Diet shoes


I have an actual reader request for a piece about the FitFlop, which, it says here, is “engineered with a multi-density mid-sole that stimulates your muscles more while you’re wearing them.” A lot to ask of a shoe, I suspect, and not everyone is enthusiastic:

A British invention, FitFlops are purported to help work and tone the muscles of the thighs and calves so that women can burn even more calories and reduce the dread fat and cellulite — all for a pittance of $49.95. One reviewer said she found them comfortable, but added that it requires 15 percent energy than ordinary walking and that other wearers have reported discomfort. Other reviewers also reported discomfort, as well as a dismal lack of sandal-sculpted legs. But not only are such diet shoes not likely to give you the legs of a supermodel, they can actually throw you off your stride resulting in lower leg and feet pain.

As can any flip-flop, probably. Far be it from me to complain about the prospect of supermodel legs, but there’s more than a faint hint of hype here. Still, if you wear them and are willing to defend them, now’s your chance.


  1. Lynn »

    3 July 2008 · 9:37 pm

    They made pretty much the same claim for the Dr Scholl’s Exercise Sandal back in the 70’s or 80’s. (Can’t remember when they came out.) I have no idea if there was any truth to the claim. They looked uncomfortable so I didn’t buy any.

  2. Nina »

    3 July 2008 · 10:52 pm

    A friend of mine was mentioning these at lunch the other day. She said her doc told her that they have reeked havoc on women’s feet. How they can be worse than heels seems strange.

    Simply appears to be an overpriced flip-flop to me.

    Speaking of “flip-flops” – About 10 years ago, some schoolteacher friends went to White Water. When Mary Lou saw the sign, “No Thongs Allowed,” she immediately looked at her feet and exclaimed, “But thongs are all I brought!” We’ve chuckled about it ever since.

  3. fillyjonk »

    4 July 2008 · 6:27 am

    Yeah, I was thinking of the Dr. Scholl’s sandals too. I bought them one summer (when I was younger, stupider, and more gullible) and wore them. All I got were blisters on the bottoms of my feet.

    I think to get “supermodel legs” you must be born with “supermodel genes” as well as following the “supermodel diet plan” (iceberg lettuce, Tab, cigarettes, and once in a while, a Tic-Tac) and the “Supermodel Exercise Plan” (in other words, don’t have a job – or rather, your job is working out with a personal trainer named Dolph or Buzz or something like that).

  4. CGHill »

    4 July 2008 · 11:10 am

    I’m not so sure about the diet plan. I remember a coworker, circa 1982, who looked like a slightly-skinnier (and much more even-tempered) version of Naomi Campbell, and she could pack it away like you wouldn’t believe. The woman could live entirely on the Taco Bell menu for six months and lose a pound. I have to assume that this is a genetic factor.

  5. Dr. Jan »

    4 July 2008 · 4:58 pm

    I wear them and think they are absolutely divine. They are comfortable and quite a few people who know my penchant for the latest cheap vogue footwear have exclaimed about my sandals.

    Charles, darling, they have just come out with a male version. Shall I order you some?

    smooches (as usual)

  6. CGHill »

    4 July 2008 · 5:14 pm

    I’m perfectly content with my current Nike sport sandals, which have served me well for a number of summers, and which have no drawbacks other than the one you’d expect: tan lines across the foot.

  7. Dr. Jan »

    5 July 2008 · 10:01 pm

    awwwwwwwwwwwww…. yanno ya wanna.

  8. Dr. Jan »

    5 July 2008 · 10:02 pm

    relent and give me your shoe size… and I shall personallly deliver (maybe)

  9. CGHill »

    5 July 2008 · 11:30 pm

    Last time I was at New Balance, they informed me that I’d become a 14 6E. That’s EEEEEE. That’s about what I said when they told me.

  10. Dr. Jan »

    6 July 2008 · 12:23 pm

    Exceedingly bad news friend… I went to… sniffle… largest size is a 13. Should we risk it?

  11. CGHill »

    6 July 2008 · 1:06 pm

    Some things were never meant to be.

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