Toning or unstable footwear were all the fad a while ago. The manufacturers of those footwear used to make remarkable claims for the shoe. Such claims varied from helping weight loss to reducing cellulite to sculpting the butt to treating sore backs. The shoes were built with a rocker on the sole aimed at increasing muscle activity to obtain those presumed benefits. Sadly, the science failed to stack up and there was a great deal of litigation from unimpressed customers and many manufacturers had to make multi-million dollar agreements with the Ftc.
Whilst all that is in the past there are still some of these shoes on the market and they still do have some support from those people who are experienced with the shoes. The shoes can alter the way that you move and then for some individuals that could potentially lead to an improvement in some things like sore backs. Equally, it could make some people with low back pain feel more painful. There is a lot of effort being directed at researching just what these shoes do and exactly who will benefit from them and who may be hurt by them. Different people will likely respond differently to them.
Foot doctors appear to particularly like these sorts of toning shoes due to the kind of patients that they see. The rocker sole nature of the footwear means they are particularly great for those with a sore great toe joint, as with the footwear the big toe does not need to move as much. However, while that could be useful for that joint it will put more pressure on the ankle joint so may create or make more painful issues at the ankle joint. It was issues like this that led to the legal issues in the past and need to be taken into consideration by anyone promoting or using these shoes. Toning shoes do have their uses and they may help for the right individuals with the appropriate issue.