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Are Toning Shoes For You?

It all started with MBT, then Sketchers introduced the Shape-ups, and after that, I feel like I lost count of all the toning shoes being introduced to the fitness world. When the American Council on Exercise (ACE) investigated the fitness claims associated with these types of shoes, they found that "none of the toning shoes showed statistically significant increases in either exercise response or muscle activation." While some people love them; others feel they are just another pair of sneaks. Have you tried out a pair of these toning shoes pictured below? What was your experience?

Clockwise from top left: MBT Fora ($170), Aetrex Bodyworks Toning Lace-up ($139), Avia IBurn ($40), New Balance WW1442 Rock & Tone ($68), Sketchers Shape Ups SRR ($70), Reebok EasyTone Flash ($100)

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vickyrae10 vickyrae10 6 years
I have the reebok easy tone runners and I like them because they are comfortable but they are wearing down just like any other sneaker would, and for 100 bucks, that's not worth it! They do nothing that I have seen for toning either.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
My mom swears by them, only wears them to work and says they toned her up considerably, though she also thinks pizza is health b/c it's a full serving of meat, dairy, carbs and veggies all in one. She's not what I would call a reliable source of health info. I tried the Ree-Tone ones and though they didn't make a difference, they were comfy as hell and did wonders for back pain. Hesitant to wear them though only b/c I've heard they change the way you walk permanently and can cause damage in the long run.
jesssa jesssa 6 years
i love my ree-tones, when i work out in them, i feel it more in my calves than if i don't. and if i wear them while at work where i'm on my feet for 6-8 hours, i can definitely notice a difference in my butt and legs. but if i just wear them out for regular wear, i don't think they are doing much...
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
I tried them on but I cannot get over how bulky they look. I will admit they are comfortable as h#ll.
Susi-May Susi-May 6 years
I wore MBTs when I taught Pilates and my body felt much better at the end of the day. The rocker really helped my posture and alignment, but alas I don't think they helped tone me at all.
jesusmorales jesusmorales 6 years
I've worn Fitflops for over a year and they are a Godsend for my arthritis.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 6 years
I had received Reebok toning sneakers as a gift, and I wear them at the gym and hiking. While I don't think they do anything special, I do like the feel of them. And putting on a regular pair of sneakers after getting used to a toning pair does feel different. I doubt different means better, but I like them for reasons that aren't related to 'extra-toning' haha
bjeanne18 bjeanne18 6 years
I"ve always wondered how well these work - my opinion is that if you are going a long distance or for a long period of time the shoes may make a difference, especially because they are heavier than most running shoes so it would be causing you to do extra work/mile. Also, if you were an avid walker and wanted to focus on certain muscles in your legs the shape of the shoe could help you do this. What I don't believe in is the 'magical solution' that just by wearing these daily you will suddenly 'tone up' - it takes hard work people! :)
fizzymartini fizzymartini 6 years
I think they do jack-all on a daily basis, except for give people a psychological boost. And hey, if it makes anyone walk more just out of novelty value, I'm all for it. But I don't believe they stand up to their toning claims. But for rehabilitational purposes, I think they are a complete gold dust. I damaged my foot quite severely early last year, and without MBTs, I would literally not have been able to walk at all, as the rolling sole propelled my foot without using the damaged muscles.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I tried the Sketchers tone ups shoes only because I thought they look a lot better than the shape ups, more like the Reebok easy tones. I already workout regularly and have for years, but when I became pregnant with my second child I was so tired that I could barely do more than chase my first child around the playground most days. I got the shoes to try to help maintain some level of fitness during my pregnancy. Honestly, I didn't notice any difference. The shoes may help more if a person is not already in good shape, but for someone with a balanced fitness routine in place, the shoes don't make much difference.
anonymoushippopotamus anonymoushippopotamus 6 years
I would never wear these. Not only are they hideous, but they wreak havoc on your alignment. They are terrible on your knees, hips, and back. If you want toning, just go out for a run!
ElleM85 ElleM85 6 years
I'm hoping to get a pair soon. My mother has some and hasn't lost a pound, hasn't really toned her legs, but her foot and back pain have practically diminished. I think it gives her better posture personally.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 6 years
Even if they did work I still would not be caught dead in these. They are hideous.
TiVo TiVo 6 years
I'm eager to read other people's experiences with these. I'd feel to ridiculous wearing them around to actually try them.
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