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Review of FitFlops

Review: FitFlops – Functional Fashion?

The fitness fashion fad of muscle sculpting footwear continues. Last Spring, FitFlops ($49.99) were all the rage, but due to unforeseen popularity they were hard to find since many stores couldn't keep them in stock.

This thong styled sandal from the UK is designed to make the muscles of your legs and bum work more than usual with each and every step. Essentially, as the makers say, they turn your average afternoon of running errands into something a little more akin to actual running. The shoes themselves are comfy, but unlike MBTs, I didn't really feel them working my legs or my bum; I couldn't sense the "wobble board" in the FitFlops that is supposed to increase muscle activity. If a body doesn't feel the work, does that mean the muscles aren't doing anything? Anyway, I haven't noticed any improvement on the backside either, although studies found increased muscle activity in the glutes and thighs in people wearing FitFlops.

The engineered FitFlops are considerably more foot friendly than regular flip flops. FitFlops have a much harder heel than most thongs and offer a lot more support. Wearing regular flip flops, with their lack of arch support, can make my feet and back ache, but I experienced no foot or back discomfort after running around in my FitFlops for a couple of hours on an unseasonably warm day.

If you are interested in experimenting with FitFlops you can find a store that sells them near you with this handy store locator, which will also help you find online retailers.

If you have a pair let me know what you think about them in the comments section below.


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lemamike lemamike 8 years
I got a pair for my birthday. I have now been wearing them every day to and from the train (about 30+ mins of total walking) I don't notice a huge difference but the look doesn't bother me since theyre for commuting purposes. I don't know how well they work but they are very comfortable and I figure why not right. Any extra exercise my muscles could be getting is helpful!
gillianc723 gillianc723 9 years
I'm doing a month long test of FitFlops and reviewing them for my blog The Tonnish. Stay tuned in at
eclecticFLgirl eclecticFLgirl 9 years
I tried on a pair at B&BWorks last week because they sounded great--you don't even have to do anything and your legs get toned?! I didn't feel any muscles working in the 5 minutes I had them on, but they WERE really comfy, and I'd consider getting them if they weren't so darn expensive! I mean, $50 for flip flops that aren't even cute? I think I'll pass.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
*UPDAT* I got mine 5 days ago and I wear them all the time. I didn't have any problems 'learning' to walk in them at all. I don't really feel anything except when I first put them on and for a few hours in the AM I can feel my muscles more. Especially in my hips. After that I figure my muscles are just warmed up and that's why I don't feel it the remainder of the day. I like them and although I wouldn't normally spend this much on ANYTHING I think they are a good investment for me. I recommend them to anyone who isn't bothered by the price and isn't looking for an overnight result. :)
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I'm off to Macy's tonite to try on a pair. I practically live in flip flops from Spring to end of summer and this sounds like a decent investment for me.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
I got a pair in black a few weeks ago and I've been wearing them. The straps gave me a blister on the top of my feet at first, but now that they're more worn in it's fine. I don't feel them working my butt or thighs usually.... but I am sore from a workout the other day and when i wear these I feel MORE sore, so maybe they actually are working those muscles but I don't notice it unless I'm sore? The thing I like about them is that they instantly improved my posture. I have a big problem with bad posture and something about these instantly have me walking taller. So that's why i keep wearing them. And according to their website, they are supposed to be coming out with a pair for narrow feet (i have narrow feet, so I'm excited about this), and a closed-toe version, some time this year. I am interested in trying a pair of mbt's though....
glitterandgold glitterandgold 9 years
Hmm if they make these in a style that looks like my rainbows, I'm up for it! Honestly if I have to walk far or for a long time, I just wear my running shoes. It feels like I'm walking on clouds! (Asics Cumulus!) Also... I'll stick to my rainbow flipflops. They are the comfiest things in the world. I can't wear anything else sometimes.
spacebear spacebear 9 years
i have them. i haven't noticed less cellulite or soreness from the "workout" but i think they are comfortable and i wear them with my baggy jeans. i don't think they are TOO unattractive.
waterbaby waterbaby 9 years
they only come in whole sizes, so I went up a size to 8 and wound up returning them and got a 7. i like them with jeans, around the house or if i'm running a quick errand, because they aren't the most attractive flip flop. they definitely give more support and if you're standing for a long period of time it's like having pillows on your feet - really comfy. i saw they came out with bronze this year, they're more expensive though.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i wish they actually looked respectable, but i suppose they would make a good house shoe, as mentioned above.
ceflatley ceflatley 9 years
I have a pair. If I wear them in place of working out, I don't feel anything. However, on the days that I wear them in addition to working out, I definantly feel my muscles more than I do when i just work out and don't wear the fitflops that day. I use them as house shoes just to add a little extra.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'm curious what people have to say about them...
rebeccakamel rebeccakamel 9 years
i got these last summer. they are pretty unattractive, so i contemplated sending them back but i wanted to give them a try and see how they felt. I actually walked a lot in them over the summer and never really felt anything in my legs, anywhere. These really do not seem worth it considering they are unattractive and not very effective. I'll stick to my rainbows!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I love me my flip flops so I'll have to give these a try
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
i LIVE in flip flops so even if these are more "fit" I might try them because they sound to be better for your feet. We'll see
bushra bushra 9 years
i remember buying these and sending them straight back!
TeresaDG TeresaDG 9 years
I got a pair last summer. You don't feel it as much as the MBTs, but by the end of the day I could feel it in the back of my thighs a bit.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
At least they look comfy :)
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