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Heel Pain? Try Skecher's Athletic Shoes!
I Hear About Skecher's Shoes
A few years ago my heels were killing me. Sharp stabbing pains shooting up from the bottom of my heels into my feet. I was thinking "UhOH, I'm getting heel spurs, just like my Mom". A co-worker suggested I try Skecher's athletic shoes. She explained that she actually did have heel spurs but that since she had been wearing Skechers the pain was gone.
I Try On Some Skechers
Soon after the conversation with my co-worker, I went shoe shopping. I had tried several stores but either they didn't carry Skechers at all or they didn't have any of the athletic styles in my size. I was getting tired and crabby and of course my feet were just killing me from walking around the mall in my old shoes.
Finally I found some Skechers athletic style shoes in my size. I tried one on. It's crazy, I know, but there was instant pain relief. My foot went "Ahhhh". I've been hooked on Skechers ever since.
Skechers Can Be Hard To Find & Pricey Too
(but they are so worth it!)
Now I know from experience that Skechers can be hard to find. Even those stores that carry them do not always have the athletic styles in stock in my size (8 WIDE). And Sketchers prices usually run around $65.00 and up. For most of my life I would never have dreamed of paying that much for a pair of shoes.
However, Skechers are quality shoes and quite outlast the cheap shoes you buy at the discount store. Previous to finding Sketchers I was buying Dr. Scholls at the local discount store. Dr. Scholls lasted me about six weeks and then the heel pain would get noticeably worse because the padding was all packed down and no longer cushioning my heels.
I am often in my shoes and on my feet for as long as 18 hours a day, so they really take a beating. I have been delighted with my Skechers; they have been lasting several months before the interior padding begins to break down and not cushion my feet so well.
Then I discovered shoebuy.com This has got to be the most awesome place to shop for shoes online. You can type in a general search or you can type in a very very specific search, including brand name, men's or women's, color, size, type, etc. I love it. Be sure to sign up for their newsletter. They will send you special sales and deals in your email.
What About Shape Ups?
Do They Really Work?
Quite by accident I ordered a pair of Skecher's Shape Up shoes. At the time I had no clue that there were shoes out that were claimed to help you get fit without having to go to a gym. Shape Ups and similar shoes from other companies are made with oddly shaped soles which cause your feet to rock as you walk. The claim is that they make your leg, thigh and butt muscles work harder to keep you balanced, so the muscles get more exercise, even if you are just taking a walk.
My Experience with Skecher's Shape Ups
Like I said, I ordered the Shape Ups very much by accident. I was in a real hurry when I was ordering and just clicked on the black tennis shoe style, discovered it was available in my size and put it in my shopping cart, thinking that it was the kind I usually order. The surprise came when I opened the box and there was a DVD and a brochure about the shoes. I never did have time to watch the DVD!
I discovered right away that yes, there is a lot more muscle activity in your legs while wearing these shoes. By the end of the day my legs were killing me! Not only that, but they did not do as good a job of cushioning my heels and preventing heel pain as the regular athletic shoes did. I thought at first that I might have to get used to the way they worked, but even after two months I still did not like them.
There are many times in a day when I have to jump and run and I might be in awkward positions. The Shape Ups made me feel like I didn't have good balance and might fall. In addition they were lousy on rocky, uneven ground. I felt very unbalanced and actually did fall a couple of times, just working around my place. (There is a lot of rocks and gravel around here).
Another thing, the Shape Ups actually made my knees and lower back hurt. While I have some damage to both of my knees they do not usually hurt at the end of a normal day unless I have done something stupid. With the Shape Ups it seemed that they ached every day that I wore the shoes. And my lower back does not normally hurt at all. The only thing I can think of is that the way the shoes are shaped and the posture they force on you was responsible for this additional pain.
So as soon as I could I ordered a new pair of athletic shoes, the right sort this time. I have kept the Shape Ups for wearing while taking care of messy or nasty jobs, like mixing concrete and when I get a little more wear out of them I'll get rid of them.
And no, I did not lose even one pound or notice any actual tightening or strengthening of my muscles during the 2-3 months I wore the Shape Ups every day. This happens to coincide with several expert's opinions about Shape Ups and similar type shoes, that despite what the shoemakers claim, there are no independent studies that actually show that these types of shoes are helpful in weight loss or in gaining fitness. (Article accessed 9-6-2011 CNN article)
Now of course I am not any kind of doctor and I am not suggesting that you shouldn't go see your doctor if you are having pain anywhere in your body. I'm just suggesting that if you do have heel pain that it might be the type of shoes you are wearing. Sketchers don't work for everyone, so of course you will want to try out different brands and styles.
I do believe however that you will be happy making your purchase from shoebuy.com At least I have been a very happy customer and what could be better than free shipping to you and if you don't like them or aren't happy with them, you can return them for free too.
Why not take a moment to share your experience with Skechers shoes or shoebuy.com? Or even just say "hi!" Love to hear from you!