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.