Avia possibly makes some of the best shoes youll never see. Thats because after a brief re-appearance in 1999, the company had distribution problems in the UK. But its back, initially with a high-mileage stability shoe.
The 2079 uses Avias dual-cantilever system in the rearfoot to provide stable cushioning (essentially two flexible hemispheres compress against each other to create a soft sweet-spot). The stability is backed up by a conventional second-density medial post.
We only had one wear-test pair of the 2079s, and the tester found them to be the kind of shoe you could easily put on and forget about. The cushioning and stability were not extreme in either way, and the tester felt the 2079 could easily have come from a bigger brand. Should you go out of your way to find it? You probably dont need to, as there are so many exceptional stability shoes at this price; but if you come across it you wouldnt be wasting your time to try it out.
If you need a serious, protective stability shoe its hard to think youd be disappointed by the 2079. Its simply very competent.
Try it on if you liked
Asics GT-2060 (£70); Nike Air Structure Triax (£70)