Skechers Shape-Ups, if you haven’t seen them I would be surprised, they are hard to miss. Shape-ups are another version of the shoes called MBT The Anti-Shoe. MBT (Massai Barefoot Technology) was invented in Sweden in 1996 by a Swiss Engineer Karl Muller. The shoes were brought to the US in 2003.
” Muller intuitively understood that walking barefoot over uneven terrain diminishes the unwanted effects of walking and that the design of standard shoes is the culprit behind the stress placed on the bodies of most walkers. He then set out to create a shoe that would correct these problems. The design is meant to help improve posture, which is a key to overcoming certain kinds of back pain. By forcing the wearer to straighten his spine in order to create stability, the shoes help improve the alignment of the backbone and the muscles involved in standing up straight. This has the effect of reducing back pain.”
In 2009 Skechers decided to create a stylish pair of MBT’s to attract more users. Whether they are stylish or not is another conversation entirely . “Shape Ups are technical walking shoes designed to promote weight loss, tone muscles and improve posture. Shape Ups have a kinetic wedge mid-sole that simulates walking on a soft surface like sand, providing natural instability that causes the wearer to use more energy with every step.” The question that is always asked is “Do they really work?” I have decided to find out. I just got my pair of Shape-Ups today and over the next couple of days I will be wearing them. Depending on how it goes I may wear them for longer. After wearing them for enough time, I will let you know what I think. But until then I will leave you with this… personally they are not the most stylish thing I have worn on my feet haha.
Reeboks have also come out with a shoe called Easy Tone which I will review next and I have to say those are much more stylish.