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eliza61
05-18-2010, 01:38 PM
I know a lot of women are buying those ship-shape sneakers. there are a couple of different manufacturers. Evidently, there is no evidence they work.

http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/109576/10-ways-youre-getting-ripped-off

Here are a few other supposedly "sucker deals" we are falling for.

Fitness Shoes




The Rip-Off: Reebok calls it the EasyTone; Skechers, the ShapeUp. These curved-sole shoes, transforming people into human rocking chairs, cost up to $130 and promise to keep you fit even while grocery shopping. During 2009 sales grew 14-fold to $245 million, estimates market researcher NPD. One problem: "They mostly affect the foot and ankle," says Dr. Michael Ross, director of Rothman Institute's Sports Performance Lab, which counts the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies and Flyers among its clients. "There is no evidence they will help you tone better or quicker than a regular shoe."

How to Avoid It: Join a gym.

bored
05-18-2010, 01:50 PM
Shape Ups did wonders for the wife. She always battles terrible blisters anytime a ton of walking is involved. Wore shape ups on last DW trip and walked for 7 days straight with no blisters (and more importantly no complaining):thumbsup2! May not have helped her shape up, but they helped in the blister dept so they were worth the money.

JenGC
05-18-2010, 02:19 PM
My mother had a horrible knee problem. She was considering surgery. Her friend told her about the shape ups and within a week she saw a difference. Now she goes up and down our stairs like a NORMAL person. She was taking one at a time and was in pain on every step. She just can't believe that it works so well. So while it might not have any scientific backing that it actually helps you lose weight or shapes you up, it does WONDERS for alignment.

tinkmom2
05-18-2010, 02:22 PM
I have the Shape Ups and I love them! I have knee and feet problems and find them pretty comfortable. I wear them on the treadmill at the gym. I feel a difference in my calves and butt after I wear them. They do no good if you don't use them! The whole point of them is walking and being active.

santa's surpriz
05-18-2010, 02:59 PM
I bought the Reebok Easytones, and the are the comfortable shoes ever! They have done wonders for my plantar fascitius. I cannot put a price tag on that sort of relief!

HunnyPots
05-18-2010, 03:15 PM
I took the article to mean that they are not the easy fix that consumers expect. For instance, putting them on once a week and walking around the grocery store for 30 minutes will not give you the legs of a super model;). On the other hand, if you walk 30 minutes EVERY DAY in any shoe, you will see some improvement.

It did state that the shoes helped in the areas of feet and ankles and, for me, that would make them worth the money as I have weak ankles and a screwed up achiles tendon. They probably wouldn't sell as well if they marketed the shoes for those problems though. If you wanna make money you gotta jump on the weight loss/ fitness bandwagon.

deerhart
05-18-2010, 03:21 PM
they have lots and lots of cushion and are much softer on the joints. Also, they work your calves like crazy going up hills.

The first week I wore them, my back and stomach were very sore from the shift in posture from wearing the shoes. Now when I put on my regular tennis shoes, they feel weird now.

horseshowmom
05-18-2010, 03:47 PM
I bought the Reebok Easytones, and the are the comfortable shoes ever! They have done wonders for my plantar fascitius. I cannot put a price tag on that sort of relief!

I'm starting to get interested after reading this. I'm 50 years old and feel like I'm starting to walk like an old woman due to sore feet. I don't care about the getting in shape claims, but if they can make my sore feet better, I'm sold (I've also been diagnosed with PF.)

Ephany
05-18-2010, 03:51 PM
I didn't buy mine for the 'shape up' factor. I bought them because I saw hundreds of reviews that all agreed that if you work on your feet all day, your feet will hurt less. I've never paid that much for a pair of work shoes before and they're well worth it. These are the best work shoes I've ever owned and I don't feel ripped off one bit.

lovetoscrap
05-18-2010, 03:52 PM
I'm starting to get interested after reading this. I'm 50 years old and feel like I'm starting to walk like an old woman due to sore feet. I don't care about the getting in shape claims, but if they can make my sore feet, I'm sold (I've also been diagnosed with PF.)


Give them a try horseshowmom. My podiatrist recommended them and I have been wearing this style shoe for over a year now and they are much better for my PF. I also have tried the Fit Flops and they are also more comfortable on my painful heels.

horseshowmom
05-18-2010, 04:03 PM
Give them a try horseshowmom. My podiatrist recommended them and I have been wearing this style shoe for over a year now and they are much better for my PF. I also have tried the Fit Flops and they are also more comfortable on my painful heels.

I definitely will. :thumbsup2

I'm sick to death of my feet hurting. :headache:

dreamin_disney
05-18-2010, 04:13 PM
I'm getting interested in these shoes. Does anyone wear them while fast walking on treadmill? I could use all the help getting better legs-lol! A nice buttom wont be to bad either-lol!

PinkRhombus
05-18-2010, 04:38 PM
I bought some of the cheaper ones at Kmart to wear on the few days a month that I'm on my feet for hours, standing in the same place. It KILLS my back if I don't have these on.

A friend bought the Sketcher ones and they started splitting apart about 3 weeks after she bought them. Took them back and went back to the Kmart ones.

MomRN
05-18-2010, 04:46 PM
A few of the nurses I work with swear by them, but not for the "shaping" up effect. More for the feeling of your legs falling off after a 12 hr shift. I was afraid of the opposite- that it would make them feel worse- but I've heard enough people recommend them that they will be my next work shoe purchase.

eliza61
05-18-2010, 04:52 PM
LOL. so maybe they got the wrong advertisement agency. The shoes are called "shape ups" so I guess the article is saying they don't do what they advertise.

Skechers home page says "Firms calf muscles, tones and firms thigh muscles, firms buttocks muscles" :lmao:

Seems like they do every thing else but that. funny

tinkmom2
05-18-2010, 06:29 PM
I'm getting interested in these shoes. Does anyone wear them while fast walking on treadmill? I could use all the help getting better legs-lol! A nice buttom wont be to bad either-lol!

I walk up to 3.5 on the treadmill. It does make the bottoms of my feet tired for some reason so I altenate speed. I notice a difference in posture and soreness in my tush and calves.

amez
05-18-2010, 06:36 PM
My mother had a horrible knee problem. She was considering surgery. Her friend told her about the shape ups and within a week she saw a difference. Now she goes up and down our stairs like a NORMAL person. She was taking one at a time and was in pain on every step. She just can't believe that it works so well. So while it might not have any scientific backing that it actually helps you lose weight or shapes you up, it does WONDERS for alignment.

I could have typed this-my mom has the same problem and loves the shoes.

momtosam
05-18-2010, 10:25 PM
I just spent a whole day touring NYC in a pair of Sketches Tone-Ups sandals. They were amazingly comfortable. I would have never thought that I could do NYC for a whole day in a thong sandal.

PADISFAM
05-18-2010, 11:01 PM
I have the EasyTones & Shape Ups, I love them both! I do notice a difference in my lower legs & butt (slightly more so w/ the Reebok ones), they are both very comfortable. I have never paid that much for shoes (waaay to cheap) but I don't feel ripped off at all (frankly I want to get an additional pair of the Easytones).

dgthree
05-18-2010, 11:11 PM
The shoes are called "shape ups" so I guess the article is saying they don't do what they advertise.

Skechers home page says "Firms calf muscles, tones and firms thigh muscles, firms buttocks muscles" :lmao:

Seems like they do every thing else but that. funny

I get it. You think they're a rip off.

I don't necessarily think my legs are in any better shape from wearing FitFlops, but my feet are definitely happier. That's worth the price of the shoes right there. I have the boots, two pair of clogs, and am waiting on a pair of thong sandals for the summer...

FWIW - if you think the ShapeUps, Fit Flops & Easy Tones are pricey, check out MBT Shoes.
http://us.mbt.com/Default.aspx?lang=en-US

piglet33
05-20-2010, 01:05 PM
After reading all these posts, I decided to go and buy a pair. Last night I went to Kohl's with my 20% off coupon and got the Avia Avi-Motion iTone High-Performance Toning Shoes.

http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/shoes/womens/toning/PRD~630286/Avia+AviMotion+iTone+HighPerformance+Toning+Shoes. jsp

OMG - they are so comfortable. I usually have such a problem finding sneakers that don't hurt my feet when I do a lot of walking. These felt like I was walking on air.

So now I can alternate between wearing my new comfy sneakers and my comfy Fit-Flops.

Thanks so much for starting this thread. My feet are going to be so happy.

TxRabbit
05-20-2010, 01:32 PM
FWIW - if you think the ShapeUps, Fit Flops & Easy Tones are pricey, check out MBT Shoes.
http://us.mbt.com/Default.aspx?lang=en-US

MBT owner here. I purchased them before the other manufacturers came out with a similar concept. I'm not positive, but I think that MBTs were the first with the idea.

I purchased them because I have a hard time with shoes. Period. These were the first shoes that I was able to wear for even a short period of time without having blisters form and without any other random pain in the feet.

When I first started wearing the MBT's, the thing that hurt the worst was my inner and outer thighs. The MBTs say they "awaken forgotten leg muscles." The sole of the shoe is not as wide as your foot, so you "wobble" which activates your inner and outer thighs with each step or even while standing.

If you are on your feet a lot, even while standing, the rocking motion of the shoe (if you purposefully do it) will help with fatigue. You can get your body into different positions so that one muscle, especially one area of a muscle, doesn't get overworked.

Because of the soles, the cushioning is amazing. It becomes very difficult to put on regular shoes once you get used to the footbed of this type of shoe.

I really love my MBTs. They have lasted a long time. I don't wear them every day, because I love my Merrell sandals too.;) It's awesome that I can get the MBTs resoled too.

I tried FitFlops. Maybe I got a bad pair, but the thing between my toes was rough and rubbed me raw. I'm used to shoes with things there so I was very surprised. I got rid of those.

maxiesmom
05-20-2010, 03:14 PM
The Rip-Off: Reebok calls it the EasyTone; Skechers, the ShapeUp. These curved-sole shoes, transforming people into human rocking chairs, cost up to $130 and promise to keep you fit even while grocery shopping. During 2009 sales grew 14-fold to $245 million, estimates market researcher NPD. One problem: "They mostly affect the foot and ankle," says Dr. Michael Ross, director of Rothman Institute's Sports Performance Lab, which counts the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies and Flyers among its clients. "There is no evidence they will help you tone better or quicker than a regular shoe."

How to Avoid It: Join a gym.

They don't even have their info right. The Easy Tone shoes do not have a curved sole, they have something they call a balance ball on the bottom. Very different from the curved soles used on the other brands.

So we are supposed to trust the opinion of someone who doesn't even know that?:rotfl2: I think I will trust the opinion of the many people who have told me they love their exercize shoes.:thumbsup2

VAN
05-20-2010, 03:22 PM
I just bought the Avia brand -- well because they were the only size 10 in the store!!!

Anyway, it does seem to take more effort to walk in them, so I guess I'm getting some exercise benefit from them. But agree with others that the cushioned soles are wonderful. I take a 3 mile walk every day on pavement and the bottoms of my feet don't hurt when I wear them.

So, I agree that maybe I will not have a model's butt, but they are certainly helping my aching feet!

p.s. I got mine at Kohl's ... $80 minus 30% = $56

piglet33
05-20-2010, 03:37 PM
p.s. I got mine at Kohl's ... $80 minus 30% = $56

Ooh, I'm jealous! My Mom had a 30% coupon, but I told her I wasn't going shopping:eek: and didn't need it. Of course after she throws it away, I come here and find this thread.:rotfl: I'm just glad I got them.

nunzia
05-20-2010, 03:41 PM
I'm starting to get interested after reading this. I'm 50 years old and feel like I'm starting to walk like an old woman due to sore feet. I don't care about the getting in shape claims, but if they can make my sore feet better, I'm sold (I've also been diagnosed with PF.)

I hear you...all of a sudden my heels kill me..and I'm exerciseing alot more. I think running started it, but now..OW. I got a pair of NB heel support shoes but they don't help, in fact my old NB feel better. I may try these. Getting old really does stink.

DawnM
05-20-2010, 04:21 PM
It also says that Cable TV is a rip off. While I think it is overpriced, I disagree that you can just watch everything on Hulu.....that is hard with 5 of us. We don't have 5 computers. Also, not everything is on Hulu.



Dawn