We take a look at the newest trend; toneup shoes

We're sure that you've come across the countless toneup shoes now available at some stage in the last year or so. It seems that shoe designers are now jumping on the bandwagon in huge numbers in order to secure a piece of a market that has seen tremendous growth in the last few years.

Pitched at women who want to best utilise every second of their time, these shoes work the muscles in your legs, thighs and bum as you walk, meaning that you get all the benefits of exercise, in terms of toning at least, while going about your day to day routine, so if you don't have time to hit the gym after a busy day at work you won't need to feel too guilty about it for a change!

Finding the toneup shoes that are right for you can prove to be a little tough given the number of companies now making them, however we've taken a look at some of the major designers to save you some time.

Sportswear giants Reebok have their own EasyTone range of shoes which are built to simulate the additional muscle use needed when walking along uneven surfaces like sand. They claim to work your hamstrings and calves up to eleven per cent harder than regular shoes, whole toning your bum as much as twenty eight per cent more than traditional footwear.

Sketchers are another long established manufacturer who have joined the party in recent years, with their Shape Ups range. These shoes are designed to promote weight loss in wearers, while also strengthening the back, firming the buttock and calf muscles, increasing cardiovascular health, improving posture and reducing cellulite on the thighs.

FitFlops you may not be familiar with, but they are fast becoming our favourite of all the toneup shoes thanks to their excellent quality plus the amazing comfort felt while wearing them. Don't let the name fool you either, they don't offer simply flip flop style footwear, their range includes clogs, shoes, boots, slippers and much more for maximum variety.

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