FTC (*waves*) I received the shoes for free. No money was exchanged & all the thoughts/opinions which follow are strictly my own.
Obviously, Im nothing if not up for a challenge.
In addition, when offered the opportunity to try the Exer-walk shoe from Earth Footwear, I at least knew Id be able to figure out how the shoes worked.
So I said YES.
And, as of yesterday, I am officially taking part in the Earth Footwear 30 Day challenge.
What does this challenge include? (thanks for asking)
That I simply wear the shoes for thirty days and report back my findings.
What on earth (I know. I pun’y) are they? Please to let me explain.
According to the Earth Footwear website the shoes are unique because they feature a patented Kalsø® Negative Heel Technology® that helps you strengthen and tone your body with every step.
(I know. bear with me. Im a cynic too)
Because the shoes cause our toes to end up higher than our heels our bodies are forced to work harder when we move.
As a result, we are purported to shed more body fat during daily life activities such as walking in the Earth Footwear due to enhanced muscle recruitment particularly in the calves and thighs and core trunk muscles.
(Seriously. Tell me you wouldnt be pretty damn curious as well. Ill try anything for 30 days.)
My first Earth Footwear experiences:
I have to say that, in a good way, I really didnt find the lowered heel of the shoes all that noticeable & definitely not disconcerting.
The website has an entire page dedicated to how to begin wearing your shoes & by following their tip to take shorter strides I easily adjusted to the sneakers.
There is a smart suggestion there to slowly build up the time youre wearing the shoes beginning with an hour a day.
Being the rebel I am I immediately donned mine and wore them all day with no negative repercussions. That said, should you get these shoes, dont be me. Directions are there for a reason—I merely wanted to be able to report back on a full days’ wearing and, well, this post was due today.
Comfy, I didnt trip once (which may actually be a point in the shoe’s favor. Im renown for tripping over my own feet), and as of the first 24 hrs I can report no noticable difference in my muscle tone or my core strength (wink).
Day two onward? Remain to be seen.
I have to admit Im really curious to see if I notice *any* bodily changes as we all know I desperately need a stronger core.
Should be an adventure in in-my-office exercise if nothing else.
So that’s me, People.
Im negative (heeling), looking fer enhanced muscle recruitment (come on CORE!) & tossing it back at you:
Have you tried any of the exercise shoes available (it seems everyone from Skechers to MBTs now boasts a pair)? Did they make a marked difference in your physique?
Do you already own a pair of Earth Footwear shoes (anyone own these? Im inexplicably drawn to them)? Did you really burn more calories with every step?
Please to hit us all up in the comments.