Street Talk: Working It

New Yorkers pounding the pavement are choosing toning and wellness styles for their trips around town. Some buy the shoes on doctor’s orders, others on friends’ recommendations. Footwear News spoke with users “shaping up” on the streets of downtown New York to find out why they picked the pairs on their feet — and what they thought of the product in action.

1. Debora
New York
Wearing: Skechers Shape-ups
Bought them because … “I started a new workout program. I saw in the commercial that it works your legs, abs, butt and posture. They’re comfortable for me.”

2. Susan
New York
Wearing: MBTs
Bought them because … “The Pilates instructor at my health club suggested them because they help with cellulite. It took awhile to get used to them because they feel like heavy weights. I don’t know if they work. I hope they do. I walk around the city in them a lot.”

3. Maria
Italy
Wearing: FitFlops
Bought them because … “I bought them as normal sandals, but I was surprised by how amazing they felt. I think they do what they promise because I’ve had them for a few weeks and I feel soreness in the muscles behind my legs.”

4. Seneca
New York
Wearing: Skechers Shape-ups
Bought them because … “I work a lot of shifts, and I can’t go to the gym a lot. My colleague recommended them to me. [But] I don’t think they work because I don’t feel any different.”

5. Trinidad
New York
Wearing: FitFlops
Bought them because … “I have problems with my feet and they’re the only [flip-flops] that are comfortable for me. I bought my first pair last summer, and now I have four styles. They’re expensive, but it’s worth it for me because they’re the only ones I can wear.”

6. Jack
New York
Wearing: Skechers Shape-ups
Bought them because: “I have a lot of foot problems and I wanted a pair of MBTs, but they were too expensive. A friend at [comfort retailer] Eneslow showed these to me. I think all the ‘lose weight’ stuff is hype. I only wear them because they relieve my foot pain.”

7. Ale
New York
Wearing: Skechers Shape-ups
Bought them because … “I saw them in the store window, and they looked ridiculously funny, which is my personal style. I’ve had them for a couple months, and they’re comfortable.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s