My friend Bill Katovsky over at Zero Drop asked me to comment on this New York Times article published today that basically lambasted toner shoes. The article starts by discussing a recent study showing that toning shoes really don’t burn more calories despite marketing claims (no surprise). Then it cites research showing that toning shoes really don’t tone specific muscles (like your buttocks) despite marketing claims (again no surprise). Coming in a little late to the party (my comment was #29), and feeling like I really didn’t need to add fuel to the fire, I only commented that toning shoes essentially freeze out the foot from properly functioning which makes the rest of the body have to work harder. In that respect, they are similar to high heeled shoes – both types of shoes block the foot from doing its job, including naturally pronating, which increases the work up from the foot needed to support and transfer your body weight. That extra work doesn’t unfortunately translate into better tone in your buttocks. Instead, it’s manifested as increased joint pressures and forces than otherwise…not good.

Of course OESH works nothing like a “toner” shoe. There are no gimmicks with OESH…yes, your buttocks get a good workout…but so will everything else!

3 replies on “Toner Shoes

  • Jean

    It’s me again. I ordered size 8 Classic and I have not taken them off except for sleep. I love them that much. I had total knee replacement a year ago and had never regained my free and easy gait. I’m bouncing around the place as though I was 23 all over again instead of almost 80. I also discovered that while seated, my feet are firmly and naturally grounded. I have placed an order for the Lizard
    and I thank you very much for getting a shoe right. The design and technical part is a wonder and I’m enjoying examining the shoe along with the joy of walking again.

    I discovered the site after reading the NYT article regarding toner shoes.

  • Jean

    I want to order a pair immediately but am uncertain of size. I have shoes size 7.5 and 8. Athletic shoes are 7.5 and all the sandals are 8. What is your policy on exchanges?

    • Casey

      Hi Jean. I forwarded your question to our service folks, and they responded with the note below:
      OESH has a very easy-going returns policy. If you want to switch sizes, we’ll email you a FedEx label to return the incorrect size to us and upon receiving your shoes, we will then ship you the proper size of OESH asap. At no charge. In your situation, we would recommend you go with the larger size 8. Though OESH run very ‘true to size’, we suspect you will find yourself wearing them all day.
      Please ask if you have more questions!
      -OESH Customer Service


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