Skechers Shape-Ups and Reebok EasyTones are truly crimes of fashion, and we were willing to give them a pass when we found out that the footwear could sculpt your legs and butt. However, according to a story recently aired on NPR, the shoes may have no health benefits at all.
Two recent studies from the American Council on Exercise concluded 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." ACE's Todd Galati found no difference between the special shoes and regular sneakers (other than their prices), noting, "These shoes are not a magic pill. It is the walking [encouraged by the shoes] that will make a difference in your life."
Skechers has cried foul, releasing three studies that say the special shoes do work, and President of Skechers Fitness Group Leonard Armato boasts that the brand has received "12,000 unsolicited positive reviews of Shape-Ups," according to NPR.
What do you think?