Archive for July 27th, 2013

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Back in 2010, I wrote a post about the latest fitness fad, toning shoes here. Recently, I had a comment on that post asking for a part 2. And I think it’s time to revisit the toning show topic. So here is what I’ve found flashing forward to 2013.

First off, Skecher the FTC files a lawsuit against Skecher for  deceptive advertising related to its toning shoes and ordered to cough up cash ($40 million) to cover potential injuries of Sketcher show wearers  ” who relied on claims made about toning shoes.”


But does this mean all toning shoes are bad for us or just that Skechers marketing team was overzealous in promoting their new shoe?

Looking at what a podiatrist says about the shoes can give us an idea of what to really think about Toning Shoes  David Y.S. Yee, DPM, FACFAOM wrote this article about toning shoes and the benefit of wearing them for people with specific foot problems. His take on the shoes is that they “can also be helpful in treating a variety of foot problems,” such as Plantar fasciitis, Metatarsalgia, digital fracturs, Hallux limitus/hallux rigidus, Achilles tendinitis and retrocalcaneal bursitis, and Knee osteoarthritis. (If you do not know what these conditions are, count yourself lucky. And if you are curious, read his post.  In this post, he also explains when toning shoes are not desirable and the risks wearing them can entail.

What do you think? Are toning shoes helpful to you in your fitness endeavors or hurtful to your feet and legs? Is the research sufficient either yay or no regarding toning shoes?

My opinion is that if you wear the shoes correctly and realize there is no magic bullet, no quick fix for fitness and weight loss and toning does make you walk more, they can be a helpful aid in your fitness routine. BUT, if the shoes exacerbate a foot problem you have or hurt your feet more than help you, pass on ’em. Like any exercise trend or fitness tool, use the toning shoes to motivate you to get more activity, but do not expect them to magically make you fit and slim like Cinderella’s glass slipper landing her a prince!

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