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One purchase that I generally spend more than my usual amount of time researching and mulling over is shoes, for two very important reasons: I have bad knees, and I walk a LOT (it's my favourite de-stress method, and if I can avoid other modes of transport, I'll walk the distance, even if it takes me a few hours). So at least where everyday shoes are concerned, quality is extremely important to me, as cheap shoes tend to fall apart on my feet rather quickly and leave me in a considerable amount of pain.
What they allegedly do:
A lot of us are probably aware of the Shape-ups promise: they're supposed to improve your posture, aid circulation, and help to firm up your leg, buttock and abdominal areas. The shoes even come with a little informational booklet on all their benefits and an exercise DVD that's currently gathering dust in my closet as I can't bother to check it out.
Appearance and price:
I got the all-black, leather version, and I'm very happy with the way they look (even if the effect is essentially reminiscent of platform trainers, something which can lead to unfortunate 90s flashbacks for some). The thick, curved rubber sole can give the shoes a rather clunky effect, especially on less than dainty sizes like my own UK 6 1/2, but personally I like the look, and play it down by wearing them with bootcut or straight trousers (they do look a bit silly with skinny jeans). I got mine for the equivalent of 80 pounds, but you can find them for as cheap as 60, which for the quality is a steal.
Actually using the product:
I have no idea whether they've toned up my backside or anything else, anymore than going to the gym or generally walking around a lot do. What I do know is that since I started regularly wearing them, my knee pain has all but disappeared, an effect that even happens on days where I deal with a lot of stairs, which are normally a killer. The rubber sole absorbs impact really well, so your actual muscles will start hurting far sooner than your feet/joints/knees will, and after a few hours' walk, you do start feeling your buttocks and thighs working, but whether that's because of the shoe's design or because they allow you to walk for longer is anybody's guess. I should also note that I practically haven't taken them off since buying them last summer, and beyond some slight visual wear and tear, they're as in good of a shape as when I bought them.
Would I reccomend it:
YES! The bottom line is: they make walking easier and more comfortable, and generally walking around more can only be beneficial to one's health and fitness levels. I consider it the best purchase I've ever made, and have even bought their boot and sandal models (not as effective as the trainers, but still great for my knees).
Skechers Shape Ups claim to help promote weight loss and strengthen core muscles. They work because they have a soft rolling sole which mimics the sensation of walking on soft ground such as sand.
They are a combination of leather and synthetic upper and have a mesh front which lets air in and keeps your feet cool while walking or running in them. The sole is at its thickets in the middle where it is a little over an inch thick. The style of the sole is a kind of rocker shape - tapering at the heel and toes. Mine are mainly white with a blue 'S' on the side and are quite understated - though there is no mistaking the higher than usual sole. The mesh upper means that they are most suited to pavement type walking (as opposed to hiking where it might be muddy) and they also let water in if it rains - so best in dry conditions.
How they work
The soles are quite soft and when you first put them on, the guide leaflet advises you to get used to them and find your centre of balance. You are told to walk by putting the middle of your foot down first and then rock forward to transfer your weight towards the front of your foot, before pushing off with your toes for your next step. The idea behind this is that we used to walk barefoot before we built everywhere and needed to wear shoes to protect our feet from the hard surfaces we created. These shoes are cushioned to protect your feet and joints from the impact of walking on hard surfaces. The style of walking that you use when walking in Shape Ups utilises more muscles than walking in normal shows including those in the buttocks, back and core.
The first time I wore these shoes, I went for a five mile walk in them - though the leaflet that comes with them does recommend building up gradually with shorter walks initially. I found they took a few minutes to get used to and occasionally found myself scraping my feet on the ground as I wasn't picking my feet up high enough for the thick soles. Once I was used to walking in them, I found them incredibly comfortable as the soles are so soft and cushioned. I didn't notice using any extra muscles particularly, although the next day, I found the muscles in my abdomen aching like mad - it felt as though I had done a load of sit-ups. I should say that other than walking, I do little other exercise so these muscles were probably a little out of shape - but the fact that they ached so much suggested to me that the shoes do actually do as they say. I wear my Shape Ups most days of the week, round the house and walking for exercise and find that they really help my posture and have helped strengthen my back and stomach muscles. I can't say that I have noticed any weight loss as a result of wearing these shoes though.
Definitely recommend these if you regularly walk on flat pavement type surfaces.
I have wanted a pair of these for ages, but I was always put off by the look of these shoes, however I recently noticed that Sketchers make other types of footwear with this same technology. I purchased a pair of Sketchers shape up toning trainers for £45 from the Sketchers shop. I have also seen the same style on Amazon.
The trainers I have look like normal trainers, they are a mixture of black leather and material. Rather than being lace ups they have stretch straps made from elastic so you can slide them on and off with ease. When I first looked at them they looked like ordinary trainers, however when you put them on they are built up in the insole which is how they work your muscles.
Skechers market these trainers as having a 'dynamic rolling bottom' and a soft insole and midsole cushioned to reduce the impact of walking on your feet and joints. Because the heel is lower than normal shoes and the bottom of the shoe is curved, your muscles are constantly working to keep you balanced and centered. As a result, they are said to strengthen the legs, buttocks, back and abdomen as you walk, as well as improve posture and promote weight loss.
When I first wore these trainers I felt like I was walking differently, my body seemed to be in a differenct postition to normal, admittedly I do wear a lot of very flat ballet pump type shoes which offer no support to my feet. These however felt really comfortable on my feet and the arches of my feet felt well supported. I wore these on a walk which was mostly on flat ground. I have to say after walking for about 30 minutes at a steady pace I noticed my calf muscles were starting to burn. I never normally feel any effects from walking unless I walk on uneven ground or I have walked a huge distance during a day. At the end of the day I noticed that my legs were aching. I went back to my normal running trainers the next time I had a walk and walked the same path and distance, I didn't notice any aches. I am convinced these trainers work. They are however very hard to run in. I regularly run on a treadmill and occasionally outdoors I couldn't run in these I felt all off balance and worried I was about to fall over. However as a day to day shoe these are great, because I chose a pair that looks more like a shoe I can wear them out and about with jeans and they look like other trainers I have. I haven't noticed any difference in the tone of my muscles but I do swim and go to the gym a lot so I wasn't expecting a miracle but I can feel the difference after wearing these for the day.
I would definately recommend these, they have so many different styles so you are bound to find one that suits you. I would give these 4 out of 5 I will deduct a star as I find these impossible to run in!
I invested in a pair of ShapeUps last year, and like to wear them to/from work. If i'm honest, they are probably the most bulky and un-stylish pair of trainers, however, they are extremely comfortable and do help you walk better. I believe Sketchers have now released a slimmer and trendier line of ShapeUps since purchasing mine, so be sure to have a browse of their collection.
With my ShapeUps came DVD instructions. I didn't watch this, as I was told in store how to walk in them but I think it shows you other mini exercises too - so it may be worth a watch if yours comes with this DVD. If you noticed from the picture the sole is curved, so you walk starting from back heel of foot rolling towards your toes (hope that makes sense). Which may sound a bit funny, but it's fine when you have the trainers on. You can definitely feel your calve muscles being more stimulated when walking like this (in comparison to normal walking). It is not an uncomfortable feeling, I just noticed that if you wore these trainers everyday for a few hours you can understand how it would help tone your legs. Whether I have seen a more 'toned' difference in my legs is hard to say, as I would probably need to wear them more. So, don't expect a miracle in these trainers unless you walk a lot. The one thing I did notice however was my posture felt a lot better when wearing my ShapeUp trainers out and about. Overall, they are very comfortable walking trainers and would strongly recommend to others that have trouble finding comfortable trainers, or those that walk a lot.
It is worth having a browse of the ShapeUp collection online, as some are more expensive than others, as well as difference in appearance. My only disadvantage would be the bulkiness - but that's how the mechanics of how ShapeUps work. So I guess I can't complain, plus I've seen there are slimmer ones now available.
Ever since i have tried shape ups i find it difficult to rate any other shoe as comfortable! they feel like you are walking on a cloud and have completely made my backache dissapear. It also helps with knee and ankle discomfort and I have first hand experience of this.
I do think they help to tone the thigh muscles as i wear them every day for school drop off and have lost some weight on my thighs. I can definately feel the workout when i climb uphill. I have the winter boot shape ups which have really lasted me all through the winter and have kept me warm and dry throughout. The look fab too..i ave received alot of compliments on them. I have just got a pair of summer mary style ones and they look lovely with skirts and capris. Will soon buy the fit flops!
Would reccommend any day any time!
Isn't this what everybody wants? A way to lose weight and improve your health by doing stuff you are a already doing? That is certainly the reason I purchased my pair for a steep £85 online. Skechers are apparently a way to boost your metabolism, improve posture, promote weight loss, reduce stress on ankle and in particular knee joints, strengthen your back and tone calfs, thighs and buttocks.
To begin with, it has to be said that they do work, you can lose weight by performing everyday tasks, but nowhere near as much as you would hope for. The effect can be felt on leg muscles instantly, leg joints do feel less tired, my posture does seem to have improved. Perhaps the biggest positive is knowing the effect that the shoes are having on your body. Just walking around the house or supermarket in them can make one 'feel' more healthy effortlessly.
Other than the price, there are a few negatives to the trainers. A group of kids pointed at my shoes and laughed at me not long after I began wearing them. They also seem to break easily. The heels of both my Skechers have holes in them with the foam missing which happened after just a couple of months. One of the laces ripped as I was pulling them tightly to tie them, something that has never happened to me before.
I still really like my Skechers and I expect that most people would if they owned them.
I received my pair of Skecher's Shape-Ups as a gift a few months ago as I'd been longing to try these, but the £70 price tag put me off.
I have used FitFlops in the past, but found them to be uncomfortable and they didn't provide the sort of results that I had wanted. Nevertheless, when I was gifted my Shape- Ups I put them on in anticipation, as I had heard a number of good things about them.
Firstly, the fit: I found the fit to be generous and the shoes are quite wide fitting. I would recommend trying them on before purchase, as if you have narrow feet they may be too large for you. They are also quite ugly and bulky, so not ideal for the fashion-conscious. I tend to wear mine with long trousers, to hide them from view!
My Impressions: I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked these, especially after having a bad experience with FitFlops in the past. The movement of the shoe takes a little getting used to, as the shape ensures that you rock back and forth as you walk and it does take a little bit of time to ensure that you're distributing your weight evenly as you walk.
Skechers recommend that you do not wear these for several hours at a time, so I wore mine for the first time when running errands. I wore mine for about two hours in total, and I could definitely feel they were working as I walked. When I returned home and removed the shoes, I could definitely feel an impact on my leg muscles, and my calves specifically felt tight like they do after exercise.
I have continued to wear these on walks and while carrying out various errands when I know I will be on my feet for a few hours, and while I can't say I have found a noticable appearance in the way that my legs look, I do continue to feel that they are working my leg muscles as I carry out daily tasks.
I wouldn't recommend these shoes for anyone who is expecting to see huge results, but I would recommend these to someone who is looking for a way to supplement their exercise routine, or instead start exercising gently.
I've been wanting a paif of Skechers shape ups for a long time, but could never really justify the £70 price tag to myself. However, when I last cashed out from Dooyoo, I decided I would put the money towards a pair as a bit of a treat.
There are a range of different styles in the 'Shape Ups' range. However, knowing that I intended to wear them at work, my choice was pretty much limited to buying something in black. There were some rather nice quite girly looking shoe stlye ones, but they were even pricier, so I eventually opted for the 'Optimize' design, a sort of black velvety effect lace up trainer, with a tiny bit of grey and silver detailing, including some grey nodules on the sole of the shoe, and some shiny silver on the lace eyelets. Whilst this was black and smart enough to reasonably pass as shoes at work, there is no denying that there is something a little orthopedic looking about this shoe - it looks rather like the kind of built up shoe I might be offered if I had one leg longer than the other! I think this is largely because in order to incorporate the soft squishy kinetic wedge, the sole does have to be thicker. The shoes have a curved sole, designed to change your posture and the way you walk and to hopefully leave you fitter and more toned.
Skechers make a variety of claims on the HUGE box these shoes come in . The shoes apparently improve circulation, tighten abdominal muscles, reduce joint stress, firm calf muscles, tone and firm the inner thighs, firm buttock muscles, strengthen the back, and improve posture. The shoes make no direct claim to help people lose weight, but the information booklet included in the box shows results from a number of independant studies indicating that people lost an average 2.78 lbs after an 8 week trial, compared to 0.30 lbs amongst the control group. Personally I am inclined to mistrust these kinds of statistics though, given that the independant study was commisioned by the Skechers brand. Still, thats an awful lot of promise for these shoes to live up to.
The shoes also come with a DVD. This shoes you the motion of walking correctly in these shoes, and outlines a few excercises you can do with these shoes . However, I purchased these shoes because I am a big lazy bum and would like to get toned WITHOUT any additional excercise, so any results gained from these shoes are purely the result of me wearing these instead of my usual shoes most of the time when I'm walking about, out shopping, or working .
Trying these on for the first time was a decidedly odd experience - I found it easy enough to get my balance despite the curved sole, but the sole of the shoe had a really odd feel when walking, almost a bouncy effect, as though I was walking across a trampoline. I purchased mine in a size 7 (I normally take a 7 or an 8) and found it a snug and comfortable fit whilst still feeling flexible around my foot.
The leaflet in the box recommends breaking yourself in gently with these shoes, as the way they force you to walk (heel to toe in a rolling motion, pushing off with your toes) and the fact they can throw off your centre of gravity can initially place some strain on your body as you get use to it. They warn that during the first few weeks a little soreness in the legs and buttocks is normal, and even to be expected. They recommend using for just 25 to 45 minutes a day, depending on your level of fitness for the first few weeks.
In the immortal words of Rage Against the Machine 'F**k you I won't do what you tell me'. Ignoring this no doubt wise advice, I wore my shoes for a whole five hour shift at work . Whilst at work I am constantly on my feet and dashing about, so I decided this was a grand chance to break in my new shoes . And actually, once I got used to the odd bouncy feel of first putting these on, these were incredibly comfortable . There was no rubbing on the back of the heel as I usually get with new shoes.
The walking motion in these shoes takes a little getting used to , but after perhaps an hour of wearing these I found I no longer had to conciously think about where I was putting my feet. The biggest change I noticed was simply in standing up - these shoes make it much harder to slouch, as slouching throws your balance in these shoes. It is simply much easier and much less hassle to just stand up straight ! The claims of improved posture have certainly been met, and pretty instantly.
After my first five hour shift, I went home and removed my shoes. I noticed a slight aching in my thighs, calves, and buttocks . Nothing so bad as to actually be painful, but rather the feeling I might get after doing a good distance on a treadmill. I felt as though I had just excercised, and excercised well, despite having done nothing more than my normal day to day job.
With each wear after that, I still got the same slight dull ache . This isn't a complaint, but rather an indication to me that these shoes were working out muscles that probably didn't get worked enough before . Whilst my thighs and butt were aching a little, I soon noticed that my back, which can feel tired, particularly after longer shifts, was not. I would probably attribute this to the improved posture.
Whilst I have lost a little weight in the couple of months I have had these, I am following a Slimming World plan, so I can't really say for definite if part or all of this weight loss is down to the shoes . I do however have buttocks that are slightly less jellylike in texture, and slightly less wibbly upper thighs. Any aches I do get in my muscles are that satisfying 'I've excercised' ache, rather than tired achiness, and after two months of wear, I do still feel I am getting a good workout in these shoes.
There are a couple of minor downsides though . I would not recommend wearing these shoes on occasions when you might find it hard to adjust your centre of gravity . Wearing these with a lurching hangover has proved rather awkward, as has walking across a just mopped floor at the end of my shift. I now keep slippers at work for mopping! I would also recommend sitting on the bottom deck of double decker buses after a shopping trip, as trying to descend the stairs whilst the bus is moving and your centre of gravity is already off is bloody tricky.
Overall, I think these are great shoes. They are incredibly comfortable to wear, even on long shifts or long walks, and I really do think they do marvels for my posture. They seem to have gotten rid of my backaches, and my muscles feel firmer and more toned (at least in the legs, these have yet to make any difference to my abdominal muscles) .They may even have contributed a little to the 12 lbs I have lost in the last 2 months, although I couldn't be sure.
However, I would recommend that the fashion concious amongst you opt for a less orthopedic looking design . These shoes are big and clunky looking - fine if covered with a bootcut trouser, but they look ridiculous if I try to emulate the lady in the booklet rather optimistically stepping out in shorts.
Overall, four stars . They are fantastic and have delivered noticable results - but they are clunky looking, and if it wasn't for the fact of having to wear black for work and a limited budget, I would have opted for a more stylish design than the Optimize.
I bought the Skechers 3 weeks ago and I am very happy with them. Even though they are more confortable then most trainer or walking shoes, they still tone up your muscles and everytime after a 25 - 30 minutes walk I can feel my muscles aching, sign that the Shape-Ups do their job.
I am also very happy with the fact that the sole of the shoe is quite high, which means that it ads few more inches to my 5 foot height. They look very nice with jeans which means that I can wear them when I go shopping as well.
Sometimes I even wear them when I do the cleaning in the house so I get the most benefits from them.
They are very easy on the joints as the sole of the shoe is very soft, so it's like walking on sand or on a soft surface.
For me, the Shape Ups gave me an incentive to go walking every day and I can already see the results. My legs are a bit more toned.
Putting on just under 8 stone over 10 years something just had to be done! So the idea of walking but with a shoe that burns more calories and tones more than usual I just had to get a pair! I believe there's only two brands with these type of shoe and thats Sketchers shape ups and Reebok easy tone. When I saw the shape ups on a TV advert I really didn't like the look, I thought they were ugly and far too bulky. I was heading to the shops thinking I was coming back with the Reeboks, when I got there the sketchers were much more eye catching and so comfortable and only just seeing a ad on my facebook page with Kim Kardashian wearing them and they looked great I could not resist (sad I know).
So what is this 'Sahpe up trainer' do? Well Shape up is designed to burn more calories, strengthen the back, firm calf and bottom muscles, tone and firm thigh muscles, increase cardiovasular health, improve posture, reduce stress on back and joints and relieve muscle tension and fatigue.
Does it work? Yes I believe it does and the reasons are the fact I can feel the muscles that I usually don't feel. It feels harder to walk in but without the discomfort.What I mean is they are so cushioned and comfortable that it makes it a lot easier and what I mean by harder is that they do make you work at walking where it rocks from heel to two rather than placing foot down and rocking to toes. Also where you rocking further back and forward than normal you can really feel those muscles stretching.
At first you feel you are walking funny then you get so use to them and I suppose you 'learn' how to walk in them and honestly can't keep my feet out of them I love them!
The varietys were never ending what ever your favourite colour they'll have them! I chose white with silver and blue pattern, very attractive! They are higher than the average trainer which is great for me as I am only 5ft 1 nearly 2! This is because the shoe has layers so under the upper part of shoe you have sockliner which is an antibacterial treatment that helps odours. Underneath that is a midsole which is a two part firm and soft density midsole that gives that rocking affect from heels to toes. Then under that is the ultra soft kinectic wedge technology giving each stride a gradual transition. Last under is of course the rubber outsole that has maximize traction that lugs and treads while enhancing cushioning.
The shoe also comes with white laces or the colour that your shoe is so you have a decision or have a spare whilst other is wash!
All around the shoe they have small holes that are for the obvious reason of making them breathable which I have had them in other shoes but these are incrediable! I can feel the slightest breeze through them and instantly feel my feet cooling down which is sensational when your feet are burning from walking.
Their are four types in the womens range:
The original (my ones) are perfect forbusy women who need an easy way to get in shape.
X.F are perfect for women who want a continual full body workout while at work, home or on the go.
SRT are perfect for those who want to maximize their workout.
A.T are perfect for walking, exploring and outdoor adventures.
They also do boots, mens and trainer shoe with bars so they would look professional for nurses, hairdressers etc anyone that stands on their feet for several hours as its not just for shaping up but for posture too!
I also wear them on my bike rides and find them still very comfortable and easy as the wedge makes me taller so I can stop easier! The tread on the bottom of the shoe really grip well to the peddle.
I wear them out and about and they seem to go nicely with all casual clothes so I can pop them on and if we go for a walk I can rather than leaving my hiking boots in my car or having to rememberto take them.
I will definatley buy a few pairs in nthe differnt ranges as I'm loving these! They do cost £89.99 which I believe is reasonable.
Skechers Shape Ups are trainer style shoes that claim to help you burn more calories and exercise more muscles when walking than normal shoes. I've had my Shape Ups for about a month and have been very happy with them, although I'm not sure how many extra calories I've burnt off!
I work in a job where I am on my feet and walking around all day, comfortable shoes are an absolute must to avoid sore feet, knees and legs. A colleague recommended these shoes to me as the most comfortable she'd ever worn so I decided that if this was true they'd be worth the £90 investment.
I have the all black style, which aren't the most stylish but they are available in a wide range of colours and styles and there should be something to suit most tastes. All the styles are a bit 'clunky' though, they share the distinctive shape of the sole and are a little bit higher off the ground than most trainers, you'll gain an inch or two in height wearing them!
The way the shoes work is all in the shape and design of the sole and is supposed to imitate walking on sand, which most people will know is quite a bit harder than walking on solid ground! I haven't found the shoes difficult to walk in but they do take a bit of getting used to. At first you'll feel like you're walking on little cushions, and as though you might fall off them at any time, but within a few days I didn't want to wear anything else.
Its essential that you make sure the shoes fit snugly and that you fasten them tightly, the one time I went out in them with the laces loose I went over on an ankle which was quite painful and more than a little embarrassing in a busy city centre!
I'm not sure if the shoes have had any effect on the 'tone' of my legs and bum, but they are definitely incredibly comfortable and much easier on my feet and legs than any other shoes I've owned. I highly recommend these to anybody who is on their feet a lot and suffers from aching and sore feet at the end of a long day.
I first put my Shape-Ups on in early May this year. I've barely taken them off, since.
I can't say that I pay much attention to the shoes other people wear, but no matter where I go I'm always being stopped by people who ask me two questions:
"Are those...those shoes?"
"Do they work?"
My answer is always the same. They do, but that's not why I bought them. I have a back condition, lordosis. Since my early teenage years, walking for more than twenty minutes has been painful. After a week or so in Florida, I had more money spare than I'd expected, and the Skechers shop looked enticing. I went in, and pulled a sand-coloured pair of Shape-Ups from the shelf. They look like ordinary trainers, for the most part, stylish and bulky - the way I like my shoes to be. They have one giveaway, though - a large, wedge-like sole, cushioned - the reason people notice them as I walk down the street.
Pulling on the shoes in that Florida store, I was struck by their comfort. I'd never spent the equivalent of £80 on a pair of shoes before, but as I bounced my way around the shoe store I realised I couldn't resist. That was just it - they were bouncy, soft and comfortable. No pain, but no feeling of working muscles, either.
Now, I've been wearing my Skechers for just under half a year, and I've not felt my back hurt once. These shoes are perfect for comfort, but perhaps more importantly (given the name) they do tone your legs. I first felt that happen after four days, and though the results are mild the general overall toning of my legs has improved.
Skechers come in a range of styles, but I'd presume that they all share the comfort that has given me one real problem. I'm never going back to other shoes until the day Shape-Ups are no longer made - I'm destined to spend £80 on shoes, but luckily these ones look like they'll last a while!
A pair of shoes that help tone up your legs etc as you walk, sounds pretty amazing doesn't it? Well that's what I thought and when I was given a pair of these Skechers shoes I was quite pleased and looked forward to giving them a try.
At first look the trainers look much like anything other, they were all black (my personal favourite...in my world everything should be all black), and constructed in the typical panel form like most trainers. The laces strung through webbing loops on both the shoe and the nicely padded tongue to hold it in place. The only real visible difference was the sole which is rather thick and strangely shaped which a big curving shape to it. I like my laces to be done in a criss-cross manner allowing varying tightness all the way up the lacing to give maximum adjustabilty and hopefully comfort, and I was pleased to find these trainers laced in this way.
My initial impressions of the trainers were quite good, they felt well made and the stitching looked to be pretty strong and robust. The uppers were a mixture of leather and man-made materials and felt like they were quite good quality. The inners were, as I expected man-made and nicely soft and cushioned so hopefully nice and comfortable.
I should probably mention that I have had problems finding comfortable shoes ever since I was a teenager. I have a narrow achilles tendon andrather delicate skin on my heels which likes to blister at the slightest irritant. I also need a good amount of cushioning in the heel of my shoes else I get achy heels and souls of my feet. Essentially I'm a very fussy - no, particular - shoe person!
When I first put the Skechers on they felt rather comfortable, there was no pressing or rubbing anywhere, my foot just felt nicely like it ws being hugged by the shoe, so I was pleased. The heel area of the show was nicely padded with the back section quite low and the top section of the back cushioning which really helps my heels and tendons to be comfortable.
My first steps were rather akin to Bambi taking his first steps in the classic Disney film, I am not blessed with the best of balance and the unusual shape of the soles felt very strange to begin with. After a few rather tentative steps I soon got the way of the trainers and felt a bit more steady.
In a posisbly ill-thought out way I decided to go for a walk to test them out. the first few metres were very unsteady but with the next few I felt more and more like I might actually be able to stay upright. The action of the sort of rolling action of the shaped sole was felt fairly natural and I could feel my leg muscles working away in a different manner to normal.
When I got to some uneven pavement (which sadly is very much prevelant where I live) I found it a little disconcerting and felt as though I might well fall over. I did not feel as confident in these as I would in conventional shoes but I'm sure with time I would do so.
Sadly it is at this point that my experience of the skechers went down hill, as well as suffering with my feet, I have for a great many years also suffered with my knees, if I sit awkwardly or if I move a bit wrongy I end up with really bad pains in my knee ligaments which can be excruciating.
I did not feel this when I was walking though I was a little aware that my walking motion was different to my normal walking action, however when I got home (I had walked about 2 miles) and took the shoes off and my knees started to grumble and the next day they ached for most of the day.
I did try the Skechers again a few days later but once again they played havok with my knees and I ended up in pain. I decided I was unable to wear the skechers and sold them on.
In conclusion, a well made pair of trainers, which were of good quality and well made. They were nice and confortable and from my short experience felt like they wertere working my muscles more than any other footwear I've worn in the past. Unfortunately they were not suitable for my fussy knees. If you are not someone who suffers with their knees I would imagine these would be a great way help muscle toning, sadly they are not for me.
I had forgotten to make mention of the pricing of these trainers as they were given to me and I didn't really know. However I have just had a quick look and they range from about £79.99 - £95, which in my opinion is rather a lot of money but then I hate spending money on things like shoes etc so it might just be me that thinks that.
I'm very into trying to get fit and have bought a huge amount of sporting goods over the years to help me achieve that goal but like a lot of people I am a little bit lazy and a lot of the time the equipment I buy just gathers dust and I move onto the next thing.
When I read an article claiming that there were new shoes that could actually help you tone up whilst you were wearing them just going about your day to day business I knew that I was having them no matter what they cost.
Luckily for my bank balance the really expensive ones mentioned in the article had been so successful that a lot of other companies were now following suit and producing their own versions although to be fair these weren't exactly what I would call cheap either. However being the optimist (or fool depending on who's thinking it) that I am I was convinced they would be the answer to my prayers and went ahead and bought a pair.
I ended up buying a pair from Skechers as this is what the shoe shop had in when I looked and I thought they were a little bit nicer looking than the other ones I had seen online when looking.
They are white all over with just tiny bit of silver and I think this colour makes them look extremely sporty.
It's a little difficult to describe them as they look like ordinary tennis trainers on the tops but the sole is where the similarity ends. It is like they have had a step put in them like the shoes you see for people who have one leg shorter than the other however instead of being flat on the bottom of the sole with the shape up trainers it is curved.
I have always liked sketchers trainers and have had a few pairs over the years but I wasn't loving the styling of these ones at all. I felt like I was 16 again when platforms were all the rage and I had loads including trainer versions. I thought it was such a good look back then but I have come to realise that it maybe wasn't the greatest of looks.
What the shape up trainers are supposed to do is that they help promote weight loss by forcing you to work your muscles. They also firm the leg, bum and back muscles and improve your posture, help shift your cellulite and increase your cardio all whilst reducing strain on your knees and ankles.
Sounds fantastic and I was really excited to try them out. I went to the running track along the river to use them for the first time and was rearing to go. Unfortunately what I wasn't expecting was that I would hardly be able to walk in them never mind run. Because of the funny shape of the sole they take a little getting used to and the first time I put them on I had to practise walking about in them because they feel heavy and clunky and I tripped more than once the first few times I wore them.
I really had difficulty for the first few days in them and I noticed that when I took them off that my back would be painful which I attributed to the fact that wearing these was strengthening and using muscles I probably didn't even notice I had.
Eventually I did become more used to them and found that I could manage to do most things that I could do with normal trainers and I started wearing them a little more often.
I'm not sure I can say if they helped me lose weight or not as I did lose some and toned up but I was also dieting and doing other things at the time. I can say that I do feel like they helped me with my posture and I find I am not walking with a slouched back and neck as much as I was previously. This also has the added benefit of making me appear slimmer.
I will say my bum was noticeably firmer which I also put down to using these shoes as I wasn't really doing much exercise for that area.
I know these shoes are supposed to be really popular but I have never seen anyone else in my area wearing them and I did have some funny looks whilst I had them on and I noticed a few people pointing. Now I found this a little embarrassing and hoped people knew that they were shape up trainers and I wasn't wearing them to be trendy because as I said I don't particularly think they are attractive to look at.
I paid £69.99 for these and I would say that they were worth it as being skechers the quality is fantastic and I think they probably did help but if you are thinking of buying a pair then I think you need to use them on a regular basis to get the benefit from them.
Like most fads I get myself into I used them loads for a few weeks and they are now sitting in the back of my wardrobe gathering dust but after writing this review I am definitely going to get them back out again and start using them for a longer period this time.
After having been out with a friend who is a big fan of the MBT shape up walking shoes, I finally caved in and decided to go find myself a pair. Although I hunted around our local shops I failed to find any, so in the end after a chat with a very positive sales assistant I ended up with a pair of Skechers Shape Up Shoes which are very similar to MBTs and so seemed to fit the bill.
Now not only is the sentence Skechers Shape Up Shoes rather hard to type, its even more difficult to say and these seem almost impossible to wear when you first get them on your feet. Having been the owner of a pair of very fetching (well I thought so) platform trainers for sometime, which give me a feeling of walking tall on lovely soft cushiony spongeyness (apologies if these are not real words but they suit the feeling of the shoes when worn). I thought the Skechers Shape Ups Shoes would be a doddle to get used to. How wrong I was there!
I have to say here that I am a bit clumsy at times and don't cope at all well with walking down stairs. I seem to trip easily and worry about falling, so once I was strapped into my pair Skechers Shape Ups I felt very unstable. Cue know it all friend who; A: told me I should have bought the MBTs instead, then B: said I would soon get used to the Skechers once I got my balance sorted and C: commented that if the Skechers and I were not a match made in heaven, she would take them of my hands or should that be feet?
Ok so my shoes looked very smart and fresh in plain white with matching white laces and white heels with a hint of silver. The back of the heels on these shoes are missing, well when I say missing I mean they are rounded away and curved so as to make you think about your walking position and balance yourself accordingly. All fine and dandy in principle but in practice I felt very unsteady wearing my Skechers shoes and I certainly would not have trusted myself driving in them with their oddly curved back and missing heel.
The whole idea of these shoes is that they promote a more natural walking position when you become used to them, as you balance in a so called more natural way when moving. This is in turn meant to improve posture and also tone and work your leg muscles and give you a super curvaceous toned and trimmed J Lo arse at the same time (well according to my friend thats what her have done for her).
Now I am not going to say these don't work, because many people swear by them, but they didn't suit me. I found that not only did I find that I disliked the fact that I could find myself feeling unsteady, if someone accidently brushed past me in a crowd when wearing my shoes. I also found that when returning to wearing more traditionally shaped shoes I had to almost retrain myself to wear them again, which felt very odd indeed.
Needless to say that after a month of torture, myself and my Sketchers Shape Ups have parted company and I have at least recouped some of my initial £49.99 outlay to buy my gleaming white beauties, by passing them to my friend. As an MBT wearer she has found the transition into these far easier than I ever could and really likes them. In terms of the quality of the actual shoes I bought, I have to say I cannot fault it in terms of the stitching, materials and over all look. The shoes certainly looked the part when I bought them and so that would be a plus point for them.
To rate these I do have to take into account how they worked for me and as such they can only receive a 3 star rating. I do feel that whilst build, quality and price were not an issue, the odd almost heel less style of the back of the shoes and the over all wearability of the shoes was an issue that I just couldn't get on with. I feel they may suit some wearers more than others and so wouldn't like to slate them, as I know some people really love these shoes. All I can say is that you do need to try before you buy and be aware of what you are buying prior to taking the plunge. After giving these my best shot, I have come to the conclusion that they are a bit like Marmite and you either love or hate them.