“ The Fit Flop is designed to tone your legs as you walk. Whilst they are comfortable, hard wearing and long lasting, the claim that they actively tone your legs is largely unfounded. „
I live in Central America and had asked my daughter to bring me some flipflops from New York as the ones sold here break almost immediately. She turned up with two pairs of a shoe that she said were recommended to her and they were called Fitflops. At first glance I was rather disappointed as they looked unglamorous and clunky. I have worn high heeled shoes all my life (even when hill walking!), and flatties usually kill my hamstrings. Not that I'm much of a walker anyway. However, it is now two years later and the shoes have lived through two rainy seasons and still look good.
But it was when I had to visit UK last winter that I discovered their hidden secret. I had no cold weather street walking shoes and was not about to buy any for just a few weeks away from the tropics. So, armed with only my Fitflops and feet bare of socks etc., I hit the frosty London streets and couldn't believe how the soles exuded warmth as if they had in-sole heaters installed. My daughter was exceedingly concerned as she was convinced my toes would drop off with frostbite. She, herself, was kitted out with fleece-lined leather boots and still complained of chilly feet. But I trotted around in perfect warmth and comfort to the disbelief of many.
Then this summer I was again in London, but during the heatwave, and had to walk many miles a day to and fro the hospital as I was accompanying my daughter to her radiotherapy sessions. My same pair of trusty Fitflops once again lived up to my expectations. I can't say enough about them! And recommend them highly.
I had no idea these sandals were supposed to help posture and leg tone until recently; but, on reflection, for someone who has suffered three 'slipped discs' in my life and had numerous falls from a horse and now has a very tender back that's susceptible to many aches and pains, I realise that I haven't had any back pain for ages!
I am on my feet all day and now alternate between high heels and my fit flops and my posture is as straight as ever.
I must start by saying I am a girl who likes comfort over fashion, I do own several pairs of shoes I bought thinking "they're so pretty they will be worth the pain of a few blisters...." needless to say those shoes now reside in the bottom of my wardrobe and wont be seeing light for quite a while.
So yes...I like comfort, and since becoming a mum I seem to have turned into my nan and will only buy shoes that are comfortable and practical. So you can imagine my shock and worry when I opened a birthday present and found some fit flops....ARGH shoes, I hadn't chosen these!! I hadn't tried on before buying!! what if they aren't comfortable?? are flip flops really a practical everyday shoe? Not only that, but I knew fit flops weren't cheap.... would I wear them enough to make the price worth it???
So my fit flops....they are a lovely off white/cream padded leather, with sandy orange sole. They were a present but I know they cost £45 (NOTE....if you buy a birthday present for your partner DONT pay using a joint bank account and then ask them to check online banking....). I must say he made a good choice and they would have been the style and colour I had chosen. white goes with any outfit I think.... and I have worn them with everything; jeans, dresses, shorts, black, white, brown, blue....everything I own has been teamed with these.
So... are they comfortable?
In the past I have shied away from flip flops because of how uncomfortable they are. They flip and flop off your feet and the toe post usually leaves me with a blister between the toes. These Flip flops are completely different. The toe post is rolled leather so is quite comfortable...no blisters here!!!! Also the straps go quite far up the foot so hold your foot securely and stops the flippy floppiness associated with flip flops. The sole is soft and cushiony.... all in all the most comfortable piece of footwear I have ever owned.
Are they practical?
I wear these almost everyday. I use them to do the school run, for shopping, walking the dog and even inside instead of slippers. they have never caused me to trip and haven't fallen off my feet when I've been chasing the kiddiwinks to come inside from playing.
Worth the money?
Definitely!!! I received these in may 2011 and have been worn countless times since. For £45 these have lasted 2 years so far and are still in good condition. The straps are still attached to the sole, and is still nice and soft, if not softer than when new. The sole is showing sign of wear (but any sole on any shoe will show sign of wear) but there is definitely plenty of years worth of wear left in them.
My mum bought a pair a year before I did and she's still wearing them....so she's up to 3 years of use and counting!!
So....a work out while you walk?
Well you'd think after wearing for 2 years I should have nice toned legs and a bun to rival Beyoncé's!!! to be quite honest I haven't noticed any extra toning of the legs and buttocks since wearing these. I do at times notice my calves are aching so they must do something...but not enough to tone anything.
My mum has fit flops with fabric straps and just throws hers in the washing machine. Mine are leather so I wasn't going to put them in the washer but after a little "accident" where my doggy ate something dodgy and ended up with runny poops (do I have to say anymore??) they did get thrown in the washing machine!!! It didn't do them any harm and they came out clean enough. Since then I usually just wipe down with a baby wipe and shower the soles. Because they are white they show the dirt....and no amount of cleaning gets them fully clean.
oh yes definitely....if you want a comfortable piece of footwear that will last years then look no further. They are comfortable, and hard wearing and will last years.
I am removing a star because they don't seem to tone my legs like they claim to....I cant remove one for my choice of colour, my mums are black and look as good as new. so 4/5 stars from me.
I love fit flops and have currently got two pairs. The first I bought from the Avon catalogue about three years ago for about £15, and although they are not authentic fit flops are not much different to my 'proper' pair. The ones I am reviewing today are genuine fit flops which I bought from a shoe shop in Ilfracombe last year.
They are a light grey in colour with patent grey straps with a jewel effect and were in the sale for £30 and were reduced from £60. I had always said that I would love another pair so although this is quite expensive for me I bought them as I had been looking for a pair in grey.
They are not very delicate or pretty in appearance and can perhaps look a bit clumpy which is probably why quite a lot of them have jewels or pretty patent straps to make them appear a bit more feminine. I do wear them a lot in the house and also with jeans or combat trousers to walk to the shops and have worn them when out walking at the weekend. They have never rubbed my feet and although they are made of rubber they seem to remain cool even in the hot weather.
The sole I would describe as spongy and is a very durable but cushioned rubber which is shaped to fit your foot. The toe post is very soft and pliable and from the first time I wore them it hasn't rubbed me at all. As with all fit flops the side straps come quite far back towards the back of your foot which makes them feel secure.
I initially bought these because of the claim that they gave you a work out without actually working out and as they feel quite springy to the step you do feel that your calf muscles are contracting with each step. I cannot really feel any other muscles working but whether it is a bit of mind over matter I do feel that they have helped to tone my legs since wearing them and if they are giving me a work out even slightly this is great news. I am definitely in favour of this sort of 'non exercise'.
I would say that there is hardly any visible wear to these fit flops. They have not worn down at the back or sides and when they have got a bit dirty from wearing them in the park I just put them in the sink and give them a quick rub and they come up as good as new. If these do eventually wear out I would definitely buy another pair, especially if I can get another bargain.
Item: FitFlop Walkstar 3
Colour: Bronze/Brown (Upper in metallic bronze, sole in matt bronze)
Material: Patent Leather upper
Size: 5 (not sure if that's essential to the review but there you go haha)
Bought from: Boots (on sale reduced from £45)
What are FitFlops?
The FitFlop creators say that they are a flip flop designed to make you walk more comfortably while toning your legs. They advise that they are built with a "Microwobbleboard" to do this. My review will in no way be scientific and will really just tell you how well they wear, are they comfy and how long do they last.
Design and comfort:
FitFlops haven't reinvented the wheel, they DO still look like flip flops. They have a "foot" shaped sole and a covering that goes across the top of your foot and a 'post' holds this all together and is placed between your toes to keep the shoe on. They HAVE however taken the standard flip flop and pimped it out!!! Thicker soles, slimmer toe posts and padded, high quality foot coverings. I bought my FitFlops in the Walkstar 3 design in bronze. For my FitFlop the sole and whole upper covering is all bronze. The sole is a lovely thick material that has a feel reminiscent of a memory foam mattress (except it doesn't squish down as much). This material gives a much needed cushion and protection against jolts to your ankle and feet when walking a long distance. The thickness of the sole also means that you don't feel every bump and crack in the pavement. The sole has a design embossed across it to show the words "FitFlop" at the heel area, this does not impact on comfort and you cannot feel it under your heel. The toe section has a slightly raised design that separates in to a big toe section and a second section for the rest of your toes. Again this does not hurt you in anyway and I can't feel it under my toes. The top of the flip flop is quite wide and covers the majority of my foot from the area at the edge of my ankle to the top of my big toe (be aware that FitFlop designs vary so if you like a pair online try them on in a shop first as the width and design of the upper varies so you will need to try them for comfort first. A friend loved the look of mine but said she found the upper too wide so try a few different styles on before you buy.) The underneath of the upper is a soft and feels like felt, it is soft on your skin and doesn't rub. The outer of the upper is made of patent leather and has a really good sheen to it. The top of the upper has the words "FitFlop" across it. But that doesn't detract from the look as it is in the exact same colour as the rest of the shoe so not too obvious.
Wear ability and where have I worn these?
I have owned these for over 2 years and in all honesty I cannot see any wearing down on any parts of the sole, like other shoes or trainers that seem to wear on one particular area and force your ankle to turn in/out once it has worn away. I have worn them on approx. 400 days over the past 2 years (worked this out as I wear them in the house in the winter instead of slippers and will wear them from the first warm day of the summer right through to the first day it is too cold to wear fit flops). I have worn these when we went to New York for 10 days and I wore them every day, and we walked for miles. No sore feet. It was summer in New York but they still had the odd rain shower and even when these get wet your foot doesn't slip out of the sole, the upper keeps your foot securely in place. The sole is also not slippery when wet, the sole keeps a good grip on the floor. I have worn them to walk to and from my work and have had them on at the beach in Egypt. Wherever I go these flip flops go too. When they get dirty/dusty I just pop them in a pillow case and put them through a 30 degree quick wash and dry them on the radiator. Each time they have come out with no damage and looking fresh and clean. You can also easily wipe them clean too but for a thorough wash pop them in the washing machine. I picked them in a dark colour that would go with a lot of clothes I own so I have been able to wear them with jeans, shorts and summer dresses. I had looked at a bright pink pair but glad I went for bronze as it means I can wear them with more and can keep them on in the evening without feeling too much like I have beach shoes on.
Toning and fitness:
In all honesty I cannot say if these have toned my legs/calf's as my exercise routine varies and at times over the past 2 years I have had more/ less toned legs but couldn't say either case was owing to these flip flops. You can certainly walk further in them than regular flip flops due to comfort but can't tell if you walk "better" in them to the point of extra toning.
Overall these are really comfy, sturdy and fashionable flip flops. A great purchase.
Ok, so I purchased a pair of Walkstar fit flops on the run up to my holiday last year in the hope that is I wore them all summer, I would have a rear like Beyonce by the time I hit the beach.
I paid £40 for the black gloss shoes as I felt that these would likely go best with the majority of my outfits. I read many reviews on them before i purchased them and was very intrigued by the claims that they could tone the bum and thighs using their inbuilt technology which basically supports your foot in a position which requires you to work more muscles to walk in them. I was very sceptical but I figured that anything was worth a shot.
I started wearing these the moment they arrived. They are incredibly comfortable and require no breaking in whatsoever. The toe post is soft and does not cut in at all, unlike other flip flops which can become sore after a while. After a few hours of plodding around the house in them I was staring to feel the muscles in my calfs ache slightly which convinced me that they were working. Over the next few months I wore them around the house most days and on dry days, when I was out walking the dog.
I have to admit that I don't think these really made a huge difference to the tone of my legs however they did become my favourite flip flops ever purely from a comfort point of view. Whether they work or not might still be undecided for me however i will continue to wear these because i love them anyway and if they do help to tone, then that is a bonus.
I bought the Walkstar Silver for a holiday in Florida. I was looking for a pair of sandals which are comfortable yet stylish which is nearly impossible! I have to say I highly recommend Fit flops , I wore them all day every day for the entire week we were away with no complaints, and I was walking at least two miles a day around to, from and around theme parks . The sole is very thick and designed specifically to support the feet. I have flat feet and find the ball of my foot will ache from walking in flat flip flips, but these were super comfortble and supportive. The pair I bought had a toe post and I'm prone to getting blisters from this so I placed a little blister around the toe which prevented any issues. Im terms of fashion these sandals are not comparable to pretty little strappy designs from Topshop but they are passable and the joy are being able to walk for miles in Fitflips without having to complain that my feet were hurting massively outweighs the fashion issue. In terms of price these are expensive , I bought mine for 45 pounds. However they were worth the price as I get lots of use out of them!
I bought these flip flops to help try and tone up my legs. I bought the Walkstar II version in a lilac colour from Boots which they don't do any more unfortunately. They cost around £45 but are usually on offer; I believe there are some of the Walkstar III version which is the upgraded version on Boots on offer for about £25 at the moment. I think this is quite a reasonable price. A lot of the Walkstar shoes come in patent leather, and there are other versions of the Fit Flop sandal including the Pietra with gem stones on them, along with the Electra version which is sparkly.
I really like the idea of these shoes, and the way the wobbleboard tones your legs as you walk. When wearing them I can definitely feel my legs and muscles working harder and I got quite out of breath the first few times I wore them. I also liked the way they are springy and reduce tension on your legs. I definately noticed a difference when I wore them compared to normal flip flops and other shoes.
I would say that I could wear them all the time as they were comfy, but I had serious issues with blisters. As the new Walker III is the upgraded version of my Walkstar II sandals, I hope they will have sorted out the issues I found with mine. With mine, I have found they have given me really bad blisters between my toes where the toe post sits. I have tried everything to make it better, such as putting plasters on and using special blister pads for flip flops by it didn't make much difference. The toe post is quite sharp and just cuts into your toes. Some of my friends have these and haven't found this so it doesn't happen to everyone.
Another downside is that I also think they can look quite clumpy as the sole is thick due to the wobbleboard. However, I suppose this is the nature of the shoe for the toning properties and a lot of other toning shoes I have seen including Skechers for example feature this clumpy sole.
I have now purchased the Mukluk boots in black as I love the feel when you walk in Fit Flops but I just can't get on with the toe post as it hurts my feet. With the boots, there is no toe post but I do still get blisters on my heels. However, I think this may be them just wearing in as I have not been wearing them for very long. There is also the Gogh Slide version of the fit flops which doesn't feature a toe post and is a sandal, so maybe this would also be good if the toe post causes you the same problems.
Overall, I would say that these shoes are a really good idea and really help to work your legs. However, the fact they gave me blisters is not good and I am quite disappointed in this respect.
I brought my pair of Fit Flops at the end of last summer. I got them in the summer sale, so were a bit cheaper than they are in the run up to summer. I'd wanted a pair for a while, my mum has a pair and raved about how comfy they were etc...
I brought the Fit Flops Electra ones, which are basicially just covered in sequins, the most girly design you can find! There are lots of differnet styles available and they aren't just for women either and in the winter months there are Fit Flop Boots.
The price of the shoes starts at around £35 so not cheap, and can go up to £50 a pair. The Electra ones are usually £49.99 but i refused to pay that much for a pair of flip flops so i waited till the sale and picked up a pair for £27.99.
I love my Fit flops, they are very comfy, and they've never rubbed or anything. After the first day of wearing them, i have to say my legs were aching and killing me for the next day or 2, so i lay off wearing them, then after that my legs were fine and i could wear them everyday! I've noticed that my calves look more toned, but not sure theres any difference in my thighs. I just enjoy wearing them as they are sparkly and very comfortable!
Fit flops apparently work by having a wobble board built into the show, and this causes the muscles in the leg to work but and hopefully tone the legs and bottom. They are supposed to increase your muscle usage by as much as 30% (which could be why my legs ached so much after the first day).
I would definatley recommend fit flops for their design and comfort, not sure if they really do tone your legs, but I like to think they do! Sometimes I think the design is a bit too "big" and i feel a bit uncomrtable wearing them, espically if everyone else has these fancy shoes on!
I used to wake up with pain in my feet when I first got out of bed and it would worsen by the end of the day. I thought it was plantar fasciitis. After several appointments with a podiatrist biomechanic (yes a real job title!) it turned out I had something similar but wont go into what as it's complex and dull to you guys. When I asked what I could wear to alleviate my pain other than orthotics for the rest of my life Fitflops were suggested as they take the weight off the source of my pain (across the balls of my feet where my toes joints meet my feet) - a common source of pain to millions of people.
I have amassed now quite a collection and they are all as comfortable as each other:
walkstar (everyday pair)
the jewelled ones (pietra - just gorgeous)
black sequinned ones (oh so glam)
brown ugg style boots (which unlike ugg do not mis-shapen)
I cannot recommend these shoes enough - I live in them and wear nothing else. the only thing missing from their range for me now is something suitable to wear at a winter wedding! Fitflops guys.. if you're reading this.....
Oh and of course they say these shoes can give you a fitter pair of legs and firmer bum - sorry but I can't say I've noticed. But I don't care as for me the comfort factor is all I need.
After a summer of wearing nothing but £5 Primark ballet shoes and running in inappropriate trainers I developed the horrible condition of Plantar Faciitis. If you do not know what this is then you are really lucky. This is the most painful of afflictions and left me hobbling around for months. Basically it is an inflammation of a strong band of tissue at the bottom of your foot which makes it painful to walk. The pain is completey unbearable and tends to centre on your heels. I could have kicked myself as this pain I was feeling was completely avoidable by just wearing a pair of shoes with proper support.
I tried many treatments from massage to anti inflammatories to prescribed drugs to a splint I had to wear in bed (total passion killer). Finally my doctor recommended steroid injections in my heels - injections he warned were very painful. Being a complete coward I kept putting this off.
As a last ditch attempt to avoid the injections I tried Fit Flops. They had been marketed as bum and leg toners due to their micro wobbleboard but I was not really interested in this aspect. This was in December so it is not actually the flip flop style shoe I have it is the moon boot type. Fit Flops are super expensive and were it not for my sister getting staff discount on the sale price there is no way I would have forked out for them. The boots I have are SILVER! I felt a bit stupid wearing them at first as I look like an extra from a 60's sci fi movie but within a couple of days I realised my feet were no longer aching. Now the Plantar Facitis has almost gone.
It is getting a bit warm for moon boots but I will still be wearing them around the house and am going to invest in some flip flops for the summer.
If you are a sufferer of Plantar Faciitis it is definitely worth investing in Fit Flops.
I first `stumbled` across Fit flops whilst reading the Daily Mail supplement one Sunday last year. At this time, I was going to the Chiropractor on a weekly basis because I was having severe lower back pain. Imagine my delight when I read that fit-flops with their micro-wobble board could offer me relief from this problem and at the same time, they could tone up my legs too! Too good to be true? No, not in my experience! Finding a pair in my size. After a little more research on the fit-flop website and armed with their useful shoe sizing guide, I began my search for a retailer in our local area that stocked them. Many large sports shops and Sole Trader were listed as being stockists, however, due to the popularity of the fit flop, I found that every shop I went into last June had a very limited selection in stock. I had better luck finding a pair online at Amazon. Comfort As soon as I first put my feet into the fit flops, I could tell that I was onto something. For a start, they are so comfortable to wear. The sole is thick, unlike many flip flops which have thin soles that make it uncomfortable to walk in after awhile. Also, I felt like I was standing up straighter. They are unbelievably light to wear and easy to keep on your feet too. Appearance Fit flops come in so many colours and styles. There are even sparkly ones for evening wear, which is just as well as you won't want to take them off once you start wearing them. The winter boots and clogs are amazingly trendy too. Health benefits Last Summer, I wore fit flops every day. My back pain was considerably reduced and the visits to the Chiropractor have become much less frequent. They have helped me. As for toning properties, you can certainly feel the muscles working in your thighs when you first wear them. As I got used to them, this feeling was less obvious. My thighs are slimmer though...I think! Price Fit flops come in a range of prices. Mine were £44.00 and worth every single penny. I went on to buy the winter clogs...look on the fit flop webiste, they are gorgeous and comfortable honestly! To save money, you could buy next years fit flops at the end of the summer season as they are half price then. This year, I will be extending my collection further. I've already thrown out all my other summer flip flops in preparation!
I bought the gorgeous pewter sequin fitflops for a treat for my feet this summer and boy are they comfortable! All squidgy in the soles and a soft lining on the inside of the upper part of the shoe there is no way these flip flops could ever rub! Even the toe thong part is covered in a lovely soft material and feels so comforatble it's like you have nothing on your feet!
They look lovely and shiney, but due to the big squidgy grey sole they can pass as casual flip flops too! They look gorgeous in the sun.
I would recommend these shoes to anyone who has had trouble with flip flops in the past as I can walk in them for hours! The first few times I wore them I got tired calves, so you can really feel the extra work they make your legs do!
I can't attribute any weight loss to these shoes, or even say if they have definately made a difference to my legs or bum, but they look lovely, and and really comfortable. I can feel that my legs work harder than with normal shoes, so surely every little helps!?
Mine cost £50 from Boots.com which seems to be the standard price everywhere (if you buy them at boots.com at least you can earn boots points on your purchase). They arrived really quickly too. They are expensive, but I always make shoes last ages and I think that they are worth it!
I decided to purchase a pair of Fit Flops 5 months ago, after reading about the apparent toning effects wearing this shoe can have on your body.
Fit flops come in several different styles including glittery varieties - suitable for night time occassions (at a push!). There are various styles to choose from. I like the style of Fit Flops, but some people complain that they aren't hugely fashionable so it is really down to personal choice.
The shoes in my view are not cheap, they cost between £35 - £50 approximately depending on the retailer. You can buy these in most major department stores and online.
They can take a bit of getting used to wearing, and may need a bit of a 'breaking in period,' but once you get used to them after a few wearing sessions, they should feel fine. If you walk longer distances you may find that your feet and legs start to feel achey - this is due to the toning effect on your muscles.
Fit flops have a microwobble board in the sole of the shoe, which helps you to tone up your legs and bum. This works by increasing muscle usage by up to 30% in these areas. They also reduce shock to the foot by buffereing the foot and heel, making them resistant to pressure.
When I bought these shoes, I was a bit sceptical about whether these would make any difference to the toning of my muscles. My view is that they do make some difference, and over a period of months, I do look more toned. However, Fitflops are not a substitute for the gym or more regular exercise! You won't develop a 6 pack or shed a stone by wearing these shoes - they are not able to create a miracle!!
However, I would recommend because used reguarly, they do make some difference. My only issue is that although they are ok to look at, they aren't the trendy shoes that I would prefer to wear, and this sometimes puts me off using them as much as I should.
In conclusion - worth buying.
See www.fitflop.com for more information.
Following my conversion to Skechers shape up trainers I decided that I wanted to try some toning sandles to wear when the weather is warm.
Price and availability
I purchased mine from Sweaty Betty for £25 in the sale they RRP at anywhere between £30 - £45 depending on the style that you purchase. They are also available at John Lewis, Boots, Amazon and Running Bare and Cloggs. As always if you are purchasing online remember to go through a cash back site to get yourself an even bigger discount.
Style and colours
Mine are a dark gold colour with a thong front. They come in many colours including
The materials include suede, leather and sequins.
Somehow I would love to say yes they are the most amazing looking shoes ever but somehow for me they just look slightly geeky. That said, if you buy a pair of dark gold /black or red sandles they just look like sandles. The glittery ones are perhaps best left to the beach or teenagers!
Any other products?
Fit flops also make boots for the winter, using the same technology (see more below) these are not cheap retailing at anywhere from £100 upwards. As yet I have resisted the temptation to purchase the boots but I may yet be persuaded.
What is so special about Fit flops?
Well they are the original toning sandal. They are supposed to tone your legs and bottom with every step. how do they do this? Well they have what they call the "wobbleboard" technology. Basically like MBT trainers they are designed to make you walk as if you are on sand. The sandles are not flat so you are forced to use your leg and butt muscles harder than walking normally. The instability of the shoe causes you to burn more calories and generally tone up.
Do they work?
Well the jury is out for me here. When I first wore my sketchers shape up trainers my legs ached the next day after walking in them for any length of time and I noticed a difference in the tone of my legs and butt. With these I didnt feel a thing after wearing them all day.
BUT I did think that wearing them all summer maintained my toned legs and I definitely have a better posture when wearing them.
Speaking to friends who have only worn these they swear by them, claiming that they work.
One thing that we agree on is that these are quite possibly the most comfortable sandals that I have ever worn. They are high quality and will not rub, (no matter how hot and sweaty your feet get). I walked around in them all summer and never had a blister or callous. Everyone else I know who uses them agrees.
THese are not the best looking sandals in the world and although I think that they do help tone your legs and butt a bit the effect is not as good as similar trainers. They are, (if you get them on special offer) no more expensive than many other sandals and they are sooooooooooo comfortable that I will definitely buy them again. If they could just make them a tiny bit prettier I would be completely happy!
I think every one likes the idea of being fitter and more toned, and whatever we can do achieve these results the minimalistic the effort the better. So shoes what tone you lower legs, and make you burn more calories as you work sound great. Enter the FitFlops.
They are different from regular flipflops as they have a 2 inch wedge heel, the whole heel is made from quite soft spongy material so that when you walk you need to use your calf muscels more to stay balanced. They are held onto your feel by elastic T shape which fits between your large toe, at first I found this rubbed, but after a few days of wearing them in the house they where fine.
I tend to wear mine around the house instead of slippers as they arn't the most fashionable looking footwear but sometimes walk to the corner shop in them. The first few times I wore them my calfs felt sore and so they definatley must of been making my muscle work more than usual.
Overall I haven't really noticed a read difference past those first few days, so really these are a bit of a gymic and not the magic lazy girls fitness item.
FitFlop Yoko flower t-post wedge sandals / This flirty FitFlop sandal features a front two tone blossom petal detail / Super-cush ergonomics provides a fabulous underfoot feel / The microwobbleboard mid sole ensures a comfort fit / Height category: 39mm and Below / Upper material: Suede / Lining Material: Leather /