Shape-Ups Shoes for Women

Shape Up with The Right Pair of Shoes

Buying My First Skechers Sneakers

I recently bought my first pair of Skechers Women's Shape-Ups Sneakers. I am not one to spend a lot of money. If I spend $30 on a pair of shoes, I cringe. So spending $100 on a pair of shoes took a great amount of debating. I have heard and read the commercials for these fitness shoes. Many articles have been written on the benefits of these sneakers. To top it off, my husband knows some people from work who wear Skechers and swear by them.

I have had feet problems since my daughter was born. She is a college student now. If fact I have given her a complex on how my body has taken a turn for the worse since having the baby.

I love to walk. When I was younger, I had joined many walk-a-thons. Before the baby, it was nothing to put in a ten mile walk on the weekends.

The day before my daughter was born; I bought a new pair of slippers for the hospital. They were a size 5 and my feet had plenty of room. The moment after she was born, a nurse grabbed my new slippers for me to put on. Guess what? They didn’t fit. It was like one of Cinderella’s stepsisters putting her large foot in the small glass slipper.

When I tell people that my feet grew 1 1/2 to 2 sizes bigger the day I had my baby, they just shake their head in disbelief.

Since that day, have seen a podiatrist off an on over the years for treatment on my feet. I have heal spurs and spurs top of my feet. My foot pain has often been on the bottom of my feet and I have been told at these particular times that I have torn or pulled ligaments. (The stress and pressure of giving birth stretched and torn the ligaments in my feet.) Everyday I live with foot pain.

The day I walked into the shoe store and tried on a pair of Skechers, my feet went “Oh yeah!” It is still to early to tell, but these shoes feel real good. They even come with a DVD. My feet don’t hurt while wearing them. I will have to keep you posted.

Note: They come in men's styles too.

Skechers Shape-Ups are designed to:

  • Promote weight loss
  • Strengthen the back
  • Firm calf and buttock muscles
  • Reduce cellulite and tone your thighs
  • Increase cardiovascular health
  • Improve posture
  • Reduce stress on knee and ankle joints

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One Month Update

Since I have had these shoes for a little over a month now, I have to say, "I love them!"

They do take a bit to get use to starting out. Every time I walk I feel like my legs are getting a good workout. And my heals don't hurt (when I am wearing them).

Only drawback is that the heal on the shoes are higher than I had been use to, which means I have some high water pants on when I walk.

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

These are really great shoes, if I could walk I would buy them. Excellent hub, thanks for sharing this....Happy St. Patrick's Day my friend.

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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

$100 is a lot of money for me too but I NEED these shoes. I'm on my feet 10 hours a day at work. I'll look into them. Thanks.

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

Interesting hub especially since you have recommended them thus far. I wondered if they were any good, I guess they are. Thanks for the info!

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janices7 6 years ago

I have been hearing a lot about these shoes on TV. You'll have to let us know how it goes after a month or two. I am a bit afraid of ending up with back problems or something since they alter the way you walk, but maybe I'm just a worry-wart. Great lens and have fun walking!

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

living in ny i tend to walk alot. . and these are great choices of shap-up shoes. .. i am almost sorry i didnt see the boots for winter! a pair of these and my ipod and i never will need to go to the gym again! thumbs up on this hub;)

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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

I had never before heard of foot problems after childbirth! Is there a partiular syndrom associated with this problem? Glad you have found shoes to help!! Nice Hub. Thanks.

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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Thanks for sharing. Good info.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Shoes make all the diff - I personally go with New Balance but may try a switcheroo.....I wonder if they have shoes with a net attached for my escapades! Good info!

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Cathi, I have ran into a few women who have had similar problems after childbirth. I don't know the percentage. Even if it is a low number like1 percent, I fall into that.

akirchner, if you are talking about tripping over your own feet, I do that too. :)

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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

OOohhh yes keep us posted on these! I bought a pair of Fitflops before the actual "shoes" came out and I wore them to death! I've heard really good things about Sketchers Shape ups but haven't tried them yet so you will have to write a follow up hub!!!

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

its ok as long as it is comfortable, YES111 nice selection of shoes!! thanks Sandy! Maita

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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

I have a pair of these shoes. I'm a surgical tech, so I'm on my feet 10 hours a day too. They are great for lower back pain. I paid $125.00 for mine. I really debated hard on whether or not I was worth the money. Finally I said yes to the price, and my back thanks me for it every day. No more lower back pain.

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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thank you for sharing this wonderful information. I'll have to check these shoes out the next time I'm shopping for shoes.

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mulberry1 6 years ago

I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think of these shoes in a few months. I had heard about them and was keeping them in the back of my mind for later.

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adrienne2 6 years ago from Atlanta

Interesting hub thanks for sharing on shape-up shoes. Great presentation.

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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Interesting hub - I just bought a pair of the shape-up shoes a week ago; thanks for sharing this information.

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clspeakstoo 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Nice relevant and timely Hub. I love the Sketchers shape-up shoe, they were the #1 item on my Christmas list; now they are the #1 item on my Mother's day list! I need another pair for indoors.

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easylearningweb 6 years ago

Cool hub. I was actually thinking about buying a pair of these sneakers. Thanks for the info! I'm now a follower, thanks for your interesting hubs. :-)

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Sandyspider, sounds great, thanks for sharing your account of the phatom foot growth, hea I hear ya weird things happen when you carry a baby and then deliver... I've been there done that twice and you don't EVEN want me to get started. I have been really interested in these shape up shoes for women. I'm a fitness junky and love this sorta thing. I'm a bare foot Yoga kinda gal and wonder about the slope of the shapers...DO let us know how it's going... Thanks and Peace :)

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I want a pair!!

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AEvans 6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I considered purchasing these shoes and have looked at them multiple times, I can't stand to pay a high-price but if they are worth it from what I can see I will work it into my budget to purchase a pair, thanks for the rave review. :)

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

I was talking to a relative and she told me she had a pair. Her doctor recommended it.

talayna 6 years ago

I visited my podiatrist yesterday and he said that podistrists do not recommend wearing shapeup/rockaway type shoes; he said there have been injuries to the achilles and the ACL as a result of strain to these areas. (???) I have not found any information that supports his comments. Anyone else?

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

talayna, I haven't read anything that supports his comments either. But a week after I bought my Shape-Ups, I was talking to a family member about my shoes. She laughed when she told me that she had a pair and her doctor recommended them to her.

ida 6 years ago

the month before my daughter was born i put on a very nice pair of shoes. i swear to this day that my feet grew one size the moment i put them on. becouse i saw my feet bust threw the shoes. it was imbarassing. never the less, i bought the kmart brand thats like a shape up. i only had them on one night at work. but, i have NO heel pain. that is a blessing. i was more tired when i got up this morning. i think its from more energy i had to work.

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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA Author

Ida, I swear my feet grew the moment my daughter was born too.

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