We have clients ask us all the time about toning shoes and if they really work. As with most gimics on the market, the answer is always to stop looking for quick fixes and put in the work; exercise and eat right to get results. Thank god for A.C.E. (American Council on Exercise) who recently did a proper study to validate our claims. Here's a brief summary if you don't want to read the full article:
"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. Toning shoes definitely don’t do more than the regular running shoe."
“Do you feel different when you’re wearing these shoes? Of course you do because you’re walking on probably an inch worth of cushioning. They feel different, and that’s why when people first wear them they’re probably going to be sore because you’re using different muscles. But if you wear any sort of abnormal shoes that you’re not used to wearing, your muscles are going to get sore. Is that going to translate into toning your butt, hamstrings and calves? Nope. Your body is just going to get used to it.”
So basically you can strap on a pair of 5 inch stilletos and go for a 30 minute walk and ya, you might get sore, but that doesn't mean you should do it! And frankly you'd look as silly in the heels as you would in the Reebok Easytones. Throw in the Shake Weight while you walk and call it a day!