But along with comfort and cuteness, how about a pair of sneakers that actually help give you a workout just by wearing them while doing the things you do everyday? I often find it hard to make the time for a "real" workout, so toning sneakers sounded like a God send to me. I already own a pair of toning sandals, and I love them. So of course I was quite eager to have a pair of toning sneakers as well! After all, you can't wear sandals year round. At least not here in Virginia! That would make for some frozen toes come winter time! Toning shoes have been all the rage lately, and for good reason: They work our muscles into overtime and help us feel the burn as we do simple things like shop for groceries or chase the kids around the yard. These are things we, as moms, do every day...So why not burn a few extra calories and tone our muscles while doing it?
So when I got the opportunity to review the Bodyworks Sport Lace by Aetrex, I jumped at the chance!I have been needing to upgrade my sad old Nikes for a while now since they're a few years old and have definitely seen better days. When my Bodyworks Sport Lace shoes arrived, I was immediately impressed with the quality that was evident in their construction. The upper is made of leather and a nice mesh fabric, making for some very cute shoes. All of the stitching in these shoes is very well done as well, with no loose threads or crooked lines. But now we get into what makes Aetrex Bodyworks so special...These cute shoes give you a great workout! Here's more detailed info from Aetrex about this great line of shoes:
BodyWorks help tone your lower body, encourage healthy midfoot walking and promote proper body alignment. These exceptional shoes feature an innovative double rocker sole to redistribute force away from both your rearfoot and metatarsal heads. BodyWorks shock absorbing polyurethane midsoles and strategically positioned fulcrum point provide comfort and cushioning and help facilitate walking. Moreover, the removable performance insoles feature Mozaic Customization Technology to provide personalized comfort and a pressure free environment.
- Double rocker sole for pressure redistribution and lower body muscle stimulation
- Multi-density polyurethane midsole for cushioning and shock absorption
- Mozaic® Performance Insole for customized pressure relief
- Strategically positioned fulcrum point for a natural foot roll
- Rubber outsole pods for traction and stability
- Moisture wicking linings for a cool and dry environment
- Stylish athletic lace-up design
- Leather and mesh fabric upper
The first time I wore these shoes out and about, it was during a shopping trip at WalMart. The shoes are very, very comfortable and have an excellent fit. I will say, for the first 10 minutes or so, I could feel the burn in my calf muscles and butt. I was feeling muscles I didn't even know I had! (But in a good way.) I could tell that these muscles were being properly worked and with every step I took, the more energized I felt! I will confess, I hate anything that even remotely resembles exercise. I do not like to sweat, and I don't like pain. I take my babies for long walks through my neighborhood daily, weather permitting, but that's the only real form of exercise I get, aside from the occasional Belly Dance DVD. Now with my Bodyworks Sport Lace shoes, I can resume my normal daily activities AND get a work out while doing the things I do every single day, all while toning and working my muscles!
I do have to say, it took a few minutes of wear to get used to walking in these shoes. Since they are toning shoes, the soles are shaped to optimize muscle use using their double rocker technology. So yes, these feel different than regular sneakers. They almost feel like you're walking uphill at all times as your step naturally "rolls" while wearing these shoes. Aetrex makes getting a great lower body workout virtually effortless with these awesome shoes! Maybe I will finally be able to put some junk in my trunk while using these. I have no butt whatsoever, and I can definitely feel the booty burn while wearing these shoes.
Overall, I love my Aetrex Bodyworks Sport Lace shoes. They definitely work exactly as promised, and this was quite evident from the moment I put them on. And did I mention that these shoes are CUTE, too? Take a look:
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***