Skechers Shape Ups
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Skechers Shape Ups – Hype or Real Deal?
Many of you who watched last night’s Super Bowl saw the many commercials for Skechers Shape Ups – sneakers that claim to “get you in shape” while walking.
These are fairly expensive (around $100 give or take), and not the most stylish shoes in the world. However, they seem to be taking off with customers. Essentially modeled after the original MBT shoes – by having a softer, curved sole – they’re designed to promote better posture, reduce joint strain, increase core and calf strength, and burn more calories while you walk. Customer reviews are quite positive.
I actually bought mine immediately after seeing a commercial on TV on New Years Eve.
Well, do they work?
I’ll get to that in a minute – After receiving my first pair – I was so thrilled at how comfortable these shoes were – that I instantly bought a second pair. Yes, that comfortable.
But after reading some of the reviews comparing them with the original MBT models, it appears that they don’t have the same “health benefits” that the latter models do (i.e., they don’t work the muscles as intensely.) However, those MBT’s are much more costly (3x more), and need to be re-soled often as they wear out quickly. I read that others have suffered the same fate with the Skechers brand, but instead of paying another $80 to fix them, you can just buy another pair.
As far as the physical benefits – I haven’t lost an ounce with these suckers yet (although I’ve only been wearing them for a month), but have noticed slightly increased calf strength and modestly better posture (I’m a sloucher). The warning messages about “getting used to” these new sneakers wasn’t necessary – you can walk just fine in them right away. No need to “practice.” But one thing you want to keep in mind is the fact that the soles are a bit thicker, and you might drag a foot or two accidentally in the beginning if you don’t watch the slope of the sidewalk… But I never tripped and fell like an idiot (yet).
But I walk between 5-10 miles per day on average – and have to say that the positive difference in terms of fatigue or joint soreness is incredible. Worth it for that reason alone.
They’re definitely “dorky” looking shoes, but who gives a darn what other people think. It’s your own comfort that counts!
Anyone else own a pair of either the Shape Up or the MBT shoes? Your thoughts?