I’ve been intrigued by the idea of Fit Flops for a long time now, so when the lovely people at Fitness Footwear offered to send me some to try, I obviously jumped at the chance.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, these are flip flops – but not as we know them. Fit Flops, you see, are specially designed to tone up your legs, just by walking around in them normally. They do this using their patent-pending “microwobbleboard” technology (isn’t that a great name?) which basically forces you to engage your leg muscles much more than you would in a pair of normal shoes. With regular use, you should see an improvement in muscle tone, and because the foot bed is also designed to help mimic the action of walking barefoot, they’re also more comfortable to walk in, and better for your feet, which means they can be helpful for people with foot problems.
The shoes come in various styles but, me being me, I naturally went for the most ostentatious one I could find, which was the “Electra” model in gold, which you can see above. You may be exercising, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be glamorous at the same time. Well, that’s my motto, anyway.
I wore my new Fit Flops for the first time a couple of days ago, while walking my trusty sidekick, Rubin (Superpowers: barking, having “accidents” on the radiator in the office, being a wolf) and have also been wearing them around the house. I can therefore confirm that the “bare foot gait” claim isn’t just something the manufacturers made up: these really do feel like “natural” barefoot walking, with the shoe allowing the foot to spread out and get comfortable. Only one problem presented itself, in fact, and that was the toe post, which rubbed a lot at my toes: it could just be that I need to wear them in a little more, or it could be because this was the inaugural flip-flop outing of the new season.
After a day’s wear, I noticed that my calf muscles felt a little bit… “sore” would be the wrong word, but I could tell I’d been using them. It’s obviously too soon to see a noticeable difference in the condition of my legs (and I am a regular gym-goer anyway), but rest assured, I’ll keep you all posted on my progress.
In the meantime, if you’d like to try these out for yourself, the Electra style is £43.95 from Fitness Footwear, but there are other styles available there too.