Time to Tone…Using Just a Shoe!
Can you think of anything better than toning your body by just wearing a particular shoe? Me neither! That’s why I was so excited when companies such as Sketchers, New Balance and Reebok developed shoes that can help you tone-up your body by simply walking in them. As a Domestic Square Peg, I’m always looking for a shortcut to shaping-up, so they had me at walking…
But they weren’t cheap and I really didn’t like the style. The first generation of these “toning” shoes where bulky and had a thick, rounded bottom– who really wants anyone to know you’re working to shape-up your bottom by simply wearing a pair of shoes?! But when they became a bit more discreet and developed a more stylish technology, I bought a pair.
I chose New Balance WW 850 True Balance Toning Shoe.
They are white with a pink and look just like any other athletic shoe. In fact, so much so, I found it pretty tough to believe they would do much of anything different for me, unless maybe I ran a few miles in them. But they make it quite clear, these shoes are not for running– simply walking. Okay, I thought. I can do that.
Toning Shoe Too Good to be True?
Well, after about 6 months of wearing the shoes nearly every day, I gotta tell you– in my opinion, I’m not seeing much of a change. Now maybe I need a more scientific measurement of my muscles, but a simple, unscientific observation is they didn’t do much for me. I am fairly fit already, but most of us could use little tightening and toning, right? Now don’t get me wrong, I certainly wasn’t expecting any miracles, but for $90 and a tongue-twisting claim such as: ”truebalance balance board technology combines C-CAP midsole cushioning with a 1/2-length TPU leaf spring system and a rounded solid rubber outsole, all working together to tone muscles and burn more calories”– I had hoped for even a fraction of the tightening and toning that was promised.
Reebok Settles Lawsuit
This is not to say other similar shoes might make a difference, but recently Reebok agreed to pay $25-million to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit that charges the company’s “toning” shoes do not reshape customers’ bodies as advertised.
I’ll still wear my shoes because they are pretty cute and comfortable, but I know they won’t lessen my time or lighten my load at the gym. I wanted to see a little difference. What I got was a lessen: there is no shortcut to fitness!
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