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Reebok has a new product out called "Easytone." They have bubbles under the toes and heels that are supposed to make you work harder when you walk and tone your legs and butt.
Skechers and the original makers of the technology have MBT - "Masai Barefoot Technology" that are shoes with thick rounded soles meant to imitate the feeling of walking in sand, which in turn is supposed to work your legs and butt as well.
Anyone tried them?
I borrowed a pair of MBTs from my mom since I'm considering them. I wore them yesterday at Thomas and we walked about 2-3km total in them. Then I wore them again today to deliver some paperwork and walked about a half hour (not sure how far, maybe 8 blocks?)
They seem to be working - my legs do feel like they've had a milder workout, sort of how sore they'd be after walking up a hill at a reasonable pace. I can definitely feel it in my calves and my outer thighs. I'm seriously considering investing in a pair for myself - they are pricey, though!
I've done a lot of research on these because I'm totally interested, but I'll have to justify the cost to DH, lol! The shoes are only approved and recommended for walking, not even really for running (though the makers of the shoes say it's ok, a lot of medical pros have suggested you don't) They are definitely not for playing sports, etc. That being said, I don't play sports or run. The reason they say that is because the shoes alter your balance, which causes your muscles to engage when they normally wouldn't. Because your balance is off, your more prone to injury during those activities.
There has also been a death related to those shoes, which is utterly ridiculous. Apparently someone fell while walking on a railroad track. DH insists that would have been me, lol! I'm so clumsy, he thinks I'll kill myself in those.
But all in all, I think they're worth it, and I'm definitely planning on getting a pair. I think the easytones are cuter than the giant sketchers, but that's just a matter of preference
I think I would try the Easytones for when I'm out shopping or walking at the zoo or something. I mean, if you can tone up your legs doing everyday things, that'd be pretty awesome. And they're pretty cute.
I just bought some new jogging shoes, and I had heard the same thing about running in those kinds of shoes, so I wouldn't wear them for that. But I did see on the Dr.Oz show that he wears toning shoes
It's a gimmick product IMO. Honestly... (you wanted that right?! -- I get in trouble for being too honest).... it's no different than the belt that vibrates that's supposed to give you a 6 pack. And...... (being honest again)...... for anyone that is looking to get in shape or lose weight, I would never recommend a walking program.
That's pretty much the conclusion I came to last night after reading some reviews. Even if the shoes do work some muscles, your body is going to adjust to the instability that they create. So they're pretty much a waste of money. Bummer!