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Not All Skechers Are Created Equal

Posted in Athletic Shoes, Health & Wellness, Shoes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by The Shoe Expert

Hey shoe lovers! I took a little break from blogging last month to work on some new, big things coming your way soon! Of course, it’s all about shoes…

So now back to the blogging…

I took my daughter to Skechers today to get her some boots for school (which starts later this month–by the way, if  you have kids, have you read my blog post about back-to-school shoe shopping?)…and I noticed a fairly new addition to the Skechers line of toning shoes. Most people know about their famous Shape-Ups, but they have several types of toning shoes now. The ones that caught my eye looked the most “normal” of all of them: the Tone-Ups Fitness.

Now don’t get them confused with the Tone-Ups.

Although they look very similar, that is where the similarities ended for me. The two styles feel very different when you walk in them. As a test, I put one of each on my feet and walked up and down the aisles to get a good feel for them. The Tone-Ups felt very stiff and uncomfortable in both the upper of the shoe and in the footbed lining. But the most uncomfortable part about them was during heel strike. As I took each step and my heel hit the floor, the sole of the shoe felt like I was walking on a hard bump. Not a good feeling. On the other hand, when I walked in the Tone-Ups Fitness, I have to admit that the shoes felt good. The sole felt a little spongier and cushy than my running shoes and other athletic shoes, but it was not uncomfortable. It kinda felt good. Weird that such similar shoes felt so different. I even asked the salesperson before I did my little ‘experiment’ and he said that the main difference between them was that the new shoes (the Tone-Ups Fitness) were more lightweight than the older versions. Sorry, Skechers salesperson, you were super nice and helpful climbing up the ladder to get me my size 🙂 but that is not the main difference between them.

Moral of the story: Don’t count on the sales associate to give you the low down on the shoes you are going to put your feet in! Try them out for yourself and save yourself some discomfort when you get them home!

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Toning Shoes Part 2: How much would you pay for them?

Posted in Athletic Shoes, Exercising, Fashion, Health & Wellness, Physical Fitness, Shoes with tags , , , , on December 10, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

Well, if they’re good enough for The Kardashians…and who wouldn’t want a body like theirs…maybe if you wear these shoes, you could get a Kardashian body too, right? Skechers probably couldn’t have picked a better family to endorse their Shape-ups toning shoes!

The Kardashian women endorse Skechers Shape-ups for their workouts

There is quite a price range from the Original toning shoes, the MBTs, to the copies, to everything in between. So, how much would YOU pay for toning shoes?

MBT Toning Shoes $245.00 at Zappos

Skechers Shape-ups All Terrain Toning Shoes $89.99 at Famous Footwear

RYN Toning Shoes $245.00-$265.00 at Blissworld




Ryka Reform Toning Shoes $54.90 at Nordstrom

EBi Toning Shoes $49.00 at ebay

Mephisto Toning Shoes $280.00 at 

Aravon Ria Toing Shoes $112.00 at


PUMA Toning Shoes $89.99 at Finish Line

FitFlop Toning Shoes $79.99-$160.00 at Macy’s

Reebok Zigpulse Toning/Training/Running Shoes $54.98 for Pre-School, $69.98 for Grade School, $99.98 for Adult at Reebok

Avia Avi-Motion iShape High-Performance Toning Shoes on sale for $59.99 at Kohl’s

So, how much would you spend for toned legs and glutes? And do you believe that spending $49.00-$280.00 can make your legs and butt toned? Or do you believe that exercising in any type of athletic shoe (for the appropriate sport) will do the same? The debate continues until more studies are published…

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

Toning Shoes Part 1: Which ones would you wear?

Posted in Fashion, Health & Wellness, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2010 by The Shoe Expert

There are scores of articles and blog posts about whether or not toning shoes actually live up to their claim, and most of them report that they don’t. Most of them state that toning shoes work just about as well as any other athletic style shoe, but there are some reports that they do work better. I am not going to debate the issue here. I think more studies need to be done clinically to prove it.

New Balance toning shoes

I have some patients that wear them, love them, and actually exercise more because they think they are working to tone up their legs and butts. Whether or not it’s true, in this case, does not matter to me. What matters to me is that they are out there walking and exercising more. They are motivated to get more fit and healthy, and that is just good for everybody. On the other hand, I have spoken to some of my colleagues, other podiatrists, who have stated that they have seen many injuries from their patients who wear them. Injuries such as ankle sprains and ankle fractures have been reported by them as a result of falling from the elevated rocker bottom sole on many of these shoes. I have not seen this happen yet in my practice.

Nike toning shoes

What is surprising to me is how many of these shoes are out on the market now, in all kinds of styles from flip flops to boots and everything in between. Let’s take a look at some of them, and then please answer the question at the bottom for me (I’d love to know your answer!):

Skechers Shape-ups



Trim Fit Toning Shoes $27.99 at Target

MBT shoes

Stepgym Shoes, toning shoes by Karen Rose

Reebok Easy Tone shoes

Reebok Easy Tone flip-flops

Fitflop toning clogs

Fitflop Mukluk toning boots

So…tell me, would you wear any of these??? Why or why not???

Dedicated to your foot health and to your shoes,

Dr. Michele, The Shoe Expert

“All Shoes, All the Time!”

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