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Old 08-16-2012, 09:02 AM
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Anybody tried the shoes like the Skecher Shape Ups? When they first came out they were supposed to really help a person get fit. Were they a flash in the pan fad or is there some benefit to wearing these?
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Here's a typical result of a Google search for "Shetchers lawsuit": "How to get your piece of the $40-million payout". How well do you think they worked?
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I've been wearing a pair of Sketchers for about a year and find them very comfortable. They are well made and I am getting a lot of life out of them. I'd buy them again, but not at list price. I bought the pair I'm wearing now from an overstock outfit. I'll do the same when it is time to replace them.

I already had a kind of rolling heel-to-toe walking motion, so they didn't do anything for me in a fitness sense. I didn't really expect them to. I know other people who found themselves with serious calf pains after the first day of walking in them, so I guess there is something to the claim of shoe design forcing you to use your leg muscles in a particular way. I thought the fitness claims were probably exaggerated, so I'm not surprised by the lawsuit. I'm also not interested in it. As with guns, I bought the shoe and not the story.

I had a surprise when I opened the box. The shoes came with an instruction DVD. For real? An instruction manual for shoes? Give me a break.
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I've heard of a girl with round heals. Is that an ad for these shoes?
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I bought a pair at an outlet for a reasonable price.
Very comfortable.
Danged hard to lace correctly.
For some reason I can (carefully) climb stairs using not just my left leg for lifting, but my right also (and it's my favorite leg).
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I've heard of a girl with round heals. Is that an ad for these shoes?
I think not that many people got this joke. "Round heels" is not really current lingo. (I had the same thought.)

But responding to the O.P.'s question. The round bottom was supposed to mean that you were on the balls of your feet more, which would develop the calf muscles more. Other than that, no real advantage.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:26 AM
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Although they are marked way down now, I think I'll pass on them. I don't need any more pains. BTW, I'm old enough to get the round heel joke.
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About 40 years ago, Earth Shoes were all the rage. The soles were thick and rounded under the ball of the foot, and thin at the heel. They were supposed to give you a workout as you walked. I had a pair; they didn't seem to do much for me other than stretching my Achilles tendon pretty well.

This fad apparently took a while to come back. They all return sooner or later.
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I think not that many people got this joke. "Round heels" is not really current lingo. (I had the same thought.)

But responding to the O.P.'s question. The round bottom was supposed to mean that you were on the balls of your feet more, which would develop the calf muscles more. Other than that, no real advantage.
I got the joke instantly. In fact that is the only reason I looked at this thread. I was curious how far it would get.
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MBTs are better than the sketchers knock-offs, but they don't come in as many sized.

I think they are very comfortable, and even with my sprain-prone ankles, I have not had a problem walking in them.

I don't buy that you'll get a significant workout just by walking in them though.

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