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KDKA-TV: New Shoes Claim To Tone Legs, Improve Posture

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Wouldn't it be nice if you could tone your legs and behind, just by wearing certain shoes while you walk around all day?

A lot of shoe companies are now coming out with shoes that claim to do that.

The shoes have what's called a rocker sole and KDKA's Kristine Sorensen checked them out to see if they really work.

Jaclyn Macedonia likes to wind down when she's not working, but she figures she can get a little work-out at the same time.

She wears what are called "Rocker Shoes," with a curved sole, whenever she's home in the North Hills or going for a walk.

"I could feel sort of my legs, buttocks, all muscle groups I'm probably not utilizing whenever I wear flat-footed shoes. You could tell the difference. I was actually getting a workout," Macedonia said.

The benefits go beyond that. Macedonia's posture has improved and because of that, so has her digestion.

Employees at Little's Shoes are also big fans of the Rocker Shoes and several wear them at work all day.

"What I like most about them is it helps to relieve some back pressure I have. I have two herniated disks in my lower back and when I wear them, it helps to straighten my posture," Michael Caplan said.

Here's how the rocker shoes work. The curved sole makes the shoe unstable, so you have to work your muscles to stand or walk.

MBT started marketing the Rocker Shoe four years ago.

Other less expensive versions, are coming out now like the Sketchers "Shape Up" and the Reebok "Easytone".

The shoes are designed to mimic walking barefoot on sand.

"If you're healthy and physically active, running on sand is the best exercise right, but if you're not that, sand can be deadly to your foot and the same is true for shoes that are meant for young healthy people to tone them. If they're put on inappropriate people we're [going to] see some problems," Dr. Stephen Conti said.

Dr. Conti, a renowned foot and ankle surgeon at Allegheny General, said the Rocker Shoes can help tone muscles in the front and back of your legs and buttocks if you're already a healthy person, and it can help your posture too.
 

To read more, visit the KDKA-TV website.

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