'Toning Shoes' Don't Work

'Shoes are not a magic pill,' says exercise advocate
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2010 1:21 PM CDT
Updated Aug 14, 2010 7:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – “Toning shoes” promise to get you in shape—“without setting foot in a gym,” one Skechers ad claims. Surprise, surprise: That may not be true. The trendy “athletic” shoes, which cost $100 to $245, have unstable soles that supposedly force your muscles to work harder, resulting in sculpted legs. But two new studies cast doubt on those claims, NPR reports.

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Both studies compared toning shoes to regular running shoes and found “no significant difference,” says an American Council on Exercise rep. “It is the walking that will make a difference in your life. Not the shoe.” One toning shoe wearer says they have helped her posture and relieved back soreness, but “do I think they've resculpted my legs? No.” Click here to read about a cheaper version: the toning sandal.
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