Do Shape Up Shoes Really Work?

Do Shape-ups really work?You’ve probably seen the ads for the sneaker that (supposedly) gives you a workout while you walk.

The manufacturers claim that their sneakers will tone and firm your legs just by walking. Finally–a way to get in shape without having to really work out!

Sounds too good to be true?

Of course that’s because it is!

In all fairness to Shape-up shoes, they do actually require that the wearer utilize more muscles than when walking in standard footwear–which over time could lead to increased fitness.

However, walking in Shape-ups is also harder and less pleasant than walking in other sneakers. So you still have to do some work to get any results.

I’ve also heard reports of people falling down and getting hurt while wearing these. That’s definitely not going to make you more fit.

The bottom line is this: a sneaker can’t work out for you! Some people need to find ways to trick themselves into exercising (or trick themselves into thinking they’re exercising) and that’s who this sneaker is intended for.

For the rest of us, just go for a run or do some pull-ups. It’s really not so bad.

There will always be someone trying to take advantage of people looking for a quick fix or a shortcut.

Don’t be a sucker. Just go work out!

9 thoughts on “Do Shape Up Shoes Really Work?

  • By Marc -

    Do they make shoes that can help you do pull-ups?

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Probably not, Marc. People who are serious about pull-ups usually know better than to fall for that kind of crap.

  • By Marc -

    Do they make shoes that can help you do pull-ups?

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Probably not, Marc. People who are serious about pull-ups usually know better than to fall for that kind of crap.

  • By ATHENA -

    My mom took a tumble at work because of these shoes. It's easy for one's foot to turn inwards and fall down. I took her to the ED (emergency department), and thankfully, she is fine, just a little banged up.

    Please be careful with these shoes. My mom is 70 years old, so she's even more prone to taking a fall, but anyone could benifit from a warning. IMHO, the bottoms of these shoes should be wider so it's not so easy to tip in either direction.

    Peace from a nurse 🙂

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Thanks for sharing your mom's story, Athena. I'm sure these shoes will turn out to be just another fad that will be gone eventually.

  • By Millie Mc. -

    Al, I work at trade shows for a living (event coordinator and sometimes a promo model) and i've been seeing these sketchers all over the place. Girls at these shows LOVE them and say they wouldn't be able to get through the 2, 3 or 4 day shows without them. My mom even has a pair and loves them. And there are tons of positive reviews online about them. Have you tried them? I'm about 75% sure i'm going to get them. Being in my early 30s, I don't think I need to worry about 'falling down'. That's sad about the 70yr old. Thanks AK!

    ~m

  • By Al Kavadlo -

    Hey Millie–thanks for getting involved in the conversation. I think my objection to shape-ups has less to do with the product and more to do with the marketing.

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