Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I love my Sketchers Shapeups!

Sketcher's Shapeups

I just removed 95% of the advertising on this blog.  One reason I chose tonight is because I wanted to comment on the Sketcher's shoe settlement and sine I am an affiliate of the program, this post would be considered biased.  There were also other ads that I wanted to make posts but the affiliate agreements prohibited me from doing so.  without having the limitations advertising placed on me, I'm freer to comment on what I want to comment on.

For those who do not know what Sketcher's Shapeups are, they are design that are claimed to help tone your body when walking. There was a class action settlement for alleged false advertising by making that claim and another pending lawsuit alleging the shoes are unsafe.

I hesitated in purchasing the shoes because of the cost (over $100.) and because I was skeptical on how they would work.  I purchased them at Kohl's and was reassured by the salespeople and Kohl's policy I could return the shoes at any time if I did not like them or was unsatisfied for any reaon.

I have high arches and need to wear prescription orthotics.  Even with the prescription inserts, I always had sore shins when walking any length of time to the point I had numerous stress fractures.  When I started walking in my Sketcher Shapeups, I felt the change from the shins to the buttocks, thighs, and down the lower legs and for the first time in my life, I could walk ANY length of time without my shins getting sore and legs tightening up.  I felt like a horse that long needed corrective shoeing that had corrective shoeing the first time in its life.

Yes, Sketchers Shapeups take a bit of getting used to and you need to learn to walk in them but even so, they are much less dangerous than high heeled shoes!

While I'm supposedly entitled to part of the settlement (which I understand will be around $20.)  I disagree with the claims of fraudulent advertising - the shoes work exactly as advertised.  I'm going to research the settlement and if there are no moral reasons to not accept my part of the settlement, I will take that amount and use it towards another pair of Sketcher's Shapeups!

Friday, May 18, 2012

May 18, 1980

Commemorate the eruption of Mt. St. Helens on may 18, 1980

I remember the day very well.  Animals were acting up and knew something was going on in the hours before the eruption

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