Update 9/28//2011: Reebok offering refunds for RunTone and EasyTone shoes in agreement with FTC over unsupported ad claims. The refund period ended in April, 2012.
RunTone Shoes Beat Most Toning Shoes in Critical Elements
While the Reebok EasyTone shoes are similar, they do not flex in the right places for a proper roll-through walking step. The Reebok RunTone shoes have many advantages for fitness walkers and runners over the RunTone and many other designs of toning shoes.
- Lighter in weight: Most toning shoes are heavier than the fitness walking and running shoes I recommend. While that may seem to help to burn more calories, our bodies were not designed to have extra weight on our feet. Heavy shoes can lead to strain and even injury. The RunTone shoes weigh no more than other lightweight performance training running shoes.
- Flat: The RunTone shoes are flat enough to meet my standards for selecting a fitness walking shoe. Most toning shoes are extra tall. This may be why we have many reports of twisted ankles from falling off of tall toning shoes. A good walking shoe is flat, without a built-up heel.
- Flexible: The RunTone shoes flex in the right places in the forefoot to allow a walker to roll through each step. This is critical. The EasyTone shoes do not flex in the right places, and many toning shoes are completely inflexible.
Trying Out RunTone Shoes
However, I did not buy them because I have a bunion and the tongue of the shoe was rubbing in the wrong place. That is a very individual issue that most people do not need to worry about. I would have bought the shoes except for that issue.
Take It Slow With Toning Shoes
If you experience any unusual pain other than mild muscle soreness, stop using the shoes.
It is best to buy toning shoes from a retailer that has a generous return policy, so you can return them if you experience any problems with the fit or performance of the shoe. Wear them inside until you are sure you won't need to return them.