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Skechers Women's Shape-ups Strength Sports Shoe

4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

Suggested price: 40.92-90.00
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Colour: 11809 BKWBlack/ White
  • Shape Up fitness walking shoe
  • Outer Material: Synthetic
  • Inner Material: Synthetic
  • Sole: Rubber
  • Closure: lace-up
  • Heel Type: Wedge
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  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
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  • ASIN: B001SN8DNY
  • Date first available at 1 Jun 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
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Product Description Review

Make the most of your walking work-out with the Skechers Shape Ups. With Shape Ups, you can change your life and your fitness without setting foot in a gym. Shape Ups are not like other athletic shoes. This is a new way to walk and exercise.


Shape Ups are designed to:

  • Promote weight loss.
  • Strengthen the back.
  • Firm calf and buttock muscles.
  • Reduce celluite and tone your thighs.
  • Increase cardiovascular health.
  • Improve posture.
  • Reduce stress on knee and ankle joints.

How it works
Designed to improve your life by changing the way you walk, Shape Ups feature a unique, soft kinetic wedge insert and dynamic rolling bottom to simulate walking barefoot on a giving surface that gives, such as sand.

With the comfort of Shape Ups, you will feel your heel sink to the ground as you step, roll forward as your weight shifts to its center, and push off with your toes. This movement will result in stronger leg, buttock, back, and abdominal muscles as you stabilize your steps.

Due to this unconventional matter of walking, we suggest that you moderate your walking routine in Shape Ups for the first week or two (25 to 45 minutes per day), depending on your level of fitness. As you continue to wear Shape Ups, your body will adjust to this new method of walking. You will find it easy and comfortable while still enjoying the strengthening and cardiovascular benefits.

Shape up while you stand

Conventional footwear does not provide proper support or aide in correct posture for long periods of standing. With Shape Ups, the simulation of soft ground will ease the stress on your joints, promote correct posture, and strengthen selected muscles as you naturally work to keep your centre of balance.

To properly stand in your Shape Ups, stand upright and find your center of balance with your feet parallel and hip-distance apart.

Shape up while you walk
To walk correctly in Shape Ups, step forward with the middle section of your heel hitting the ground first. This should give you the feeling of walking on soft ground. Roll forward onto the ball of your food and then the flat part of your toes.

Your stance should not be as wide as you walk. Your front foot should still be under your body, giving you a natural and comfortable step. This rhythmic and easy gait will help you maintain your balance. For maximum benefit, strike heel first. Then roll forward.

Get in the routine

As you walk in Shape Ups, be aware of the position of your shoes and ankles. Your ankles should not roll or bend inward, but remain parallel.

The position of your back and neck should be straight. Do not look down; look ahead to where you are going. This will keep your posture straight, resulting in tightening of your back and stomach muscles, and the lengthening of your body into a leaner line.

Exaggerated movements are part of some walking routines (such as knee raises), but with Shape Ups, your movements should be fluid and smooth.

While a natural pace is best for everyday walking, we suggest you switch up your gait -- slowing down to focus on your steps, or kicking it up a notch to get your blood flowing.


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Product Description

  • Brand: Skechers
  • Style: Shape Ups Strength 11809
  • Size: Women's US 6
  • Color: Black/White
  • Mimics walking barefoot
  • Kinetic wedge and foam midsole allows for exercising effect
  • Smooth leather upper
  • Padded collar and tongue for lasting comfort
  • Cushioned insole
  • Sculpted rubber sole

  • Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth trying! 29 Sep 2009
    By Jen
    I was a bit apprehensive buying these online as I hadnt seen them in the shops. Wanted a pair of MBTs but without the price tag - these were more within my budget. Overall they are much nicer to look at than the Ugly MBTs, infact I would nearly go so far as to say they're actually quite trendy looking! I cant say if they are as good as I dont own the MBTs but when you walk you can certainly feel your calves and thighs responding. It says to build up your walking time gradually and I would agree - after barely 10mins I could start to feel the burn. Not sure if they do all they promise, but they certainly help. I have tendonitis in my ankles and do find them to be a great support and very comfortable. My one fault so far, and Im not really sure its a fault of the shoe, is that I find that unless I concentrate on the heel-toe way they tell you to walk, my feet tend to slide into the inside of the trainer and I have to stop and centre them again. They are a good purchase I wear mine all the time now but it is important to build up your wearing time. I got them in navy and white and they really are lovely, I would definitely recommend them!
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    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars nicer than MBT's 17 Oct 2009
    By P. Webb
    Colour Name:11809Navy / White|Size Name:4 UK
    i purchased these Skechers as an alternative to MBT. I had already had MBT's and did not get on with them at all. A friend had the Skechers and was very pleased with them. So i had purchased them and was pleasantly surprised. They are easy to walk in,compared with the MBT and not so cumbersome. I also used them on the treadmill when i forgot my trainers and they were fine.All i can say they are worth the money you can definetly feel your posture change when worn.
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    44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars "Buttocks like fighting squirrels!" 18 Feb 2010
    By dr_sasp
    These trainers were highly recommended by colleagues at work - many people who are on their feet all day were recommending Sketchers or MBTs and other so-called anti-shoes. A ringing endorsement came from one man who claimed that since wearing his trainers, he had "buttocks like fighting squirrels".

    Having worn them for about four weeks, I have not yet replicated this finding. After my first half hour walk, my calves felt tight as though I had been exercising. Tolerance quickly builds up and at the end of the day my feet ache less and my legs feel better than they would after standing and walking around in standard trainers.

    Sadly, one shoe has already ripped along the detailing (after no undue abuse). Having spent 90 on what is, after all, an expensive pair of popular, over-engineered trainers, I am most disappointed. I am hoping that a replacement pair will be forthcoming and better made.
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    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars skechers women's shape-ups strength trainer 29 April 2010
    These are great shoes and my second pair of shape ups. The first was the Skechers Women's Shape-Ups Sleek Fit Trainer and they are easier to adjust to and much more comfortable however I am thrilled I also got the trainer version. These are a generous sizing i.e., if you are a size 5 get it they will fit and I am a 5.5 shoe and these are perfect. You really don't realise you are giving your legs a workout until you wear them regularly and walk often. I walked 4 miles today (instead of taking the bus!) and I felt I got a great workout. They seem expensive at about 70 each but I literally no longer wear anything else but my 2 pairs of skechers. I don't go to the gym so it's cheaper than a membership and you can feel your butt getting "higher" is the only way I can describe it but firmer and your legs definitely feel they are working. Plus they are high up so you get a nice gain in height and better posture. They are cute too the two tone sole makes them look less like medical shoes and more like cute trainers. I can't recommend this brand enough esp if you want to lose a bit of weight. Imagine what I could achieve if I actually exercised!
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great comfort for a back pain sufferer! 18 July 2010
    By Ardee
    I bought these quite hesitantly, as they are much more expensive than trainers I would normally buy, and they look quite unattractive in the pictures.

    When you first get them out of the box it is a relief as they are not as clumpy as they appear on this page. There are a lot of leaflets and I think a DVD in the box all explaining how great the shoes are and how to get the best out of them. I read the bit about best walking practice, but ignored everything else, there is only so much information a person can take in about shoes!

    I am not suggesting these are good for anyone with a bad back, but they have helped me get more mobile than I have been for quite a while. They feel like normal, very cushioned, very comfortable trainers, and getting used to walking in them does not take very long at all.

    I find it difficult to walk straight, and I often have a limp and lean forwards when my sciatic pain is bad. Walking even short distances can be difficult on bad days, and standing for anytime at all is very painful. The Sketchers don't make me magically walk upright and straight when I put them on, but they do take a lot of the pressure off my back, enabling me to walk further, and if I am forced to stand up (on the bus etc) rolling backwards and forwards on the balls of my feet takes much of the pain away

    I'm not suggesting these are for everyone, they are larger and heavier than most trainers, and they will never be stylish. I have great doubts as to the toning up claims that are made, unless people walk slightly more, because the trainers are comfortable.

    If you do have lower back pain and find it uncomfortable to stand for long periods, these might be worth trying just for the ultra comfort they can deliver.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars they are amazing, enabling me to walk for up to two ...
    got my shape-ups seven months after having surgery on my big toe,they are amazing,enabling me to walk for up to two hours at a stretch.. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by breda Lawless
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Sooooo comfy
    Published 4 days ago by sara griffiths
    5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect service and product
    Great price, I paid nearly 100 3 years ago from a shop, what a bargain.
    Published 5 days ago by Mah Hussain-Gambles
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great price for great trainers. Love these!
    Bought sketcher shape ups years ago and they were amazing. Helped my walking as I tend to lean on the sides of my feet which affects my ankles. Made a noticeable difference. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Lily Cullen
    5.0 out of 5 stars S2echers W60e's shapeups
    Great - lost the weight I wanted to is going to take it on my hiking holiday soon
    Published 8 days ago by Natty
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very comfortable
    I bought these to go walking in the Azores. They fit very well and are very comfortable. I don't think I lost any weight after walking in them. I did walk a lot! The size 5. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Grace P. Shaw
    5.0 out of 5 stars these skechers are even more comfortable than my other pair
    these skechers are even more comfortable than my other pair. you forget you have them on my feet feel as if they are on air.
    Published 9 days ago by IRENE
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Exactly what i wanted!
    Published 9 days ago by Paula Miller
    5.0 out of 5 stars love shape ups but they are so hard to get ...
    love shape ups but they are so hard to get and they work magic on my back problem by aligning my spine. these are awesome!
    Published 10 days ago by JC
    4.0 out of 5 stars ... curve in the sole but they are the most comfortable trainer I have...
    They do take a little time to get used to the curve in the sole but they are the most comfortable trainer I have ever bought. But I'm normally size 6. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Marie Evans
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