Toning sneakers have been around for a few years now, but it’s only in the last year or so that their popularity has really soared. Although there are many brands on the market, Skechers Women’s Shape-Ups Toners are still the most popular and are selling in huge numbers everywhere! But are they worth spending your hard-earned cash on?

Features of Skechers Women’s Shape-Ups Toners

These are specially designed sneakers that promise to help you tone up faster, to burn more calories, and improve your posture. Some of the main features include:

  • Antibacterial sock liner to increase breathability and avoid moisture build up.
  • A “kinetic wedge” in the sole that rocks back and forth to force your muscles to work harder as you walk.
  • Rubber tread to maximize traction.
  • Available in traditional sneaker style with lace up front, and in a wide range of colors.
  • Designed for extreme comfort while walking, with lower impact on the joints.

How Do Skechers Women’s Shape-Ups Toners Work?

First things first, how do these sneakers actually work to help you tone up more quickly? It’s understandable to be skeptical when it comes to anything that claims to help you lose weight faster!

Skechers claim that you can burn more calories thanks to the curved design of the shoe, and that the instability created by the “kinetic wedge” will make your muscles work harder in order to stay balanced. The end result? More toned calves, thighs and buttock muscles.

Independent studies have confirmed that the design of the shoe may have an effect on your workouts, and will help to increase muscle activity as long as you use them. Other studies have concluded that the shoes simply motivated people to work out more than usual – so the evidence is still inconclusive.

Where the shoes have usually seen greatest results is in improvement of posture which can help to make your workouts more effective on its own.

What Customers Are Saying About These Toning Sneakers

The sales numbers speak volumes: Skechers have a number of very happy customers who are coming back to buy even more pairs of these sneakers. Although many buy them for the toning benefits, and claim that they have noticed results when wearing them. One reviewer even tested the shoes while doing housework and noticed that she was aching when she finished!

However, many customers buy the shoes simply for their comfort and reduced impact on the joints. They’ve found that it helps to make exercise and day to day walking more comfortable for them.

Are There Any Complaints?

The main complaint of the first series of Skechers Shape-Ups was that they looked noticeably different to standard sneakers. The good news is that there is now a large range of sneakers that look just like any other kind of sneaker, so you won’t automatically stand out while you wear these shoes for your day to day walking. Most customers state that the shoe feels slightly odd and unnatural to wear at first, due to the rocking motion, but that you quickly get used to them.

Aside from this, the main complaint of the new style is that they run slightly small – you may need to order a size larger than you normally wear.


Thanks to the new styles available, Skechers Women’s Shape-Ups Toners are now more accessible to a wider range of women who want something that looks like a traditional sneaker. Although they do cost more than many sneakers, they’re worth it if you’re looking for something comfortable that will improve your posture and may help you to tone up faster than normal.

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