Yes! We've started a quarterly newsletter. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added.
Since our new site has launched, we've had
a large number of requests for our catalog. We actually consider
our web site to be our catalog, the advantage being that our catalog
updates itself almost every week. You don't have to be put on a
mailing list to receive it, and if you move, it moves with you (it
also won't clutter up your coffee table). Of course, our new site
doesn't feature every shoe available in our store, but it does feature all
the top selling brands like Ecco, Mephisto, Rieker, and more.
And as time passes, you can be sure that you'll find more and more
shoes posted here. Also, we have been asked by our vendors
not to list prices and we feel obliged to honor those requests.
If you have a question about a price, e-mail
it to us.
Sorry, we don't hold store wide sales. But
if you visit the store we always have a small group of discontinued
shoes on closeout.
Shop in Berkeley was the first walking footwear specialty store
to open in the US; responding to a need for an independent shop
with a broad selection of technically advanced shoes with attractive
appearance, incorporating orthopedic design elements, to enhance
the joys of walking. Every Saturday morning an hour before the store
opens, our staff gathers to hear a presentation by an expert in
some aspect of the shoe business. The meeting might feature a podiatrist
explaining how to help customers with special needs, a senior staff
member sharpening the staff¹s fitting skills, a manufacturer¹s
representative discussing the technical features of a new shoe line.
This ongoing education program is just one part of our effort to
ensure that you receive knowledgeable, friendly assistance that
meets all of your needs. We¹ve been in the shoe business for
three generations. We know how important it is to fit you with a
shoe that will give you years of comfort, function, and style. Our
staff is carefully trained to deal with any special fitting requirements.
They will assist you in selecting the best pattern for your foot,
and they are fully prepared to make whatever adjustments are necessary
to assure foot comfort.
No, we are not a chain. We have only one store in Berkeley,
California. Although we do have an international reputation, we
feel that in order to offer the exceptional level of service we
do; we need to be "hands on" managers who can give our customers
the superior level of service they deserve.
is your return policy? You
may return your purchase within 14 days of the arrival of your shoes.
Shoes must be returned in new condition (unworn) and must be accompanied
by the receipt. If
there is a defect, the shoes will be repaired or replaced at our
do I order? You
can order using several methods: (1) with our secure online ordering
system by adding the items you want to your shopping cart(temporarily suspended);
(2) by sending us an email with
your telephone number, and the best time for us to contact you.
Specify the size and styles in which you are interested and we'll
get back to you usually within 24 hours, saving
you a toll call, or (3) by calling us at (510) 849-3628 with your
Visa or Mastercard ready.
We're available to take your order from 9am to 6pm,
Monday through Saturday, and from 11am to 5pm on Sundays (all times
are Pacific Standard).
We sell a complete range of footwear
for all purposes. We cover career-comfort, dress-comfort, casual,
walking, rugged walking, light hiking, leisure. This includes pumps,
casual and dress straps, sandals, demi boots, clogs, athleisure,
slippers, oxfords, slip-ons, and boots-dress and casual. Here are
the features we look for in every shoe we carry: Shock absorbing
soles, and cushioned insoles provide a supportive base while protecting
spine and joints. Anatomically designed footbeds, support and cushion
your foot¹s arches and joints. Flexibility, for perfect conformity
to your foot as it bends and flexes. Light weight to reduce fatigue.
Rich natural soft leathers to provide maximum breathability and
conformity to your foot. Fuller toe characters, with adequate depth,
to give your toes room to wiggle.
From a biomechanical point of view there are a number of fundamental
differences between walking and running, all of which have implications
for shoe design. In walking, there is a rolling motion, in running
there is a springing motion. In walking, there is a 45 degree strike
angle, in running a 30 degree strike angle. In walking, greater
dwell time, ( the length of time foot is on the ground) In walking,
small impact area, in running larger impact area. In walking, full
toe-off extension, in running partial toe off. So, a walking shoe
needs to have an outsole designed for greater flexibility and durability
to counteract the larger strike angle, smaller impact area, and
extended toeoff of walking. Also, a walking shoe needs to have a
sturdier midsole designed to reduce the impact/strike forces of
walking, and to achieve the maximum cushioning, and shock absorption.
Also the midsole and outsole need to be designed with a kind of
rocker profile to enhance the rolling motion of walking, rather
than the springing motion of running. Counter and shank need to
be stronger to compensate for the smaller impact area, and larger
strike angle of walking, and to support the longitudinal arch during
the greater dwell time of walking.
A good walking shoe incorporates
a number of important elements, but first and foremost is a good
fit! Look for a shoe whose shape approximates the shape of you own
foot. To ensure correct arch fit, the widest part of the shoe, should
be at the widest part of your foot-at the ball joint. To ensure
correct toe length , on weight bearing, check the length at the
longest toe on the longest foot and be sure to leave a little room
at the end. Be especially careful of shoes that slope or narrow
at the toe, to leave extra toe room! Look for flexibility at the
ball of the foot, but not at the arch. Look for cushioning at the
ball of the foot and at the heel. Look for a broad base, that will
give you stability. Look for a shoe that is built to offer sufficient
arch support; not just an arch cookie (foam pad inserted under arch
to give support) many shoes today are built from the ground up with
molded sole and footbed to offer complete anatomic support. Look
for full rounded toe character, with sufficient height of the toe
box. Look for leathers that are soft enough to accommodate your
foot and any problems you may have.
No, we feel strongly that a good
walking shoe must absorb the shock of our harsh world of hard concrete
and pavement. All our shoes have a resilient, shock absorbing sole.
our shoes are made of natural leather, as we feel this is the only
material that promotes proper foot healthŠleather wicks moisture
away from the foot, and releases it through the pores. Leather is
also the only material that conforms to the shape of your foot,
and retains this custom shape.
Most definitely! In Europe , where
people are long accustomed to walking everywhere, a quiet revolution
in footwear is taking place. A select group of high quality manufacturers
is developing new shoe designs that combine elegance and refinement
with hidden comfort features. Utilizing both traditional craftsmanship
and advanced technology, these manufacturers are creating new lines
of shoes that are both beautiful and practical. We believe this
development is long overdue. We are now introducing these fine fashion-comfort
shoes to the U.S., with tremendous success. We are also influencing
some of our domestic manufacturers to follow this lead, so we can
offer you fashion + comfort in sizes and widths!
To Fit Feet
Yes we can! Because of
our tremendous selection of European comfort shoes, which are built
on a European F, G, or H last (wide to extra wide), and because
of our selection of domestic shoes available in wide and extra wide
fittings we offer one of the best selections in the U.S. of wider
fittings in all categories from casual to dress. We also have a
number of shoes with an oblique (broad, outflared, or squared) toe
can. We have professionally trained shoe fitters with years of experience
in fitting problem feet. We carry an assortment of shoes built on
lasts orthopedically designed to accommodate problem feet. We offer
exceptionally soft leathers to accommodate bunions, hammertoes,
diabetes and other problems. We offer shoes with anatomic footbeds,
extra support and cushioning to accommodate heels spurs, pronation,
and other common problems. Most of all we offer you the confidence
in knowing that you can trust us to provide you with the true service
based on know how, to help you solve your problems.
There are three
principal reasons for this: First, the decline of American shoe
manufacturing, resulting in the loss of shoe manufacturing and component
suppliers geared for producing multiple fittings. Second, the rise
of athletic shoes to a dominant position in the marketplace, which
has conditioned buyers to expect only one width. Third, the decline
of the full service family shoe store, and rise of the self service
mass merchandiser to the preeminent position in the American marketplace.
But The Walk Shop can help you. We represent three generations of
footwear fitting professionals. We work closely with American footwear
manufacturers to develop exceptional fitting shoes, in a wide variety
of sizes and widths. And we offer a great selection of wide and
extra wide fittings form our European manufacturers.
we offer standard combination lasts on all our domestic shoes. Heel
fittings are two widths narrower than the ball of foot fitting.
This will be designated as for example: B/AA. We also offer some
shoes such as our Munro American brand which have developed a unique
combination last which is three widths narrower at the heel!
Shoes With Orthotics
many of our customers wear orthotics and have found a selection
of shoes that work with them. We have many shoes with the extra
depth required to accommodate an orthotic, and many with a removable
footbed, that can be taken out and replaced with your prescription
orthosis. Here are a few of the commonly asked questions concerning
No, due to the
thickness of the orthotic, your size will change.
Your Podiatrist may suggest
one or more brand names as a starting point, but there is no single
brand that works best for everyone, for all purposes. Many brands
must be evaluated by the Professional Shoe Fitter in order to provide
you with the best fit, to serve your needs.
are some types of functional adjustable strap sandals with a recessed
footbed, that will accommodate an orthotic.
all pumps loosen over time, we strongly recommend selecting a fashionable
"strap pump" which is basically a pump profile with the added support
of a strap. Certain strap shoes will accept an orthotic and still
provide an important measure of firm support. Another alternative
is a dressy tie, or demi-boot.