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Are Skechers Sketchy, Steppy, or Peppy?

Kymberly Wiliams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Who loves getting packages in the mail? We do! We do! Oooh…squeee! Free Skechers fitness shoes for us to use and review. Double ooooh, as those of you who have followed us for a while know that we are NOT fans of the rocker aspect. But we do have open minds and new closed-toed shoes to try out and report on.

Skechers Fitness Tone-Ups

Pink & Grey, just like Alexandra's Face & Hair!

We ripped open the package and found first a DVD with “Instructions.” Already we had to like that since we have unique senses of humor. The last time we got shoe instructions was when we learned shoelace tying in kindergarten. “Loop one bunny ear, then the other; send the rabbit around the hole, through the hutch, and ta dum! Shoes tied!” Aahh sweet memories of that and eating that white paste at recess after playing “cooties.”

Anyway… we decided to live life on the edge, skip the instructions and take our Skechers on all sorts of adventures to see what they could handle. Since we teach a variety of classes plus power walk almost every day, we thought our shoes should go with us.

Do Skechers make Kymberly's legs look longer? Just say "yes."

First up: Low Impact class with Kymberly and her spiffy looking Women’s SRR Pro Speed.
Report directly from Kymberly’s Skechers: “Yes, this was an excellent and comfortable experience. I made Kymberly’s feet dance and twirl in comfort and style. Do her pants make my tongue look big?”

 

 

 

 

Step, step, step to my Lou

Next up: Step class with Kymberly
Report from K’s Skechers: “Big no for this activity. Kymberly’s balance was all over the place and the up and down stepping, lateral moves, and my shoe tread combined with the step rubber did not really play well together. Our master looked styler at least (that’s what Kymberly insisted we call her or she was going to tie us in knots).”

 

Last in-class visit: Kymberly’s Strength Training Class with Tubing

Oops, we thought this was a snake.

No, I'm not being arch! Quit trying to resist!

Skechers shoes reporting directly: “Gotta say, I was comfy and foot supportive throughout. However, the tube exercisers insist on using had nowhere to fit under my rocker! That darn resistance tubing kept slipping out from underfoot as my shoe has no arch underneath to keep it in place. So, rocker type shoes and tubing are not destined to work out safely together. No way to anchor = tube snap!”

The Path to Happy Feet

Power Walking and Aerobic Moseying with Kymberly: Field report: “SUCCESS IS OURS! Being on Kymberly’s’ feet so long, I noticed she has arthritis in her big toes and a knee that has had two major surgeries. So normally long walks hurt her feet and knee. She is acutely aware of foot strike and impact issues and usually takes her shoes off the minute she gets home as her feet cramp. I overheard her tell her sister that these shoes were surprisingly the MOST comfortable ones she has walked in and that her feet felt cushioned, fully engaged in each stride, and very light and springy from start to finish! She even kept me on for hours afterwards walking around the house and generally being footloose and fancy free! Apparently I am ‘walkers’ not ‘rockers’!”

Kymberly: Bottom line, these shoes are now my favorite walking shoes. But when equipment is involved, naaah!

Alexandra’s Shoes and Reviews:

Alexandra: I got the Fitness Flex Tone-Ups, which have very little of the “rocker” tone-up aspect, which is actually why I selected that style.
Here’s what I like about them:

* very lightweight
* attractive colors
* extremely comfortable, even with my wide feet
* great breatheability (this means I don’t end up with stinky feet)

Here’s where I won’t wear them: Teaching classes. I tried them in many of my formats (step, strength, hi/low cardio, kickbox, sports training,, etc.) and they were too unstable. I get the Good Sport award for thorough testing! Here’s where I will wear them: Walking. For walking I loved them. Keep in mind that I was walking on an unstable surface, not a sidewalk.

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Readers: We know some of you love them; some hate them. What’s your experience with the shoes? Do you feel drunk without having to actually drink when wearing them?

Photo Credits: I poached the Fitness Flex shoe pic off the Skechers site by doing a screen shot. Kymberly took all the other photos.

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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17 Responses to Are Skechers Sketchy, Steppy, or Peppy?

  1. Sara Beth December 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    My father is a BIG believer in these shoes! He is over 60 and wears them daily. As a plant manager he has to wear steel toed shoes to work and guess what, Sketchers makes a steel toed version! His calves have great definition and he prefers them to any other shoe now.
    Good story ladies!

    • AlexandraFunFit December 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

      Wow, I did not know that they made steel-toed work shoes. You learn something new every day. With those great calves, your dad probably gets all kinds of attention!
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  2. Lolo December 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    I feel like my feet are shot from being on my feet all day. I am a teacher. I wonder if they would help me feel more comfortable?!
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  3. Peter December 9, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    First of all thanks for sharing this great article. Second I really like the way you made the pictures with only shoes on it. Great work and keep on the good work!
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  4. Anna December 9, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    Haha, you are funny! I was laughing loud at the walking style, and the dusty socks part! :) Sketchers have been my favorite brand, when I was a teenager, I even bougt 2 pairs of ballerina shoes from them some years ago.
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  5. Diane Fit to the Finish December 9, 2011 at 5:25 am #

    I’ve tried them on in the store, but didn’t want to commit! Thanks for the great review.
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  6. Steve December 10, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Thanks for sharing the information about these great shoes. I feel the colors they are offering is wonderful. Almost all shoes are good till we walk on a flat surface. I love walking through forests and would love to buy them.
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  7. John December 10, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    Before telling you about my experience with my shoes, I need to thank you a lot for listing out the features of Sketchers. I love my shoes but I hate them for the stinky feet I am left with after the daily walk. If breathability is what sketcher offers then I must try them. Can you tell me the price, if possible?
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  8. Julia December 12, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    I have a pair of the Pro Speed SSR that I was hoping to use for my couch to 5 k, but I find I get shin splints and hip pain post run. Something I don’t experience with my other shoes. I do love the sketchers for walking and they sure are sexy looking! I should try them out during a Ugifit workout and see how they do. Great post!
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  9. Emily faliLV December 13, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    We got these for my inlaws – they both have bad knees. They say it has help tremendously. :)
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  10. Business and Life Coach December 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I’m with Kymberly, not dusty sketchers for these gals! :)
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  11. Sophia December 18, 2011 at 3:59 am #

    Thank you for your info, and these shoes looks to be so cute and colorful. I love comfortable and spots shoes. I always think that the comfortable feeling is most important when I choose one shoes. So I love put them on gong anywhere and do not cared about being tired,
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  12. Angela September 30, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    I love the Rockers , in fact I love them so much that I had been hanging on to a pair I can’t wear anymore , because even though the backs were wore out and I was even starting to get blisters , they were the most comfortable shoes had ever owned. (and I can’t find them anywhere to replace them)
    I have arthritis in my feet and in general have a hard time finding shoes that don’t leave me in pain by the end of the day. I wore the Skechers Rockers not only day in and day out and loved them but also went on two trips one through Europe ( 3weeks) and one to Disneyworld ( 10 days ) were I was walking about ten hours a day everyday , and at the end of the day my feet still felt great , I can’t say enough how much I love these shoes , I just wish I could find them to buy another pair.

    • Fun and Fit September 30, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

      So glad to hear you had a positive experience with Skechers. We know they are working hard to create shoes people can count on and to recover from their tough phase. Have you tried contacting the company directly to ask where you can get another pair of Rockers? I suspect they pulled them, but never hurts to go right to the source and ask! Good luck!

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