Reshod Walking Shoes
Racewalk coaching and training for walkers of all levels.
About Coach Carmen
Coach Carmen began her competitive race walking career in 1986 when she was told by doctors to pursue a low impact sport. Throughout her journey, Coach Carmen saw a need for better footwear and decided to pursue product creation, along with coaching. She designed and created a new midsole geared to performance and support. Coach Carmen has refined her original concept to include a shoe for fitness and casual walkers, launching Reshod Walking Shoes in 2008. She holds two US utility patents, with another pending. Coach Carmen is a Safe Sport, USATF level 1 certified coach, was a member of the 2015 and 2016 US Womens 50k Race Walk team, and is currently the President of a USA Track and Field Race Walk club. Her athletes have ranged from 6 to 86 years of age and are training for fitness, the Olympic Trials and everything in between.
Why walkers love Reshod Walking Shoes.
I have been racewalking since the late 1970s. There were never any real good walking shoes. I still have a pair of New Balance Race Walkers. I had a pair of custom race walking shoes from Hersey. Yet none really was what I needed. I tried customizing many shoes. My career interfered with continuing with competitive race walking, or even good exercise. A few years ago I found ReShod, by Carmen. This is what I tried to achieve 35 years ago. I have had five pair of ReShod, different Nike and Saucony models…I like padded tongues without stiff heel-counters. The design of the midsole is about as good as it gets. I look forward to an actual ReShod shoe…I will be first in line to buy. At this time, I plan to have a pair of Altras ReShod. The bottom line is the ReShod approach is the best that I have seen for Race Walking.
I have been a racewalker for 12 years. I walked for the first few years in regular running shoes until I discovered ReShod. I am currently on my 6th pair of ReShod shoes, all made with Saucony uppers. I use them for training as well as racing. I normally get about 400-500 miles out of a pair of ReShods – about the same as you would get from a regular pair of running shoes. However, that’s after wearing the original shoes for several hundred miles before converting them. I definitely feel like I’m faster in my ReShods than I am in normal shoes, especially over long distances. The shape of the sole under the ball of the foot really helps me to roll all the way off my toes and get a nice push off. I have worn ReShods for five first-place finishes in the Portland to Coast Relay (corporate division), and two third-place finishes in the Portland Half Marathon (racewalk division). I am really looking forward to trying out the new ReShod shoes when they are ready!
I have been a fan of ReShod Walking Shoes since my first pair in 2009. Have been through seven ReShods by Carmen, first one was on an ASICS, after that all ReShods have been on Montrail’s Mountain Masochist. I am a recreational race walker, but have participated in 5K races and Portland to Coast Relays, each time wearing my ReShod shoes. Each pair of ReShod shoes have provided me with a comfortable and durable shoe for race walking training and events, and have helped to improve my race walking form and speed. Earlier this year I was without my ReShod shoes for a few weeks, and had to use “regular” shoes for race walking, WOW, what a difference it made when race walking without my ReShod shoes. It was not a good difference. I was so glad to be back in ReShods for race walking and two 5K’s earlier this year. Thank you Carmen for not only introducing me to Race Walking but to ReShod shoes as well!