i switched from the Skechers Shape-Ups to these. The priciple for the sole of the shoe is the same and the shoe is cloth-much lighter weight on my ankles. I walk alot during the day and the Skechers Shape-Ups were the only shoe I had found that kept my back and feet from hurting. The Skechers Liv is just as good at keeping me pain free all day and I like them better because of their lighter weight. Outstanding walking/standing shoe.