Friday, July 02, 2010

Not Sure About a Ride But More on Shape Ups

Another Nice Morning

I'm not sure about riding yet. My knee was a bit more wonky this morning when I got up. I am thinking of going back out after the Boys are done with breakfast to lunge someone, just to see how that goes. The brace seems to help a lot.

More on the Shape Ups.  My chiropractor told me the design was based on some kind of earth shoe that came out years ago.  The idea is to create an instability in the foot, which then makes the foot work more naturally.  Skechers has added internal cushioning of some sort making them unique.  Whatever they've done, the shoes are very comfortable on hard surfaces.

If you do decide to try them, you might find them a bit strange to walk in at first as the rocker sole seems, at first, to require extra balance.  But I got over that really quickly.  I feel as if I have better posture in them too.

As for helping your back?  I would say, "yes" to that as well.  And, I've had issues with my ankles as well as my knees and they have definitely helped them as well.  I, like many of you, am not into believing in gimmicks either so I bought my first pair on a special deal from the Skechers store in a nearby mall, fully expected "just another shoe."  But it didn't take me long to get hooked.

Am I getting toned up as all the ads suggest?  I have no idea. But easing the pain and strain on my joints is reward enough.  If I get beautifully tones legs out of it, that's just a bonus--but I'm not holding my breath. *G*

Addendum:  I did lunge Toby and Chance this morning.  Tucker was losing the shoe on his damaged hoof.  I wrapped it in Elastiplast and duct tape to keep it on and have now locked him in his stall.  I called Scott, but no reply yet. It would have to be a holiday weekend....bummer.  The other Boys are kind of hanging around the barn anyhow, keeping in the shade and fans, so Tuck is not too bad off.   He'll be OK for a few days if need be.  He's pretty good about being stuck inside.


  1. Take it easy on that knee, and thanks for the shoe info!

  2. Gld to hear your knee is feeling better. Although, now is the dangerous time, I always manage to overdo it and make the problem worse when I start to feel better.

    I think I'm going to look into those shoes. I assumed they were just another gimmick to "work out" without actually doing anything. But if they relieve achy joints, I'll jump on that bandwagon!

  3. I am going to try them out in a shop to find my size, then order them on EBay EhEHEHEh

  4. just googled them. not cheap by any means!

  5. Knees - ugh. I have a bad one I can't put much weight on when bent past a certain angle... and I just sort of keep ignoring it. Too expensive to have it looked at yet, nor do I want to give it any time to heal, or have surgery. I can still ride, so until then... it will be ignored.
    Good luck with yours!
    - The Equestrian Vagabond

  6. I've really got to try those Sketchers. Anything to help knee pain would be a good investment. Hope your knee feels better soon. Today was so nice, but I didn't get a chance to ride either. Maybe tomorrow we'll both get to ride.