Skechers Shape-Ups walking shoes are designed to stimulate more muscles and balance with a rocker sole with a soft kinetic wedge. The All Terrain version has a more rugged sole and motion control elements for better stability on uneven trails. This is more than a little bit of an oxymoron -- a toning shoe is inherently unstable and yet they say they have included stability elements. But even worse, these shoes forced me to overpronate. I found my ankles rolling inward from the first step. That can lead to injury, aches and pains.
Rocker Sole Shoes
My gait has been analyzed many times by experts and I have a neutral gait, which is best biomechanically to prevent injury. But immediately upon wearing the Skechers Shape-Ups All Terrain, my ankles were rolling inward in an overpronated gait. Overpronation can lead to many foot, ankle and knee problems, such as plantar fasciitis. This is definitely not a desirable foot motion.
I would urge anybody buying these to buy them at a store where they can analyze your gait and tell you whether these are causing you to overpronate.
I braved using them for several 10-15 minute walks, as recommended when getting used to any toning shoes. While at first they were fairly comfortable to wear and the rocker bottom gives you a feeling of being propelled along, after 10 minutes I was ready to stop. By that time, I could feel the arch pressing up under my foot and it was becoming uncomfortable. This was probably exacerbated by the overpronation, with my foot rolling inward over the rocker bottom of the shoe.
Lacing: I really liked the good, long laces and well-designed lacing system. You are able to modify your lacing pattern to get the best fit.
Unstable Trail Shoes Just Don't Seem Like a Good Idea
The shoes have the typical toning shoe undercut heel, which is actually a good feature for walking shoes -- but not for hiking shoes. Most hiking shoes have a full heel or flared heel for greater stability on the trail and hills.
Why You Need Trail Shoes
The All Terrain shoes actually have a less-aggressive rocker bottom than the original walking versions of Skechers Shape-Ups. The rocker bottom is not obvious at first glance. If you want a stealth toning shoe, this is a good pick.