ABEO Biomechanical Footwear is built around a patent-pending design, developed at Stanford, called SMARTsystem®. The company claims that SMARTsystem® shoes reduce knee stress and pain and can even slow the onset or progress of osteoarthritis in the knee. These shoes are recommended for anyone approaching 50, experiencing knee pain, or exhibiting joint-health risk factors like obesity, as well as for those suffering known osteoarthritis. For women, these shoes include athletic wear and just a few businessworthy options; the men’s collection has a higher ratio of professional to walking shoes.
Our pick from the SMARTsystem® collection for women is the ABEO Smart 3640. Versatile, with the grippy rubber outsole of an athletic shoe and a casual Mary Jane inspired design, the shoe features a soft heel counter for natural foot movement and a hook-and-loop closure at the instep for stability and a custom fit.
For the men, we recommend a look at the ABEO 3730 Moc Tie. Also a versatile model, it features comfort and athletic features as well as a polished exterior, making it equally suited for a tamer hike and the casual office. A soft heel counter gives your foot plenty of freedom, while the full grain leather of the upper keeps your foot cool and the shoe lightweight while looking classy.
Of course, all these attractive attributes are on top of the features discussed above — making these models two of the comfiest, most foot-friendly athletic/casual hybrid shoes you could hope to find.
ABEO also offers a line of summer footwear called B.I.O.system, which it describes as “sandals with a 3-D fit” and which features a custom orthotic footbed in every shoe. The sandal line bears the seal of approval of the American Podiatric Medical Association, and ABEO claims that the B.I.O.system design reduces foot fatigue and shock and stress to the joints. For women, B.I.O.system offers everything from tough, utilitarian outdoor sandals to lightweight slides in pretty colors. The men’s line runs the gamut from chill flip flops to high-performance walking sandals.
The Laguna Neutral is a fantastic example of what B.I.O.system has to offer for women. Pretty yet practical, this shoe is appropriate for an athletic walk on smooth terrain or for pairing with a floaty sundress for a summer cocktail party. Its comfort features include a dual-density EVA memory foam insole designed to evenly distribute weight over your entire foot, meaning neither your heel nor your toes are under pressure.
One of our favorite men’s options from B.I.O.system is the Davenport Neutral sandal, a choice that’s both functional and attractive. The lightweight midsole is constructed to reduce foot lift load and body stress, encouraging natural pronation. Three adjustable hook and loop straps ensure the perfect fit; meanwhile, a waterproof, stain resistant upper and channeled rubber outsole with tons of traction make it perfect for a walk on the beach or along a mountain trail.