At the price point of $65, this Ryka shoe costs $25 cheaper than walking shoes on average. However, it is also one of the reasons why it is not the most durable. Unfortunately, the shoe started showing signs of wear after only 3 months for some ladies.