After over 2-1/2 years of wear, my MBT's are finally ready for retirement. (They are worn to the point of reaching the special super secret Masai Technology squishy part.) Here's a photo of my MBT's in happier days:
MB and I were out shopping over the weekend and I had a 20% off coupon, which meant it was time to splurge on some new sneaks. MB picked out a sensible pair of Avias which were priced at $30 and I moseyed on over the women's overpriced walking shoe section to try on a pair of the new Reebok Simply Tone sneakers that I've had my eye on.
They were on sale for $80 which was muchless than I paid for my MBT's originally. (Incidentally, I purchased them at a discount shoe site; I did not pay full price. I am not an idiot-- which also accounts for the color. There weren't many choices in that price range!)
And then, to come across a Forbes.com article yesterday-- It was titled "10 Ways You're Getting Ripped Off." Let's face it, nobody likes to be ripped off, except people who have blogs because then they have a blog topic for the next day.
Here's what the expert had to say about Item #2: Fitness shoes that claim to tone your legs while you walk- "These shoes .... mostly affect the foot and ankle," says Dr. Michael Ross, director of Rothman Institute's Sports Performance Lab. "There is no evidence they will help you tone better or quicker than a regular shoe." I'll be honest, I never really noticed any difference in my leg tone over the past two years, but I didn't want to chance it :D
Unrelated note, the principal at VC's new school said he recognized me from around town. I immediately thought "when and what was I wearing" as I've been known to trek around town in my short shorts and blue sneakers...May need to rethink this wardrobe choice in the future...
So, do I keep or return my new Simply Tone sneakers??
Update: Looks like I'll be headed back to the store anyway, since they left the security device on one of the sneakers. Terrific.