SOURCE: The Walking Company

May 02, 2007 11:00 ET

Leading Retailer of Comfort Footwear Comes to Hoover, Alabama

The Walking Company Set to Open Store, Bring Premium Brands and Latest Styles of Quality Comfort Shoes and Accessories to Birmingham Suburb

HOOVER, AL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2007 --The Walking Company, the leading retailer of comfort footwear in the U.S., today announced it will open a new location in Hoover, Ala. on May 4.

The new 1,200 square-foot location will feature the latest styles and designs from more than 40 premium comfort footwear brands such as ECCO, Mephisto and Dansko. The Walking Company also offers a wide selection of comfort footwear from hard-to-find quality brands from around the world such as Pikolinos and Beautifeel. The store will offer a comprehensive selection for every walk of life, including dress shoes, sandals, clogs, boots and active.

The new store will be located at the Riverchase Galleria, one of Alabama's most popular tourist attractions and most unique shopping experiences. The Riverchase Galleria is beneath a nine-story glass atrium featuring the world's largest skylight, and has more than 200 shops, luxurious lodging and fine dining. Mall hours are Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

"This is our first location in the state of Alabama, and we are looking forward to bringing the largest selection of premium comfort footwear to one of the fastest growing areas in the South," said Lee Cox, Senior Vice President of Retail at The Walking Company. "In addition, the Riverchase Galleria is an incredible location for our store, with a customer base that is a great fit for our products."

All of the footwear sold by The Walking Company comes with the company's promise of authentic comfort, which guarantees every product sold is manufactured to provide a maximum level of comfort to the wearer all day long. All products are made with the highest quality materials and unsurpassed craftsmanship.

In addition to a wide selection of comfort footwear, The Walking Company offers a variety of comfort-related accessories. The new store will also feature the Lynco orthotic system and digital foot scanning technology. Customers who come into the store can have their feet scanned to identify their foot type and pressure points, and determine the appropriate Lynco orthotic for their feet. Orthotics, once used as a remedy for foot conditions, are now widely used by people wanting increased comfort and improved footwear performance.

The Walking Company, Inc. is a leading independent specialty retailer of high quality comfort shoes and accessories and is dedicated to bringing customers the best brands from around the world, featuring premium brands such as ECCO, Mephisto, Dansko, UGG and Merrell among many others. The Walking Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Big Dog Holdings (NASDAQ: BDOG), sells its products through approximately 150 stores in premium malls across the country as well as The Walking Company catalog and Web site. More information is available at

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