Reebok Easytone Shoes | Pros and Cons

Do Reebok Easytone shoes work?

Reebok in white text on the black sole of a shoe.

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There’s a lot of hype surrounding the new Reebok Easytone shoes, which boast that they can help firm up your gluteus maximus. Reebok Easytone shoes retail for $99 to $109, so the hundred-dollar question is: Are Reebok Easytone shoes worth it?

With the holidays so close, it’d be silly to go out and get an instant cash loan so you can buy them right away. You should probably ask for them as a gift instead. However, before you do that or go spend your own hard-earned money on Reebok Easytone shoes, make sure you know what you’re getting into.

Pros: science points to effectiveness

The basic gist of how Reebok Easytone shoes work is that they are constructed for creating instability or making it harder than usual for the wearer to maintain balance. It’s pretty well-known that maintaining balance requires muscle tension and thus creates more developed muscles.

So the idea behind the Reebok Easytone shoes checks out; it appears logically sound and feasible. However, it’s not a quick fix. These shoes won’t help you suddenly shed pounds and develop a perfect posterior. Walking is walking, and until the walker develops more muscle — which will take awhile, even with the shoes — calories won’t burn much faster than walking alone. So, Reebok Easytones shoes are step up from regular walking on the fitness scale, but not a huge step.

Cons: One-trick pony

While the instability-creating soles of Reebok Easytone shoes are the key to power walking, the Reebok web site cautions buyers against playing sports or basically doing anything other than walking or running in them. This is because being off-balance is a very bad thing if you’re jumping or moving side-to-side in a fast-paced game such as tennis or basketball.

So, while Reebok Easytone shoes cost the same as high-end cross-trainers, they can’t be used for the same purposes. If you are considering getting Reebok Easytone shoes to replace your regular athletic shoes and  you often participate in sports, I say don’t do it. Stick to regular shoes and be comforted in the fact that if you’re regularly participating in sports, you’re way ahead of most of us in the calorie burning department.

If you plan to use your Reebok Easytone shoes for walking only, it’s just a matter of cost versus result. Understand that results will be gradual and only slightly superior to regular walking. So if $100 is small potatoes to you, it might be worth it.

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