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Do Trim Treads Shoes Really Work?

I Don't Buy It: Tush-Toning Trim Treads

There's no shortage of toning shoes that promise to work your legs, sculpt your tush, and burn extra calories. We've got Earth Shoes that have a negative heel, and MBTs that have a rocker board inserted in the arch of the shoe. There are variations of FitFlops that look like regular shoes, but promise to burn calories and tone your lower body while you wear them. And there are tons of sneakers modeled after MBTs such as EasyTones and Sketchers Shape Ups. So when I saw an ad for these Trim Treads ($40 to $60) in a ladies' fitness mag, I thought, "Great, another toning shoe."

Above the pic of these funky shoes, the ad reads: "Wear your Trim Treads for 30 minutes a day for toned legs, lifted buns, a stronger core, perfect posture, stronger balance, and burning calories." Wow, that's a pretty steep list of promises for a pair of shoes. It's labeled as a fitness shoe, but I'm not sure if you're supposed to wear them while working out or just wear them around the house. They seem kind of wobbly and dangerous either way, but do they really do all they say they do? To find out how they claim to work,


Trim Treads can be worn while you go about your normal day, but they can also be used to do toning exercises to target different muscles in your legs. Since they require so much balance and concentration (so you don't fall on your ass), your leg muscles end up working in ways they wouldn't normally when wearing regular, flat-soled shoes.


After hearing all that, I was still skeptical, but when I read that these shoes "can significantly reduce the onset of varicose and spider veins," and "also diminish existing cellulite and prevent it from developing," I was completely pushed into the camp of not buying the hype. Varicose veins occur when your veins stretch and their valves fail, and while regular exercise can improve vein functioning and prevent varicose veins, it won't make them disappear.

These odd-looking shoes seem like a total waste of money when you could just buy a regular pair of sneaks and go for a 30-minute walk, jog, hike, or bike ride and end up effectively working your legs in a safe way. What do you think?





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Maria-Salazar15192427 Maria-Salazar15192427 3 years
i have order some trim-treads but i never received them i have call them,they never answer, i have send them email they won't reply back. so i think that nobody should be recommending them anymore.
AmyLacroix AmyLacroix 7 years
I love my easytones. I don't expect miracles but they feel great, look sharp, and my legs feel more tired when i walk my dog.
theseether theseether 7 years
I've had a few pairs of Earth shoes over the past 5 years. I liked them because they helped my posture while standing. Didn't notice any other physical benefits though.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 7 years
I use the MBTs (and now the Sketchers) for my back. They make you stand up straight, so if you have back problems you can walk for long periods without pain. I wore these pregnant while pregnant and never had sciatica with them. I do not buy into the amazing shaping powers though.
TheLittleMonster TheLittleMonster 7 years
I'd rather keep my cute heels and sporty Nikes and just do a few extra sets of squats. They look ridiculous and to those of you here that love them, fine. But most consumers are getting them just to avoid a real workout.
Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
I think I'll stick to the gym thanks! I need to feel like I've worked hard.
ceej ceej 7 years
I think the marketing of all these shoes is silly. My osteopath got me onto fit flops as I have a lower back problem, that is what they are best for. I can wear them or the boot version for hours and my back feels fine. So if you think about them in terms of back health rather than spurious fitness claims they are worth the money. That being said I would never be seen dead in those pink things.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
They'd probably help with posture, but I think you'd get more toning just by doing more squats and lunges. I wouldn't pay the money for them.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
My Mom has a pair of the Sketchers Shape Ups, which she wore exclusively while taking her 8th grade class to D.C. during Spring Break. She was the oldest person on the trip, she's 57, and swears that her feet never hurt. She says that they don't tone her butt and thighs, but being able to walk all over a large city without having her feet hurt made them worth it for her!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
They all look so ridiculous. I mean, they could promise to do my laundry and I still wouldn't wear anything that fug.
miss-malone miss-malone 7 years
No thanks. :oy:
dantea dantea 7 years
I actually own a pair of Shape-ups, and while they may not tone things, they do provide amazing arch support and make long workouts a bit easier. I would recommend them for that reason alone. As for those flip-flops, they look like exactly like maiko shoes. Those don't tone.
benheld benheld 7 years
I just think they look ridiculous. I'm too vain to wear shoes like that regardless how much they might add some additional toning to my tush. I'll stick to my running in my Asics thank you very much. :)
newshoesrunner newshoesrunner 7 years
I agree with anonymous. Quick fixes never work and I think these shoes will encourage a mindset of people might think, "oh I've been working my legs out all day with these shoes, so I don't need to exercise this evening!"
Westopher Westopher 7 years
I'm one of those fitness freaks who actually enjoys working out, so I was excited to see products like this on the market because -- like taking the stairs instead of the elevator -- I thought they would offer a way to squeeze an extra bit of fitness into everyday activities. Very disappointed that all the reports I've read or see on TV show they don't work and just throw the wearer off-balance.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i actually saw somebody wearing those sketcher ones (going into coldstone!), and i nearly died laughing. ridic.
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