I just would never have believed that these trainers/shoes are so different from my walking trainers! I love them! I am thinking of changing all my shoes now into Fitflops! This is what they say they do! THEY DO! WOW! They actually do what they say! There is a sale on at the moment and I am on it right away as I need the blue suede shoes!
Actually if you google Fitflops it comes up with lots of different outlets, so just have a look at the range on http://www.fitflops.co.uk as you may find them cheaper elsewhere. I’m a sucker now for their site as I just love their colour ranges and sometimes it takes days to visit all the different retailers and they don’t have what you want. (I think Ruth should do something on Keepcalmandshop on them!)
FitFlop. Get a workout while you walk™
FitFlop footwear is biomechanically engineered to help tone and tighten your leg muscles while you walk in them. Studies at the Centre for Human Performance at London South Bank University (LSBU) show that normal walking in FitFlop sandals* can help:
– help increase leg and bottom muscle activity (up to 30%). (so you feel less ache in your hips and knees),
– absorb more shock than a normal shoe (up to 22%),
– help realign ground force reaction closer to your joints,
– reduce foot pressure and pain from heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.**
FitFlop sandals wearers have also reported relief from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, chronic back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, RLS (restless leg syndrome), scoliosis and degenerative disc disease.
FitFlop footwear features patent- pending muscle-loadingMicrowobbleboard™ technology and was independently tested at Salford University in Manchester by Dr Philip Graham Smith & Richard Jones to verify their pro-muscle activity prior to launch. (FitFlop has also been approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association – APMA.
I have osteoarthritis of the facet joints in the lower spine, my knee joints are ‘shot’, both hips have osteopenia and I have areas of osteoporosis in my spine! I am a wreck and I have taken to walking, as an advised, weight- bearing exercise, in the fresh air, so that I can absorb Vitamin D, whilst chewing calcium tablets.
I usually wear walking boots or trainers for the footpaths and hilly terrain as they are more suitable to coming downhill from the Malverns. However I am finding fast walking on flat pavements or roads is preferable to my condition and doesn’t jar my hip joints. My Fitflop trainers are brilliant for this. They are quite wide so they don’t squash your toes up and they have blissful cotton insides so your feet don’t get all hot as they do, even in the Gortex boots and trainers.
However the ‘piece de resistance’ has got to be the way your heel sits lower down in the shoe, so you have to tuck your tummy and seat muscles in when you move. I always feel my posture is so much better in them and that I walk taller and use all my muscles and my tread feels lighter.
I have a silver pair and love them because I can wear them with a skirt or with jeans or crop trousers and they look so much better than trainers, which sometimes look like foam yachts!
I took mine to Spain and used them continuously on the promenades. Brilliant! Not so good for walking in sand though. I do tend to pound at my walking and go quite fast, as I find there is less pressure on my joints as you can sort of roll along! WITH FITFLOPS IT IS LIKE FLOATING! a bit like being a hovercraft!
I do have a tale to tell though and a warning! DON’T wear them through security at the airport! It’s always my husband who forgets he has change in his pockets, or his belt on. He is always the one who goes through and it beeps! THIS TIME IT WAS ME! ! I couldn’t believe it! I had to have the body search. ME! ! A PRINCESS!
It was my ‘wobbleboards’ which I had to then take off and put in the shoe ex-ray machine, but not until I had had the ‘cleavage chop,’ looking for metal underwiring, probably, and the investigations into skirt buckles, and whether my ‘hip-panniers’ were true mounds of fat, or secreting metal contraband! I thought my husband might be leaving me behind. I want to know what happens if you have metal pins in your hip joints?
To hazard a guess, as I haven’t tried other types of Fitflops, I would say that the trainers/sneakers/shoes give you the most support for fast walking as they have laces and you don’t need to grip with your toes to hold them on. So, I am not too sure, with my problems, whether sandals or clogs would be of equal benefit BUT I so love shopping on-line I am going to have a look at what’s available and take some time considering.
I also need Ruth to tell me how to get that link into blue? Also I would like to say how thankful I am that you have subscribed to my site. For a long while there was me and my other daughter, Kate. I kept looking for ages so I am sooooooooo pleased that there are people who might be interested as I have so many things to write about. I used to do retail therapy after work (teaching) and fill the baskets, whilst sipping wine and order EVERYTHING I wanted and then get to the checkout and close down! The feeling of exhilaration was GREAT! I can shop on line for days BUT actually hate going into shops. I have an allergy now to that noise the coathangers make as you swish the clothes past! It gives me nausea!
Hope you keep popping in and thankyou again.
Love to you all and best wishes for happy healthy days!