Simply No Evidence for Toning Shoes

We have all seen the commercials. Joe Montana sells the Shape-Up shoe for Sketchers and various models bounce around with tight shorts showing off the great butts they supposedly attained simply wearing a toning shoe. Sorry, but you mother was correct...if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. I hate to be the one to burst your bubble but all the slick marketing aside, a recent study by the American Council on Exercise found "simply no evidence" that the shoes aid in more intense exercise, burn more calories or improve strength and tone. I will repeat that...there is no evidence that these expensive shoes do ANYTHING that they advertise. Nothing. As a foot doctor I am asked about these shoes all the time. My response was always the same, I don't think that the shoes will hurt you, but they are definitely not any kind of miracle. If you want toned legs and a toned butt there are no short cuts. Decrease you caloric consumption, eat a a healthy diet and perform a balanced exercise program in standard athletic shoes. I know that is not exciting. I know that I can't sell that with commercials of retired athletes...but it is true. Hey these shoes will make you lose some your wallet. Save your money and go exercise.

Committed to your health,

Dr. Craig Conti
Sarasota Foot Care Center

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