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Old 09-04-2012, 07:25 AM
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So I buggered my achilles training for one of those gonzo mountain run/obstacle courses that are the latest rage for extreme sports, and was on the lookout for a really comfy pair of walking shoes. I eyeballed shoes used by nurses, but they look kind of dorky, and the several hundred dollar Oakley's used by bouncers and rent-a-cops were beyond what I'm willing to pay.
Lo and behold I came across, these gimicky-sounding things: Shape-Ups.

Now currently they're finalizing a law suit due to their bs claims that their Shape Up shoes toned the bum, helped weight loss, etc. Quite frankly I don't care about those claims. When I bought them I was amazed by how much cushion they had, but still how light they felt. I walked all throughout Seattle's hilly streets, clocked up many miles without taxi or bus with no knee, ankle or foot pain. And they take a beating. I use them for one of my jobs, which is security oriented and requires a lot of walking and have had them for five months now, with not even a thread loose.

A real bonus is that these are the most silent, stealthy shoes I've ever worn. The spongey, thick soles emit nearly zero footfall noise for me (182 lbs). Workmates and I are always pranking each other by sneaking up and doing the BOO! thing, or stealing each others lunches and I've had great LoL's with them.

Only negative aspects are that they don't breath well, have poor grip on slimy surfaces and -and this is a real downer- their soles are very narrow. This, combined with the height of the padded soles makes for high possiblity to turn an ankle and hurt it bad.

Ironically, though they can cause a slip easily, or twist an ankle if you're, say, in a self defense situation, ie fighting, they're very good for climbing so long as surfaces aren't slick. Training this morning I scaled an outside wall up a pipe easy as goblin' pie.
In short:

+ very comfy
+ very well made
+ can walk good distance, no pain in ankles, knees or soles of feet.
+ very, very quiet, can easily come up on someone with a minimum of ambient noise for cover.
+ light and tight enough for climbing and scaling dry obstacles.
+ I'm finding them on sale due to the company's law suit
+ black shoe, can blend in with most city jobs, maybe even a suit if you're only grey collar.

- narrow foot base means potential to roll ankle.
- treads have zero grip on oily/slimy surfaces
- poor ventilation.

Anyone else try/using these?
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I love my Sketchers!!!!

White ones for the gym and black ones for everyday. They are called work Sketchers and are slip resistant. When I switch back to regular shoes my feet slap the pavement like clown shoes!!
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Didn't now there were non-slip work oriented ones. Will have to keep an eye out for 'em.
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I fractured my heel and broke my ankle a few years ago, so it is hard for me to find a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Sketchers (everyday wear and walking) and Danners (for hunting and winter sports) are the most comfortable shoes that I have found.

The only problem I have with Sketchers is, I walk the sole off of them. The sole comes unglued. I used to wear Nike Air and had the same problem with them.

I walk 2 to 3 miles every day, morning and evening, so the miles do add up fast on them and for the comfort, I am willing to put up with the sole not holding up.

If you are not too picky about the color, you can find them on Amazon for about 1/2 of what you normally pay in the stores.
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