Contest is Closed. Winner is comment #34 Libby
I first heard about Earth Footwear at the Type A Mom Conference last year, where they were sponsors. This was the first time I had heard of a shoe making a difference in posture, calorie burn, and toning. It intrigued me to think that a shoe could have such a positive impact, although we DO know how poor shoes can have a negative affect on posture, back pain and the like.
So I was thrilled when I got the chance to try out the brand new Swank Boots from Earth Footwear! First of all, these boots look cool, which is the most important thing, right? I have been wading gently into the world of boots in the last few years, and I have a couple pairs of high heel boots I got for $10 each on sale. But sometimes, I want to wear boots and still be casual and comfortable, so the look of the Swank Boots is right up my alley.
I picked up my very first pair of Jeggings (Jeans + Leggings) in NY last month, so I am so excited to wear them with my Earth Footwear Swanks, and a longer shirt/sweater! I can also see me going to and from dance class in these boots, to cover my ankles and foot muscles in the winter. Can you picture it? Tights, skirt, sweatshirt, and slouchy suede boots!
So I’ve been wearing my boots with my jean skirt this week to see how they felt, despite my 7 year old saying, “Why are you wearing boots in the summer?” By the way, I think they’d look awesome with a flowing, Bohemian-ish dress, you know, how the celebrities do?
So here’s what Leah Segedie, the official “spokesmom” for Earthwear shoes says about them:
Earth Footwear is a healthy shoe. Not only do they help you burn more calories while you are walking, but they are also very good for your posture and alignment. So if you have any back problems, you should notice some relief as you are wearing them. And you will also notice a slight lift in your butt and thighs as you wear them around. They force you to use muscles in that area that aren’t normally used when walking. You should also notice your calves getting tighter as well. The technology behind the shoes are simple, but ingenious. You are walking on a slight 3.7 degree incline where your toes will be slightly elevated from your heels. So it will be like walking up a small ramp all day long.
From the Earth Footwear website, the 10 Second Rule when you first try them on
* While wearing the footwear on both of your feet, stand up slowly and stay stationary for ten seconds (you’ll feel an initial sensation of leaning back)
* Take an additional ten seconds and allow your body to make natural adjustments (you’ll feel your weight shift over the center of your feet toward your arches)
* During these ten seconds, you’ll also feel your head straighten, your shoulders roll back, your core muscles activate (as your spine and pelvis aligns), and your hamstring, quad, and calf muscles engage
I DID feel all these things! As I wore the boots, (if I paid attention) I could really fee my thighs and glutes tightening, engaging! But the greatest thing was that after a while, it didn’t feel any different than walking in my regular shoes. My body really did make all the adjustments, and there was no discomfort!
One of my stubborn areas of fitness is the thigh/glute area, so I am excited to see howthe addition of the Swank boots will affect my fitness regimen. I am dancing twice a week: ballet, jazz, hip hop, so I need my legs to be strong and toned! But in my opinion, the best thing about all the Earth Footwear styles is that they are great looking! Some of the freak-a-zoid styles of “fitness shoes” these days do not make me want to wear them! Earth Footwear is different.
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This contest will be open to Continental US Residents 18 or older, through September 10, 2010. One winner will be chosen by random number generator, and notified by email. Winner will be responsible for claiming the prize by email.
Disclosure: Earth Footwear provided me these boots to try out, and provide my honest opinion. (And one for a reader!) All opinions are my own. No other compensation was provided for this review/giveaway.