Friday, May 8, 2009
Well, it's finally getting warm enough here in Montreal for open-toed shoes, so a few days ago I had the chance to road-test (literally!) my new FitFlop Walkstars. So far, I had only been wearing them in the house. The other day I took a good, long power walk in my FitFlops so I could bring you this exciting review.
First of all, they are very, very comfortable to walk in. Lightweight, bouncy, and zero 'breaking in' time. The positioning and thickness of the straps across the top of the feet make them feel very secure, so you're not using the muscles on the top of your foot to keep them on. Unlike most thong-style flip flops, you can really pick up some speed wearing these. Even though the manufacturer claims they have a 'built-in micro-wobbleboard workout-enhancing effect' I certainly didn't notice a difference in my walking.
What I did notice though, was that my hamstrings were sore for the next couple of days after. So they definitely do something! I haven't changed anything with my workouts, so I know for sure it was the FitFlops working their magic. Hooray!
The only downside, they are not pretty. They are even clunkier looking in real life. I would never wear these with shorts or a skirt, they are not flattering. I consider them to be kind of like control top panties, something you keep hidden while it works for you, like a frumpy little secret. I like to wear mine with extra-long yoga pants while I chase my toddler around. Sometimes that's a workout in itself, with or without the FitFlops.