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Shape Up with Skechers Shape-Ups, Walking Shoes. How They Work and Do They Work? Skechers Shape Ups Review.
Shape Up with Shape Up Shoes
Every woman has her weak points. Mine are shoes, especially walking shoes, because I walk for fitness and comfortable walking shoes is a key for a nice "walk out". Only my income prevents me from having tons of shoes. Even so, I have twice more shoes than my mother and my son together. Another point is that I love Skechers shoes. They fit the exact foot size, so there’s no problem to order them on line. Unlike other shoes that you have to try and walk to see if they fit you, Skechers shoes are ready to wear, so to say. No rubbing points, no blisters.
I was not going to buy any more shoes for a while, as I have enough (really, enough) for several years to wear. But some time ago a commercial of Skechers Shape-Ups in my e-mail caught my eye. It said “Shape up while you walk”. And also “Get in shape without setting foot in a gym”. Also it said “Designed to:
*promote weight loss,
Would you get interested? I did. I followed the link. I watched, I looked, I read, I checked, I thought, I thought, I thought. And I knew that I wanted those shoes. They were not cheap, but when I checked other shoes of the same kind, like MBT walking shoes, the difference in price was striking. I tried to look for cheap MBT shoes, but I don't think cheap MBT shoes exist. So, I ordered Skechers Shape-Up walking shoes!
The only suspicious thing about Shape-Ups was that they look weird. The look was dorky-one, as my son said. My mother said that they look like orthopedic shoes.
Here they are.
Apart from their look, how do they work?
The brochure says “Designed to improve your life by changing the way you walk, Skechers Shape Ups feature a unique soft kinetic wedge insert and dynamic rolling bottom to stimulate walking barefoot on a yielding surface such as sand”.
Though not a bingo, but very close. The feeling is somewhat like you walk on sand, when your heel sinks and you have to make an effort and roll your sole to move your body to a next step. The Skechers Shape-Ups give you smoother sensation under your sole than sand and also, you don’t have that toe-grasping feeling of a bare foot on the sand. Still, both sand and Shape-Ups involve more effort and a natural search for balance, so there is correlation for sure. Believe me, I know. I lived on a seashore and every morning walked for 40 minutes along a beach line.
Basically the shoes put you slightly off balance and your muscles are constantly working to keep you balanced and centered. Staying balanced while walking in these walking shoes requires the use of muscles in the legs, abs and buttocks not used with standard walking shoes. It took me a couple of days to get used to it. My first day frustration turned into wonder when after twenty minutes of a moderate walk my muscles felt like after an hour of vigorous gym work out.
P.S. At the end of this review I will be adding some notes based on my continuous experience of walking in Shape Ups. Please, keep reading.
So, do they work?
The makers of Skechers Shape Ups say that Shape-Ups are designed to…..
*Promote weight loss- It’s yet to be proved and I don't think that walking shoes by themselves may cause a weight loss, but with the right eating habits it may happen for sure, as you burn more calories with this type of walking.
*Strengthen the back, Firm calf and buttock muscles, Reduce cellulite and tone your thighs- Well, I definitely could feel my muscles working, while walking in Shape-Ups, from my calves all the way up to my back. When you make an effort to keep your balance, it requires core strength, so naturally doing a lot of balancing on these shoes should strengthen your core. Balancing is also supposed to improve circulation in the legs and feet, reducing swelling.
Now that I am walking in Sklechers Shape-Ups walking shoes for two summers already, I may say for sure that yes, muscles on my calves, buttocks and thighs are more toned than before and they look better too.
*Increase cardiovascular health.- With all mentioned above it makes sense!
*Improve posture- Yes, I can testify to this. I use to stoop and have to constantly keep in mind to keep my shoulders straight. With Shape-Ups it comes naturally. My reflections in shop windows testify it. You naturally have to maintain good posture to stay balanced on unstable surfaces (and the bottoms of these shoes are not flat!).
*Reduce stress on knee and ankle joints- Smooth and rolling-like movements relieve pressure on joints and tendons. I used to have some knee discomfort, but my knees don’t bother me when I walk in Shape-Ups.
The Shape-Ups add does not say anything about foot itself and toes. This is an issue that should be addressed separately and I will be adding notes about it later.
It is recommended to start wearing the shoes for 20-25 minutes first day to get used to them, and then increase the time gradually.
Running in Shape Ups is not recommended. Also, concentrate while going downhill or up stairs. These shoes are definitely made for walking.
Skechers.com runs out of sizes really fast, so hurry up! Just kidding, don’t worry. Though sometimes you can’t find your size in a certain model of Shape-Ups, they have lots of models to offer and they do refill their stock.
Skechers.com is not only shoes. They also have cool clothing. My son loves their T-shirts, polo’s and hoodies and you may catch really nice deals there, just watch.
Shoes come with a detailed exercise guide and a CD to get the most out of your Shape-Ups! To my mind this an absolute waste, because this kind of material a customer can get on line, if he is going to follow some exercising routine. But in most cases a person will just take the shoes out of the box, put them on and off he goes. To my mind, it would be more reasonable to reduce the price of the shoes for the cost of this CD and a guide.
Though more expensive than standard walking shoes, ($110 at Sketchers.com) but less costly than comparable exercise footwear brands. Besides, this is the case when more expensive means more quality. I tried other like-made shoes of another company (never heard of), that my neighbor bought at Big Kmart for $34.99, and they were not giving half of Skechers Shape-Ups work out. Also didn’t look as cool as mine.
Skechers.com didn’t ask me for this review, I didn’t get any discounts from them and at all, it was all my initiative, as I really loved my Shape-Ups.
What's more, since my review is accumulating lots of views on line, it was also noticed by a Sketchers sales admin who contacted me with an offer to test one of their shoes and write a review for them. Who would not agree? I gave my consent. They asked for my size, my address and some other details. Promised to mail a free pair of shoes to me and.....
...... and I never heard from them anymore. LOL. Not very representative to my mind!
Another personal note about feet and toes.
I decided to add this note here after using Shape-Ups (walking in them) every day for 30-50 minutes through two summers. I feel great, toned, motivated. But! I would strongly advise you to alternate walking in Shape-Ups with going for a long walk in other, regular, sport shoes from time to time.
After walking in Shape-Ups I noticed that some of my toes of both feet became stiff and somewhat painful. I analyzed the way the toes were receiving the pressure and felt that you put the most pressure on the front of toe’s cushion (directly under the nail front edge). Next time I went for a walk I used my regular (also Sketchers) walking sport shoes to give some rest to my toes. It solved the problem.
Now once or twice a week I walk in my regular Sketchers sport shoes! Rest of my walks I am doing in Sketchers Shape-Ups! It gives a nice alternation for different muscles to work.
However, the longer I am walking in Shape-Ups, the less comfortable they feel. This is my third summer of using Shape-Ups and this summer I am hardly using them. I prefer to walk in my regular walking shoes.
Does this mean that I am disappointed in Shape- Ups? By no means, no. I still consider that Shape-Ups are awesome shoes and I would advise anyone to buy a pair. I think that walking in Shape-Ups has all the advantages listed above.
However, I would say that Shape-Ups shoes need a very individual approach from an owner. One person might walk in Shape-Ups 24/7 and be happy. Another might feel bone discomfort in this type of shoes. In any case I strongly advice to alternate walking in Shape-Ups with walking in regular walking shoes.
Another way to alternate your muscles work out and use different types of muscles is to go barefoot! No, really. Go barefoot but without a fear to injure your feet soles.
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