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Fashion Commentary: Oh, No You Didn’t Spend That Much on Fitness Tennis

May 18, 2010

Here’s a question for everyone.  Let’s talk the price vs. the performance of fitness and athletic tennis shoes.  When you’re in the market for a good pair of fitness shoes to get fit and healthy for whatever reason, you want to have a good pair of fitness shoes, right?  Reebok’s EasyTone (photo from Popsci.com) and Sketcher’s Shap Ups (photo from Shoesforall.com) are pretty good and right up there in high performance.  They are retailed around the $130 mark, which to me seems a little pricey for a pair of fitness shoes, or rather tennis, right? 

What I want to know is do they perform any differently than a good pair of Nike you can get for three times that amount, or Puma’s that may offer up the same dynamic features.  Or what about other fitness tennis with the curved sole that doesn’t cost nowhere near $130?  You can get similar fitness tennis by Curves from Avon for about $49, and receive the same performance value as Reeboks and Sketchers high priced fitness tennis.

The ripoff comes when you are told that you have absolutely no choice or there are no alternatives and you have to spend $130+ to achieve the proper work out you desire, or play that sport better, that will perform at a level that is said to extend beyond any other fitness and athletic tennis shoes on the market. 

Hogwash!  Come on people!  I’m one to workout, too, and I step on a tennis court every now and then, and I want a good pair of tennis that is going to take the abuse, regardless of the activity I’m involved in, so in a sense, I want the best of both worlds. 

My last good pair of tennis came from Payless and I paid just over $14.99 for them.  They gave me almost three years of good, solid comfort for working out and walking long distances.  They are Airwalk and are still going strong today.  I can put them on at any given time and walk for about an hour and feel like I’ve worked out for 2 hours.  I can do a 45 minute workout and feel like I had an hour workout.  That’s how good they are.  And I didn’t spend a fortune.

They design these fitness tennis with the promise of firming the buttocks, giving you rock-solid thighs, promote weight loss, and reduce cellulite.  Hello, is it just me, or am I the only one who does not believe all the hype that is built into all these so-called fitness and athletic tennis shoes, and who will actually make a trip to Lady Foot Locker or Payless?  Or a local neighborhood swapmeet every now and then to get in on the latest sales and deals, or take advantage of their already reasonably priced shoes that will do just about the same thing?

Better yet, you can go right down to Payless or visit their site and get your hands on their Champion Pace Fitness Athletic tennis (picture shown).  They’re cute, fashionable and they also promote muscle tone, weight loss, firm buttocks, reduced cellulite and achieved rock-solid thighs, and you’re only out of $39.99 plus tax.  Or check out the selection of their fitness athletic shoes to see what else they have available.  I just know that you can’t go wrong with them.  And what’s sad is they get such a bad rap sometimes.

I think anyone would agree that not everybody can get their hands on $130 — give or take more or less — to purchase Reebok’s Easy Tones or Sketcher’s Shape Ups, or any other high priced fitness tennis right away, especially when we are still in a struggling economy, jobs are still being lost, and families are fighting to survive another day.  Anyone bragging about how they spent a mint on their fitness shoes, I can almost guarantee that they are the main ones struggling, missing the money they spent on fitness tennis they could have paid less than $40 for.  The point we’re missing is that for the high cost of Reebok and Sketcher’s fitness shoes, that money could have been better spent.

Is it really a consumer trap?  Of course it is.  It’s all a consumer trap to convince consumers that, “there are no other shoes like this!”  My favorite is, “you’re not going to find a good athletic and fitness shoe as good as this anywhere!”  And what’s worse is so many consumers fall into that trap with some knowing they just can’t afford it.  I know, I was one of them several years ago. 

Too, it’s why we have excellent, but aggressive salesmen who know how to get under your skin and pitch one hell of a sales pitch to make you believe that if you walk out the store and have not purchased those fitness tennis, you will regret it for the rest of your life.

Being money smart is essentially the best way to be in these tmes.  And being frugal actually has its benefits, especially when the bottom line of the dollar has to be closely scrutinized.  When you’re in the market for a good pair of fitness tennis shoes understand you don’t have to buy the first and most expensive pair you see.  There is nothing wrong with shopping around first, hunting for the bargains, and keeping those pesky salesmen at bay.  You’ll be a much happier person in the end.

Remember, it is a consumer trap when someone tells you, “this is the better buy,” and the price tag is $130+.  Truth is, it may not always be the better buy, not even the best buy.  I’m probably one of the biggest bargain hunters and frugal spenders around and will be quick to tell you that just because it cost you to sacrifice paying a bill for that month, or the month’s groceries you’ll have to put off purchasing until [hopefully] next payday, doesn’t necessarily mean they were a good investment at the time.  You can get nearly the same thing or something very similar for almost or more than three times less the retailed cost, and ironically the fitness tennis will no doubt perform at the same level if not as better as the pricey fitness shoes you were orignally going to throw your money away on.  Something to think about.

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