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    My wife's a nurse and wears something similar and really likes them. I'll stick with my fashionably retro $20 Feiyue martial arts sneakers which I wear for work and play...

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    My wife bought some and she likes them. She was, however, just successfully converted to a VFF user last weekend...and really likes them.

    I think if the Skechers shoes serve as a motivation for people to walk/move more, than they're a good thing. I'll stick with my Vibrams.

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    I say give 'em a shot and use them with mindfulness. Explore how they work for you and if they improve your quality of life. Then report back your thoughts and findings.

    CW knocks a primal lifestyle without trying it. We are knocking these shoes without trying them. They don't seem to jive with our ideas but who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little_Fish View Post
    I noticed several people wearing shape-ups. (Mostly 50-60 y/o's).
    That is what I noticed too. If you are 50 plus and like to pull your black socks up to your knees while wearing shorts...I say go for it.

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    I purchased a pair of MBT shoes last year when I started having issues with plantar fasciitis they didn't help at all and now sit quietly in the back of the closet, the Skechers are based on the same Ideal. I finally found relief when I ditched shoes and inserts and started doing barefoot exercises. I would gladly exchange my MBT's for a second pair of VFF's. I doubt I'll ever wear the MBT's again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synntropy View Post
    I say give 'em a shot and use them with mindfulness. Explore how they work for you and if they improve your quality of life. Then report back your thoughts and findings.

    CW knocks a primal lifestyle without trying it. We are knocking these shoes without trying them. They don't seem to jive with our ideas but who knows.
    Good point. But I think with education and research you can make an educated purchase. I'd like to see more research. Maybe they can serve as a good transition to VFF for some people.

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    It seems to me that if we were meant to walk on balls - oh, wait, we already have balls on our feet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev View Post
    I purchased a pair of MBT shoes last year when I started having issues with plantar fasciitis they didn't help at all and now sit quietly in the back of the closet, the Skechers are based on the same Ideal.
    That's interesting, I got my Skechers (and am not 50-60!) because of plantar fasciitis and having to work on my feet, but high heeled shoes were not allowed. The Sketchers Shape Ups helped tremendously with the heel pain and helping me walk normally again (as my posture and gait were completely distorted due to the pain). I felt a reduction in pain immediately, compared to my Converse All Stars, and within about 4-5 weeks it was completely gone! BTW I have a different job now, seated work, but I walk to my workplace - and having done it for a few days in flat shoes, my PF returned Skechers and heels to the rescue! )

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    I saw these on the telly and thought they lookd ridiculous. I thought they aint no VFF's!

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    I just got a pair of mbts. They slimmed down the design more. My mother had a pair for 2 years and they really help with her plantar facsitis. It also allows her to stand and to walk for much longer periods of time. They are less mushy than the shape ups. You feel like your sinking in them rather than the firmness of the mbt. Takes the pressure of my heels while walking. I can't see VFF's being that good for walks and at job.

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