Is 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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