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Skechers Shape Ups

Skechers Shape Ups

Just when I was wondering whatever happened to MBT, the shoes that shocked the world a few years ago when they came out with an out-of-this-world look thanks to their thick rounded sole and with claims that they can help you reduce cellulite and improve your posture, I discover the new Skechers Shape Ups.

The first impression for me is that the Shape Ups are a 100 percent copy of MBT, but that’s mostly because their sole has the same out-of –the-ordinary shape and it catches your eyes. At a closer look, they have a clear Skechers design, with the well known “S” sign on the sides and the typical Skechers themes.

Skechers Shape Ups

Skechers Shape Ups

It was to be expected they after the huge success the competition had, it was only a matter of time till a company with tradition in the athletic and lifestyle shoes market would enter this niche.

I don’t know if they’ll manage to take over Swiss Masai just yet though. They do have some interesting designs, but Swiss Masai is already well established and they do push some innovative and useful ideas to their clients, like instructional DVDs that come with the shoes.

Skechers Shape Ups have the advantage of price and the reputation of a powerful athletic company besides them. While a pair of MBTs can be found for 2-300 dollars, you can buy a similar pair of Shape Ups for about $100. Guess what I’d go for?

I tried to get some technical information about these new shoes and found their website. Boy was I disappointed. The copy on the site was a typical sketch for a TV infomercial. I swear that I could already imagine the guy on TV acting funny wile reciting the text I was reading.

But I did manage to get some information about the shoes and well, it’s pretty much what MBT shoes promised to do four years ago. Quoting the official site, “Wearing Skechers Shape Ups regularly will help you to lose weight, tone and strengthen your back, legs, thighs and bum, while reducing cellulite and improving your posture.”

They promise that just wearing the Skechers Shape Ups during your normal daily routine will do you just as good as a normal workout session at the gym. I’ve got to say that I’m a little skeptical about those claims, but on the other hand, they do make sense considering the discomfort they produce and the fact that they force you to improve your posture to walk easier.

All in all, the Skechers Shape Ups are a pretty stylish alternative to the four years old MBT sneakers that we’ve already known. I’m not gonna say that I’m gonna run into the first store to buy myself a pair, but they sure are pretty cool to wear.

Lorraine April 26, 2011 at 1:26 am

I have mbt’s, i love them but I find them heavy. Are the sketches as heavy? I would like to know because I want to buy the sketches, I love the way they look.


Eugen April 26, 2011 at 7:53 am

I’ve checked a few websites and although I couldn’t find specific numbers, everybody seems to agree that although Shape Ups are pretty heavy, they aren’t as heavy the old MBT models. A woman pointed out that she had some knee problems and these shoes only put more strain on them because of their weight, so maybe this type of sneakers may not be the best for everybody.


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