Reebok EasyTone Shoes: A Review

Dubious claims for comfortable EasyTone walking shoe

Reebok EasyTone Shoes
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Reebok EasyTone Shoes have balance pods that, as the advertisements claim, create instability which "encourages toning through increased muscle activation" in the glutes, hamstrings and calves.

In theory, it makes sense that an unstable surface may activate your leg muscles in a different way, but does that lead to toned hips and thighs? There are no objective scientific studies to prove their claims and science already tells us that toned legs come from regular cardio and strength training.

EasyTones may make being on your feet more comfortable, but they won't take the place of regular workouts.

The Claims

Reebok EasyTones are designed with balance pods under the shoes, which are supposed to create instability that forces your leg muscles to work harder,  and thus encouraging more toning. Reebok claims that these shoes will improve muscle tone in the glutes by 28 percent and the hamstrings and calves by 11 percent. Unfortunately, these numbers are hard to substantiate. The studies that these numbers are difficult to find.

But if you want to believe that you will end up looking like the fitness models in their advertisements with a butt so fabulous, you'll want it to hang out the bottom of your very short shorts, then you can dream or work harder than taking a walk. As of now, there's no proof these claims are true.

These shoes are more for walking and won't offer the support or stability you need for high impact exercises such as running or for activities with a lot of lateral movement like tennis or basketball.

They do offer different types of EasyTones, including a running version and casual flip flops.

Reported Issues

Many readers have commented on their experience with EasyTones and most reports are positive. They say the shoes are comfortable, especially for people on their feet all day. However, these shoes aren't for everyone and some users had issues such as:

  • Numbness in the feet or toes — Some users reported numbness, especially in their toes. That may be because the shoe is cutting off the circulation. Some readers may find relief by wearing thinner socks, lacing the shoes in a different way, or exchanging them for a different size.
  • Pain, soreness, or injury — Some readers reported sore legs and calves after wearing the them and some reported lower back pain. Some even reported injuries that had to be treated by a doctor/physical therapist. It's hard to know what caused these problems, but they may be related to preexisting injuries, individual foot/arch differences, wearing them for long periods of time, or for activities that require a different kind of support (running, tennis, etc.). To avoid injury, talk to your doctor before you buy the shoes if you already have an injury or pain in your joints or feet. You should also practice wearing them for short periods of time to see how your body responds.
  • Deflated pods - Some users also reported deflated pods, which can happen with any shoe with air-filled pockets. Check with your retailer about their return/replacement policy before you buy the shoes.

    The Bottom Line

    This shoe received a lower rating, not because the shoes are bad, but because of the claims made in their advertisements cannot be verified. It's certainly possible these shoes will activate your legs more (and it certainly feels that way), but that doesn't mean you'll have more toned glutes and thighs because of them.

    Your experience with this shoe will most likely depend on why you're buying it. If you're looking for drastic changes in your body or you want to look like some of the women wearing booty shorts in the EasyTone advertisements, no shoe, no matter how fabulous, can do that for you.

    What we do know is that a pair of shoes isn't enough to change the shape of your hips, glutes, and thighs unless, perhaps, you strap them to your thighs with a couple of weight for some squats and lunges. If you want to tone your body, you need to build muscle with strength training and lose body fat with cardio and a healthy diet. It's possible that you'll walk more with the EasyTones and that may contribute to burning more calories which is always a good thing. However, expecting more than that may leave you disappointed.

    If you're buying these shoes because you want a comfortable shoe for walking that offers a different kind of support, you may be happy with the EasyTones.

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