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Soaring sales, wary words for toning shoes

Fitness specialists, sneaker firms debate biomechanics

Becky Clarke helped Sharon Bowler try toning shoes at Reebok’s Foxborough store. Becky Clarke helped Sharon Bowler try toning shoes at Reebok’s Foxborough store. (Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff)
By Jenn Abelson
Globe Staff / July 23, 2010

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A little instability is creating a whole lot of cash for sneaker makers. Toning shoes — which are sneakers designed with an unstable sole so leg muscles have to work harder to maintain balance during everyday activities — are the fastest-growing segment in the footwear industry, with sales expected to jump fivefold to $1.5 billion this year. (Full article: 1238 words)

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