Exercise You Don’t Notice: Shape-Up Shoes Review

By Carolin 

shape-ups shoes

“I don’t need those, I’ve got running shoes..”

That was my first thought when I saw Skechers ..

..then I started hear more and more good things about them.

  • Strengthens your back.
  • Burn more calories.
  • They work your abs.
  • Give you better posture.

I even heard of someone who got rid of  incontinence with the help of Shape-Ups. When my friend visited from Sweden and told me that they sell for 300 bucks over there.  I decided that it was worth $100 to give them a try. And I can tell you it was worth every penny.

I picked up a pair of  black and white Shape-ups from Skechers.

First Impression

The first thing I noticed is that it felt like walking on bouncy cushions. I felt very tall. No wonder considering how high they are but they also make you straighten up your posture so the effect is double.

Getting Started

I didn’t follow the instructions to use them for only 45 minutes the first two days, I never follow instructions. NO I just put them on and did my thing. The first two I had a lot of errands to run so that’s what I did. The shoes were very comfortable and very warm and I enjoyed wearing them.

I  just wore just wore my new shoes doing what I normally do errands, dropping of and picking up kids and I only wore them outside the house. This is what happened:

The first night I felt my back.

The second night I felt my butt.

The third night I my transverse abs joined the party.

Even if I was very happy about my first results of the shape up shoes I do recommend that you follow the instructions.

I was very impressed by the effect I felt by the Shape-Ups. I had to remind myself to stretch since I didn’t think about the fact that I was working out. After three days I decided I was probably better off using them every other day as I built up the strength in my back. The shoes toned my muscles much more that I had expected.

A week after I’d purchased the shoes I took them on a power walk. It was a very comfortable and the bouncy effect made me  feel very fit.  But I must confess that the work-out was impressive. I normally have to work very hard to get out of breath by walking but that was not the case when I was wearing the my new shoes.

How they work

The secret to these wonder shoes is their rocker bottom. This dynamic rocker bottom simulates walking on soft sand. The way your heel digs into the soft sand, and as your foot rolls forward, your center of gravity shifts to the midsole until it reaches your toes, which then press down to lift you to your next step. The extra effort you need to put in to keep your balance make your muscles work a bit more with every step. This makes for a great workout for thighs, legs, butt and abs.

Pros and Cons with Skechers Shape-Ups Shoes:

+ comfortable

+ tones calves, back, abs and buttocks

+ corrects posture

+ increase resistance while you walk which improves your circulation and helps you burn more fat

+ improved circulation helps combat cellulite’s

- warm

- since you don’t really notice that you work out it’s easy to forget to stretch after wards

I’ve got a lot of compliments for how my Shape-Up shoes look. They come in so many styles there is more or less something for everyone who can live without high heels.


I can definitely recommend the shape-up shoes. If you can planning to use them indoors or during the summer months I would consider one of the open shoes since the sneaker is very warm. It is also very important to remember to stretch your muscles and remember let them rest. If you work your back muscles during fitness you stretch out after wards and you don’t get surprised if you feel your muscles the next day.  Same goes for these shoes. They really work your back with is excellent since a lot of people suffer from back and neck pain however we also have a tendency to think that ache in our back muscles is dangerous. Just like any other muscles in your body the muscles in your back can get sore.

The shoes comes with a booklet and a DVD, it is probably a good idea to read the instructions.

Remember to build up your strength slowly and stretch your muscles after using your new shoes and you will love your Shape-Up shoes.

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10 Responses to “Exercise You Don’t Notice: Shape-Up Shoes Review”

  1. Steve from Building Insurance on April 22nd, 2010 10:17 am

    You mention an aching back, I already suffer from this because of the amount of time I spend at a computer and would hate to exacerbate the problem. Do you think these would help my back or make it worse? I walk a lot so I’d imagine these shoes could do a lot of good for the rest of my body but it’s my back I’m worried about.

  2. Carolin on April 23rd, 2010 11:02 am

    I think the shoes could really help you.

    I’ve had an aching back from sitting down for a long time.
    The one thing I found that helps me the most is yoga exercises. Nothing advanced I just more or less just need to strecth out my muscles.
    The shape-up shoes stengthens my muscels. I believe that is just what I need. Sitting down is very hard on your back and I’m convinced that my back will handle it better once it is stronger.
    With that being said you do have the risk of overdoing it and forgetting to stretch out afterwards with the shape-ups since you really don’t notice that you are exercising.
    I’ve had the shoes for 14 days now. I definetly feel my muscles after wearing them . So I makes sure that I only wear them every other day and not too much. I when my muscules are sore I stretch and give them a days rest. Just like I would with any other exercise.

    So yes, I think the shoes would help your whole body including your back. Just make sure to give your back the time to build up strength. Don’t overdo it.

  3. Chuck Edwards from Weight Loss Tips on April 24th, 2010 11:47 pm

    Thank you for posting a review about those bouncy sneakers that I have been hearing about. Although I get enough exercize with other methods, I was considering buying a pair to write my own review (and still may do so). They seem like such a good idea, I wonder why it took so long for someone to invent them.
    .-= Chuck Edwards@Weight Loss Tips´s last blog ..Acupuncture For Weight Loss =-.

  4. Mule Sneakers on May 18th, 2010 11:26 pm

    This shoes have to be a great idea! My only thought is that it took a long time before a company started making them.. wondey why?? I have heard through some friends that these sneakers are the real deal. Thanks for the info.

    Thank you for posting a review about those bouncy sneakers that I have been hearing about. Although I get enough exercize with other methods, I was considering buying a pair to write my own review (and still may do so). They seem like such a good idea, I wonder why it took so long for someone to invent them.

  5. Tony on November 1st, 2010 6:39 pm

    I’ve read a lot of good reviews on these shoes. Maybe it’s time I give them a chance. God knows I could use the work out.

  6. Carolin on November 16th, 2010 3:41 am

    I use mine every day!

  7. Rick from Abstract Photography on February 1st, 2011 12:32 am

    Interesting. I had always thought that these looked ridiculous. Maybe I should reconsider. Thanks for sharing your review!

  8. Carolin on February 1st, 2011 6:37 am

    They come come in so many styles today. Did you see Skechers new Resistance Runner shoes? They have the shape up advantage and they look like running shoes.
    I think I’m going to treat myself to a pair of those once the snow melts away.

  9. Jacob Ridley from locksmith denver on February 5th, 2011 4:30 am

    Thanks for the read! I was hoping to buy myself a new pair of shoes, which would assist me in my daily running/exercises.

  10. Brent from emerging artists on February 7th, 2011 4:27 am

    My gym instructor always emphasizes the importance of sports shoes while working out as they support our entire body and go a long way in toning our muscles. Your blog was an informative read! I would love to try out the shape-up shoes.

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