These shoes are more for walking and won't offer the support or stability you need for high impact exercises such as running or for activities with a lot of lateral movement like tennis or basketball. They do offer different types of EasyTones, including a running version and casual flip flops.
- Numbness in the feet or toes - Some users reported numbness, especially in their toes. That may be because the shoe is cutting off the circulation. Some readers may find relief by wearing thinner socks, lacing the shoes in a different way or exchanging them for a different size.
- Pain, soreness or injury - Some readers reported sore legs and calves after wearing the them and some reported lower back pain. Some even reported injuries that had to be treated by a doctor/physical therapist. It's hard to know what caused these problems, but they may be related to preexisting injuries, individual foot/arch differences, wearing them for long periods of time or for activities that require a different kind of support (running, tennis, etc.). To avoid injury, talk to your doctor before you buy the shoes if you already have an injury or pain in your joints or feet. You should also practice wearing them for short periods of time to see how your body responds.
- Deflated pods - Some users also reported deflated pods, which can happen with any shoe with air-filled pockets. Check with your retailer about their return/replacement policy before you buy the shoes.
The Bottom Line
Your experience with this shoe will most likely depend on why you're buying it. If you're looking for drastic changes in your body or you want to look like some of the women wearing booty shorts in the EasyTone advertisements, no shoe, no matter how fabulous, can do that for you.
What we do know is that a pair of shoes isn't enough to change the shape of your hips, glutes and thighs unless, perhaps, you strap them to your thighs with a couple of weight for some squats and lunges. If you want to tone your body, you need to build muscle with strength training and lose body fat with cardio and a healthy diet. It's possible that you'll walk more with the EasyTones and that may contribute to burning more calories which is always a good thing. However, expecting more than that may leave you disappointed.
If you're buying these shoes because you want a comfortable shoe that offers a different kind of support, you may be happy with the EasyTones.