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Skechers Shape-ups Shoes

By August 31, 2009

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Skechers Shape-ups walking shoesIs it a new miracle shoe that will tone your buns, burn off more calories, and make you look taller? Actually, I think Skechers Shape-ups are capable of all of the above. But I have some strong reservations about using them.

Rocker sole shoes enforce more extension and so you will feel more usage of your leg muscles and may see a toning effect. They are heavier than most athletic shoes, so you will burn a teensy tiny more calories per mile -- unless you walk less distance because it is no fun walking in heavy shoes. Or the heavy shoes contribute to knee and ankle pain. Either way, you may end up burning fewer overall calories by walking less.

Skechers uses a soft kinetic wedge sole that is slightly unstable, helping to activate your core and balance muscles. You may see improved posture, and the extra couple of inches of the sole of the shoe will make you taller while wearing them.

The bottom line for me is that these shoes are just too heavy for me to attempt to wear for fitness walking. They are super comfortable and wide in the toe box. If I had a job that involved lots of standing, I think they would be great. But I would use them sparingly for fitness walking until you build up a tolerance to their weight. What is your experience?

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Comments
August 31, 2009 at 4:34 pm
(1) Cindy says:

I have been wearing MBT’s (very similar to Skechers) for the last eight months to train for the Breast Cancer 3 Day (60 miles in 3 days). I started out walking about 3 mi per session and now am up to about 15 mi per session. I LOVE walking in these shoes. They do definitely do all the things claimed above, but they are also really good to my feet. The gait feels great and the soles are wonderfully cushioned so my feet get tired less easily. Unlike my walking partner, I also have had zero problem with blisters or lost toenails. I did notice the weight the first couple of weeks that I had them but after that they felt completely normal. I will never again do any kind of distance walking event in any other kind of shoes.

August 31, 2009 at 5:59 pm
(2) nancy Lovett(mrswadesboro) says:

I bought a pair of Easy Spirit Saturday made just like these by Sketcher.I will not be doing long distance walking in them just on the machines at the gym but they wear great.
Thanks
cost much less than Sketchers too

September 2, 2009 at 8:46 am
(3) Wendy says:

Any thoughts on these for waitressing?

September 2, 2009 at 5:05 pm
(4) Cindy says:

I haven’t waitressed in many a year, but I would get yourself quite comfortable in them first before I attempted it. I think once you are used to them they will feel great, but you have to be very very accustomed to the feel and balance of the shoe or you could turn your ankle. I do know that there are people who do standing up jobs like nursing or retail who regularly wear them for work, but those people don’t have to move at high speeds going in multiple directions for an entire shift.

September 5, 2009 at 6:37 pm
(5) Amy says:

omg those are so ugly!

September 5, 2009 at 10:26 pm
(6) carol says:

Can you wear these with orthothics?

September 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm
(7) Olivia Z says:

To the Moderator: Why are you assuming if, if, if and making negative comments about the MBT which is now linked to Skechers Shape-ups, if you haven’t even worn them? It never ceases to amaze me of all the wasted comments from posters regarding any subject if they haven’t worn, baked, cooked, listend to, etc, etc, in order to make a determination? I bought the Skechers Shape-ups today, wore them for about 4 hrs and noticed a significant improvement in my back & neck, frm which I suffer with bulging and herniated discs frm an MVA. It felt like I was walking on a Water Bed or a Trampoline, which caused a burn in my buttocks and legs & I could feel the toning occuring. It took me 5 shops to find them today, they are selling like hot cakes! Whomever is thinking about buying them – go for it! They are a gem for the price 110.00 compared to MBT’s 259.00!

September 23, 2009 at 11:27 am
(8) Nicole says:

I bought a pair of the Sketcher Shape Ups about a month ago and I LOVE THEM! I walk about 3 miles everyday and they have completely changed my workout! After the first week, my calves were really sore, but that soon went away. I was concerned when I bought them because I have problems with my ankles but they have caused absolutely no problems with my ankles at all. I can definitely seen a difference in how toned my legs are becoming! Yes, they look a little odd…but when you see how great your butt will start to look…you won’t mind so much!!

October 6, 2009 at 7:34 pm
(9) Fit4life says:

I haven’t had much time to exercise or to walk as much as I used to. Luckily, my pilates instructor told me about shape up shoes not to be confused with skechers or MBTs. I got a pair a month ago and they are incredible. I only wear them about 30 minutes a day and get more benefits than I ever did from walking. They really make you focus on your balance using your legs, buns and abs. Being only $40 they are half the price of the skechers. Check them out at shapeupshoes.com

October 9, 2009 at 4:51 am
(10) WHAT WOMEN WANT says:

Want your fitness routine to ‘rock’ even harder? These sporty-chic sneaks—with 7-layer rocker bottom construction—not only deliver a killer workout, they also make your entire body feel better. They deliver everything to the highest degree: maximum core and posterior muscle stimulation, killer calorie burn, serious cellulite reduction, ‘wow’-worthy weight loss and radically reduced joint stress. The heel features encapsulated air tunnel technology that makes these get-in-shape shoes some of the lightest out there. Plus, they’re FDA certified as a medical device. (How many kicks can claim that?)

October 9, 2009 at 11:00 am
(11) rebecca says:

I’m just wondering, have you tried the Skechers Shape Ups atall? Because i find it odd that you talk about them feeling heavy and not burning calories because i have a pair of them and they have been nothing but amazing!

They are so comfy to wear, i know they look like they would be heavy but once you’re wearing them you really feel like you are walking on cushions!

I wear them every day and go for a brisk 30 minute walk on my lunch break. And in the past 2 months they have made a huge difference! I am now confident in my bikini when i go swimming because they have toned me up so much!

Also, they’ve improved my posture and gait alot… meaning walking has become a more pleasurable pain free experience than before!

October 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm
(12) WHAT WOMEN WANT says:

Me? Tried Skecher’s Shape Ups atall?

Any shoe that promotes health is a good shoe.

Personally though I prefer driving a BMW five series to a Dodge Neon. No offense.

October 11, 2009 at 10:04 am
(13) jange says:

I have been wearing shape-ups for 3 weeks now and am in constant apin in my hips and lower back. Am off to see my GP to see if this is because my posture was poor in the first place and is now adjusting or whether the shoes are doing damage. Suggest you take medical advice before buying them.

October 14, 2009 at 5:22 pm
(14) laura says:

i love the skechers shape up shoes. in fact i have three pairs. i wear them walking and core strength training to improve my balance. skechers.com has review and free shipping/no sales tax.

October 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm
(15) Linda Collins says:

If you have heel spurs these are the shoes!! I crawled home everyday in pain. I started wearing these to work, I felt no pain. I work pain free now, and have evry color!!

October 25, 2009 at 7:40 pm
(16) Jerri says:

I am so disappointed in my new skretcher shoes. they have the velcro and will NOT stay fastened. I walk out of them, have almost fallen when they come off.
How do I fix them, would anyone know??

October 31, 2009 at 8:22 pm
(17) Debbie says:

For premium quality and amazing toning check out these

http://www.thebalancingact.com/BA_video_player_embed_2009.swf?v=XZJL27ATY01254

November 9, 2009 at 3:40 pm
(18) Rebecca2 says:

I have had these three weeks now and am a fit person. I walk 2-3 miles per day in them and wear them whenever I am inside the home. First, the writer must be terribly UNfit..HEAVY? All I can say is are you kidding? These are the best walking sneaker Ive ever had and they are NOT heavy. To the fool who writes about BMWs and Dodges: Um, point, please? ya, ya, anyhow…and any shoe that promotes health is a good one? Um, I think not. Wake up. Some shoes don’t have good support, don’t wear well, etc..RIGHT? I agree with the first Rebecca – if you have these shoes you will review them EXCELLENTLY. They are perfect. Comfy and toning.

November 15, 2009 at 1:24 pm
(19) Karla says:

I’ve had my Skechers for about 6 weeks and I love them. I’ve suffered from lower back pain for 20 years. It’s part arthritis and part pronated ankles (since birth.) For the past few years I haven’t been able to stand or walk for more than 15 minutes without my back seizing up. I’ve had zero pain with these shoes. I walk with my feet parallel and my body feels aligned. My posture has improved. I didn’t notice any heaviness, and I’m a petite person. The only time they felt weird was in the store and I stood up for the first time; I felt like I was going to fall backward. I was able to wear them out of the store and wear them all day. I only wish they had a dressier style so I could wear them to work as a realtor.

November 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm
(20) Anonymous says:

I’ve been wearing these for cashiering. I did not find them to be heavy at all and I can feel different muscle working.

December 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm
(21) livingfree247 says:

I love my shape ups! I only got them a few days ago and I can already feel the muscles in my butt/calves/belly. They are sooooo comfy too. Definitely worth the $99.

December 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm
(22) Ooma says:

The shoe is to make firmer and is godsend. Much comfortable and developing muscles.

January 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm
(23) mom of six says:

I bought the shape ups over the weekend as I have increased my daily walking to 2-3 miles a day at a brisk pace. My previous shoe of choice was an asics walking shoe but I noticed after increasing my distance my little toes were blistering and bleeding, not to mention the back pain. Monday I walked a brisk downhill incline (9 minute mile) and after my 2.5 mile walk I could feel the difference in my heart rate as well as the burn in my glutes, hamstrings and calves. Added bonus was that a couple hours later I was beginning to get sore in my obliques and abs and by the following day I was pretty sore as if I had done several hundred crunches. I am pretty fit and have NEVER been sore after one of my walks in my asics so NO DOUBT they make a difference! Not to mention no bloody toes or blisters and my back feels better when I wear them! FANTASTIC SHOE! getting them for my husband as they REALLY work the tummy!

January 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(24) nic says:

hi, i love my shape ups, been wearing them for a week now. But i also have pain in hips and lower back, was wondering if it was the shoes making posture better or should i not wear them so much.

JANGE – would love to know what your doctor advised!!

January 20, 2010 at 7:11 am
(25) Lise says:

I’m a pharmacy tech at a hospital… I do deliveries sometimes that make me walk up to 5 miles. 8 hrs a day so I’m not doing alot of standing in one place… Do you think they would be good for me?

January 23, 2010 at 1:22 pm
(26) Sandy says:

I just bought a pair of Curves toning sneakers–just like the MBTs & Skechers–from Avon. Only $40. They are great! I am only wearing them around the house for now (I log a LOT of miles around my home each day & run up the stairs–2 at a time– many times), so I will see if I want to start walking outside in them, too.

January 24, 2010 at 3:34 am
(27) Matt says:

Just a FYI the cheaper versions from Curves and Dr. Scholls etc. are deffinatly low quality compaired to the Sketchers Shape Ups, Especially when looking at Torsion Stability. If you take a sketcher and place one hand on the heel and the other on the toe and twist there is very little movement…the cheaper shoes will twist like a towel. I can deffinatly see people twisting there ankles in the lower quality shoes. You get what you pay for!

January 24, 2010 at 11:54 am
(28) Sharon says:

I have a pair of Skechers shape-ups and a pair of Dr. Scholls Fitness Walkers. I have a very serious problem with supination and as a result have really bad tailor’s bunions on the outside of my foot. These bunions caused “stabbing-like” pains everyday. The podiatrists recommendation was surgery, which I definitely wanted to avoid. Both types of shoes were comfortable and alleviated ALL of the pain from the tailor’s bunions (I’m guessing b/c there’s less forward motion pushing those bones out in my feet…when moving & standing still). The pro’s and con’s? My Skechers were $110.00 (@Kohl’s) and Dr. Scholl’s were $59.99 (@Sears). My Skechers are much heavier than the Dr. Scholls. My Skechers are less flexible than the Dr. Scholls…I’ve also had ACL replacement in my left knee a few years ago and noticed that when wearing the Skechers, my knee still hurt when running on the treadmill…maybe b/c they’re so stiff that there is less room for knee flexibility??? In my Dr. Scholls, my knee pretty much doesn’t hurt at all, even after I take them off! All in all, I prefer my Dr. Scholl’s but will wear my Skechers every now and then…afterall, I wouldn’t want $110.00 to go to waste!

January 25, 2010 at 7:52 am
(29) Tina says:

hi, i wore my shape ups for the first time on Saturday for about half an hour. They’re the most comfortable trainers I’ve ever had. However, I’ve been in agony with pain in my lower back and hips ever since.

JANGE / NIC are you 2 still suffering or is it OK now?

January 25, 2010 at 11:49 pm
(30) Linda says:

I just got my Sketchers shape ups today and only had a chance to wear them for about 20 minutes. Kohls had a slae of r $99 and I had a 30% off coupon so it was nice to only pay $69 for them. I have had plantar fasciitis off and on for years, and wear a custom made orthotic when I work. I am an RN and am on my feet most of the time. Has anyone worn them who has had plantar’s fasciitis (heel pain) prior and did they help? Can you wear orthotics with them? One person commented about wearing them on the treadmill. I was under the understanding that they are not made for running…more for walking???

January 26, 2010 at 1:13 am
(31) PamI am both an MBT and Shape Up owner and like both. The MBT’s have a much firmer sole and are great for walking. I’m quite heavy and the MBT’s bothered my feet when I wore them for everyday tasks around the house or shopping, stop or just stand. The S says:

I am an MBT and Shape Up owner and like both.

The MBT’s have a much firmer sole and are great for walking. I’m quite heavy and the MBT’s bothered my feet when I wore them for everyday tasks around the house or shopping, stop or just stand.

The Shape Ups have filled the void for the everyday wear. The soles are much softer than the MBT’s and I can stop and/or stand with no problems.

I have found that both brands run short on me and I had to get a half size larger in the MBT and a full size in the Shape Up.

I bought the curved bottom shoes to take pressure off of my knees, hips and lower back which, for me, they have worked great. I have also had a flare up of Plantar Fasciitis in the past, but with these shoes, Burks and Crocs have not had another.

January 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm
(32) Laura says:

I bought my skechers this past Christmas. What few times I was able to wear them I enjoyed them but this past weekend I was just standing in them and turned my ankle. I now have torned ligament damage. I have returned the shoes to the store because I am very reluctant about wearing them again. Please be careful!

January 31, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(33) Cookie says:

I have had the Skechers for over a month now. I love them. My posture has improved. I am toning up and I have lost weight. I walk ever day in them and I do my shopping in them. I started dancing the other day ( I used to be a dancer but now out of shape) and could not believe how much stronger my leg muscles were. I am buying a second pair this week.

February 2, 2010 at 4:38 pm
(34) Justine says:

Here is a website that shows the results of a clinical study that was done.

The participants didn’t lose much weight but they built up the following.

Glutei strength:
The greatest gain in glutei strength was close to a 53% increase. The average glutei strength gain was 41% with all participants showing a statistically significant gain.

Low back endurance:
Again, all participants showed a statistically significant improvement in low back endurance, with a 37% average overall improvement.

Significant strengths especially at my age.

http://www.fitnessfootwear.com/t-Skechers-Shape-Ups-Clinical-Case-Study.aspx

February 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm
(35) Leah says:

I have been battling with a partially torn toe flexor tendon and these shoes have made walking considerably less painful, and have been approved by my podiatrist. They are slightly heavier than other fitness shoes I have worn, but not so heavy as to make them uncomfortable. Overall, I love them!

February 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm
(36) Denise Kohut says:

I have GOT to make a comment about comment #4.Have you ever followed a nurses steps in a 12hour shift.We are constantly on our feet and walking quickly from room to room.running to the supply room to get supplies for each pt,running to get medications for pt’s.

February 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm
(37) Penny says:

I am a hairstylist. I bought these because I thought they would be comfortable for standing all day. I was so wrong. They make me sick to my stomach because they throw off my balance so much. I only have worn them at work and the feeling only goes away when not wearing them. I do not recommend for standing all day jobs.

February 5, 2010 at 7:42 am
(38) Denise says:

I LOVE them. I am on my feet all day long walking back and forth to patient rooms, etc. The Skechers are like walking on air. Of course, my feet look like Herman Munster and sometimes they feel heavy like that, but basicially they are AWESOME!!!

February 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm
(39) Judy says:

My mom has severe back issues and bought the Shape Ups just hoping they might help her. She called after having them a week in tears…of JOY. She said they have helped her so much. She ran out and got a second pair and I’m waiting for a pair to be delivered to me (they were out of my size).

February 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm
(40) M says:

They remind of shoes they had back in the 70′s. I have never been able to wear heels and that includes the athletic shoes with a elevated sole. Are these even recommended for people with orthopedic problems? People with balance problems could really fall in these shoes.

February 13, 2010 at 8:40 am
(41) Marina says:

I love my Shape-ups. I exercise regularly and didn’t think I’d notice much of a difference using the Sketcher Shape-ups, but I was wrong. I immediately noticed a difference in my abs, hips and calves. They are not heavy at all, actually they are very very comfortable. I use them on the treadmill and walking 5 miles outside and they are great! I highly recommend them.

February 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm
(42) Jean says:

I bought a pair of Shape-ups, Action Packed, 2 months ago. My feet had been hurting so much I hated to even stand, let alone even go grocery shopping. I wear them everyday, they are to most comfortable shoes I’ve had. They are pricey, but worth it, I have no pain in the bottoms of my feet anymore, my legs don’t hurt. I have always had week ankles and these shoes have helped me from twisting my ankle as often. They are heavier, but after the first few days I din’t even notice it. My posture is better and I have less lower back pain. I will be buying another pair.

February 15, 2010 at 10:02 am
(43) Cindy, Shaler, PA says:

I have been wearing the Sketchers since December, I love them!! and I have noticed a difference in my legs, hips and butt and my posture. I have just purchased the mary janes so I can wear them to work too!! I work retail and am on my feet 8 hours a day!!

February 16, 2010 at 11:18 am
(44) Jenni Elyse says:

I don’t think they’re heavy in the least bit. They’re the most comfortable shoe I have ever put on my feet and I think some of the styles are even cute. I love them and I’ve only been using them for three days. My feet haven’t felt tired once and I can really feel the burn when I walk up stairs. I’m excited to see what they’ll do for my weight loss regimen.

February 28, 2010 at 12:44 pm
(45) Tami says:

I got a pair of Skechers for my birthday last November. I always wear 3-4 inch heels and when I wear flat shoes, including other sneakers, my back would ache. Also, I have arthritis in both knees. I wanted to try the Shape-Ups to see if I could strenghthen the muscles around my knees and to encourage me to exercise. I followed the instructions (wear them for short periods of time at first) and found them to be all that I’d hoped…and more! At first, my feet wanted to roll inward, but by consciously holding them straight up, I get an extra work-out. My back doesn’t hurt, and most importantly, my very high arches don’t fall and cause me foot pain anymore! I love them (although I did have to get used to the look) and now, I love to walk for exercise! I’m about to get another pair in a different color!

March 3, 2010 at 8:06 pm
(46) cat says:

I almost never wear my shape-ups. They are super-heavy on my feet and my toes are squeezed badly in the toe box. They are just overpriced, painful shoes. No toning noticed, either. I wore them to work a couple of days and gave up because of the foot pain.

March 5, 2010 at 1:19 pm
(47) Debi says:

I’ve had my Skechers Shape-Ups for a little over a month. I bought them just before an 8 day trip to Europe. I wore them ALL day every day and they are, by far, the best shoes I’ve ever had. There were never uncomfortable and didn’t give me blisters. I love them and am currently looking for a pair to wear to work!!

March 7, 2010 at 12:51 am
(48) Steve says:

In 1974 I broke my leg and ended up with a double compound fracture,I then eventually years later ended up reading meters and walked 10 miles a day for 13 years. I am now 58 and my ankles,knees and legs cant really hold up walking all day. At the urging of my kids and wife I recently bought a pair of shape ups for all day walking at Disneyland.Guess what my legs,ankles and feet felt great.I now am a true believer in these shoes. I love them…love them.

March 8, 2010 at 11:55 am
(49) Debbie says:
March 9, 2010 at 9:10 am
(50) MM says:

I received these shoes for Valentine ’s Day and I was excited. I wore the shoes for 4 hours that day and the next day my back began to hurt. I could barely walk for 2 weeks and I am still in a lot of pain. I don’t know if I will wear these shoes again, but I am hoping the pain will go away, because my lower back really hurts. Let me point out that I did not follow the direction or watch the DVD so I can’t blame the shoes! If you get the shoes, follow the directions very closely!

March 10, 2010 at 11:33 am
(51) summer says:

I don’t really think that these shoes are that heavy. I got the black ones and none of my friends even knew that I was wearing them untill I showed them. I have been wearing them for about 2 days now and it is noticable. I walk to and from my son’s school and these shoes have made it so much easier on my ankles and knees.

March 16, 2010 at 12:33 pm
(52) Jenny says:

I have been wearing these shoes for months and months…I think they are great to run errands in, however I do not like them on the treadmill. They are very bottom heavy in my opinion. I will be taking a break from these shoes for a while as I have been having A LOT of lower back and hip pain. I hope not wearing them for a while takes care of that problem.

March 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm
(53) Whissana says:

Shape-ups CREATED me foot problems!!!

My personal experience is that shape-ups FEEL amazing. I admit that they’re probably the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. HOWEVER, after wearing only shape-ups for about 2 months straight and not wearing any other shoes in between I came to notice that I can’t walk with any other shoes anymore without feeling pain when walking the next day.

-I never had foot problems before this!!

Seems like my healthy feet are getting almost too much support and comfort in the shape-ups, since I now I can’t wear any regular shoes without feeling pain the next day. I’m planning to just deal with it and wait for my feet to adjust normal shoes again. I will still wear my shape-ups but not every day, because I don’t want this to happen to my feet anymore. Why create feet problems with shoes, when I can live without them.

Then again, I can see how shape-ups can be a blessing for those who already deal with foot issues.

My advice is, if you have healthy feet, don’t wear shape-ups. At least not every day.

March 17, 2010 at 6:42 pm
(54) jonabgood says:

Like so many, I have recently purchased a pair of shape ups. The shoes are extremely comfortable! However, I have noticed some aching in my hip and lower back at the end of the day. Nothing major, but enough that I notice. I’m thinking I just need to get used to the shoe. Time will tell!

March 18, 2010 at 7:11 pm
(55) Darlene says:

I would like to hear more from the folks who have experienced lower back and hip pain. I too suffer from lower back pain. In fact, after 2 months of periodically wearing my shape ups my bottom became so sore I couldn’t sit in my desk chair. I also broke my foot 10 years ago and now that area has began hurting again. It even hurts to put the clutch on in the car. hate it that I the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn could end up causing such pain in other areas. What are the doctors saying about them?

March 21, 2010 at 8:09 pm
(56) Mia says:

I just read your comment and I am SO sore after wearing them. My lower back, hips, and abs. I hurt in areas I did not know could hurt?!

March 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm
(57) Jan Alexander says:

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS! Jange and Tina, I bought a pair of Skechers and thought they were comfortable and would help my lower back pain. I failed to watch the video included with my Skechers and the second time I wore them, I was in them for about 7 hours. I’ve had very severe back, hip and leg pain ever since. The pain is so bad I can hardly walk and I’m on a heating pad and pain pills and it’s been about 6 weeks since I wore them. I just made a Dr appointment to find out what’s going o
n. I just hope and pray this isn’t a permanent condition.

March 23, 2010 at 1:00 am
(58) Lori says:

I am happy with these shoes, I notice less back and hip pain and can feel them working my hind quarters :) I am exchanging them for a new pair as the right one seems a bit unbalanced and my ankle is turning in on that side… never had that problem before, so I’m hoping there is just a bit of a defect on that side…

March 26, 2010 at 11:57 am
(59) Claire says:

My Shape-ups make me walk pigeon-toed and my knees are sore. They are, however, working my calves nicely.

April 3, 2010 at 2:49 am
(60) Roo says:

Amazing shoes. Unbelievably comfortable.
They make walking fun. I was skeptical until I
tried them. They make my other shoes
obsolete. Love them.

April 7, 2010 at 3:39 pm
(61) Kathie says:

Heavy!?! Maybe I have super strong legs, but I didn’t find these heavy at all! They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn and I feel like I could walk miles in them. If there are toning and weight loss benefits, that will be a plus.

April 9, 2010 at 4:22 am
(62) amy says:

For those of you experiencing low back pain: try stretching the backs of your legs! (like touching your toes)If your hamstrings are too tight, they’ll pull on your butt, which pulls on your back. It seems to me these shoes are actually exercise equipment, so ya hafta stretch before and after you exercise! Of course you’re going to be a bit stiff if you are using muscles you haven’t in a while…

April 15, 2010 at 9:50 am
(63) celie says:

I work 12 hr shifts as an RN constantly running and I have to say these shoes are great. After breaking them in gradually (1-2 hrs per day I can wear them for a full shift. My lower back has never felt better. A note to commenter # 4. For your information, a nurse is constantly running in all directions, not standing in one place. In fact, one of my instructors told me years ago that the best job to have before becoming a nurse is a waitress!

April 21, 2010 at 10:10 am
(64) mary says:

******************************************
I bought my shoes a week ago. I love how they feel on my feet but… they make me really sick. This was something i was not expecting at all!! They must throw off my balance enough that it’s some sort of motion sickness. when I close my eyes while wearing the shoes it does sort of feel like i’m on a boat.

If you are someone with strong motion sickness or someone with equilibrium or vertigo issues then these shoes might cause a problem for you. I had to make a comment… because I wish I had read about this possible side effect of the shoe before i bought them.

I’m going to keep wearing them every other day to see if it’s something my body can adjust to. I’ve found the homeopathic ‘trip ease’ normally used for motion sickness seems to help alleviate some of the nausea… but I don’t want to have to take those everyday just so i can wear these shoes!

I hope no one else has this experience!!

April 26, 2010 at 10:40 am
(65) Jody says:

I purched my flipflop skechers about four months ago from Victoria Secret and I am just thrilled.

It has improved my arches and legs; helped with some other lifting that my body needed so greatly.

Any discount for being so impressed?

April 29, 2010 at 7:43 am
(66) Victoria says:

DO NOT BUY ANY SKECHERS SHAPE-UPS!!!! I started wearing these Shape-ups in February and my legs and back have NOT stop hurting. I stop wearing them in March under the advise of my doctor and my legs are STILL hurting!!! My legs never hurt like this until I started wearing these shoes. I contact Skechers and advised them of the issue. All they did was offer me a 15% off of my next pair of Skechers!!

April 30, 2010 at 10:42 pm
(67) judy says:

Wow. I am amazed by your comments. I have never, ever had a pair of walking shoes more comfortable than Shape Ups. I suppose they are a hair heavier, but after a few trial runs, I won’t wear anything else. I’ve bought four pairs! I even wear them to work.

May 3, 2010 at 11:35 pm
(68) CHelle says:

These are not heavy shoes. They LOOK heavy because of the thick sole but the foam is about as light as whipped cream! I have a pair of thick soled sandals–those were heavy. This shoes are not. In fact, I feel like I’m walking on little clouds when I have them on.

I have only had them for three days and already have less lower back pain, less knee pain, less symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome and less insomnia (probably due to not battling as much RLS). For me, they are a miracle shoe.

May 5, 2010 at 3:10 am
(69) Denise says:

I would like to comment to Cindy. As a nurse in the ED, the amount I am on my feet and the type of movement required in my very physical job is at least comparable to the busiest of waitresses. I can attest that there is a growing trend of the staff to try these type of shoes and by many different manufacturers. It is thumbs up by most.

May 12, 2010 at 1:38 am
(70) melanie says:

I love these shoes, I originally bought them for work, as I work 12 hr shifts as a nurse, and my feet were killing me at the end of the shift. I am in shape- run, bike, lift weights, etc and I found that I did not have to break them in first. I also use them to go on 45 minutes walk around my neighborhood and I have noticed more toning in my calves and butt. Very comfortable, excellent shoes!!

May 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm
(71) nila says:

i never had knee pain before. 2 days of skeecher wearing in a row and if feels like my knee caps have a needle stuck under them, it keeps me awake at night with stabbing pains. uh…okay, i need to watch the video. i’m afraid to wear them again.

May 17, 2010 at 1:46 pm
(72) Margaret says:

I am on my third pair of shape ups. I had plantar Fasciitis and was hardly able to walk and these shoes really helped. I bought the workout shoes and the mary janes. My foot is completely better. I needed a new pair and just purchased the shapeups xf.

May 18, 2010 at 6:41 pm
(73) Carol says:

I think it depends on how your body is aligned if these shoes will be good for you or not. I started wearing them In November and thought they were the most comfortable shoes ever. I wanted to go out and buy them in multiple colors although I am glad I didn’t. After wearing them for a few months, I started developing knee and hip pain that I had not experienced before and it continued to get worse. My doctor said that it is because of how my feet, knees and hips are aligned with eachother and he suggested for me to stop wearing the shoes because they were most likely causing the pain. I stopped wearing the shoes in February and the pain has diminished although sometimes it still comes back. I really can not recommend getting these shoes without talking to your doctor first and if you feel any pain in your joints after you start wearing them discontinue use immediately.

May 19, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(74) Danielle says:

Regarding #64, I too have experienced motion sickness with toning sneakers (am prone to that, anyway). I have the Avia Avi-Motion, which are not quite as boat-like on the bottom, and the sickness seems to be tapering off.

May 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm
(75) MJ says:

I saw my doctor today. I have been using sketchers shape ups for about 6 weeks and now have nerve damage. I loved them, felt great to walk in etc, however, I can no longer feel my inner calf from my ankle all the way up to my knee. Absolutely NO sensation. I have to go on steroids for 2 weeks to see if it will reverse the nerve damage, and my doc said to throw these shoes out. It is really weird to not be able to feel your legs, absolutely NO feeling from ankle to knee on my inner calf…..so as much as I liked these they got to go and I can only hope that I can reverse the nerve damage.

May 27, 2010 at 10:27 am
(76) noyfb says:

WOW all i can say to everyone is THANK YOU for your advice. I have arthritis in my back and have had plantar-phasitits (sp) so I am GRATEFUL that I read the (negative) reviews from others with simular issues before buying. I thought these shoes might help my back…but i am glad I read the reviews first! I wont be buying this type of shoe, ever !!!

May 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm
(77) Toni Ann says:

I too loved the shoes at first. I bought my husband a pair in Februaary and I got mine in March. I watched the video and I thought I knew how to walk in them. My husband and I have both been experiencing severe back pain since getting the shoes. I hope we can return them to DSW, because this is a nice waste of $200….

June 4, 2010 at 11:48 am
(78) Gink says:

I loved the sketcher shape-ups at first, but after month of using them I developed pain in one hip that radiated down to my knee–and then my knee ‘popped’ twice and I had to go to the orthopedist for extreme pain in my knee. The ortho couldn’t problem, but I stopped using the shoe, My knee is still bothering me, but hip pain completely cleared up.

June 10, 2010 at 3:33 am
(79) Luciloo says:

I’m pretty toned up already as I regulary go to the gym but getting a pair won’t probably hurt. I will get myself a pair and try it!

June 15, 2010 at 10:48 pm
(80) Paige says:

I am wondering if anyone has suffered from migraines as a result of wearing Sketchers Shape-Up shoes?

I bought a pair in May and immediately began wearing them. About a week after beginning to use them, I began to have severe migraines with feelings of dizziness, nausea, and pressure in my head – just to name a few symptoms (sort of like the person who made comment #64…like I am experiencing vertigo, which I have never suffered from before). I though it was a brain tumor or something horrible as the headaches are so bad and so frequent and only started happening since I have been wearing the shoes, so I went to a neurologist and had an MRI done that was normal just to be sure.

Now, I think maybe it was the shoes all along and I am just now realizing it! How sad I will be if it is…I LOVE the shoes and feel like I am walking on gel each time I wear them!!!

June 16, 2010 at 12:24 am
(81) Julie says:

I bought the Curves trainers and sadly, they make my vertigo worse. :( I am heartbroken because I really wanted to wear them, even though they are ugly and make my feet look like I’m wearing skis! I’ve only tried to wear them twice but both times, I was very off balance the entire time. My neurologist said that this has become a common problem with these shoes, especially for people who already have balance issues. Just an FYI in case you thought you were going insane. I was almost embarassed to ask him if the shoes could be causing my vertigo to flare up but after the 2nd time, I decided I would swallow my pride and I’m glad I asked. I am, sadly, returning the shoes . . .

June 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm
(82) ALEE says:

I broke my ankle November 2009, I had surgery in December and now I have 2 plates and 7 screws in my ankle. I was non-weight bearing until March 2010.

I made the decision to purchase Skeechers. My reasoning for wanting to purchase the Skeechers was for the height, to relieve the stress that would be put on my back from walking a walking boot. The Skeechers allow me additional height on the other leg.

It has been the best decision I could have made. At first I was a little apprehensive, but I soon discovered how comfortable they were and even today, nothing feels better on the injured ankle than these shoes.

That said, I’m not going to say run out an purchase a pair of Skeechers, nor would I have said, stay alway from this shoe; however, I will say I took the chance and couldn’t be happier. Everyone is different, no two people will have the same experience. Each of our body make-ups are different, what may work for some may absolutely not work for others.

Speaking for myself, I couldn’t be happier!

June 29, 2010 at 10:19 am
(83) Dee says:

I bought my 13 year old daughter the shoes because of her ankle pain..she has been wearing the shoes about 3 weeks now and her ankles feel better I noticed a change in her posture and core ad well. So I bought a pair for myself . I got the Maryjane style , so far just having them a week my legs feel stronger I also suffer from low back pain due to disc herniations, and my back hurts me alot. I know the shoes are the culprit since my back did hurt as much before

June 30, 2010 at 10:25 pm
(84) jenn1la says:

I have been wearing shapeups to work for six months and have started having pain in my ankles. They are very comfortable shoes but not worth the pain I get after wearing them for days.

July 2, 2010 at 9:28 am
(85) E says:

I’m a guy who got a pair of Shape-Ups for Christmas. I’ve been wearing them steadily for treadmill and outdoor walking for nearly 4 stratight months. No doubt they’ve enhanced my workouts and I feel as though I’ve gotten much more out of my exersising than I had been getting w/o them.

I find the criticisms of these shoes very curious- I can see where peopel who have pre-existing conditions like problems w/ ankles, balance issues, etc., may have a problem, but if you’re OK for the most part- I can’t see a problem. They are not heavy shoes at all. Yes, if you have balance issues, you may have problems, as you need to use your muscles to handle the unbalanced shoe (but that is the point, right?).

The criticism makes me believe these shoe makers are on to something good- the criticism is so stretched in believability and credibility that they seem to be overwhelmed by the positive.

July 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm
(86) Ruth says:

I have been wearing skechers shoes for 6 months all day at work, retail ,walking all day and at first found them to be very comfortable but now I find I can`t wear normal shoes or go bare foot as my heels and balls of my feet ache severly .I never had foot problems before ,I am going to stop wearing them as I think they could be harming my feet

July 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm
(87) Leigh says:

One of the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. After 6 weeks problems starting with my right leg,then hip and lower back forced me to stop wearing them. My chiropractor discouraged the use of these shoes. I have not worn these now for aproximately 6 weeks and am still having problems that never existed before. My leg was in so much pain it swelled on one occasion and I could hardly walk the stairs. I never had a problem with my leg and hip prior to wearing these shoes.

July 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm
(88) Rethy says:

I have bought the Skethcers and I love them. I did walk in them wrong at first, which caused me back pain. I watched the CD that came with it and there is a proper way to walk. It is a rolling action starting at the hill going forward with each step; it is like walking in sand. I have multiple bulging discs in my back and these have really helped reduce my back pain when used right. My husband has the Avia version and he has back pain and knee problems. They have reduced the pain he has with those. I do have a protruding bones on my foot that is in line with my great toe. They put pressure on that area but I believe they will eventually stretch out so this is more comfortable. I recommend them to everyone.

July 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm
(89) Deefee says:

I’m thinking of buying these shoes. I’ve read the comments, good and bad. I’m on my feet walking non-stop about 6 hours daily, I’m a mail carrier, plus there are stairs and I do walk at a pretty good pace in order to finish my route on time. Are these shoes worth it? I tried on a pair, comfortable but decided to check before I bought.

July 21, 2010 at 10:19 pm
(90) Deefee says:

Bought the shoes yesterday. These shoes are so comfortable!
They felt odd at first but it did not take long to get use to. My route is about 6 to 6 and a half hours on the street and my feet did not hurt at all. I worried about tripping up or down stairs as I walk pretty fast and try to get my job done by the acquired time allotted me. So far, so good.

July 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm
(91) marcia wheeler says:

i purchased a pair of shape ups in Febuary and after wearing them for 4 months i have a bump on the bottom of my foot so i went to the doctor and they tell me that i need surgery now, i will never recommend these to anyone!

August 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm
(92) Deborah says:

Hi,
I just purchased a pair of “Shape-Ups”, and I love them. I have sore knees and back, and I went to a Zumba fitness class two days ago, and have done very little exercise in two years….I was not even sore the next day, and now it is 48 hours later, and I did not get any delay soreness. I think they are fabulous……I am 50 years old!!

August 11, 2010 at 6:29 pm
(93) Moopy says:

I loved the heck outta my Shape Ups, but like other people who have commented, started to have foot problems within a few weeks of wearing them (strained arch). I too have always had healthy feet! THEN after about two months, I started getting a horrendous pain high on my back between my shoulder blades. I got massages, had a chiropractic adjustment…nothing worked…then my chiro asked about my shoes and he nodded knowingly. Apparently, he has been seeing a lot of people with back pain as a result of wearing them. I switched to flat sneakers for a month and tried to wear my Shape Ups again a week ago…a block of steps in them and my back muscles completely cramped up… I had to go change my shoes right away. I’m sad too, because for the first few months they were a dream, but the negative long term effects aren’t worth it!!!

August 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm
(94) Wrenegade says:

I wore Sketchers during my Nordic Walking workouts for about a week in January, 2010. I found them heavy, clunky and unstable at speed – but I stuck with it to give them a fair chance. After just a few days, I had to ditch them and my workout due to the return of excrutiating pain from a heel spur which had healed up years earlier. Let me reiterate — I had been walking pain free for over 5 years until I wore those silly shoes! Eight months later, I am still limping! Certainly not a good match for anyone with heel spurs. I gave mine away. Good riddance! Oh, and the recipient of those shoes? She hates them!

August 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm
(95) laontour says:

I purchased the sandals and the shoes. Started with the Sandals and has minor foot pain… then it got worse. My chiropractor suggested wearing the solid shoe BUT now I feel like someone hit me in the top of both feet with a sledge hammer and now the pain is worked into my big toes. I am a whimp by no means… survived radical mastectomy and tramflap not to mention a bad back for 25 years. I can usually endure pain but when I say I can’t walk due to pain I mean it. I can’t walk in the morning when I get out of bed. The pain is excruciating and only lets up after I soak my feet in the tub. I will be returning these shoes to Kohls where I bought them. They are beyond misery. I will be going back to my regular Skechers and my http://www.HappyFeet.net insoles. A lot less $$$ and no Dr bills.

September 12, 2010 at 6:03 am
(96) Donna says:

I have read all the messages back to January, I have to say I am very happy with my skechers shape ups. I work as a nurse in a very large hospital. I have worn the crocks, thought they were the most comfortbale shoes ever, but still had some foot pain after my 12 hr shift, I do have bunions on both of my feet. I tried the Dansko shoes, loved them, but talk about heavy shoes, WOW, tried sneakers they were great but still lots of low back and bunion pain after taking them off. Heard about the Skechers shape up. waited about 6 month, talked with some co-workers who had had them awhile. They loved them! bout my first pair about a month ago, I only were them for work, as I walk several miles aday. I also have low, midback, and shoulder pain from Scoliosis . Since I have worn my sketchers to work I have had a markedly improvement in my posture and most importantly NO back or foot pain. I have had no problems in wearing other sneakers. I am ashamed to say I did not read the video but did read the little pamphlet that came with the shoes, maybe I should go back and read it? For those of you that have had problems with back pain I feel for you, but I love the fact that after learning to live with back, hip, and shoulder pain for 20+ years. I love my skechers shape up.

September 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm
(97) wynonna says:

ive been wearing dr scholes shaper shoes for a month now. the first few days i was dizzy and sick to my stomach. that did go away then i started walking every day in them, and my knee pain has steadily gotten worst since wearing these shoes. and my low back and stomach hurt also. i just made the connection today to the shoes seeing as its the only thing ive done different. when i got back from walking today i threw them away.

September 29, 2010 at 4:31 am
(98) Esme says:

Are you serious, heavy shoes?!? These are the lightest shoes I’ve ever worn, besides wearing sandals, and even then my sandals are heavier than these shoes. I absolutely love them!
I have to walk about 4 hours a day( down from a full 8hours of walking) at work and used to come back in pain. With these shoes I am pain free! Also recommended if you need to walk about 50+ blocks in NYC (which I did recently).

September 29, 2010 at 11:12 am
(99) Pam says:

I just got the Skechers Shape-ups, wore them for the first time today and walked for about 20 minutes and I LOVE them!! I will never go back to traditional sneakers as I dont’ wear them. I do a lot of “break time” walking so teh Skechers are perfect. They are so comfortable, as others have said, it’s like walking on a cloud and I do not find them heavy at all.
I will say this, I could feel them working on my butt right away.
So excited about this purchase!

October 2, 2010 at 9:50 am
(100) Concerned says:

I have had 2 doctors tell me NOT to wear these type of shoes because long term use of them will cause negative effects on your body like harming your skeleton! If you really want to work out your butt muscles then do some darn lunges people!!!

October 6, 2010 at 2:36 pm
(101) Mallory says:

I have these shoes and love them for walking. BUT I developed severe back pain at work from wearing them. I was a laboratory scientist and my job involved a ton of walking and bending (from drawing blood and using our equipment). I had a huge muscle spasm about 3-4 weeks after wearing these at work and ended up having to go on light duties (no bending) and having 8 sessions of physical therapy. I was 26 at the time and no prior history of back pain. It is SUPER important to have correct posture when bending and since these shoes cause your calves to over extend and change your alignment, they are not good for your posture in those sorts of activities.
Other than that though they are really great shoes, they are definitely great for walking on hard surfaces (my knees never felt better).

October 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm
(102) Diana says:

Have been wearing the sketcher shape-ups for about 3 months. I”m on my feet 10 hours/day. I loved them, even bought 2 more pairs 2 weeks ago just a day before I started having severe left heel pain. Went to the doctor today and left with the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis! EXCRUCIATING pain! Sketchers shape-ups????? Not sure but I plan to speak to a physical therapist about this.

November 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(103) Tony says:

I have had severe knee problems since wearing these shoes….I have been to have an MRI and now my doctor tells me that I have a slight tear in the miniscus….am seeing an orthopedic surgeon on Monday…..is anyone considering a law suit against this company?
Please email me at rideneasy2005@yahoo.com
thanks

November 10, 2010 at 12:36 am
(104) Jen says:

Extreme Pain! I have been experiencing extreme foot pain – I feel like I am walking on bloody mangled feet. I have been looking for the cause and started retracing when the pain started. It was about six weeks after buying and wearing my shape-ups. Now they are the only shoe I can wear without pain. I hobble to the bathroom in the morning and can no longer wear cute shoes when I go out! I’m very upset by one of the previous reviews about nerve damage and these shoes. I can only conclude it’s the shoes! I’m going tomorrow to buy two good pairs of cross trainers and gonna say a prayer that things improve.

November 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm
(105) Rach- says:

I have had them for 7 months now. I love them, don’t get me wrong. Unfortunately i didn’t watch the video and wore the shoes way to long the first day and days afterwards.. I was sore in my core and legs but nothing else, months went by and everything was fine.. then the past 3 weeks or so my lower back and right hip are progressively getting worse with pain. My lower back feels like the nerves are being pinched, as well as in my hip and my legs give out a little bit when it gets to that point in pain. There are times where my right hip feels like it popped out of socket or something.. I can’t arch my back like i am doing a slight back bend while standing without shooting pain at the base of my spine and hip that literally makes me lose my breath. So the pelvic thrust where you push it forward is beyond painful when I am standing up. I have been wearing my shoes on the weekends some and that is it. And now and the pain is getting worse.. i think I am going to lay off them for awhile and see if it gets better.. if not, i guess my butt is going to the GP… great. and I can’t take anti-inflammatory meds.. : / would i recommend them? dunno yet..

December 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm
(106) Janna says:

I had to return the shoes. They caused severe heel pain to my left foot that I had to be off work for a week. Will never buy again. Asics are the best tennis shoes I ever had!

January 25, 2011 at 9:29 am
(107) Aprille says:

I bought a pair of Skechers shape up boots a couple of months ago and do a lot of walking in them. I’ve since developed pain in my feet and knees when I wear any other shoes or go barefoot. I cannot walk or run without hurting with every step. I’ve never had problems like this before. Coincidence? Maybe, but I doubt it. I’m praying my feet will return to normal now that I’m not wearing those horrible things. They feel so comfortable while you’re in them, it’s deceptive!

February 16, 2011 at 11:59 am
(108) Opal says:

I purchased my shape-ups summer 2010 its been about 7 months now. I have high arches and had alot of foot pain then went an tried on a pair of shape-ups and the foot pain went away immediately while still in store so I brought them. I have jobs where I am on my feet alot mostly standing and did not have a problem. I don’t know if I am walking in the shoes correctly or not. About a month or so ago I started having pain in my left knee even when I am sitting never know when the pain is going to happen. The pain feels like someone squeezing my knee I am over weight and the doctor said I needed to walk to lose weight but since this knee pain has started I have not been able to walk much at all. I am going to go to the doctor to see if these shoes are the cause. Since reading these comments I wonder if it is the shoes but I am just working on call jobs and can not afford to get rid of shoes that cost a $100 so what should I do??????????????

February 19, 2011 at 1:20 am
(109) Alesha Stiles says:

I have been wearing Sketchers Shape ups for about four months now. However, I am severely flat footed and I have to wear them in spurts. If I wear them too long it is very difficult to walk without being in pain. My knees, ankles and arches of my feet kill me. I have also been doing zumba in them and it seems to be making it worse. So time for new shoes! I have felt toning while walking in them. However, the pain is too great to be experiencing this early I am only twenty years old.

February 27, 2011 at 8:56 pm
(110) chibug10 says:

I noticed a difference in my lower back the second I put them on. It was like the pressure was suddenly gone. I do think you need to build up to how long you wear them though, because they take a little getting used to. Moderation and easing into things are key to preventing injuries.

February 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm
(111) Lilly says:

I have never before in my life had back pain until I started wearing the Sketchers Shapeups. After just a few weeks of wearing them I developed intense lower back pain that eventually moved up to my entire back and the pain did not go away after I took the shoes off. I was in SEVERE back pain even when I slept at night. I really started thinking something terrible was wrong and was planning on making a doctor’s appt when I read this blog. It all made sense, so I started wearing my regular shoes again and the pain just isn’t there anymore. It was DEFINITELY these shoes. Very scary. I have since thrown them away. Thanks so much bloggers.

March 8, 2011 at 7:42 am
(112) Holly Ward says:

I had severe hip pain from Shape-ups. After my MRI revealed 2 stress fractures, I had immediate surgery. I now live with 6 large screws that hold my bones together. I filed a lawsuit against skechers & was on Good Morning America sharing my story. Here is a link to the GMA story, followed by a link to my lawyer’s website:http://abcnews.go.com/Business/ConsumerNews/skechers-shape-ups-lawsuit-woman-sues-toning-shoes/story?id=12927314

http://www.pschachter.com/practice_areas/skecher-shape-ups-and-toning-shoes-injuries-kentucky-ohio.cfm

March 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm
(113) Patrice A. Mitsos says:

Regarding Linda Collins’, #15, statement. I have gotten heel spurs FROM the Shape Ups, I believe. I have been wearing them during my workouts for the past year (granted, I’ve been going only about 3x/week, until recently, when I go about 5x/week). I am never in more pain than I am after a workout…and I never used to be. My feet kill me. Not my other muscles, not my back….but my feet, especially my heel spurs. The pain lasts for hours. Even after a full night’s sleep, when I get up in the morning, it kills me to put my feet down on the ground in the beginning. I attribute it to these shoes, but I am not certain. I do not that I am in severe pain after a workout, in my feels, so, I believe it is. I just think that the completely flat shoe does not provide a foot any flexibility to move, especially on something like the Ellyptical machine (my main form of aerobic exercise). I feel literally crippled when the pain is set in.

I’m definitely going to look for a different shoe with some curve at the bottom. I don’t even feel that comfortable walking in Skecher’s, as I’m afraid I’m going t fall forward in them sometimes. And I am a high heel wearer….but Skechers are far more uncomfortable, in my opinion, than any other shoe I’ve worn.

March 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm
(114) Patrice says:

Regarding Linda Collins’, #15, statement. I believe I have gotten heel spurs FROM the Shape Ups. I have been wearing them during my workouts for the past year (granted, I’ve been going only about 3x/week, until recently, when I go about 5x/week). I am never in more pain than I am after a workout…and I never used to be. My feet kill me. Not my other muscles, not my back….but my feet, especially my heel spurs. The pain lasts for hours. Even after a full night’s sleep, when I get up in the morning, it kills me to put my feet down on the ground first thing in the morning. I attribute it to these shoes, but I am not certain. I am also in severe pain right after a workout, in my heels, so, I believe it is due to these shoes. I just think that the completely flat Skecher does not provide a foot any flexibility to move, especially when working out on the Ellyptical machine (my main form of aerobic exercise). I feel literally crippled when the pain sets in.

I’m definitely going to look for a different workout shoe with some curve at the bottom. I don’t even feel that comfortable walking in Skecher’s, as I am sometimes afraid I’m going to fall forward in them. And I wear high heels regularly. I find Skechers to be one of the most uncomfortable shoes I’ve ever worn.

March 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm
(115) Shea says:

I realize this is an older article, but I wanted to weigh in my opinion.

I bought a pair of Shape-Ups over a year ago and they got barely any use. They were the mary jane style, heavy and never properly fit. I still wanted to try them, but figured a lace-up style would be more fitting for me.

About a week ago, I finally went into a Sketchers store and ended up buying two pair! I love them. They now have added models: lighter, all-terrain, and even runners. I bought a sporty, lighter pair, as well as an all-terrain pair for when I’m not in the city (better traction). In addition to being far more comfortable than I found my previous pair, the look is much more subtle and doesn’t scream out, “Look, I’m wearing Shape-Ups!”. I walked a couple of miles in them almost immediately and I’ve had zero problems thus far. I feel taller, walk a bit faster, and it was even commented the other day that I “have an extra bounce in my step” (the person had no idea why).

I have several herniated discs, but I’ve had no trouble with pain. Walking generally makes my back feel better and these are no exception. I even feel like my posture is improved while wearing them (I’m not sure about when I’m not wearing them because I’m pretty much always wearing them). I also have severe ankle trouble (broken and several surgeries), but so far it feels fine.

If you haven’t tried them on lately, give it a shot. You just might like them as much as I do.

March 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm
(116) Erin says:

I have been a waitress in the past and now I work in healthcare where I truly run my butt off all day…the waitressing was Mickey Mouse work compared to patient care in the hospital…I really loved my Sketcher’s and got more life out of those shoes than any other in this work. However, when they start to wear out and break down they really do cause pain…replace them before they have gone on too long…

April 18, 2011 at 9:19 am
(117) Opal says:

I am still working the jobs where I have to stand alot these shoes do help I tried wearing a different pair of shoes and was in so much pain that I just wanted to take them off. I went to the doctor and found that my knee problems are not related to the shoes. I really can’t see how these shoes could cause the problems some people are having anyway.

June 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm
(118) Penny says:

I absolutely love my skechers shape-ups!!! They do take a little bit to get used to, but they are wonderful. I wear them almost every day for a couple of months now, and can walk longer and better in them than other shoes I have had. The first few times I walked more than a mile, I could definitely feel a huge difference in my abs and legs.

June 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm
(119) MyAdvocates says:

These shoes go by various names like shape-up, wellness, toning or rocker bottom. They have unstable, rounded soles. Shoe manufacturers, most notably Skechers, MBT, and Reebok, claim these shoes tone and shape the calves, thighs and buttocks, promote healthy weight loss, reduce cellulite, improve circulation, and promote balance and good posture — all without having to go to the gym.

But like most things that sound too good to be true, these claims are bogus. The only independent studies to date about the effects of wearing these shoes conclude that they do not tone muscles and do not burn more calories than regular shoes.

Check this out:
http://myadvocatesblog.com/product-safety/toning-shoes-a-hoax-consumer-reports-agrees

June 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm
(120) JennyMarie says:

I ordered a pair of Puma Tone Ups… A way better looking shoe thn Sketchers. I went on my first 5mi fast paced walk last night and they r grrrrrrreat!! This morning I woke up and felt sore in my legs but I love the feeling!!! I’m not complaining!!
I think these shoes will BENEFIT me greatly in the long run. I dnt knw wht “types of ppl” were wearing the Sketchers and thn experiences all these negative side effects due to a flippin’shoe… Tht just sounds crazier thn heck to blame ur health condition on a shoe!!! Ur problems were pre-existing. If u r in pain tht much, in my opinion it’s must b because u were so much “out of shape” tht u body went into SHOCK!!
I love this sore uneasy feeling… It makes me feel like they actually did their job!!! I’m 30 y/o, hate to run!! But love to walk n these shoes!! I’m a proportionate body size and these wrk for me. I’ll post again aftr 30days of daily use and let u knw the skinny. But seriously… Shoes will not cause u medical issues. Thts just crazy!!! If anything it will benefit u.
If u r sore… Take a hot bath… Keep up the toning it will benefit ur heart!!! And the soreness, not pain, will subside. I love both soreness and pain. Which whn I say pain it’s not in a bad way I love the feeling of, wow it feels like my legs r gonna fall off. Tht just means results r soon to come and hello???
Thts the point right??? Results for doing NOTHING!!?
a quick fix!!! These shoes r awesome. My shoes anyway…
Puma Body Train Mesh Style # 185532-01.
Google it & see for urself. http://www.puma.com.
Thnks for READING!!!
I love u…

June 16, 2011 at 1:29 am
(121) Toni says:

I bought shape-ups about a year and a half ago. I’ve bought three more pairs since then. I had tried every kind of supportive and comfortable shoe out there. I was in pain on my feet at work all day, until I found shape-ups. I don’t think they are right for everyone but I wouldn’t knock it until you’ve tried them. My best friend bought them and they made her lower back hurt. So it depends upon your body type etc. They are roomy for my toes. I’ve had Mortons neuroma and a bunyon, so there is no stress in that area! No pressure at my heal where my plantar fasiicitis is or was. They’ve been great for me and they have a high arch support.

July 2, 2011 at 8:51 pm
(122) Vickie says:

I love my shapeups. I have had them for over a year and have noticed that I am down a pants size and even those are baggy. I also wear the Champion version, much cheaper and just as comfy. I own several pairs of them and am on my feet a lot as a teacher. I have tried on many other brands, being frugal, but the comfort is just not the same. There were some adjustments to make. While going to the restroom at work I had to make sure I didnt lean forward when standing back up. It is easy to over balance. When walking on uneven ground you do have to be careful and watch where you are walking. Twisted ankles or knees do happen. You just have to start slow and build up to wearing them full time. Now I hate to wear anything else.

September 22, 2011 at 7:48 am
(123) Donna says:

I paid good money for a shoe I thought would work because of the brand name — Unfortunately the shoes sit in the corner of my cupboard. I wore them for a week thinking my body was adjusting to the shoe type – the pain in my knees and hips was terrible. I stopped wearing them and the paid went away in a few days. Recently I tried them again, just to satisfy my curiosity – NO GOOD – the pain in my hips and knees is back again. I wasted good money for nothing.

November 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm
(124) Beth says:

I loved them so I bought 3 pair, developed vertigo, developed lower back pain, developed a hip out of joint and kept wearing them, finally I stared walking with a cane after a couple years, the I couldn’t lift my baby and I kept wearing them, then it became so severe (the pain) that I stopped wearing them, realizing, it must be the shoe and i stopped wearing them finally my back is starting to heal and my body, I feel bad for being so over the top on promoting them, I want to sue

February 14, 2012 at 10:54 am
(125) flat feet problems says:

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February 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm
(126) Tracy says:

If you have any back or knee problems or want the problems to start, please stay away from Sketcher shoes. I have been a competitive athlete for many years and have never had back or need problems. After wearing Sketcher shoes for a couple of weeks, I noticed knee pain and eventually low back problems. I have since gone back to a regular tennis shoe and the pains have almost diminished. Hopefully they will completely go away….

February 29, 2012 at 9:50 am
(127) michele says:

I have the toners, I like them dispite the fact that my feet were hurting more with them on. Ive had more hip problems as well. Well, yesterday doing my normal stuff barefoot in my house, I decided to put them on for support. Not a minute later I took a step back and heard a really loud rip. I tore my plantar ligament. I thought it was the sock or the shoe, but no it was my foot. I felt fine with ot the shoes, I dnt know why I even put them on. Im using them less bc of pain when I wear them. I have no other shoes, no insurance. And 4 kds who need me on my feet. I have no one to help me deal with my asthmatic son and another sick 2 yr old with a bad cold. I cant walk! Now what?!

April 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm
(128) stephanie says:

Thank you everyone for your comments good and bad. Like many who have posted here, I loved these shoes when I first got them, light, comfortable and it didn’t take me long to get used to the rocker bottom. But a couple of months after wearing them my lower back and hips began to hurt. I then pulled my hamstring and my glute muscle on my right side. It has been weeks and while I am beginning to heal it has left me very distressed. I usually play tennis 4-5 days a week and cycle to work daily and now I lucky to be able to walk up and down the stairs in only moderate pain. As someone that depends on exercise to keep my mind and psyche in top form, these injuries and the inability to move easily and/or work out has left me quite depressed. Use these shoes with caution.

May 21, 2013 at 11:59 am
(129) nancy says:

im 75yrs old and volentert about 75hrs a month.i wear these shoes with no problem at all .I do feel the firming up;. for my age I think this is good. I ever wear them for my alks.LOV E THEM

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