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Gear Review: Earth Exer-Fit Flip-Flops

I've told you about Earth shoes; the stylish and healthy shoe with negative heel technology, which means your toes are 3.7° higher than your heels. The idea is that shifting your weight slightly more to your heels offers health benefits — better breathing, straighter posture, stronger core muscles, tighter thighs, and calf toning. The slight incline, like walking up a not-so-steep hill, the negative heel helps you burn calories too. Earth shoes actually conducted a four-week study with 31 women, half of which walked 10,000 steps three times a week in Earth shoes, and half in regular shoes. In one month, the average fat percentage of the Earth shoes wearers decreased four times more than the non-Earth shoe wearers. While the data pool for the study wasn't large, the findings are pretty interesting.

If you're looking to burn extra calories while walking and need a super comfy pair of flip-flops to wear to the beach, gym, or just everyday, check out Earth footwear's Exer-Fit ($49) shoes. For more details,

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These are by far one of the most comfortable summery flip-flops I've ever slipped on my feet. The Velcro strap across the top means you can tighten the shoe to fit snugly, ensuring that they won't slip off when you walk. They have excellent arch support (which is tough to find in a flip-flop), and the base of the shoe is made with Bio-Foam Cushioning, which means it molds to the shape of your foot. Similar to my experience wearing FitFlops, I didn't really feel my legs working more than usual, but I was impressed by the comfort of the thongs. If you're interested in trying some for yourself, use Earth footwear's store locator. The flip-flops come in the shades pictured below.


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aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
not appealing in the looks dept.
DACIANA DACIANA 7 years
I have a pair of Earth vegan shoes in light grey mary-jane style. I promise these are more normal looking once they are on a foot. I've spent more than a month trying to break them in, but the elastic strap still bruises the top of my foot whenever I wear them because I have extremely high arches and therefor the top of my foot is also very high. They are otherwise comfortable, and I don't feel like walking takes any more effort. It might be my imagination, but I do think my legs are looking more toned.
fishbulb fishbulb 7 years
I'd rather exercise more than be forced to wear those...
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Normally I can't stand flip-flops because the strap on them chafes my feet. I'm sure these are really great shoes, but I'd probably never pay $50 for a pair of flip-flops.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I LOVE flip flops. I could live all summer in them. But due to sports and high heeled shoes for years, I have heel spurs (plantar fasciatis) in both feet, so wearing flip flops all summer, kills my heels and ankles. Any suggestions? Would these make the condition worse?
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
why can't they make them normal looking?
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
ugly, and expensive too.
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
ugly, and expensive too.
Poppie Poppie 7 years
They are kinda ugly, regardless of any health benefits.
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