Skechers – A Sketchy Shoe That Won’t Cause You to Lose Weight, But Might Lead to Back Pain, Painful Joints, and Broken Bones
Skechers Shape-Ups are to blame for fracturing both hips in an Ohio waitress who just wanted to tone more muscles while she worked, as the shoes advertised. Holly Ward recently filed a lawsuit against Skechers stating that she wore the toning shoes during her job as a waitress and after five months, she developed severe pain in her hips. According to the lawsuit, the 38-year-old had no previous injuries and had a healthy bone density of a young woman, thereby alleging that the shoes resulted in her stress fractures.
Their “technology” includes a soft kinetic wedge insert and rolling bottom to simulate walking on soft sand. Really? That doesn’t look like soft sand to me. Walking in soft sand is very good for the body and will help to develop the muscles of the legs and feet. Walking in over-supportive shoes with inserts and devices to stimulate any motion which is not normal will eventually result in one thing – an injury.
Ward’s attorney, Ronald Johnson, told ABC news, “If they’re going to invent a whole new way for a human being to walk, the very first thing they should do is studies to make sure that’s not going to harm their customers.” These shoes are advertised to help reduce joint stress, tighten abdominal muscles, and strengthen the back. There is little supporting data that any of the toning shoes on the market really work.
Kim Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, have been named the new faces of the brand with a campaign called “Shaping Up With the Kardashians.” Do you really want to get your footwear and exercise advice from a Kardashian?
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Follow the advice I’ve always given about shoes:
- Look for a low “drop” which means not much of a change from the heel to the forefoot (ball) of the shoe
- Look for a shoe with a wide toe box – so there is plenty of room for your toes to move, especially in kids, whose feet are widest in the toes
- Think supple – you should be able to move and twist your shoes freely – not just at the ball of the foot like podiatrists recommend, but everywhere – ESPECIALLY throughout the midsole where your arch will sit
Think barefoot and remember shoes are for protection, not performance.