"Shape Ups" by Skechers

  • irishguy202

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    Aug 30, 2010 8:26 PM GMT
    I just bought some "Shape Ups" by Skechers and I feel about as cool as a lunch lady in them. Are then even any good? Not sure what to think.
  • irishguy202

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    Aug 30, 2010 8:37 PM GMT
    OK. Im glad to hear that. I was not sure I wanted to keep, but I will give them a chance.


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    Aug 30, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
    I found that the MBT 's are way superior....cost way more too. I use them because of some nerve damage in my foot.
  • Goldenrod

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    Aug 30, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    I bought MBT they are the ones that did all the research on this style of shoe. According to the research I did they use better quality materials. Not made in China but in Vietnam. The padding is not suppose to loose the cushion as the Sketchers will do after several months. Thought I would throw this in for the two cents it is worth.
  • Rightguard

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    Aug 30, 2010 11:59 PM GMT
    These things look ridiculous...and nobody can 'pull them off'. If you're fine with looking nerdy (not that there's anything wrong with that). Go for it!
  • irishguy202

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    Aug 31, 2010 1:05 AM GMT
    Well, I just went running in them and looked like a 1950's nurse in duty shoes...yeah, Im cool!

    My calves are burning though....they definately work your legs, theres no question about that.
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    Aug 31, 2010 1:13 AM GMT
    I have a pair that I use for my workouts at the gym. They're not a panacea by any means, but I know from personal experience that they help fire up more muscles than regular shoes.

    I've found many ways to incorporate their relative instability into my workout, and I must say that the shoes were a VERY good investment. I"d buy them again tomorrow.
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    Aug 31, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    irishguy202 saidWell, I just went running in them and looked like a 1950's nurse in duty shoes...yeah, Im cool!

    My calves are burning though....they definately work your legs, theres no question about that.

    I was under the impression that those shoes were meant for walking, not running.

    I've noticed that Skechers or some other shoe company introduced a new series of shoes that simulate running on sand or dirt. Pretty interesting.
  • irishguy202

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    Sep 07, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    Just a follow up on shape up. I have been using them for about 2 weeks and they have really built up my calves...so the must work...:-)
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    Sep 07, 2010 3:03 AM GMT
    Told ya. They're worth the money.

    Next, get some of these, if youre a runner....

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  • GQjock

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    Sep 07, 2010 3:20 AM GMT
    The biomechanics for these shoes are all wrong
    They have what is termed a negative heel and what this does is make your calf muscles have to work harder
    and that's what they're peddling
    but what it also does is throws off your entire foot function

    When you run or walk there is a timing to everything that happens
    with weight distribution at specific periods of when and where your foot is placed at that time
    There is heel strike
    Full foot splay
    transfer
    and toe off
    Change that ... which is what these shoes do and you're in for an injury

  • joncfernan

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    Sep 07, 2010 3:31 AM GMT
    My mother is a massage therapist and attended a posture seminar. She was surprized to learn that those shoes actually cause damage to your foot and leg muscles over time. What we actually need to concentrate more on is shoes that cause "less" of the pressure we place on our heels during the first impact - not shoes that "completely" remove that feature and add one that works out your calves. You guys should look it up - its quite an interesting discussion. My podiatrist also mentioned the same thing to me (I asked because I am flat footed so I thought they would help place less pressure on my non-existant arch) lol