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vibram five fingers sale online Do Toning Shoes Work "If Joe Montana wears and endorses them, they must work, right?" That's what you may be thinking when you see those ubiquitous commercials for Skechers Shape up shoes, but a new study from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) suggests that Shape ups and others like them MBTs (Masai Barefoot Technology) and Reebok EasyTone shoes won't help you build more muscle or burn more calories as they promise. The idea behind toning shoes is that their unstable sole forces you to find a balance point, making you work harder than if you're wearing regular shoes. To test the claims, ACE researchers conducted two studies. One study evaluated exercise responses to walking in traditional running shoes (a New Balance running shoe) versus the toning shoes. The second study evaluated muscle activation when walking in regular running shoes compared to toning shoes. Their conclusion (detailed in their report) was that, "Across the board, none of the toning shoes showed statistically significant increases in either exercise response or muscle activation during any of the treadmill trials. There is simply no evidence to support the claims that these shoes will help wearers exercise more intensely, burn more calories or improve muscle strength and tone." So how do researchers respond to those who say they felt sore or noticed results after wearing toning shoes? The shoes' cushioning and unstable sole forces you to use different muscles than other shoes, but that doesn't mean you're working any harder, burning more calories, or going to get toned, according to researchers. The silver lining, however, is that spending money on these shoes may motivate inactive people to get moving because they think they're getting a toning effect. So that's a good thing. Have you tried toning shoes? What do you think? Share your review and read reviews about toning shoes. July 26, 2010 at 10:13 am (1) Suzann says:The first of these types of shoes I had seen were the Fit Flops and I was intrigued. But I thought better to buy them knowing that they probably didn really work. I glad I passed! I do know some people who do own a pair and feel that they work. My thoughts are that they might give you some added benefit if you are already a walker. But thinking that you are going to get fit simply by wearing them is just not realistic. July 26, 2010 at 12:39 pm (2) Jon says:Traditional running shoes atrophy the glutes. I dumped my Nikes for GistFiveToes. My Gists have brought my tone back, and I feel like I am connecting to the Earth when I run. After some more training, I am going to go completely barefoot. I tried others (Vibram Five Fingers), but the zipper on the Gists makes them fit more snugly. July 27, 2010 at 11:18 pm (3) best orthopedic shoes says:I think shoes are not a major factor in toning your body. What matter are the right training program and also a good trainer. I think these factors will help you to tone your body. July 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm (4) marcus the shape ups guy says:I have a pair of skechers shape up shoe and base on experience, it worked for me, since using these shoes i felt a change in my thighs and lower back. The good thing about this shoes is I can wear these even at work August 3, 2010 at 10:45 am (5) Orieta says:thank you! thank you for helping me save the $100 I would have spent buying these type of shoes. I had always been suspicious of this being another marketing gimmick. August 9, 2010 at 3:24 am (6) CCC says:I love my Skechers Shape ups. I had major foot surgery a year and a half ago these shoes provide wonderful support and are very comfortable. Whether or not they actually help tone burn calories is irrelevant to me. They are extremely comfortable and good for my feet. August 10, 2010 at 12:18 am (7) Monica says:Avia Avi Motion shoes have greatly relieved the knee pain I suffered from over the past 5 years. I walk at least 5 miles daily and buy 2 pairs of athletic shoes at a time because I wear through them so quickly. I have plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and a bunion as well. I haven noticed more tone, but the pain relief has been worth it!! August 12, 2010 at 1:21 pmAugust 18, 2010 at 4:27 pm (9) ReUnpack says:Seriously!? Toning shoes. Give me a break. People need to get off their lazy a$$es and put the work in. Get on a good exercise program and fix your diet. That is the only way. You will not get tone wearing some spongy shoes. Maybe go barefoot running. This will for sure strengthen your lower legs and straighten out your posture. Invest in some Vibram Five Fingers. October 18, 2010 at 12:31 am (10) chrystal says:I am a skeptic who doesn fall for fads but after hearing so much I purchased some Avia avi toning shoes. I was instantly impressed. I have a bone spur near my big toe and was immediately able to walk in these shoes without feeling the pain from it. It seems to me that in these shoes, you roll off the foot from further back on the heel for each step, thus taking stress off the toes and front end of the foot. My husband has a pair and we keep commenting on our walks that the shoes put a spring in our step and we are walking the same distance more quickly because of this. My sister purchased the Easy Spirit toning sandals and athletic shoes and swears they relieve the pain of her arthritic knee. This has been 3 mos. ago with no negative side effects. I don vouch for the weight loss aspects but we are all believers here. I am about to order some dressier versions of this design. One can argue with success!!! November 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm (11) Elizabeth says:I don think I get a better workout from my MBTs, but they do encourage me to workout more often because the shape of the sole makes it less painful for me to run. The impact changes and I don end up with shin splints.