This is it! I have completed the challenge. I’ve worn the same pair of shoes for two weeks (a minor miracle for shoe-loving me) and I’ve walked everywhere I can think of. Have the FitFlops worked? Are they worth the price of £39.95? Well, the jury is now out.
Thighs: 21 inches - a total loss of one inch
Calves: 14.5 inches - a total gain of a half inch.
Hips: 37 inches – a total loss of one inch
It appears that the FitFlops work if you use them in conjunction with a lot of extra walking. I did a bit more than my usual amount of walking, choosing to walk on the escalators rather than stand on the right, and to climb up stairs instead of using the lifts.
They were very comfortable to wear overall, although they were somewhat stiff at first. This stiffness did cause my feet some pain for the first few days but soon that eased off as they got used to shoes. However, I had quite a few problems with the right shoe pinching a nerve on the top of my foot. The straps cut into the bony bit and after a long day I was almost always in pain.
This is not necessarily a flaw in the shoe; it could be that these were just not quite right for my feet, as many people have told me that they find their FitFlops extremely comfortable.
Now that I’ve tried these shoes out and seen the difference they’ve made in my inches I think that, if I could find a more comfortable pair, I would be happy to spend that amount of money on them. Cheaper than a gym and delivering proven results they are worth every penny if you’re prepared to use them exclusively when you walk around.
Of course, this may not be an ideal solution for a shoe lover but something worth considering if you want to walk every day for an hour as a part of an exercise regime, or use them when you pick the kids up from school.