Orthopedic and Running Shoe Store Warns about New Skechers Toning Shoes for Kids

Orthopedic and running shoe store, The Shoe Barrel, warns about potential dangers of "Skechers Shape Ups" toning shoes for Kids.
By: The Shoe Barrel
May 2, 2011 - PRLog -- Anyone who has been to a gym or an athletic shoe store over the past few years has likely noticed the growing popularity of “toning shoes” or “rocker bottom” shoes.  These shoes promise to provide muscle toning benefits to the lower body, improved balance, and strengthening of core muscles.  Recently, Skechers has launched a line of toning shoes, known as “Skeckers Shape Ups”, for children.  An online orthopedic and running shoe store, http://www.theshoebarrel.com, warns about the potential dangers of shoes that could result in “unbalanced children” and possible injuries.

“Quality rocker-bottom shoes can be a great benefit for adults who would like to improve their foot health and balance, while also reaping the toning benefits,” said Chris Cole, Licensed Board Certified Pedorthist and General Manager of The Shoe Barrel.   “However, these types of shoes for children could be dangerous.  Children are still learning the fundamentals of proper walking and balance.  Toning shoes for children are far more likely to result in falls and twisted ankles, as kids are typically focused on playing or running fast.  They are not considering the necessary compensation for balance that these shoes would require when they are climbing or playing chase.”

The rocker-bottom technology has been in existence for some time now, with brands such as Chung Shi, MBT, and a more recent brand called RYN. However, these brands have always focused more on the foot health benefits than the toning benefits, and use higher grade materials that provide durability and gait control.  More information is available at http://www.theshoebarrel.com

Cole added, “The rocker-bottom shoes have become increasingly popular since Skechers launched its marketing campaign for the toning benefits of this design. We try to encourage our customers to consider the stability of the shoe and the quality of the material as it relates to their overall balance and foot health.  The toning benefits are certainly there as well, but are more of an added perk to this type of technology.”  

Because the Skechers toning shoes for children are such a new product, there have not been many case studies performed on the potential risks versus the benefits for children.  However, these shoes have become a favorite among fitness oriented adults, and continue to grow in popularity.  Newer brands, such as RYN and Chung Shi, have improved on the design and rocker bottom technology, creating a more balanced toning shoe with medial and lateral stability.  They boast the use of high quality materials that focus on foot health and proper gait, as well as increased toning benefits.

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About The Shoe Barrel:
The Shoe Barrel is a health oriented, online footwear retailer, owned by Christopher Cole, a Certified, Licensed Pedorthist. The online store, located at www.theshoebarrel.com, provides a vast selection of high quality comfort shoes and sandals, including brands such as Finn Comfort, Drew, Chung Shi, Reebok, MBT, and more. All footwear sold on the site is overstock inventory from a retailer that is a recognized leader in specialty footwear, orthopedic shoes, walking shoes, running shoes, rocker sole shoes, and diabetic footwear. It also specializes in shoes for alleviation of joint pain and back pain, and for those suffering from foot conditions, such as heel pain, flat feet, hammer toes, or plantar fasciitis. The Shoe Barrel’s online store provides an unsurpassed level of quality footwear, at deeply discounted prices that are not available in a retail setting. For more information about The Shoe Barrel, visit www.theshoebarrel.com or call (239) 495-8911.
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