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2012-05-16 06:21:02 PM  

what_now: Actually..they probably do work.

Not for the reasons they claim, but if before you bought these the most exercise you got was walking from the couch to the garage to the office and back, and now you're walking around the block a few times, you're gonna lose some weight.


Not if I get a Baconator from on the first lap and a frosty on lap two. (Used to live near a Wendy's.)
 
2012-05-16 06:22:13 PM  
Shoe design cannot substantially affect weight loss. For actual health benefits, special insoles are recommended.
 
2012-05-16 06:22:38 PM  
I'll bet they work to a certain extent, in that they make walking slightly more difficult than standard tennis shoes, so you exert yourself a little bit more with each step.

Of course, going jogging in clear plastic stripper heels would be even more effective.
 
2012-05-16 06:23:47 PM  
I tried on a pair for the hell of it once, and as soon as a took a couple steps in them my knees were screaming at me in pain. Those went back on the shelf pretty quickly.
 
2012-05-16 06:27:28 PM  

Geotpf: I'll bet they work to a certain extent, in that they make walking slightly more difficult than standard tennis shoes, so you exert yourself a little bit more with each step.

Of course, going jogging in clear plastic stripper heels would be even more effective.


Or just go for walks wearing a weighted vest or something.

Or up a hill.

Or take up a sport.
 
2012-05-16 06:29:04 PM  
They are super comfortable, but if you aren't working out, they aren't going to do shiat for you.
 
2012-05-16 06:31:06 PM  

gamergirl23: One day perhaps people will stop falling for crap like this.


Alas, no. I'll wager that there are more schmucks out there than intelligent people.

I never listen to the crap that advertisments spew out. Hell, I don't even believe the news 100%
 
2012-05-16 06:31:41 PM  
How modmins choose these headlines is beyond me.

Not that it matters but I thought mine at least tried for some fark snark

FTC to Sketchers: Shape-up you asses
 
2012-05-16 06:32:57 PM  
Used to be some guy would post with a large animated img1.fark.net tag. I wonder what happened to it.
 
2012-05-16 06:33:10 PM  
Aren't these the ones responsible for some nasty ankle/leg sprains and breaks?

They apparently worked some muscles in the feet/legs/ankles that weren't designed to take that much weight at once.
 
2012-05-16 06:33:43 PM  

what_now: Actually..they probably do work.

Not for the reasons they claim, but if before you bought these the most exercise you got was walking from the couch to the garage to the office and back, and now you're walking around the block a few times, you're gonna lose some weight.


Pretty much.
 
2012-05-16 06:36:48 PM  
www.bitsbybob.com

Jimmy's down!
 
2012-05-16 06:38:53 PM  

weapon13: gamergirl23: One day perhaps people will stop falling for crap like this.

Alas, no. I'll wager that there are more schmucks out there than intelligent people.

I never listen to the crap that advertisments spew out. Hell, I don't even believe the news 100%


you probably shouldn't believe the news 10%
 
2012-05-16 06:40:24 PM  
One day I got to work and noticed a woman in the lobby wearing these shoes. She then proceeded to get on the elevator to go up a single floor.

Pretty sure I've found the reason you're not losing weight, lady ...
 
2012-05-16 06:41:14 PM  
My wife and I play a game. Whenever we see a pair of sketchers we call it and get to punch the other one, like the slugbug game. We also do this for Tapout and Ed Hardy stuff people wear. Also giggle everyone once and a while when I see a pair of the shape-ups that have been pushed flat.
 
2012-05-16 06:42:32 PM  

Bob The Nob: [www.bitsbybob.com image 300x170]

Jimmy's down!


Those are awesome. Added about 16" to my vertical.

/Now it's 20".
 
2012-05-16 06:43:34 PM  
I had read the article this morning and happened to be at the mall today so I took a peek inside a sketchers store. I saw all kinds of different looking shoes but not a single pair of those old school black and white sketchers that we wore back in the day (mid 90's). They should bring those things back, I would totally rock them all ironic.
 
2012-05-16 06:48:51 PM  

markie_farkie: Those same health benefits were touted back in the 70s, and you thankfully didn't see them around for too long then, either.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x300]


Is this what you meant to say?

cdn.retrovintageshoes.com
 
2012-05-16 06:52:45 PM  
Well do the Brazil Butt Lift DVDs work?
 
2012-05-16 06:54:23 PM  
Totally have them for comfort. I walk constantly at my job, on hard concrete floors. I wear these 99% of the time. On the occasions where I wear regular gym shoes I can totally feel the difference at the end of the day. My legs and feet are a lot more tired in the regular shoes.
 
2012-05-16 06:58:24 PM  
It was a vehicle to make and show commercials of women whom lived in the gym and were poured into lycra.

I was perfectly content with that.

The could have been selling shoes. Buicks, the GOP or pink slime. I was perfectly okay with it.
 
2012-05-16 06:59:08 PM  

serial_crusher: I'm still a believer in these things though:
[www.vibramfivefingers.com image 237x197]


I'm on day 2 with some Bikila's. Haven't done any exercise in them yet, just trying to feel them out. Really enjoying how comfortable they are.
 
2012-05-16 07:01:50 PM  
I got prescribed similarly designed MBTs for a toe problem, and they work great. Super comfortable, and after the first day I definitely felt it in my hammies. Now, I didn't get them to tone up and lose weight, but to say they don't do anything seems odd to me. I think they're great.

/not a lazy fat slob
 
2012-05-16 07:04:10 PM  
Has anyone seen the shoes with the coiled springs in the heels? I have only seen them once, and have no idea what they're for. I call.them the "Reverse Jimmy Shoes".
 
2012-05-16 07:06:21 PM  
I received a pair of the Sketchers from my mom. No noticeable difference in my ass, but they are fun to wear. And I noticed they helped my balance and posture.
 
2012-05-16 07:13:07 PM  
I'm another disciple of Vibram.

lh3.googleusercontent.com

I got them in December and wore them around the house all winter to get used to them. Of course, winter lasted about two weeks this year and I wore them out constantly whenever it was at least dry. I love these things so much I want to get a pair of black kangaroo-leather KSOs to wear for work.
 
2012-05-16 07:17:42 PM  

balisane: The only complaint i have is that they just don't last too long. I do about 15-20 kilometers of urban walking a week


What model are you using and what part is breaking down? I've got like 5 pairs and the only ones that I've had any problems were my KSO Treks which lasted about 9 months before the insole started falling apart, but I was running about 30 miles a week in them, on trails, for most of that time. The others i haven't put as many miles on per week, but I'm definitely doing more than you in them.

Did you buy from a reputable store, or some shady website selling knockoffs?
 
2012-05-16 07:21:46 PM  

belhade: I'm another disciple of Vibram.

[lh3.googleusercontent.com image 307x512]


What's with the socks?

/Black socks go better with sandals
 
2012-05-16 07:24:05 PM  

octopied: Or just go for walks wearing a weighted vest or something.


go for walks, watch what you eat (caloriecount.com --> ), no alcohol.

/lost 15 pounds so i'm getting a kick out of tehse posts
//oh my regular shoes are steel-toed boots, at least 2lbs each
///at least
//sometimes I jog 3 miles
 
2012-05-16 07:24:22 PM  
I would like to buy a pair of Vibrams so that I can be hip like you guys, but I only have $10 to spend, does anyone know of a used Vibram store?
 
2012-05-16 07:24:45 PM  
woops.

/got tired
/fark proffreading
 
2012-05-16 07:27:22 PM  
The JImmy uses these.
www.seenontvexpress.com
 
2012-05-16 07:30:08 PM  

TravisBickle62: I would like to buy a pair of Vibrams so that I can be hip like you guys, but I only have $10 to spend, does anyone know of a used Vibram store?


Where can you buy a decent pair of shoes for $10? Payless sells cardboard shoes that last less time.

If you think people wear ugly shoes to be hip, you have a strange sense of what hip is.
 
2012-05-16 07:31:29 PM  

serial_crusher: balisane: The only complaint i have is that they just don't last too long. I do about 15-20 kilometers of urban walking a week

What model are you using and what part is breaking down? I've got like 5 pairs and the only ones that I've had any problems were my KSO Treks which lasted about 9 months before the insole started falling apart, but I was running about 30 miles a week in them, on trails, for most of that time. The others i haven't put as many miles on per week, but I'm definitely doing more than you in them.

Did you buy from a reputable store, or some shady website selling knockoffs?



I've had Treks, Smartwools (just the Classics with a wool upper) and and have just about killed a pair of Jayas, It's me and my foot conformation, because it's the same thing every time: i wear a hole right through the sole on the center ball of the foot, left foot first. Never had anything else fail. I buy either straight from Vibram or from City Sports.

It's annoying enough, especially since the rest of the shoe is perfect other than normal wear and tear, that i eventually just started trimming rubber patches out of my original pair and epoxying them over the hole. It works pretty well, but i won't be getting another pair of Jayas for outdoor walking, as much as i like them otherwise; these only took about 4 months to start showing yellow through the sole.

I really, really wish the new Spyridons weren't so eye-searing. Wouldn't give a fark otherwise, but i do want to wear them to walk to school and work and not have to change into a pair of Classics or something when i get there.
 
2012-05-16 07:35:38 PM  
Wearing Shape-Ups has kept my right knee pain free from walking. With other shoes my knee would bother me.

However...

Artcurus: Aren't these the ones responsible for some nasty ankle/leg sprains and breaks?

They apparently worked some muscles in the feet/legs/ankles that weren't designed to take that much weight at once.


I wonder if there is something too this. I have an ankle that is bothering me and it just doesn't get all the way better.
 
2012-05-16 07:36:53 PM  

elffster: Wait, wait..pork rinds arent healthy?


Of course they're healthy, they're low in carbs.
 
2012-05-16 07:37:20 PM  
Only an idiot would believe such claims.
 
2012-05-16 07:38:25 PM  
I'd see servers wearing those, but they were already fit for walking miles per shift, and hauling trays of food/drinks all night.
 
2012-05-16 07:38:56 PM  

what_now: serial_crusher: I'm still a believer in these things though:

those are great- if you have a perfect gate, have never sustained an injury to your hips, legs, knees, spine or feet, and you haven't been running with built up sneakers for long.

If you're in your late 20s and have been active all life? Those things are more likely to be harmful.


I know two people with injuries (leg, hip) that are helped by vibrams. The trick is you actually change your gait. Lean forward, shorter strides. Bounce on the ball of your foot, don't strike your heel.

Definitely takes some learning. But I've hiked, rock climbed, swam, etc in mine.
 
2012-05-16 07:42:41 PM  

PanicMan: rock climbed


I can't get up 5.7s in them. I don't know how anyone does it.
 
2012-05-16 07:43:27 PM  
Glad I only had to buy the cheap knock off brand for my girl ($25) and then the real think on close out special ($30) when those wore out.

She says they really do help her bad knees hurt less than normal shoes after exercising for a half hour, which is about all that matters. I guess they redistribute the weight.
 
2012-05-16 07:46:25 PM  
I bought a pair because I was going on vacation where I would be doing a lot of walking. My knee started clicking when I'd move it. I stopped wearing them aTFer about a week. It took about a year for the damn click to go away.
 
2012-05-16 07:47:16 PM  
How in the hell did after turn into aTFer?
 
2012-05-16 07:50:16 PM  

serial_crusher: I'm still a believer in these things though:
[www.vibramfivefingers.com image 237x197]


Bought a pair of these last year. It sucks I can't wear them in the winter, but man I love them.

The first week or two my dogs were barking as well as the lower legs. But they are so comfortable once you get use to them. It doesn't hurt I can swim in them too. The Missippi can hold a lot of broken glass in certain areas.
 
2012-05-16 07:50:37 PM  

CPT Ethanolic: People actually have to be told this??? WTF.

/explains the 2004 election I guess


.
.
So all of those hipsters in places like NY and SF are actually Republicans? Who knew!
 
2012-05-16 08:07:49 PM  

serial_crusher: I'm still a believer in these things though:
[www.vibramfivefingers.com image 237x197]


Do they need socks? I've seen some shoes that the two outermost toes are seperate, but the inside of them seems like they would be awful without socks. I'd love to try them except for the sock problem. I don't have my toe socks from the seventies anymore.
 
2012-05-16 08:08:12 PM  

Nadie_AZ: PanicMan: rock climbed

I can't get up 5.7s in them. I don't know how anyone does it.


"rock climbed". East coast, near the water. Not much in the way of legit climbing. Works well enough in the gym. I prefer climbing shoes, it was more of a proof-of-concept thing. I did the Warrior Dash and Zombie Run in them though. Worked great.
 
2012-05-16 08:13:16 PM  
Want to lose weight fast? Cut off your feet!
 
2012-05-16 08:16:44 PM  
Now these on the other hand may give you a workout

i.imgur.com
 
2012-05-16 08:19:59 PM  

Dimensio: Shoe design cannot substantially affect weight loss.


Make then out of lead. Lots of lead.
 
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