When new mommy, actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, 38, made her first public appearance post-delivery for a press meet in Mumbai, style watchers couldn’t help but take note of her fitness footwear, fitflops, which she paired with a formal Anarkali churidar by designer Abu Jani. While teaming a pair of casual flip flops with an ethnic outfit is a faux pas, it also goes on to show that Ash is in a mood to get back in shape pronto. Fitflops are thick-soled casual sandals that claim to tone the derriere, calves, legs and thighs when wore while walking.
Getting back in shape
Aishwarya’s choice of footwear clearly shows that the former beauty queen is wasting no time to get back to her fitter self. Posture shoes, such as fitflops, aid in toning muscle that in turn helps to reduce weight and get rid of cellulite through prolonged use. Designer Payal Jain feels that Aishwarya’s footwear shows a sensible and practical choice. "The suit with fitflops is not necessarily a fashion statement but, it’s very honest and real. She is looking graceful, elegant and fresh in the cream and baby pink Anarkali suit," adds Jain.
Designer duo Smita Singh Rathore and Shani Himanshi of 11.11 by CellDSGN, say, "Aishwarya has made a wise decision in choosing fitness shoes as postpartum you need all the help and care you can get...and she does it stylishly!" Jitender Sharma, fitness trainer says, "Fitness shoes like these give support as the heel is thick and firm to absorb shock, and they improve posture. They provides your legs and bum with a muscle workout and help to tone these areas. It burns more calories than you would do when walking in a normal pair of shoes." Shoe designer Reena Sahai says, "It shows that she is not taking the weight issue lightly."
Fashion stylist Rishi Raj isn’t too impressed with Aishwarya’s choice of footwear. "Aishwarya would waste no time in getting back to her usual self either by toning her body or may be coming back to her professional life, but still I feel she should not be wearing them at least to a press conference. She could have opted for a more stylish option, says Raj. "The fitflops Ash wore with the traditional outfit are off and ugly looking, even if she’s wearing them for fitness. To avoid heels, I’d recommend flat sandals with straps that would keep the feet in place; save the fitflops for the beach," adds Raj.
Some experts also maintain that such shoes are not meant for those with flat feet as they can push the foot’s arch up causing pain. Also, doctors believe that exercising is a better alternative. Dr. Rajat Chauhan from Back 2 Fitness says, "For toning legs, butt, thighs and calves one needs to do rigorous work out. Most of us are interested in the fitflops’ promise of trimming and toning the backside, which actually can be achieved by exercising."
Where to get fitflops in city
Lilac tinted fitflops with sequinned top
Price: Rs 2,000-Rs 2500
Available at: Pavement stores at M Block market, GK I
Cheaper knock-offs of fitness sandals are available
Price: Rs 500- 800
Available at: Local shoe stores at Sarojini Nagar market
While sole fitflops
Price: Rs 1,100
Available at: Baluja’s, inner circle, Connaught Place
But do they really work?
Fitness expert Vesna Jacob says, “When it comes to slimming and toning features in a shoe, they can help a bit, as one is walking and using the body, but that is just a start. The only way to get truly fit is by balancing exercising and proper diet. One of the effective and efficient way to start is by doing Pilates. It will help tone and strengthen abdominal muscles and muscles of the core (centre of the body) in a functional manner, the posture will get aligned. Aches and pains will also be taken care of enabling the body to gradually get back into excellent shape in gentle and natural way.”