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FitSugar Gear Review of Skechers Shape-Up Shoes

Fit Review: Skechers Shape-Ups

I'm not gonna lie about it . . . I was a Cliff Notes kind of girl back in my high school days. It took college to make me realize the little yellow and black books weren't all they were cracked up to be, as is the case with many shortcuts in life. Same goes with the Skechers Shape-Ups ($100). When my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas last year, I told him I wanted to try the new Skechers. I figured I could "cheat" my way to a set of tighter buns, slimmer hips, and more muscular gams. While I might have achieved my end goal, I'm not sure the magic was in the sneakers.

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Having used the MBTs before, I was reluctant to switch over to the Skechers brand, but I was more hesitant to invest in yet another pair of expensive MBTs. The Skechers were a little sassier looking (read: dark and easy to hide under my Lululemon yoga pants) and certainly less expensive than their competition. So I decided I would do a bit of a comparison and see if these Skechers were all they were cracked up to be. To be sure I wasn't making a mistake, I tried both the MBTs and Skechers Shape-Ups on side-by-side in the shoe department. I could tell a small difference just walking around the store. The MBTs definitely had my muscles working a tad harder but was sure I would feel the Skechers working just as well when I got them home. Unfortunately, I was wrong.

Comfortable? Yes. The Skechers are very comfy. I have no problem keeping my balance or walking around in them. Cute? About as cute as any high platform sneaker is going to be, which in my opinion, is not all that cute. They are not as bright and obvious as some of the stark white options that I would choose for my grandmother's orthopedic shoes, but they aren't hideous either. While cute and comfortable may be important, what it really boils down to is do they work? I can't say for sure that they didn't help me trim down a bit, but I don't feel the burn like I do in MBTs. They do encourage me to walk more and kick up the speed on my outings, which is probably the contributing factor to my toning. The only time I feel more of a workout than I would in normal sneakers is when I walk on an incline. My legs have to work harder to stay balanced, which helps tone the leg muscles. They also made me stand up a little straighter. Better posture wasn't my goal when wearing them, but it turned out to be a nicely added benefit.

If I had my druthers, I think I would have shelled out the extra $150 for the legit MBTs. Of course, you know, I could actually do some squats, leg lifts, or calf raises and skirt the whole toning shoes all together. What's your take on the Shape-Up shoes?

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beautifulRain beautifulRain 6 years
I've had my shape-ups for about 8 months. SO many people ask me about them. First, I waited for a 30% off Kohl's coupon to buy them, so I "only" paid $70 for mine. My main motivation for buying them was to help with knee pain (Skechers claims that the shoes "reduce knee joint stress"). I am a gym rat and a runner on the weekends, so any toning improvements I saw most likely came from my actual workouts, and not from my everyday walking around in these shoes. But on days when I don't wear the shape-ups, I do notice my feet and knees ache at the end of the day. For what it's worth... I don't regret buying them and I do think they work your leg muscles a little more than "regular" shoes. I want to try out those Reebok Zigtechs next!
ellbeecee ellbeecee 6 years
I have a pair of the Skechers and while I don't buy the shape up claims so much, they've done wonders for the plantar fasciitis that I was really struggling with. Because of that, I'm walking more and back on the elliptical at the gym, so I've upped my cardio. There's been very little pain since I tried them on in the store - $100 for shoes like these isn't typical for me, but when I took that walk around shoe department and didn't hurt, I knew I was buying them.
janetmouse janetmouse 6 years
I have tried both also and I agree, the MBTs do feel like I worked my muscles more than the Sketchers.
angelofsorts angelofsorts 6 years
I like the shape ups because they help a lot with my posture. I dont notice too much in the way of toning, but they definately help out my flat feet. I do get a burn when walking up hills or if I walk a mile or so...
fitbody365 fitbody365 6 years
I've tried some of the toning sneakers, like MBT's and Skechers Shape ups, but think they're uncomfortable to walk in and kind of expensive. They're also totally funny looking! I like Smartsole exercise insoles I wear them everywhere I go, they're really comfortable, and I felt the difference in my legs and butt almost immediately. They're also less than $30. I'm always looking for ways to tone muscles, and these insoles are a real help. I saw a discount code HG10 for 10% off on a coupon board.
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