Reebok EasyTones, , Sketcher Shape-up”s they”ve been marketed on all the talk shows as the sneakers you can just wear around town and lose weight. Have you been tempted to try those funky looking fitness shoes that promise more toned buns and legs just from walking around in them? Are these toning shoes some miracle get-in-shape panacea? Unfortunately, no. As with most snake oil cures, this one is sadly lacking in evidence to back up its claims. A recent study found that toning shoes don’t actually tone.
The claim is that you just buy these shoes and go about your day as you normally would, then in a few weeks you’ll have the buns and legs you’ve always dreamed of. Two studies examined 12 women and measured their oxygen, energy output and muscle use while wearing toning and regular athletic shoes. The studies found that calories burned and muscles used were not significantly different between the toning and regular shoes. One difference? The toning shoes can actually change the gait of the person wearing the shoes, which the researchers claim could possibly be harmful.
There is no easy way to get in shape and lose weight. Diet pills are no better and can also be a detrimental way to lose weight. If you want to get in shape you have to exercise. End of story. Toning shoes give no advantage over standard athletic shoes, so stick to the regular sneakers and just hit the treadmill.