They may be some of the ugliest kicks around, but Skechers claims its Shape-Up Fitness Shoes can help you "get in shape without setting foot in a gym." (Did you see the Super Bowl Skechers Shape-Ups ad last weekend in which none other than football legend Joe Montana said they improved his strength and posture?)
Impressive, but at $110 a pop, we have to ask: Do they really work?
The Skechers Shape-Ups have a curved sole, and work their magic by keeping you off-center; your muscles are constantly working to keep you balanced, which is purportedly how the shoe can claim to do some or all of the following:
- Improve posture.
- Strengthen core.
- Tone calves, thighs, and butt.
- Burn calories.
But are the fitness shoes comfy? More important, do they really work? Here's what some readers had to say:
Lifeinthealt: It took about three to four weeks for my Shape-Ups to feel "right," but now I love them! I bought them because I have such bad feet and back problems. I work on my feet about 50 percent of the day, and basic walking in bad shoes can make my feet hurt a lot. I come home at the end of the day now, though, and my feet and back barely hurt. I definitely recommend them!
Admckenzie: I am scared to spend that much money. I hear good things [about them], but when I tried them on in the store they were not comfortable and even slipped up and down on the back of my heel when I walked. So, I decided to keep looking for something else.
Momto3Girls0620: I have a pair and so does my 15 year old daughter. They work. They're amazing, and they have helped a lot with my back and knee pain. They do help you shape up if you wear them. My legs, butt, and thighs are more toned than they've been in years, and I've only had them since November. To me, they are totally worth the money. Plus, they are sooo comfortable that you actually forget that you have shoes on.
McGinnisc: I tried on a pair the other night...and they are horribly uncomfortable. They hurt just to put them on my feet, and they were difficult to walk in...I was going to get a pair because I have rheumatoid arthritis in every joint. But when I put them on, I saw stars not comfort. I didn't like them at all.
Are you thinking about buying a pair of Skechers Shape-Ups? Or, if you already have them, tell us: do they work?