With every shoe company hopping the gravy train that is rocker bottom shoes (anti-gravity shoes that shape up and tone up your legs, improve circulation, burn calories, and helps you “lose weight”), how does the savvy consumer decide on which shoe to buy?
First of all, the shoe that is shaped like a banana or a boat wins for being naturally unstable, forcing all your leg muscles to intrinsically work to keep you from falling over or losing your balance. The CON to these shoes is that they are clunky, often heavy, and somewhat dangerous to wear (going down the stairs or in rainy weather.) Shoes in this ROCKER BOTTOM Category include shoes such as MBTs (Masai Balance Technology), Shape Ups from Sketchers, AVON’s Curve shoes, and Kmart Therashoes (Rip offs of MBTs) and Champion Rocker Bottom Shoes. Which shoe should one choose from all these brands? I personally prefer MBTs– they are durable and the heel bumper is excellent. CON: very expensive. The other brands don’t offer as much instability and activation of muscles to balance the body. They are lighter weight and less durable. On a budget, however, a pair of AVON Curves shoes may be a good choice– for a few months. I’ve worn a pair of MBTs for over 1 1/2 years and they were 270 bucks when I bought them, but well worth the money.
I have flat feet and unstable, weak ankles, and yet these MBTs have never failed me. So for Budget: Avon Curves. For a splurge, MBTs. For style: Sketcher’s Shape Ups. They are pretty cute.
The shoes with three bumpers or so (EASY TONES from Reeboks and Champions has a flimsier pair), the bumpers just don’t offer as much instability as the shape of Rocker Bottom shoes. These shoes are narrower, less heavy, and I guess they are safer for people who are afraid to walk down stairs with a clunky pair of Rocker Bottoms.
So hope this helps you, savvy consumer. Before you buy a pair of Rocker Bottoms, note this fact, they will not help you lose weight. They may, however, tone your legs, correct your posture, increase your blood flow in the legs, improve balance, decrease risk of varicose veins and DVTs (deep vein thrombosis, blood clots). It depends on how much and how long you wear these shoes. Fair warning, once you wear a pair of special shoes, you may become addicted to them. Walking will never feel the same again!
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This article was written by a licensed physical therapist/lymphedema therapist.