The Bottom Line
- Good non-slip footwear for Pilates or yoga
- Keeps feet warm and dry with good airflow
- Easy to wash and dry - goes into the shower if you want
- Handcrafted following fair trade principles and using recyclable materials
- Private labeling available
- Not super-stylish, but they are nice looking
- I cannot yet vouch for long-term durability
- Men's and women's sizes S - XL
- Variety of color choices
- 3 styles available: original studio, studio athletic, fashion leisure
- Price: $20.00 - $35.00
Guide Review - The Shu - No Slip Shoes for Pilates or Yoga
I was skeptical when AnabelFitness.com offered to let me try "The Shu". I wondered why I would want a shoe for Pilates. I always workout barefoot and have never been tempted by yoga socks, or Pilates toes, or any of the other footwear made for mostly barefoot exercises, like Pilates. Well, since I got my Shus, I've worn them a lot.
I showed my "original studio" style Shus off at the Pilates studio where I workout and other people were immediately interested. Some were interested because their feet sweat, making them slippery when they workout. Others like their feet warmer than barefoot allows. I imagine there are a variety of reasons that people might like to have a functional foot covering for their workouts
One more thing about sweaty feet: The other side of the sweat story is that while most studios are fastidious about cleanliness, some gyms and more populated workout settings are not. A shoe or workout sock helps protect you from putting your feet where other peoples sweaty feet have been. If you workout at a gym, anabelfitness says you can walk right into the shower with The Shu protecting you, and they will dry quickly.
So far I've done a mat workout and several reformer and chair workouts with my Shus. I even did standing tendon stretch on the reformer. Which means that I felt really safe wearing The Shu because for some reason, standing tendon stretch is my scary Pilates move.
Not only have my Shus not slipped against the machines, but they have not slipped along my foot either. This is an issue with some of the Pilates and yoga socks -- they reposition themselves on your foot because the inside is cloth. The reason the grip on The Shu is so good is that there is no fabric between your foot and the grip material that is the sole of The Shu. The updated Shu has recyclable TPE for the sole and the upper is available in eco-bamboo fabric.
Also see my reviw of TheGlove from Anabel Fitness