The Flex Mini® vs. Skechers Shape Ups

The Skechers Shape Ups line of sneakers is one example of a trend toward shoes that are designed for daily wear but that also aim offer fitness benefits. The construction and shape of the Skechers Shape Ups soles causes the user to work his or her muscles more effectively and more consistently. Thus, Skechers Shape Ups are marketed to individuals who want to work on toning their buttocks, legs, and lower bodies in general. The idea is that any time they are walking in these shoes they are giving themselves a bit of a workout.

Skechers sells various styles and models of Shape Ups on their official website. Skechers Shape Ups range in price between $80 and $140. Regular shipping costs $8.50 no matter how many pairs a consumer orders. Skechers offers a 45 day return policy or satisfaction guarantee for unworn shoes in their original packaging. We saw no indication of a warranty policy and Skechers Shape Ups do not appear to come with any bonus materials. We should also note that Skechers only ships to customers in the United States and certain U.S. territories.

 The Flex MIniSkechers Shape Ups
How much does it cost?The Flex Mini costs $199.99.$80 to $140 Shipping and handling is $8.50 for U.S. customers.
Does it require assembly?No, the Flex mini does not require assembly. It comes ready to go.NO. These are merely sneakers.
Are there any 3rd party clinical trials to back up the claims?YES there was a very comprehensive clinical study conducted. The results showed that 100% of users said it worked in some way. 92% said it was easy to fit into their daily return. 90% were more toned and firmed.NO. We saw some indication of studies that show the effectiveness of Skechers Shape Ups, but it was unclear whether these were published 3rd party trials.
Is it FDA cleared? Please note that most products are not required to be FDA Cleared. This is a status that makes the Flex Mini unique.Yes Ė the Flex Mini is the first and currently the only of its kind to be cleared by the FDA for Toning, Tightening and Lifting the Butt and Backs of the Thighs.NO. However Skechers Shape Ups do not require FDA clearance.
Do you need exercise while using it?NO. You put the FLEX MINI on, turn it on, and it does all the work for you using electronic muscle stimulation to perfectly contract and work all the muscles in your butt and backs of the thighs.NO. The sneakers are designed to offer a workout during normal daily walking.
Do you need to focus on your form?No you donít need to even think about form. The FLEX MINI keeps track of the intensity and duration of the concentrated muscle contractions for you.NO. Skechers Shape Ups only require that users walk around.
When can you use it?You can get a concentrated rear end workout while you are doing your make-up, at work, watching TV, surfing the net, folding laundry, cooking, talking on the phone, helping the kids with their homework...virtually anywhere and anytime.Any time you are wearing the shoes.
Can you tone other parts of the body?YES, you can add accessories to your order that are specifically designed and fitted to be worn on other parts of the body. There is one for the stomach and another for the arms. These accessories are individually FDA Cleared for toning, strengthening, and firming their specific body parts. Click here to learn more about the Flex Range of products.NO. Skechers Shape Ups focus on offering lower body benefits.
Is it portable? How big is it?YES, is it very portable. It is about the size of a pair of shorts. It comes with a free travel pouch and weighs less than one poundYES. These are normal sized shoes.
Is it discreet?YES, the Mini is very fitted to the buttocks and back of the thighs and not bulky in any way. The remote is very small and tucks away in a small pouch on the side. You can wear it discretely under clothing and while doing virtually anything.YES and NO. Some Skechers Shape Ups are easy to identify as such while other styles are not.
Does it require hard work or motivation?NO, you do not need to exercise or break a sweat during a toning session. You donít need to find time for the gym and it requires no energy to give your entire rear end a very concentrated workout.NO. You must merely wear them regularly.
Does it require batteries?No. It comes with a rechargeable power supply unit.NO. Skechers Shape Ups are just shoes.
What is the "Satisfaction Guarantee" period?For a full 60-Days any order can be returned for a full refund.45 days
What is the "Product Warranty" period?If there is any problem with your Flex Mini it can be exchanged for a new unit for a full Two Years from your original purchase date.Not specified
Do they ship internationally?YES. The FLEX Mini is currently shipped to over 100 countries. Check our order page for a list of all the countries we ship to.United States and U.S. territories only.
Do they have toll free ordering and customer service?YES: (800) 222-7154. Our friendly customer service staff is available to help you between 9am Ė 6pm MST.NO.
Is there bonus material with your order?YES! Your Flex Mini Order Comes with a full 1-Year subscription presented by our sponsors to either Fitness or Elle magazines (A Retail Value of $50!).None specified
What is the delivery time for domestic orders?1 week or less.5 to 10 days