Review: FDA approved LaJolla shoes – Tenevis by Good Feet
Recently, I got a chance to try out a pair of the Tenevis by Good Feet LaJolla shoes. Apparently, they are the only FDA-approved(!) walking and body toning shoe on the market right now that are proven to strengthen. Specifically, they strengthen lower body, improve posture and reduce impact on your spine. I’ve tested many shoes in the toning category over the years and was curious how these would stack up.
The first day, I laced them up first thing in the morning before taking the kids to school and wore them all day. It was another day in the life of a busy mom of four: breakfast, mad dash to walk the kids to school, rush home, housework, back to school to drive for a field trip, off to the doctor for my son, back to the school, off to the grocery store, the pharmacy and then the day really started with all the after school activities and sports. Day one was a fourteen hour day in those shoes.
First off, I should mention that straight out of the box the shoes drew attention. They drew the kids out of all corners of the house like flies to honey. I was kind of shocked, as the kids don’t usually show a big interest in the items I test.
All the kids were unanimous that they looked “cool” – specifically that the heels looked cool – and they all had to try them on. The kids all had reviews written in the first thirty seconds of wearing them.
“They feel springy”;
“These are soooo comfy, Mom!”;
“I feel my muscles getting bigger…Yes, I do. I do!” (This from the seven year old, convincing her older brothers before their turns.)
“Can I keep them, pleaaase? I walk, like, a LOT at high school.” (This from my fashion-conscious 13 year old.)
Personally, I was a bit surprised, because I thought they looked pretty big, bordering on chunky/clunky. But as soon as I got the shoes on I immediately understood. The shoes are springy, almost spongy even, which is really, really comfortable.
Their patented “bone & chip” technology gives 127% more cushioning to your feet and reduces muscle fatigue by 40%.
They may be comfortable, but on the other hand you can immediately feel your lower body muscles activating to keep you in balance. (I could feel my muscles activating in my ankles, calves, hamstrings and glutes.) Don’t get me wrong, they’re not overdone, you don’t feel like you are going to fall but they definitely keep your legs working to balance you. They’re like portable mini balance-boards…but safer.
After fourteen hours in them on that first day I can attest that they were just as comfortable in the last five minutes as the first five minutes. These are incredibly comfortable shoes. I’ll actually go further and say these are the most comfortable runners cushion-wise that I have ever worn. While I was exhausted at the end of my day, I can honestly say that the one part of my body that didn’t hurt were my feet.
I’m not a scientist, so I can only give my personal opinion. These shoes are super comfy and I can feel my muscles working. Do I get huge benefits from them? I don’t know. I don’t think they should be used in place of working out, but I certainly agree that they enhance my walking experience as I move through my day. And as for comfort level, well, you already know I love how comfy they are.
Look-wise, I got mixed reviews from other adults, including:
“Those look like nurse shoes.”
“They are so white I want to step on your feet. Can I just step on them? I can’t stand it….”
“New shoes? What are they? …Huh. I think I like them.”
“What’s up with the heels on your shoes? They look funky.”
I’ve since worn the shoes countless times and my opinion still holds. These are now my go-to runners for days when I don’t get out of my Lululemons and am in errand mode or work mode. In the end, I like them most for comfort and because I work out a lot anyway, the fitness benefits I receive is just icing on the cake.