Toning shoes have been getting a lot of publicity. Firstly with all the marketing hype that can be achieved with these toning shoes and all the celebrity endorsements. The then, secondly with the settlement that some of the companies making the shoe had to reach with the FTC as the marketing hype was not supported by the scientific evidence.
Toning shoes are a group of footwear (MBT, Reebok EasyTone, Skechers Shape ups) that have feature that make you work harder when wearing them. This extra work was supposed to be an additional work put or the ‘tone up’ that you get when wearing them. The reality was quite a bit different to the hyped up claims. The sales of these shoes have now dropped off and there are many skeptical bloggers now talking about them.
If you want them because of the promises that they will do for you butt, your cellulite, your posture, your circulation, etc, then that is not going to happen, so stay away from them.
If you want them, because its is probably a good idea to change the way you walk for short periods and use the muscles differently fro short periods, then this is not a bad idea.
If you have some specific conditions, like arthritis of the big toe joint, then these shoes are probably going to help.