August 14th, 2010

Smart Sole Exercise Insoles

Everywhere you turn lately you see/read/hear about shoe companies coming out with all kinds-of fandangled fitness shoes to help you trim up and lose weight. The problem is, each of these fitness shoes usually cost an arm-and-a-leg, or perhaps, the price of your first-born child (and while you may blame him or her for your post-pregnancy muffin top, I’m sure you may not want to sell them to lose that weight). But instead of taking out a second mortgage for fancy shoes, there’s a pretty ingenious alternative to the high-priced workout-in-a-sneaker. It’s called SmartSoles™. These nifty insoles sit comfortably in shoes you already own and essentially do the same thing at 1/3 of the price. Cha-ching, baby!

Imitating walking on sand, the SmartSole™ Exercise Insole helps your foot go through a rolling motion beginning from your heel to your toe, which helps stretch and strengthen your legs while you stride. It feels kind of weird at first, you think to yourself “Am I seriously supposed to walk like this?” But after a few wears, you get used to it—and I have to tell you, I love them. I love how it’s changed my stride even when I’m not wearing them. I find myself rolling from heel totoe even in sandals or barefoot!

As for trimming up, I have found a difference mainly in my legs and calves. I also feel my ankles are stronger. They’re also pretty comfortable for running (or chasing runaway toddlers!) because they have this comfy gel insert inside on the heel.

I like how you can switch it up and wear them in practically any shoe. My teenage daughter loves to wear them, too. I often find she’s stolen (ahem, borrowed) them from me.

The SmartSole™ Exercise Insole is available at for $29.99.

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