Because we all have such busy and hectic lives, we try and look for anything that will give us an edge in the area of exercise and fitness. We spend a lot of time running around so much during the day on hard surfaces in shoes that create an unnatural way to walk, that our muscles aren’t moving properly and it creates muscle and bone problems, and we don’t burn calories like we should.
What skecher says is that these shoes are made to trick your muscles into thinking that you’re walking on a soft uneven surface. Most shoes cause your muscles to adapt to walking in a way that is not natural whether you’re at work, exercising or just walking around at the mall.
The benefits are said to be better circulation, better posture, less stress on your lower back, and improved breathing and oxygenation of your blood. They claim you can improve your overall fitness just from wearing these shoes. Other experts say that these shoes prevent injuries, improved core stability, improved endurance, and improve running style.
Mike Miller, the chiropractic team doctor for the New England Patriots said, “ MTB shoes have accomplished an evolution in walking.” The times magazine review said, “Running in these shoes is like running in soft sand, which is great for body tone.” Hall of fame quarterback Joe Montana said, "I spent 16 years on a football field -- it was an amazing time, but also pushed my body to its limit. Since I started walking in Shape-ups, I have noticed an improvement in my core strength, and the pressure on my back and knees has eased."
A California doctor, Dr. Gautreau, conducted a study where the subjects wore the Skecher shape up shoes while maintaining their regular diet and exercise activities. When the study was over the participants had lost an average of 3.25 pounds and lowered their body fat by 1.125%.
If you live in Minnesota and you want to try these shoes on, Sears and J.C Penney’s are two places that you can see a good selection and see how they feel on your feet, and see if you want to use them in your daily fitness.
After reading what Skecher says and reading what the research and studies have shown, the next step was to see what actual users say. The user reviews on Amazon are almost all positive; they say that the shoes really do what they say they will do.
As far as price, they seem to be priced from $70 to $125 per pair, which is comparable to the cost of other quality fitness shoes. They also offer many different styles for men and women that range from work shoes to sandals.
It appears that all the evidence leads to the fact they may really have something here that could benefit most people in their pursuit of better fitness and health. If they just help relieve lower back pain for all the people with that affliction, they would be worth it.