Post # 1
Has anyone heard of Skechers “Shape Ups” fitness shoes?
They are these rather ugly (in my opinion) sneakers that are supposed to help promote weight loss, improve posture, and tone your muscles. However, I am rather skeptical as to whether or not these shoes really do help you tone up and give your weight loss a boost. At a $100+ a pair I would want to be sure they would do at least part of what they are supposed to and not just be a rather clunky pair of expensive shoes. The funky sole design is to help with your posture and many other companies (e.g. MBT, Earth Shoes) also use a similar design but do these Skechers really do what they claim?
I was just wondering if anyone in the hive has tried these babies on for size to help get in shape for the big day?! And if so what do you think of them?
Here is a picture of them in black but if you like the Skechers website has many other colors to choice from
Post # 3
I think any type of shoes can promote weightloss, as long as you wear them while keeping up with a consistent routine of cardio and strength training, and don’t wear them out on numerous trips to the refrigerator! 🙂
I’d be more tempted to spend the $100 on two sessions with a personal trainer– one to set me up with a program, and then another one six weeks later to check my progress and give me a new program for the next six weeks.
Post # 4
I have the fitflops, which are a similar thing to this. I have a lot of walking on my commute to work and I thought it would be a little better than wearing $2 Old Navy flip flops.
I haven’t noticed that big of a difference. They make my legs and butt a little sore so maybe they’re toning something. I wouldn’t hold out for life-changing results though ;o)
Post # 5
I wouldn’t do it!
As a kinesiologist I was entrigued and I went to the website to check out the “science”
In one sentence they state the shoe promotes you to dig in your heel, shift your weight to the center of your foot and then push off with your toes and this will increase your back strength and core strength blah blah blah – THIS IS HOW WE ALWAYS WALK – shoes or no shoes!!!!
So then I went to the clinical trial to see what they asked the participants to do while wearing the shoe that resulted in the weight loss and strength increases and they didn’t say and they didn’t even have a link so that I could read the actual lab report!!!
If I were you I would stick to the old fashioned tried and true method – increase caloric expenditure (exercise) and decrease caloric intake!!!!!!
Post # 6
I think the principle behind these shoes is the same as the MTB and Earth shoes. They “may” promote some toning, but that’s probably because you’re using muscles that you don’t normally use. Of course if buying the shoes makes you walk more (b/c you want to get your money’s worth), well, they might get you started on a regular habit.
Post # 7
Haha I agree with you jhphi! Any shoe can do this if YOU are also working out but the site claims to “get in shape without setting foot in the gym.” I feel like they are promoting some frequent refrigerator trips lol by how they are advertising the product. People will think I just have to strap on my shoes and weight loss here I come.
I personally think the idea is rediculous and would much rather spend the money on a nice pair of running shoes or on a few months of a gym membership where I can do some lap swimming.
I’m actaully NOT insterested in these shoes at all!! I work on the side for a company that sells them and I have seen a ton of orders for them. I was just interested in why they were selling so well and if people actually noticed any difference as to what the site claims.