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Do "Toning Shoes" Really Work?

submitted on July 7, 2010 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"
Has this new fad caught on with you?

Toning shoemakers - Skechers, Reebok, MBT (Masai Barefoot Technology), Avia and New Balance - are rolling out sleeker-looking toning sneakers for running, training and hiking that look more like athletic than orthopedic shoes. - Shape-ups - Easytone - The "Anti-Shoe" - Avi-motion - Rock&Tone

Other companies, such as FitFlop, are beginning to roll out toning sandals and clogs. The company describes their product as "Footwear with a gym built in. Get a workout while you walk."

Toning shoes typically sell for more than basketball, running or cross-training shoes. So that has made toning shoes a bright spot for manufacturers and retailers in the otherwise flat athletic footwear market.

The only thing bigger than toning shoes' sales growth might be the claims their marketers make about them. The Skechers website says Shape-ups will help you "Shape Up While You Walk" by toning your butt, leg and abdominal muscles, burning calories, fighting cellulite, improving your posture and circulation and reducing knee joint stress.

"Get in Shape Without Setting Foot in a Gym," Skechers claims.

Reebok, on its website, says the balance-ball-inspired technology used in its EasyTone shoes generates 28% more muscle activity in the gluteus maximus muscles of test subjects and 11% more in their hamstrings and calves.

"EasyTone shoes help tone your butt and legs with every step," Reebok says.

MBT says its "Anti-Shoe" will "tone muscles your trainer never knew you had."

While there may be elements of truth to the ads, doctors have questioned the effectiveness and safety of toning shoes.
1. Do you have any toning shoes?
2. Would you buy a pair for yourself?
3. Would you let your kids buy them?
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    Posted by pablos17 on July 8, 2010
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    I think they're ugly. Confused
    And if one really wants to tone up then real exercise is the answer.
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on July 8, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    If I'm not "toned" when I put them on, I don't think I would like tennis shoes that inadvertently made me "hurt" while wearing them Big Grin
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    Posted by JackBauer on July 8, 2010
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    I bought this pair and I love them:

    They are extremely comfortable. The extra cushion in the soles provides added support for the nagging sports injuries. I have had my knee operated on twice and their are day where it hurts to walk for exercise. In these shoes, I have felt no pain in my knees and I can feel my calves burning as I walk. That is something I haven't felt in a long time in regular shoes. I have yet to feel a difference in my abs and back, but I definitely see a difference in my calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes.

    Since this is a bargain hunting site, most Sketcher stores will sell the original Shapes-up for their outlet store price. I got the pair I posted over for $109.

    In closing, I love these new kicks.
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    Posted by shawndiaz on July 8, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    I refuse to by Skechers ever again as they are horrible on my back. Otherwise, there may be another choice for me.
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    Posted by orangearrows on July 8, 2010
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    waste of $$$$
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    Posted by webbyone2010 on July 8, 2010
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    My physical therapist would love if I bought these Confused She would rake in the dough on me.

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