What are Leg Toning Shoes?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

Leg toning shoes are a kind of footwear that are intended to help exercise and tone the muscles in the leg from the ankle up to the buttocks. Unlike other athletic shoes, which are simply meant to support the feet during exercise, leg toning shoes help to exercise the legs even during normal daily activities. These kinds of shoes can offer extra exercise and toning to the legs during activities such as doing chores around the house, gardening, and grocery shopping. They can also help to exercise the legs even during short periods of activity such as walking around one's office during a work day.

Leg toning shoes are often designed to look like traditional sneakers or athletic sandals.
Leg toning shoes are often designed to look like traditional sneakers or athletic sandals.

These sorts of shoes are often designed to look like traditional sneakers or athletic sandals. The difference between leg toning shoes and other kinds of shoes is the design of the soles. The soles of the shoes are designed in such a way to make the legs work harder while walking. Some people liken the experience of walking in leg toning shoes to the experience of walking on a beach. Legs have to work harder to brace the body and propel it forward because each footstep requires a rebalancing according to the differences in the sand. A similar principle is used in the design of leg toning shoes except that they are not as difficult to walk in as walking in the sand can be.

Leg toning shoes are very casual and cannot be worn in workplaces that have dress codes forbidding athletic shoes.
Leg toning shoes are very casual and cannot be worn in workplaces that have dress codes forbidding athletic shoes.

Some people like to wear leg toning shoes to help them burn extra calories and keep their legs fit even on days when they can't get to to gym or do their normal exercise routines. Unfortunately, most leg toning shoes are very casual, so they cannot be worn to work with dress codes that forbid athletic shoes and sandals. There are, however, some leg toning shoes that are designed to be rather fashionable, especially in combination with ladies wear. Some of the leg toning sandals are designed with attractive patterns or even sequins and can be worn with day dresses and similar kinds of clothing.

Leg toning shoes are normally a bit more expensive than normal sneakers and sandals. This is because of the design and technology that goes into making them. The most affordable varieties are often the sandals, but this is mostly true for women's leg toning sandals. Leg toning sandals for men are usually only slightly less expensive than leg toning sneakers for men. They may actually be the same price.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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