I got an email from reader Mazie who told me about these shoes called Fitflops which supposedly tone your legs and butt while you walk. I was so blown away by this claim that I had to investigate.
Why this review of Fitflops is 100% biased
Alright. First let me start by saying I do not believe that these shoes tone your legs and butt. I am, in fact, firmly sticking to my view point that no shoe is ever going to tone your legs and butt. But that’s just me.
I also have not tried the shoes. You can buy them from Amazon here though.
However, I also believe that I do not have to try the shoes to know they don’t work. Sort of like I don’t need to try the latest late night TV gadget to know its a piece of junk.
So why am I so certain that these shoes will NOT tone your legs and butt? Simple. Do they burn fat? Do they help you control your diet? Do they provide a increasing level of resistance like weights workout would? No. I didn’t think so.
This site has thousands of daily readers, however, and I owe to to you to do an unbaised review of the Fitflop. Now that you know I have certain predisposed ideas of the product, lets get on with the review.
How Fitflops tone your legs and butt
Seeing as the Fitflop’s official website was down for a full day while I tried to research them I had to rely on this article for my quotes on how the company belives they help tone your butt and legs. They say:
“The FitFlop’s uniquely built multi-density midsole activates muscles midstep to help tone thighs, calves and glutes by slightly destabalizing the foot as one walks, creating a continuous tension in the leg and buttock muscles.”
Ah… what the…? Are you sure that is good for your posture? Creating a continuous tension by destabalizing the foot. That sounds unhealthy. This doctor said that flip flops are dangerous because women overuse them, the cause you to clench your toes and, yep, you guessed it, they are unstable. But the Fitflop is making them MORE unstable so that we will always be contracting our leg muscles. I don’t know about that.
The Fitflop press release continues:
“In fact, FitFlops are biomechanically engineered to improve core muscle strength, absorb shock on feet, knees and back, encourage better posture, burn calories, help reduce cellulite and lessen joint strain…”
Here we have some more benefits that the Fitflop provides. Absorbing shock on the feet, knees and back is a very good thing. Encouraging better posture is a good thing. Wait a minute! This shoe is going to encourage calorie burning? How? Are we going to love wearing them so much we will want to walk more? Rubbish.
Help reduce cellulite? Come on now. How is a shoe going to help reduce lumpy fat under the skin?
I have to conclude by saying I love flip flops. I wear them everyday despite the potential damage then can do to my feet. I do not know whether the amazing claims made by this company are true but I would bet a good amount of money they weren’t. Women struggle with weight loss and muscle toning for years by going to the gym and careful dieting and to suggest that a flip flop is going to tone your legs is laughable.
They do look nice though.
UPDATE – Due to overwhelming response from readers wanting to buy Fitflops you can now buy them from Amazon here.