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Shape up With Skechers Shape-Ups, Walking Shoes. How They Work and Do They Work? Skechers Shape Ups Review.

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My share of Skechers

My share of Skechers

Commercial in my e-mail

Commercial in my e-mail

Shape Up with Shape Up Shoes

Every woman has her weak points. Mine are shoes, especially walking shoes, because I walk for fitness and comfortable walking shoes is a key for a nice "walk out". Only my income prevents me from having tons of shoes. Even so, I have twice more shoes than my mother and my son together. Another point is that I love Skechers shoes. They fit the exact foot size, so there’s no problem to order them on line. Unlike other shoes that you have to try and walk to see if they fit you, Skechers shoes are ready to wear, so to say. No rubbing points, no blisters.

I was not going to buy any more shoes for a while, as I have enough (really, enough) for several years to wear. But some time ago a commercial of Skechers Shape-Ups in my e-mail caught my eye. It said “Shape up while you walk”. And also “Get in shape without setting foot in a gym”. Also it said “Designed to:

*promote weight loss,

*tone muscles,

*improve posture”.

Would you get interested? I did. I followed the link. I watched, I looked, I read, I checked, I thought, I thought, I thought. And I knew that I wanted those shoes. They were not cheap, but when I checked other shoes of the same kind, like MBT walking shoes, the difference in price was striking. I tried to look for cheap MBT shoes, but I don't think cheap MBT shoes exist. So, I ordered Skechers Shape-Up walking shoes!

The only suspicious thing about Shape-Ups was that they look weird. The look was dorky-one, as my son said. My mother said that they look like orthopedic shoes.

Here they are.

My Shape-Ups


Apart from their look, how do they work?

The brochure says “Designed to improve your life by changing the way you walk, Skechers Shape Ups feature a unique soft kinetic wedge insert and dynamic rolling bottom to stimulate walking barefoot on a yielding surface such as sand”.

Though not a bingo, but very close. The feeling is somewhat like you walk on sand, when your heel sinks and you have to make an effort and roll your sole to move your body to a next step. The Skechers Shape-Ups give you smoother sensation under your sole than sand and also, you don’t have that toe-grasping feeling of a bare foot on the sand. Still, both sand and Shape-Ups involve more effort and a natural search for balance, so there is correlation for sure. Believe me, I know. I lived on a seashore and every morning walked for 40 minutes along a beach line.

Basically the shoes put you slightly off balance and your muscles are constantly working to keep you balanced and centered. Staying balanced while walking in these walking shoes requires the use of muscles in the legs, abs and buttocks not used with standard walking shoes. It took me a couple of days to get used to it. My first day frustration turned into wonder when after twenty minutes of a moderate walk my muscles felt like after an hour of vigorous gym work out.

P.S. At the end of this review I will be adding some notes based on my continuous experience of walking in Shape Ups. Please, keep reading.

So, do they work?

The makers of Skechers Shape Ups say that Shape-Ups are designed to…..

*Promote weight loss- It’s yet to be proved and I don't think that walking shoes by themselves may cause a weight loss, but with the right eating habits it may happen for sure, as you burn more calories with this type of walking.

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*Strengthen the back, Firm calf and buttock muscles, Reduce cellulite and tone your thighs- Well, I definitely could feel my muscles working, while walking in Shape-Ups, from my calves all the way up to my back. When you make an effort to keep your balance, it requires core strength, so naturally doing a lot of balancing on these shoes should strengthen your core. Balancing is also supposed to improve circulation in the legs and feet, reducing swelling.

Now that I am walking in Sklechers Shape-Ups walking shoes for two summers already, I may say for sure that yes, muscles on my calves, buttocks and thighs are more toned than before and they look better too.

*Increase cardiovascular health.- With all mentioned above it makes sense!

*Improve posture- Yes, I can testify to this. I use to stoop and have to constantly keep in mind to keep my shoulders straight. With Shape-Ups it comes naturally. My reflections in shop windows testify it. You naturally have to maintain good posture to stay balanced on unstable surfaces (and the bottoms of these shoes are not flat!).

*Reduce stress on knee and ankle joints- Smooth and rolling-like movements relieve pressure on joints and tendons. I used to have some knee discomfort, but my knees don’t bother me when I walk in Shape-Ups.

The Shape-Ups add does not say anything about foot itself and toes. This is an issue that should be addressed separately and I will be adding notes about it later.

Some tips-

It is recommended to start wearing the shoes for 20-25 minutes first day to get used to them, and then increase the time gradually.

Running in Shape Ups is not recommended. Also, concentrate while going downhill or up stairs. These shoes are definitely made for walking. runs out of sizes really fast, so hurry up! Just kidding, don’t worry. Though sometimes you can’t find your size in a certain model of Shape-Ups, they have lots of models to offer and they do refill their stock. is not only shoes. They also have cool clothing. My son loves their T-shirts, polo’s and hoodies and you may catch really nice deals there, just watch.

Other features

Shoes come with a detailed exercise guide and a CD to get the most out of your Shape-Ups! To my mind this an absolute waste, because this kind of material a customer can get on line, if he is going to follow some exercising routine. But in most cases a person will just take the shoes out of the box, put them on and off he goes. To my mind, it would be more reasonable to reduce the price of the shoes for the cost of this CD and a guide.

Though more expensive than standard walking shoes, ($110 at but less costly than comparable exercise footwear brands. Besides, this is the case when more expensive means more quality. I tried other like-made shoes of another company (never heard of), that my neighbor bought at Big Kmart for $34.99, and they were not giving half of Skechers Shape-Ups work out. Also didn’t look as cool as mine.

Personal note didn’t ask me for this review, I didn’t get any discounts from them and at all, it was all my initiative, as I really loved my Shape-Ups.

What's more, since my review is accumulating lots of views on line, it was also noticed by a Sketchers sales admin who contacted me with an offer to test one of their shoes and write a review for them. Who would not agree? I gave my consent. They asked for my size, my address and some other details. Promised to mail a free pair of shoes to me and.....

...... and I never heard from them anymore. LOL. Not very representative to my mind!

Another personal note about feet and toes.

I decided to add this note here after using Shape-Ups (walking in them) every day for 30-50 minutes through two summers. I feel great, toned, motivated. But! I would strongly advise you to alternate walking in Shape-Ups with going for a long walk in other, regular, sport shoes from time to time.

After walking in Shape-Ups I noticed that some of my toes of both feet became stiff and somewhat painful. I analyzed the way the toes were receiving the pressure and felt that you put the most pressure on the front of toe’s cushion (directly under the nail front edge). Next time I went for a walk I used my regular (also Sketchers) walking sport shoes to give some rest to my toes. It solved the problem.

Now once or twice a week I walk in my regular Sketchers sport shoes! Rest of my walks I am doing in Sketchers Shape-Ups! It gives a nice alternation for different muscles to work.

However, the longer I am walking in Shape-Ups, the less comfortable they feel. This is my third summer of using Shape-Ups and this summer I am hardly using them. I prefer to walk in my regular walking shoes.

Does this mean that I am disappointed in Shape- Ups? By no means, no. I still consider that Shape-Ups are awesome shoes and I would advise anyone to buy a pair. I think that walking in Shape-Ups has all the advantages listed above.

However, I would say that Shape-Ups shoes need a very individual approach from an owner. One person might walk in Shape-Ups 24/7 and be happy. Another might feel bone discomfort in this type of shoes. In any case I strongly advice to alternate walking in Shape-Ups with walking in regular walking shoes.

Another way to alternate your muscles work out and use different types of muscles is to go barefoot!

On some point you'll have to clean your Shape-Ups. Here are some tips.

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Jackie Weiss on August 18, 2012:

I admit that I bought the shoes to lose weight and shape up. But that didn't work!!!! What did work was the pain in my knees was almost gone. I had knee replacement surgery, but there was still a certain amount of pain. I put on the shape ups and the pain is all but gone. You should market them for that instead of diet and weight reduction.

Vez W on March 22, 2012:

Just back with some injuries from a ski trip. Ankle and knee sore Just happened to buy a pair of these and could not believe how comfortable they were and easy on the sore bits.

I love them.

Down side a bit clumpy.

However I feel great and the pain in my ankle was not as evident it was a pleasure to walk in them. : )

ReuVera (author) from USA on September 21, 2011:

Miss89, for sure try Shape-Ups, but first read attentively all my advises, because they are from first-hand experience! Good luck.

Miss89 on September 21, 2011:

*Yes I learned the benefits of walking in sand. Then low and behold it told me for those who don't have constant access to the beach to wear Shape Ups!

Miss89 on September 21, 2011:

I was never interested in Shape Ups before and had no desire to ever try a pair on. I would see them in shoe stores and was quick to dismiss them. Until...

I just went to the beach for the first time since I was 12, I am now 22. I walked miles on the beach. When I got home yesterday, I glanced at myself quickly in the mirror and stopped... I've always been fit and always had a decently round bum but I noticed how much more round and toned everything was. I was actually amazed! So this caused me to go online and do a little research. Yes, I learned the benefits of walk. After seeing how just 4 days on the sand made me look, I am now interested in purchasing a pair!

Shayna on August 04, 2011:

I just bought a pair like 3 days ago...maybe 4....and so far I love them I wanted to start walking to tone up and lose a bit of weight and thankfully a lot of stores are starting to put them on clearance and got mine for like $37 and some change.....I definitely feel it when I walk and Im just starting off walking an hour before work 3 days a week, but definitely feel the aches of when u know the working out is working....but disappointed to hear on some of these review sites for em that I'll probably have to buy another pair in the least 4 months or maybe a bit longer cuz they eventually wear out and can hurt u. I just hope they keep on working and really help me with the losing a bit of weight and toning.

Pragati on July 15, 2011:

Thought they were great too but with constant use I have developed tendonitis - so please be careful

wilrhoades on July 01, 2011:

I have one pair of sketchers and they're really good.Interesting hub!

Peggy on June 15, 2011:

Just got my first pair of shape-ups. Can't exercise because of a heart condition. used to go to the gym 3X week. At 79 I still miss exercise. But I can walk. My balance is terrible though....and....with my new shape ups......I feel it is improving!!!!!!! And I feel my muscles just like I've been going to the gym! No, I didn't just wear them for 45 min. and then a little more.

From the second day, it's been all day long after the first day. They are great. I fFEEL them working!

Tonya on June 11, 2011:

Shape up shoes do work. I've used Beebe Sports Glider shape and tone shoes for about 3 months and can definitely tell a difference in my thighs, butt, and mid section.

flipflop lady on June 11, 2011:

I just bought a pair yesterday. I am a flip flop wearing woman. Always have been. But, lately, I have been feeling the pain in my heels. I believe due to the wearing down of the heel on my flip flops. I also wore my flip flops using the wii balance board. NOT! I wore the new shoes yesterday for about 30 minutes. The biggest thing I noticed was the amount of pressure taken off my heels. What a wonderful feeling. I am on my feet a lot. I also am a shoe person, but, in my closet you will find tons of flip flops, only one pair of walking shoes. I bought them almost 3 years ago and could probably count on my fingers the number of times I wore them. So, here comes a new beginning. They do feel really comfortable and cushion feels great. Will let you know if I have to phase out the flip flops.

RUBI on May 30, 2011:

Just bought them and had a great workout at the gym, I felt that I worked harder because of the shoes. They really get you to work on every step you take!! Today my muscles are a little sore in my calf area which tells me that my shape ups work!!! Im gonna continue wearing them during my workouts.

ReuVera (author) from USA on May 27, 2011:

rae, thank you for your opinion. I am just a consumer, as you were right. I am wearing Shape-Ups for more than 2 years, I personally feel that I benefit from this. Results may vary, as they say.

rae on May 27, 2011:

I understand that you are a consumer of Sketchers and may have nothing to gain from promoting them, but do you really think you are benefiting others? MTB shoes were designed for people with orthopaedic injuries and problems, not for healthy people. There is a reason we don't naturally roll on our feet. If something is not broken, then there is no reason to 'fix it'. It's the same idea with athletes involved in jumping sports using ankle braces. They attempt to stabilize the ankle, and in doing so create more knee injuries because the knee is trying to make up the movement the ankle is being denied of. There are different muscles being activated while wear Shape Ups because the foot is not being allowed to act as it naturally should. Ever notice how when you step down your foot pronates (your arch turns into the ground) while in socks or bare feet? That's supposed to happen! When you stabilize the foot (like in Shape Ups), the ankle tries to become more mobile. Yes, the ankle is built to be mobile, but not to the extent Shape Ups promote. When there is excessive movement in the ankle, the knee will try to be more stable (there is more activation of the muscles around the knee to decrease movement), the hips will become more mobile (which also leads to more muscles being activated), and the chain continues up the back, through your shoulders, to you head and hands. Thus, when you affect something as small as the mobility of the foot, you affect everything in your body. Also, there have been studies done that have proven Shape Ups do not add any added benefits (in terms of intensity) to your work outs. You do not work harder, it just seems like you do. This shoe weakens the muscles in the feet because it's not allowing it to move. In my opinion, messing with your feet (which creates the base of locomotion) is the last thing to do when you want to become healthier.

Sierra on May 14, 2011:

thks for your info! I just start wearing them 3rd of days and my muscles hurt so bad almost about quit wearing them but now im gonna still wearing my shape ups thx a lot :)

Sierra on May 14, 2011:

thks for your info! I just start wearing them 3rd of days and my muscles hurt so bad almost about quit wearing them but now im gonna still wearing my shape ups thx a lot :)

Kira on April 28, 2011:

i just bought a pair of Dr. Scholl's Personal Trainers with a rocker bottom that look just like the pics above of the Shape-ups. I must say they were daunting when I first put them on, but I just came back from a 30 minute walk, which included hills, and they felt fantastic. My posture's not bad, but I could definitely see an improvement as I passed windows. I love the idea that continuously managing balance will strengthen and tone. Makes sense to me. Also, by the time I got back from my walk I didn't feel as if the bottom was curved anymore. It felt almost normal. I did do a bit of jogging, too, and experienced no ill effects except that my normal distance was a little harder to do. Which I like!

Dr Scholl's are only $30 at Walmarts and I got these on sale for $15. There's no leather in the design so that may affect the cost some, but why pay almost $100 or $200 for a new innovative design when you can get them for a third of that? Plus, Dr Scholls' has a gel insole and are some of the most comfortable athletic shoes I've ever worn (and I go thru a pair a year).

oogeekgirl on April 23, 2011:

I just got my first pair of Shape-ups yesterday. I work in an ER and am constantly on the move. From the moment I put them on, I felt my calves, butt and lower back getting a well needed workout. They are very comfortable too I might add! I also felt like I was walking taller (not because of the added height), but that my shoulders were more square and my back was actually straight. I love my shape-ups!

sam on April 21, 2011:

they work

Becky on April 17, 2011:

I just bought a pair of shape-ups last week and have worn them every day, all day, played tennis, and walked in them. I feel fine.

I alternate between these and regular walking/running shoes but that's just for even wear and muscle memory.

I waited cuz I wanted the price to come down, paid $39.99. I'm happy and enjoy the extra cushion for shock absorption.

All shoes take some getting used to. I wouldn't be too worried about a little soreness, unless you are a fanatical exerciser in top shape.

jeanie on April 14, 2011:

I bought my sketcher shape ups from costco for 50.00..the reason i did was i wanted to try them and knew i could return them if needed..but i did not i like them alot...i have been fighting bone spurs in my heels for two years,and taking naproxen for the swelling..i am on my feet all day and my feet hurt so bad that i am hardly able to walk by the end of the day more like afternoon.. well i wear my shapeups to work and it comforts my knees and legs and i dont feel my bone spurs i love these shoes not diappointed at all..

so now i take less medication for pain. and im not lyeing in bed in pain anymore..and i can walk and go to the gym.....i would not wear these in any gym classes you will be clumsy in them i tried trust me dont do i have other shoes for that purpose..but you can go on the treadmill with them as long as you dont run.. walking fast is okay and moving the treadmill to up hill is great....when i walk anywhere i can feel it in my rear legs calfs....i really love these shoes....i would again...maybe costco will have the sandels for me too.. i will have to keep my eyes open for that one...

ReuVera (author) from USA on April 01, 2011:

tar, thank you for your comment.

I personally didn't like Shape-Ups sandals. I tried them several times in the shop, but they don't seem as comfortable as my Shape-Ups (that you can see on the picture).

I am using Shape-Ups for walking with the purpose to exercise. My Shape-Ups have breathable body, so even in hot summer days they are comfortable. I don't think I would walk in sandals with this kind of bottoms.

tar on March 31, 2011:

I recently bought Skecher shape up sandals as am living in hot country, sneakers not appropriate. The thin straps are hurting my feet, wondering if others encounter such. Not happy buying such expensive sandals yet it's causing my blisters!

I have reebok easytone sneakers before (still do) and I lost weight and shaped better after wearing them. I trust Reebok better than Skechers when it comes to comfortable durable footwear!

Samantha on March 29, 2011:

I have a disability (muscular dystrophy) and really want to try these shoes, does anyone that has a disability worn these shoes yet? And if so what were your experience with them?

ReuVera (author) from USA on March 16, 2011:

mnr11, I agree with you that Shape-Ups are very comfortable. And, yes, I had similar experience as you described. After not walking in Shape-ups for some time (like in winter, when we have deep snow), I felt slightly nauseated after walking for 30 minutes in Shape-Ups today. I don't know, if it is getting adjusted to Shape-Ups' off balance mode, or just because I was not walking outside for a long time.... This feeling (nausea) was gone very fast.

With the beautiful weather we are having now I am going to get back to my walks and I am sure I'll be just fine. I still love my Shape-Ups.

mnr11 on March 16, 2011:

I bought this shoes last summer and really did not use it very much. The balancing part was not a problem and they are very comfortable. However, I walked on them today for about 2 miles and felt a little nauseated. Anyone had similar experience?

Thank you,

ReuVera (author) from USA on February 25, 2011:

Sinea Pies, I am not sure.... I think it will be pretty tricky to balance and lead the big dog at the same time.... I would not attempt it.

But wearing Shape-Ups for a walk will be great. I am doing it for more than two years already, have the same shoes and still enjoy it.

P.S. The results may vary. :-)

Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on February 25, 2011:

I walk my dog, Lexi, for 45 minutes per day. Sketchers sound like they'd be great. Are they hard to balance in while walking. Lexi is a big 120 pound lab and she can pull quite a bit on her leash (we're working on it!)...anyhow, will I be in danger of falling?

Pam on February 14, 2011:

These shoes caused me severe back pain after 3 days of wearing to work (a desk job). I am still in pain a month later. And I never had back pain before!! Do not buy these shoes. It's not worth the risk this might happen to you. My spring golf vacation is now ruined.

st lucia for sale from St Lucia on February 12, 2011:

I see a number of commuters wearing these every day - even men in work suits!

saesha on February 03, 2011:

nice, i really want to buy these now

BEVS on January 28, 2011:

Hi! Great read.

I just bought mine yesterday but I think I may have bought a size too big. They feel real comfortable and

I usually can't stand shoes in the beginning (including tennis shoes)but these felt great.

Just a little unstable due to the fact that they are a bit big.

I can't wait to start walking around with them. I am returning the pair I got today and getting a smaller size to see if I feel a difference but all in all, I'm pretty happy with the shoe thus far. I will let you know how I feel after Saturday since I will be walking with them in a park on nature trails .... Hope I am able to walk the next day!

Plantar F on January 28, 2011:

ReuVera, great writeup. I did some online research and I noticed a lot of negative reviews about the negative effects of the Shape Ups (back pain, joint issues, etc). I am wondering if this is from some of Skechers' competition who is purposely spreading bad info on the shoes? The people above who complained all write in the same style...seems fishy.

I also am curious if anyone on here has read "Born to Run"....I hear it's a great read about 10,000 years of walking with no special shoe needed for comfort. Anyhow, bought my Shape-ups yesterday....hope it helps with the plantar fasciitis!

Naomi on January 27, 2011:

I am a stay at home mom for 3 small children so I am busy cleaning all day. I was wondering which brand of shape up would work best for me to wear while cleaning.(my house is all hardwood and no carpet if that makes a difference)

Tami on January 26, 2011:

Hi !

I just bought a pair of the black " Mary Jane" style at Costco for 49.00$!!!! I have wanted to try them and at that price... So, I had a torn ACL last year and still have a weak hamstring. I have wore the shoe for the 15min work out and for a 2 mile walk and a walk around while shopping. I am sore in places I did not know I wasn't using on the treadmill. I Love them and plan to get the sport style.

Anni on January 16, 2011:

Just an FYI they now make shape ups in steel toe!!!! Now I'll be gatting a pair for work

Jenny on January 06, 2011:

Does anybody know if Shape-Ups are suitable to wear for Aerobics and Step classes?

Kellysue on January 06, 2011:

I bought a pair of the tone ups 4 months ago. I cannot wear them. I wore them 3 months continuously at work,where I am on my feet most of the day. I loved them. BUT, both my feet started hurting. Across the arch of both feet. It's messed up my balance. I am only really comfortable in my 2" heeled cowboy boots, which I usually only wore 2-4 times a month. The shoes are the only thing different, so I am assuming it's them. Heat doesn't help and it's very frustrating because I need to exercise for my Air Guard job.

em on December 07, 2010:

omg, these shoes rock. i bought them back in march, didnt really get anything out of the, except comfort, so i qiut wearing them. they come with this instructional dvd and i thought who needs to learn how to wear shoes!?! well after a few months i came across the dvd and was board so i put it in, well it also has a 15 and 30 min. work out on it. and boy does it kick your butt!!!!! needless to say i have just about worn out my shape-ups, by wearing them every night to work, in my pull over barn boots. getting a new pair asap. and to add to my note, i lost 5 inches off each of my thighs from doing the work outs on the dvd:) cant wait for my new ones. oh and i have minor back problems so whenever i wear a regular pair of tennis shoe in my boots my back kills half way though my 4 hour shift at work! if you get the shape-ups DO THE WORK OUTS THEY REALLY WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cass on December 04, 2010:

I have 2 pairs of these shoes and wear them at work. Im a nurse and so do 8-10 hour shifts on concrete hospital floors and am often on my feet for the majority of the shift.

I also get severe 'shin splints' due to abnormal foot biomechanics, not from running.

I got my shoes about 3 months ago and have not had shin pain once since wearing them!!! Until yesterday when I decided to test them and wear other shoes to work...not the greatest idea ever because now today I have very sore shins...but at least I can say for sure that my Shape-Ups work!

I can recommend them for anyone who has shin pain! Once you start wearing them you wont go back to normal shoes!!!

Suetel on December 04, 2010:

Can you wear orthotics in shape ups??? I have heel spurs, bursitis, and plantar facitis in both feet. I work 8 hours a night on concrete. I am currently wearing Brooks shoes but they tend to wear out to quickly- for $100 shoes they don't last. Thinking about buying a pair of shape ups. I also overpronate when I walk. Any suggestions on which Shape ups would work for me???

michie on November 18, 2010:

I cannot say enough good things about sketchers shape ups. I recently went on a trip and was walking around 10 hours a day. they are super comfortable. I cant speak for the losing weight/toning up part. but as far as comfort goes these shoes are god send. They take a bit of getting used to, but they are great for walking and would be great if you had where you are on your feet all day.

Jasmin Bajon on November 09, 2010:

I bought my walking shoes last august, in less than 2months,the metal ring that connects the velcro part snapped out! i returned it to the store where i bought it hoping they would do something about it. Well,they they're going to call me after 1-2weeks(?!?)...

It is more expensive than my medical shoes (relieved my plantar facitis/heel spur) but good for walking since the inner part is was quite straining to walk especially uphill but it helped me since i need to walk a lot going to my work.

newfiegirl on October 25, 2010:

i just bought myself shape -ups ,wore then around the house the first 2 days they felt great,then i wore then today at work for 10 hrs ,,wow alittle to much,felted it in my legs and my toes are really sore .i wear ORTHOTICS and i was wondering if they could be woren in shape up.

ReuVera (author) from USA on October 10, 2010:

Thank you, erthfriend! I love my Shape-Ups too. Sometimes people criticize Shape-Ups and call them "a fraud", but it is because they expect Shape-Ups to be a panacea for their weight loss of fitness without any effort from their side. This is ridiculous!

By the way, sadly, but my hub was copied (plagiarized) by some China-based shoes selling site. I try my best to resolve this problem, but so far the copied article is still there....

erthfrend from Florida on October 10, 2010:

I saw your Skechers hub and had to add my thumbs up because I agree with you, I have a pair myself. I felt the same way, oh gosh, ugly shoes! But I walk a lot so I thought it would be a perfect way to add a little more benefit. I LOVE THEM! At first it was strange and my legs got tired out fast which shows me that they really do work because honestly I can walk A lot and my legs dont get tired. They are very comfortable and do work your muscles more. A lot of excellent info in your hub!

ReuVera (author) from USA on October 04, 2010:

sheri, (I believe, it's you, Sheri?), I would NOT wash mesh Shape-Ups in a washing machine, especially if there was a warning from the manufacturer not to do this.

Also, it is not advised to dry the shoes in the direct sun. It is better to lay the shoes dry in a shade.

ReuVera on October 04, 2010:

Thanks for the link; I did follow the procedure to hand wash my mesh shoes, using Woolite and a little liquid bleach and they look so much better; just laid them out on patio in the sun to dry. Just wasn't quite sure about throwing them in the washing machine since the info that came w/my Skechers says not to; however, next time I think I will try in gentle cycle. Thanks again!

ReuVera (author) from USA on October 04, 2010:

sheri, I have a separate hub about how to clean Shape-Ups. I hope it will help you:

sheri on October 04, 2010:

Read all the reviews but did not see any comments on washing the shoes. I have had the white and pink mesh shape-ups since May and have tried wiping off with a little soap but they really are beginning to look like they need the washing machine. Skechers says not to put in washer but wondering if anyone has and they came out clean but not ruined.

ReuVera (author) from USA on September 28, 2010:

John, I would send the shoes back for an exchange. Walking shoes should last longer. I wear mine for two years already, almost every day. There is some natural wear off on the bottoms, but otherwise, my Shape-Ups look great. I am sure you will be able to exchange them.

John on September 27, 2010:

I have had Shape Ups for 2 months now. They have been very comfortable and seem to really work. My only problem is that the sole is starting to separate from the shoe. This is very disappointing for how much I paid for these shoes. I would have expected them to last longer than that. I do wear these shoes everyday.

ReuVera (author) from USA on September 26, 2010:

I wear them only for walking. They are designed for walking or at least for soft activities. No running or swinging in them. Also they are very comfortable and beneficiary when you have to stay on your feet all day, as for nurses or teachers.

Otherwise I wouldn't recommend to exercise hard in Shape-Ups. There are tons of styles for running and exercising. Leave Shape-Ups for walking.

Pam on September 26, 2010:

Bought my ShapeUps in April. Couldn't get over how comfortable they were from day one. But after having pulled a secon d hamstring in less than 4 months, I would not recommend them. If all you do for exercise is walk, maybe. But in combination with other types of activities, I believe thatis where the problems with this type of shoe arises. I also play softball, and the quick sprints to bases is when I pulled my first hamstring ever. I rested, recovered. Went back to walking, first, then to softball and pulled the other hamstring. I do believe the shoes and their design were the cause. They were comfortable, and the most expensive shoes I've ever bought for walking. I'll NEVER wear them again.

skc on September 25, 2010:

I LOVE my Shape Ups. I'm a nurse and am on my feet all day. I developed plantar fascitis from wearing croc type shoes and got to the point that I could barely walk due to severe heel pain. Orthotics in my regualr shoes didn't help, but my Shape-ups have done away with my foot pain. I wear them constantly and from now on won't wear any other kind of shoe. i had to buy a second pair, as I've worn the first ones out. I never had the leg pain that is described in the booklet, but I also do martial arts. When I frist started wearing them, I found running was impossible in them, but I've been wearing the same pair for about 8 months now and I actually ran a mile in them for my karate class today with no problem. My feet felt wonderful and there was no aching in my legs or ankles. You can just feel the cushioning with every step. I just love these shoes.

ReuVera (author) from USA on September 14, 2010:

Anita, I am very sorry Shape-Ups didn't work for you. I suppose you exercised hard....

Actually, Skechers Shape-Ups are not heavy.... even lighter than some sport shoes.

It's all individual, I suppose.

I hope you can take them back to the shop if you didn't wear them too much outside.

Anita on September 14, 2010:



amy on September 11, 2010:

I lov these shoe, i bought 2 weeks ago , but it doesn't fit properly ,couse my foot is wide , i tried at home atleast i hour everyday,but it doesn't work.My shoe size is 8 1/2 ,iI tried 9 but that was big

ReuVera (author) from USA on September 08, 2010:

marisa, maybe you should wait a couple of days and give them another try, but do not overdo from the beginning. Wear Shape Ups just for 15 min the first several days. Don't give up so easily.

Wait a minute...You are 13. What for did you need Shape-Ups? At your age you have enough ways to exercise, your life is supposed to be active even without Shape-Ups.

These shoes are mostly for walking as a way to exercise, or for being on your feet for hours at job... Maybe you really do not need them? But it is just my opinion. Shape -Up are not a miracle, though they do tone your thigh and buttocks muscles.

marisa on September 08, 2010:

I just got back from trying to return these shoes. They wouldn't take them back!!! Ughhhh!! I have to try to scrub the bottom of the shoes (the little pink sole thingys) and then try to return them at another ladys foot locker store.

marisa on September 08, 2010:

I was really excited to try these. I just got these 2 days ago b/c they were on sale for 79.99, and after wearing them for those 2 days, the back of my thighs have been sore ever since. I'm returning them today b/c the booklet thingy didn't say anything about leg soreness/pain for more than 1 day. I really wanted these to work!! I'm so disappointed. Im not even sure if these even work?? I've read reviews last night and ppl said that all tht really works is that it does improve ur posture. I really hope the store take them back b/c I don't want my moms money to go down the drain. Ill just get regular gym shoes.

I'm 13 by the way.

John on September 08, 2010:

I just got a pair and so far I'm glad I did. Due to some herniated disks in my back I have a drop foot condition. The rocking shape of the shoe has changed my way of walking and reduced my limp. This has been the best help for this condition ever.

ReuVera (author) from USA on September 06, 2010:

Dewey, thank you for commenting and good luck to you. As far as I know, those with flat feet should also walk barefoot as much as possible. Did you consider these shoes?-

I have a pair of those as well and alternate them with my Shape Ups and regular shoes.

Dewey on September 06, 2010:

Wow! Thanks so much for this article! and you don't even get a discount!!! I've seen these sneakers for a while & have debated. I'm a little clumsy & have the flattest feet out there. I usually walk 2 miles 5-6 days a week. Mostly outdoors, but sometimes I hit the mall if it's too hot. I guess I could do like you said & just wear my regular walking shoes a couple times a week. Okay - decision to be made today!!

ReuVera (author) from USA on September 06, 2010:

MMP, thank you for going all the way here to comment. You will sure benefit from wearing Shape-Ups while walking (just don't overdo, as I said from my experience). Shape Ups really tone your thighs and buttocks muscles and you feel it while walking. I love my Shape Ups.

Also, amazingly, Shape Ups are loved by those who has to work on their feet all the time (like nurses). They don't walk, but apparently the state "out of balance a little bit" helps to avoid back pain and tiredness in a routine day.

Thanks again for reading and commenting. I am happy if I helped a little here.

MyMastiffPuppies on September 05, 2010:

Great hub! I have been wanting to try them but was unsure if I would like them. I like your honest advice at the end, very impressive. I love to walk and had recently gotten up to 2 miles a day but I felt like I needed something extra and this may be the answer to add a couple of days a week. Thanks again!

louis vuitton have an outlet on September 02, 2010:

Amazing blog, saved your site for hopes to see more!

Shedevilu on September 01, 2010:

I guess I will have to do just that. When I was at the store Academy, staff informed me that there was a "walking", "running", and "training" shape-ups. I specifically bought the Skechers Fitness Trainer shoe, cause they advised that I could do the dance classes.

Nonetheless, I am still enjoying them while walking. Will just need to get a new shoe to work out in. -Thanks ReuVera

ReuVera (author) from USA on September 01, 2010:

Shedevilu, try not to dance in Shape-Ups. These shoes are for walking!

Shedevilu on September 01, 2010:

I bought a pair of Shape ups (Black and pink) this past Saturday. I wore them every day since. Tonight, I did a work out (Hip hop dance class) and my feet were killing me through out the class. So much so that I had to dance on my toes and heels. I am unsure way the middle part of my foot was hurting so bad. Any advice???

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shoequeen on August 26, 2010:

I bought a pair of Shape Ups this past Saturday. It was a great deal. I only paid 68.00 dollars for them at JCPenney... (no tax day, 15,00 off coupon and a 15% off coupon and they were on sale!).. I have blood reflux in my right leg due to two blood clots. Some nights I am actually screaming from pain. I decided to wear the Shape Ups to work and everywhere... guess what? No pain!!!!!! I haven't had to sleep with the compression stocking or take 2 vicodine to releave the pain. They are great for blood reflux in the legs.

kingkhan78 on August 22, 2010:

great hub and thanks for sharing in hub page community

ReuVera (author) from USA on August 20, 2010:

Of course, Sarah, those shoes are just for fun. Thanks for stopping by.

Actually, barefoot shoes are made real in their Vibram FiveFingers shoes version. I wrote about them. Here-

sjk6101983 from Milwaukee, WI on August 19, 2010:

Just to let you know those shoes you put at bottom under "These are cute...NOT" - we discussed some of them in my Apparel Marketing class last year. They're not meant to wear but more to shock people or make them laugh. As one shoe lover to another, I thought I'd share that information with you. :)

ReuVera (author) from USA on August 19, 2010:

katybug, thank you again for all additional info, and for coming back to share it, but according the rules I cannot keep links to other promotional sites.

ReuVera (author) from USA on August 19, 2010:

katybug, thank you for your valuable additional information.

katybug on August 19, 2010:

I just bought 2 pair on sale at Kohl's. The store couldn't tell me the difference between the original and the XF type of Shape-ups so I bought 1 of ea. and let them know I'd go home and figure out the difference by going on-line and would return one pair. I noticed lots of different names on the shoes. The variety of names referred to the various style/color of the shoes of which Kohl's carries quite a selection in the women's shoes at the store I was in.

Upon viewing the Skecher's website. it does talk about the Original, XF (women) XT Men. and the Work shoes, but not with the clarification I was looking for, so I simply called customer service at Skechers and found out that the Original are to give you the greatest results in the shaping, toning, etc. area and are for low-impact workouts. The XF-extended fitness are for higher impact workouts, ie jogging, gym workouts, etc. They have a lower profile and are more stable than the original, but the effect of toning is not as great. The XF can also be worn for longer periods of time. They are probably close to about a 1/2 in. shorter height. The work shoes have a different tread and are rated as non-slip toning shoes. I'm still deciding which pair I'll keep and haven't even tried them on yet. Your hub page has certainly helped me to evaluate the overall value of these shoes. Thnx

ReuVera (author) from USA on July 31, 2010:

Oh, sorry, I didn't realize you were talking about Cdn $$....

Unsure on July 31, 2010:

They are Skechers Shape-ups and go for $149.99 Cdn before taxes.

If they were $70 or so, I'd buy them and try them out but being unsure and spending that much money...guess I will wait until I get more info.

Thanks Reuvera for your quick reply.

ReuVera (author) from USA on July 31, 2010:

Dear Unsure, my advice has no professional value and it is just a personal opinion and should be taken only in this way. So, I personally have no problems wearing my Skechers Shape-Ups with the exception that I wrote about (my toes get sore after wearing Shape-Ups too much and then I just alternate them with regular sport shoes).

In any case you should try the shoes and check how they feel for you. Shape-Ups do not make you loose weight just from wearing them, but they do shape and tone your muscles, I feel it.

Something alerted me in your comment. The price you mention is way too high. I've never seen Skechers Shape-Up shoes so expensive, the most expensive I know is $120 and now all the Skechers Shape-Ups are on sale, you can buy them in a range of $70-90. So, I wonder if you are talking about other brand of tone-up shoes?

In any case, it is very individual, but if you have any health issues, please, talk to your doctor.

Unsure on July 31, 2010:

bah..meant painful bunions hehe

Unsure on July 31, 2010:

I just found out from a different site that many users of these shape-ups have had painfuk bunions appear after few weeks of use. Makes me want to wait longer before spending close to $180 Can with tax.

Unsure on July 31, 2010:

Hi Reuvera,

I am a 53 yr old man.

I just found out about these shape-ups and again, I am still kinda worried if it can affect me in a negative way.

Many comments seem positive but it's the negative ones that worry me and maje me undecided in going out and buying a pair. I do have a nice arch and I have hammer-toes...wonder if that would bother me by wearing these shoes?

Cautious Buyer on July 27, 2010:

Okay I will,

But everytime I've asked my doctor all they ever tell me is that I have very poor ankles and wearing any type of shoe will bother me... But i need to find a way to work on my balance. I've read a lot of reviews of this shoe and some people say it helps you work on you balance. So, I'm simply wondering is that true? Because I know i have my orthotics but even those don't help... So all my doctor suggests is that I try to find a way to work on balance skills... could this possibly help me? Any thoughts on this?

ReuVera (author) from USA on July 26, 2010:

Cautious Buyer, I would advise you to talk to your doctor about wearing Shape Ups if you have problems with your ankles and you are wearing ankle support.

As for a weight loss, shoes by itself will not solve the problem. Then, if you are not overweight and just want to keep your weight, you can easily do it with healthy eating and exercising. Wearing Shape-Ups aids to it, but you should consult with your doctor.

Cautious Buyer on July 26, 2010:


So I'm a teen, and I'm debating on buying these shape-ups shoes... I'd probably be looking into buying the actual sketchers brand... I have terrible (I MEAN TERRIBLE) ankle problems.. I sprain them almost every week... So my doctor has recommended I begin balance excercises and look into a better shoe to go with my orthotics... Can i get some feed back about these shoes? I'm also in that phase where weight loss seems like the most important thing ever (can anyone relate to that?... my friends are either EXTREMELY petit or over weight... I'm the only average one so I want to stay like that) Could these be a wise purchase to look into?

45 DAYER on July 22, 2010:


ReuVera (author) from USA on July 19, 2010:

Rocky, I am sure you get'll your money back when you return your shoes. Sorry that you had this experience. It is very individual, as you see.

Hm, I wonder of you bought the genuine Skechers Shape-Ups and not some fake stuff....

Rocky on July 19, 2010:

Shape ups are the worst shoe i have ever bought they

HURT my feet so bad it took three days to get to normal

and made my lower back hurt a lot.They are made like

crap the back heel caved in.I WANT MY $ BACK !!!

Roseie on July 18, 2010:

OOps, I meant shoe insets, not prosthetics.

Rosie on July 18, 2010:

I LOVE MY SHAPE-UPS! I've had my shoes since last November. I'm a teacher and I wore them all year long (not too fashionable, but that's not what I was going for). By March, I noticed that all my pants seemed to be getting looser in the "seat" area. I've lost about 7 pounds but I've had to buy a smaller sized pants. I've recommended these shoes to many friends who also love them. One friend, who has needed to wear shoe prosthetics for plantar fasciitis, no longer needs to wear them. They are great and even after almost 9 months, I still "feel the burn" after a workout. Give them a chance. As someone said, they're cheaper than the gym!

ReuVera (author) from USA on July 17, 2010:

Val, $229???? For what model? Check Amazon from this hub, they have much lower prices for Shape-Ups!

ReuVera (author) from USA on July 17, 2010:

To everyone- you should not and cannot run in Shape-Ups, a lot was said about it.

Val B on July 17, 2010:

2 weeks ago I tried a pair of shape-ups. I must admit I was very sceptical about all the wonderful things a pair of shoes could do. Anyway I tried the shoes on and WOW I couldn't take them off. After paying the shop attendant a huge $229 I stepped out of the shop and promptly walked around the Mountain. I have only had them off to sleep. I am on my feet all day so appreciate walking on a cloud. Magically I have not had a back pain since wearing them. Must be down to putting one's posture in the correct position. I would buy another paid tomorrow.

Janie F on July 17, 2010:

I've worn my Shape Up for about 4 months with no problems. However, I started again on the treadmill and all was fine for the first three weeks. Now I've developed blisters on the back of my heel. I have the treadmill on a slight incline, does that make a difference? Has anyone else developed heel blisters after several months of usage? I have two pair of Shape Ups and there appear to be quite a different in heel padding. I can attest that Shape Ups are not for running because I took a really hard fall trying to run after a ball in the outfield while playing with my granddaughter.

ReuVera (author) from USA on July 13, 2010:

Thank you all, who leave valuable notes here. It all helps other people to understand their needs better.

Athena on July 13, 2010:

I've heard tons of positive feedback about these shoes as a sales woman but must say DO NOT RUN IN THEM! I've heard about a woman breaking her ankle thanks to trying to run in them, she was warned... They do make trainers so you could do light running and jogging in them.

And if you have problems walking on the sides of your feet or have ankle problems the only ones you should consider would be the all-terrain as the normal ones will let your ankle turn to much.

If the author reads this I hope you'd consider putting this info into your article :)

Just Purchased on July 08, 2010:

By the way, the nurse mentioned something about the design of these shoes being closely matched to the shoes that Polio patients used to be prescribed in order to help develop the muscle. If you are interested in more facts or information, that is one route to pursue (history).

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