Skechers LIV Shape-ups Review

Lightweight and Flexible Toning Shoes

Skechers Liv
Skechers Liv. Courtesy of Amazon

Skechers LIV is a lighter-weight and more flexible version of its Shape-ups toning shoe. The LIV design is meant for walking, running and comfort wear. The LIV still uses a rocker sole for toning, but the motion is much more muted from the original Shape-ups designs. The shoes still promote a quick transition between heel strike and toe-off, but with a more natural feel. The soles are not as thick and they don't have an extreme rocker sole look.

Skechers LIV - Lightweight and Cushioned

The LIV addresses two objections I had to the original Skechers designs. The original Skechers were not as lightweight, flat and flexible as walking shoes should be. They were comfortable to stand in, and opinions from my readers ranged from those who loved them to reports from people who had accidents or developed knee and joint problems after wearing Skechers Shape-ups.

The LIV design is lightweight, these are a joy to slip into and easy to walk in. Nothing is weighing you down. Skechers uses a Resalyte (TM) cushioning material that is very lightweight.

LIV also has a flexible, grooved sole that at first look reminds me of the Nike Free grooved sole. Your foot is free to bend wherever it wants, rather than being locked into a single position as with original Skechers Shape-ups. Skechers calls this the Diagonal SmartShoe (TM) bottom and says that it guides and adjusts your stride.

The rocker bottom of the sole is less obvious from the outside. But in wearing the shoe, I can feel the support elements underneath the arch which enforce a rocker motion. This rocker motion is what is what fueled the toning shoe craze, and while companies no longer make claims about its benefits, many walkers find it works well for them.

The upper is made with lightweight materials and a sock-fit construction. This simple construction feels good, but it won't provide any side support. I would be cautious in buying these shoes if I were an overpronator, as they do not provide the kind of motion control needed.

The lacing system provides enough holes to arrange your laces as needed. The tongue is nicely padded.

The Downside of Skechers LIV

With my basic objections to the old Skechers addressed, what's not to like about the LIV?

First, the rocker sole under my arch feels slightly uncomfortable when wearing around the office. I have low arches and avoid any arch supports. It was worrying to feel something under my arch, which gets firmer as I roll through a step. While many people with high arches will either not notice this or will appreciate the support, I know it is wrong for me. I don't want to risk bruising the sole of my foot and the plantar fascia. If you have a low arch, I suggest using caution with these shoes. Wear them only for short walks and build up time in them. Discontinue wearing them if you feel any discomfort.

The sock-fit construction was slightly snug for me. I have a wide foot and Skechers don't come in widths. To give my foot more space, I took out the liner. I didn't try to wear it barefoot as seen in some of their ads. This won't be a problem for people without wide feet.

Bottom Line on Skechers LIV

If you like the feel of a rocker bottom shoe, the lighter weight designs from Skechers will give you a better walking motion than the original designs.

With any toning shoes, check the return policy of the vendor. Select a vendor that allows you to return them for any reason. Check to see whether you will have to wear them only indoors if you intend to return them.

Wear toning shoes for slowly increasing amounts each day. Start with 15 minutes of walking, 20 minutes and 30 minutes. If you experience any pain or discomfort in your arches, knees or back, stop wearing the shoes and return them.

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

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