Published on April 3rd, 2017 | by Tina King1
Big Feet Rejoice in Walking Cradles | Anikka Sandal Review
This review of the Walking Cradles Annika is sponsored by The Walking Cradle Company. The opinions are completely my own based on experience.
I jumped at the chance to try out and review the Anikka from Walking Cradles; this is a brand I had never heard of before. Wearing size 11s and having foot surgery several years ago to remove a neuroma and a bone spur, make shoe buying more time consuming and costly than I’d like. To make matters worse, my foot surgery made one foot a bit wider than the other and more sensitive to pressure in spots. Trust me, there are myriad things I’d rather do than shoe shop.
I’ve been a mom of three boys for 18 years, am very active, and work part time in retail where I am on my feet 5-7 hours a day. I love to look stylish, but in a casual way. Dressing up means skinny jeans or leggings and a cute top. Rarely, do I wear a skirt or dress and need to wear dressier shoes. I was drawn to the Walking Cradles Anikka in the milkshake color because I could see myself wearing them with so many things during the spring and summer months. They’d look cute with skinny jeans, leggings, ankle chinos and yes, even with a skirt or dress. (Perhaps for my 8 th and 12 th graders’ graduations this spring…sigh.)
The nubuck uppers were extremely soft right out of the box, they didn’t rub or hurt the area where my bone spur was removed (the knuckle where my big toe meets my foot). The foot bed was very comfortable to wear for several hours at a time. The Anikka has a 3/8” cushioned foot bed; additionally, there is extra cushioning in the form of raised bubbles (“pillows” per company’s website).
Post-surgery my podiatrist said wearing heels of any kind to work would be foolish of me. Walking Cradle put a 2¼ inch wedge on the Anikka, so I wouldn’t wear them for long periods at work. However, I am comfortable wearing these shoes at other times and did do some long stretches of time with them. The bottom of my right foot did become a bit tingly and numb with the Anikka, BUT this is a new normal for me after neuroma surgery. Even with the wedge, they were as comfortable or more so than any of my flat shoes (except the ankle boots that I wear to work). The Anikka’s cushioned foot bed beat out the KORK-EASE and Born wedges I’ve had for a while for comfort.
I believe Walking Cradles fit true to size. I have been an 11 M in every shoe since my youngest son was born 14 years ago, with 2 exceptions: my low top Converse All Stars (10M) and my current New Balance running shoe (11W). All in all, I found the Anikka to be a great shoe for outside of work. The color and style dress up and down which I need. Most importantly, they definitely hit the high bar for comfort that my poor feet have.
The Walking Cradles Anikka is available in black and milkshake (nude-beige) nubuck in sizes 4.5-13, narrow to extra wide widths from Zappos, WalkingCradles.com, Amazon, The Walking Company, Shoemall and Shoebuy. Find a Walking Cradles retailer near you.