So I decided to give the ‘toning’ shoe craze a chance. People have emailed me about if I have ever tried the shoes and I want to be completely honest in this post. I hope not to offend anyone, but I really did a LOT of work on this review throughout the month of November. I wanted to be able to come back with details results of how it worked out for me. Now granted this is going to be a huge post, so in order to get everything to load, give it a second.
I started off with taking my measurements of my hips, butt and thighs on November 1st. (AHHHHHHHHH scarrrrrrrrrry! ha ha)
I’m no scientist. I’m not a personal trainer, nor do I know anything really besides what I learned in High School through my cross country coach. But I really wanted to put a lot into this experiment, so I did what we did so often in Biology. Write down everything. Logs of everything. I tried to get as much information as I could for this post. I decided I would take measurements every week along with pictures of my legs and a side view as well as log my workouts and what I did when wearing the toning shoes. I made sure to track what I did every time I wore them and tried to wear them at least 5 times a week. I wanted to give it a fair shot as to what I was doing and what I thought would be helpful to see exactly what I did to get where I was and if I happened to get any results then I would know that they were working.
See the workout log HERE! (You’ll have to zoom in) Out of 30 days of November, I only didn’t wear the shoes at all 7 of those days. I made sure to wear the shoes every single time I went to the gym or walked. I also made sure to wear the shoes if I was just walking around the house whether cleaning or just doing things around the house. I made sure this was also done when doing the small things around the house. I feel like the shoes are made and marketed to be worn when working out or walking, so that’s what I made sure to do. I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary in the shoes that I wouldn’t normally do. I think the shoes are suppose to help tone during daily life and the main use of them is to tone as you walk and do daily chores, not going above and beyond to work out and get toned through going to the gym. I feel like they are marketed to users that if you wear these shoes instead of normal shoes you’ll be toned and ready to go. I wore them as much as I could during the month of November and to the gym as well. Here is my ‘data’ below that I took. I have never done this much work for a review, but I felt like these deserved a fair chance and there has been much controversy surrounding them.
So onto the measurements. For the hips, I measured at my natural hips. For the butt, I measured at where my butt was the largest and all the way around to the front. For the thighs, I measured 5 inches down from the joint of my leg.
Side View Week 1
Front view week 1
I half expected to be sore after working out in the shoes. I don’t know why but I expected to feel a difference. There was nothing different about the first week working out in the shoes. I felt normal and took my measurements to start week 2.
Week 2: November 8-14
Side View Week 2
Front View Week 2.
Still didn’t feel any different from working out with the shoes. I felt like my legs, butt and thighs felt the same as they always did. I knew I wouldn’t drop numbers in the first week but I was kind of thinking maybe something would happening in the third week when I took my measurements again.
Front View Week 3
Side view week 3.
After this week and the measurements, I was a little bummed. I felt like I was doing a lot in the shoes. I even was wearing them a lot when doing chores around the house, which is what a lot of commercials state. I really wanted my final week to show SOMETHING! Just so that I could have some change.
So after a month, my measurements ended up being:
I’m not going to lie, this was a LOT of work to do and track everything. I was actually really bummed that nothing changed after all that. I never felt like any muscles were getting ‘more of a workout’ than others and I never felt any different throughout the whole month. I thought I might get sore the first few days but everything stayed pretty consistent.
I can see these as being a great motivator to get yourself out the door if you have NEVER exercised ever before, but I can’t really see them as being a great addition to anyone’s closet who already works out. I also can’t imagine how far you have to walk in them to see results. I know that I walked about 2-3 miles in them when I did walk in them or work out in them, and maybe they give you results if you walked a far distance in them, say 5-10 miles, but if you haven’t ever exercised before, and decided to walk any amount of distance or added a few weekly trips to the gym to your routine, don’t you think that would make you lose weight without the shoes? Just a though.If you’re already using the shoe and getting awesome results, keep up the awesome work! It might just work differently for different people, just like some people can take GUs and I…. can’t. :) If this is what it takes to get you moving and groovin’ then keep it up! If you are looking for something different, try them out for yourself! I am just questioning the idea since I didn’t get any results.
If a huge portion of American’s are overweight, and a shoe claims it can tone you, make you lose weight and get you fit, and a group of these overweight of people start walking in the shoe and see results, more power to them! I’m happy that it’s getting some people off the couch and onto the streets. Whatever it takes to make Americans more healthy.
I really wanted results since I felt like I put so much effort into testing them. Maybe it takes longer than a month. Maybe it takes three months. I still wear them on occasion to the gym, but the fact that I never feel sore after I do workouts or walk in them, and I might be a masochistic, but I like the sore feeling, just a little bit, then I know what I’m doing is working. I guess I like the burn. When I put on my night cream and I feel it burning, I think it’s working. When I get a peel at the spa, and it burns, I feel like it’s getting rid of dead skin, so when my legs burn at the gym, I guess I think that I’m doing something right. I’ve always been that way.
So I guess I’m going to stick to running the stairs when I want to tone my butt, legs and thighs. I’ll keep doing my stair stepper routines at the gym and I’ll enjoy the burning feeling I get and the salty sweat dripping into my face. I’ll keep doing my donkey kicks to get my rear in gear and I’m glad that I gave them a fair chance.
I am really grateful for New Balance and letting me test these shoes for free. They were pretty comfortable, but I just wouldn’t say they ‘worked’ for what they claim to do.