Does Gravity Defyer Footwear Really Work?


Does Gravity Defyer footwear really work?Gravity Defyer shoes are definitely making a name for themselves in the footwear industry. From a risqué logo to the claims on how their shoes work and what they can do for the average consumer, they’re creating quite a stir. But it takes more than some advanced technology to win the hearts of consumers these days, so let’s delve deeper into this product to see what it’s got going for it.

Overview
It’s always interesting to see a new competitor enter the shoe race. With brands like Nike, Reebok, Adidas, New Balance, Skechers, and others taking up most of the market, it’s unlikely for a small start up to last long and to create brand recognition. Most of them have to have a gimmick of some sort in order to get people’s attention, and Gravity Defyer shoes definitely have that going for them. They have a sort of spring suspension system on the heel that is supposed to cushion the blow, as well as propel you forward. So let’s see how well these work in real life.

The Claim
They claim that wearing Gravity Defyer shoes are like having half your weight. They have one testimonial where a user says she had given up on walking before using these shoes. That’s a bit extreme. But they also say that their shoes are good for diabetics, and those with flat feet. They point to gravity as being a major detrimental factor to your body as you get older. Maybe you’ve heard of the thought that we’d be immortal if we lived in a gravity-free environment. There’s really no way to test it, and there’s really no way to confirm that these shoes provide the same sort of benefits.

They credit their VersoShock trampoline sole for creating the feeling of having just half your body weight. They say you can exercise 20% longer by wearing their shoes, and that they are recommended by the American Medical Athletic Association. They also state that you’ll be able to do all of your daily activities with more energy, and a lot easier.

The Hype
The hype comes from this small upstart shoe company saying that they’ve found a way to bioengineer a shoe that equates to a lower gravity here on Earth, and also because of their old sperm logo. They say that all press is good press, and that means that people going Gonzo over their old logo can only be a good thing for the company overall.

The Cost
Gravity Defyer shoes cost more than a conventional pair of shoes, but you’d expect them to, since they’re supposed to have major advantages and advancements over a typical pair of shoes. They initially offered a 30 day free trial on their shoes, which led to many people complaining about the charges to their cards, and started the company off on the wrong foot, no pun intended. They’ve since stopped the trial, and just sell their shoes the old fashioned way now, and have a 30 day guarantee in place instead. A much better system.

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The Commitment
All that’s required on your part is replacing your current footwear with Gravity Defyer shoes. You will also have to get used to wearing them because they fit differently, and wear differently than your typical shoe. Users have said that you might feel a little off balanced for a few days as your leg muscles get used to the difference. But you have to break in any pair of shoes you get, and so this is pretty standard for the shoe buying experience.

Evaluation
All that is left now is to determine whether the spring-loaded heels actually cushion the blow, and work to propel you forward. It seems logical when you look at it that this is what it would do, but shoe companies have been tinkering with shoe heels ever since Nike put bags of air in them back in the day. Users say that it feels great, and absorbs a lot of the impact of your step. This impact is what leaves you feet feeling tired and achy at the end of the day.

With all of the different features: a Smart Memory Master Spring, Twin Stabilizers, and special molding on the midsole, it’s hard to see how these shoes couldn’t do what they say. As far as it creating a weightless feeling, it’s more akin to feeling light on your feet, or having a spring in your step – literally.

The Logo
They’ve come up with a new logo to replace their old one, finally caving in to store owners that wouldn’t put them on the shelves because of it. It used to be a sperm, and they said the concept was that the footwear is giving their users a new life. It’s still showcased on many of their products, but they seem to be transitioning to the new one, and phasing out the old one. They’ve already removed it from the stylized name on their website.

Final Gravity Defyer Review

Gravity Defyer is putting everything but the kitchen sink into their footwear. A lot of shoes these days have come out with a gimmick to set them apart from their competitors, so it’s not such a bad thing to have a shoe with lots of different features. Most people are reporting that they feel great to wear, and that they actually do improve their quality of life. We’re giving this a solid Try rating, as they’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but you might find that you really like them.

We like that this company is responsive to the market. They replaced their ordering process when it was shown not to work, they redesigned their logo when people said they didn’t like it. It shows that they are serious about being in the industry for the long term, and that they can adapt well to change.

Our Recommendation
You probably won’t feel like you’re defying gravity, but there’s also not much harm in owning a pair of Gravity Defyer shoes. They are just as comfortable as some of their top competitors from the major brands, and some have found them to be the best pair of shoes they’ve ever bought. With the 30 day guarantee, they are confident enough that if you try them, you won’t be sending them back. With most shoes you can’t return them once they show signs of wear, but with these you’re meant to try them out and see for yourself how they feel.

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Elizabeth March 25, 2012 at 5:34 am

I’ve recently purchased and received my new Gravity Defyer’s after reading numerous articles along with positive customer reviews. I feel there is no reason to NOT to pay a pretty penny for any kind of shoes especially if they actually work. After all, you get what you pay for and I truly believe what I paid for was a great product! I understand the reason behind the company’s logo and I get it, but it didn’t deter me from buying them because of what was on the side of my shoes. I work on hard concrete 40 hrs a week with bad knees, plantar fasciatis and flat feet. The shoes I wore before getting Gravity Defyer with the Versoshock Trampoline technology, were recommended to me through an orthopedic years ago and I spent a pretty penny for what, only to have my feet hurt after only weeks of wearing them and that’s even with putting in the correct insoles. After that, I couldn’t find shoes, orthodics or what not that would kill the pain or even ease it just a little. I’ve even tried dieting thinking and knowing my weight was an issue and even after losing the weight, the pain was still there. What I’m trying to say is, after a day of use in the Gravity Defyer FlexNet’s, I could feel a significant difference. I didn’t feel pain in my feet and moreover they felt energized and I had very little to no pain in my knees and back. So to answer your question “Do Gravity Defyer Footwear Really Work?” My answer is ‘Yes they do!’ As for the logo, I believe they could have come up with something else that gives meaning to “a new energy on life” but hey, if the shoe works, then more power to them!

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gdefy shoes April 16, 2012 at 2:39 am

These are great for sore heals and walking on hard surfaces. However, they need to lose the logo and use better glue.

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Sean May 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

dude get over the logo ppl who cares they work at making my joints and helps me push a lil harder when i use to be in pain. I think the logo says hey were confident we know it works it’s funny if you dont know the meaning i see worst stuff on regular tv the fact ppl complain about a sperm is well over board (not the ppl really on here) but in OTHER articles to its stupid these ppl make shoes to help you the fact they wont change it is great to me the fact ppl complain about it shows how ungratful ppl are say something nice and defend the product but diss on what they want there awesome logo to be, just say “hey thanks for the awesome shoes’ they make my life less painful to move around, hell i took a walk on the pear near the beach saw the sunset near this beautiful woman, now shes my wife glad i wasent in pain or i wouldent have been out as long THANKS GUYS!” instead of “hey thanks for the shoes but screw what you guys want forget about your logo *EDITED* your clever and creative idea we are going to *EDITED* on” …..yes im over board i say bad words but im an adult you are to grow up.I am just tired of ppl like you doing your typical “thanks BUT!” just be happy please … just walk away pun intended because its *EDITED* clever just like the logo

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bww719 June 7, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Sean, Using bad words doesn’t make you an adult. That gets you to middle school maturity. To be an adult, you have to show restraint from using bad words. Time for you to grow up, young’un.

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Rick Farris October 22, 2013 at 5:05 am

Dude, you need to know how to make complete sentences. I might be considering these shoes but when a monkey makes a comment I have reservations.

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Rick Farris October 22, 2013 at 5:13 am

I would buy ten used cars from this guy. Anything he promoted I would buy. I want him to marry my daughter. Can he run for president. He should promote Thalidomide. I’m just sayin’.

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Doug May 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Whoa Sean… I have no idea what you were saying. There’s this awesome thing in writing called “punctuation”. You should try it out some time. You might actually like it!

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Christa June 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm

DO not buy Gravity Defyer!!! The shoes are cheap plastic garbage made in China. The uppers are falling apart, the tongue is not attached properly, item not as pictured. Customer service is absolutely terrible! Run!

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charlotte March 19, 2014 at 12:03 am

Christa thank you for your help, I am looking for a good pair of running shoes, I appreciate the heads up!

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M.A. August 20, 2014 at 3:12 pm

I didn’t purchase the running shoes, but the dress shoes. I REALLY like them but after returning 3 pair to purchase another, they all have at least one (or both) shoes that has a horrible squeaky heel. Is there any way to fix it? It seems to only affect the black color of shoe because I bought two pair, one brown/one black. I have returned 2 out of 3 pair of the black shoes and now this pair is singing with my every step. Any ideas on how to fix it? I contacted the company, but since I didn’t buy directly from them my concerns on how to fix the shoe doesn’t seem to have any affect. HELP?!!

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veedog March 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Made in China does not always mean cheap, unless if you’re just racist. Good things are made in China too since you grew up and left the trailerpark/plantation.

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Wayne July 8, 2014 at 11:28 pm

I have purchased quite a few things made in China. Usually they are not as described and to be of any use they have to be modified. Only 2 exceptions I can think of. That is certainly a bad reputation.

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Wayne August 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm

I am interested in durability and Gravity Defyer has a LOT of models, many have leather uppers. The unfortunate thing about this post is it does not say exactly what shoe it is talking about and if it is the sole or the upper or both that are cheap plastic.

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Hernan Navas July 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I bought a pair of Velocity Gravity shoes and returned them because the quality of the material was poor. It had a shiny plastic material on the top area of the show and the heel collar. The material looked nice and attractive, but, being made of plastic, I seriously doubted it would resist the wear and tear of a running she. I returned the shoe, expecting my money back. I didn’t even put the shoe on, just by looking at the material it was made of I decided I didn’t want them. This happened about two months ago and I haven’t received my refund and haven’t heard a word from Gravity defyer.

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Michael Bohon September 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I purchased two pair of Gravity Defyer dress shoes. As soon as I put them on I realized that the shoes were not made to standard patterns of show design and that they were a very tight fit across the top of my feet.

I called and arranged to have one of the pairs returned for a larger size to determine if that would correct the problem. I was told to order the replacement for which I would be charged and then return the current pair for credit. I followed their directions. The new (larger) pair were better, but still not as comfortable as a shoe should be, especially at this cost.

I awaited the credit for the shoes returned. When I received none I contacted the company and was told that I had to provide “proof of delivery” for the return. I did so. Still no word regarding the credit. I called customer service repeatedly and left a number of messages as no one answered my call. I sent numerous e-mails with no response. I tried every phone number I could find and on two occasions was able to talk to someone. In both cases they promised to have someone return the call and address my concerns. I never received a return call. How long have I waited? TWO YEARS!

Now on the shoes themselves – They do look good. I received many compliments on them. But they do not fit well and after soon time something happens to the spring in the heel and it starts making a noise when you walk. Try to explain constantly why your shoes are making a clicking noise.

I have purchased other “spring loaded” shoes from other companies and had much better experiences, especially those that had springs in both the heel and the sole.

So, good luck, but be aware of the issues I have faced.

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Rob C March 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Please share what shoes you had better luck with. I want to know what shoe has spring in the sole as that is the part of my foot that hurts the most.

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Wayne August 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Featherspring International

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Jennifer West September 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I would try anything for comfortable shoes walking in Europe on the cobblestones, but Gravity Defyer is NOT IT! I wore mine around town, and casual bike rides before my trip, and they seemed ok–but after only a few hours walking in Europe I thought I was going to die. They were pure hell. I tried them every few days and by mid-day every time, I had to change to the only other pr of shoes I had which were Fit-Flops. I warn you not think these shoes are worth their price—they are not! Greatful for the 30 day return as these are going back!

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Mattie October 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I ordered 2 pairs; 1 for me and 1 for my daughter. I tried mine and found that they made it difficult for me to walk. Since I am 60 years old I thought it was just me. I encouraged my 37 year old daughter to try hers. She is an avid walker and runner. She was not thrilled. She said they made her legs hurt to walk in them and running was impossible. She stated she was not going to wear them except around the house. I guess I will try them when I am standing at my stove cooking or at the sink doing dishes. I guess they are just not for everyone. As for the logo on the shoe I thought to myself surely that can’tt be what I think it is. I guess it was ! Sorry, I really wanted to like the shoes and I am glad others find them so comfortable.

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Jon November 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I Bought a pair of the sneakers and in less than a year a spring popped through the inside of the shoe and hit my foot. When I called customer service they only offered my half off a new pair. When I asked to speak to the supervisor I was told he would call me back which he never did. These shoes are a dangerous rip-off! Save your money and buy a nice pair of shoes that won’t break and potentially hurt your foot.

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William Ellis February 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I have four pairs of your shoes. They work for me, I have bad knees….football….knees….I have but one complaint….every pair I own, the heels make noise when I walk sorta of clunking sound or squeeky sound. I get all sorts of looks because of the noise…. If it were just one pair, but all four concerns me. What would or could cause this….it’s starting to get on my nerves.

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Rory May 22, 2014 at 5:11 am

I couldn’t agree more, The shoes themselves feel incredible to me. I’ve had virtually every brand you can name and wore Earth brand for the past 9 years until they quit making Men’s shoes. I went so far as to buy a larger pair of generic looking women’s Earth shoes because my back was so relieved by that brand. After having 2 vertebra fractures L4 / L5 it is sooo difficult finding shoes that will support my spine and relieve impact on hard surfaces ( mainly concrete) . GDefy shoes this for me. I could care less about the cost as I have spent thousands of dollars on shoes.
2 complaints, THE NOISE and the overall durability. YES the heels a definitely prone to an annoying sound and the upper Rubber/Plastic cracks and therefore the fabric comes disconnected, etc….I Hope the folks at GDefy are listening to these pleas for an even better shoe. It has the potential to be a GREAT shoe, And if they’re NOT listening, Hey we tried..

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Jeff February 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm

The logic behind the shoe is very solid. With that said – this enhanced heel surface not only makes the shoe heavier than most running shoes, it also gives a smaller planting surface so twisting your ankle is a lot more common. I have not tried any of the dress shoe styles but my wife’s order came in the coorect shoe size box – but with the wrong size of shoe inside. After a couple calls, they have finally sent another package out. The customer service is terrible slow and very inefficient. The arrival date has us receiving them in a 30 day process… Make them a tad lighter and figure out what customer service is and I think they have a great chance of success. Many people will pay a premium price for good shoes but few people will deal with bad customer service. Good Luck!

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Judy March 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thanks! This was a really helpful review. I haven’t bought a pair (yet) but I may. And I know a lot more before reading this.

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Tammy April 6, 2013 at 11:53 am

I purchased a pair of Gravity Defyer Supernova shoes for my husband in December. By March, the spring, or whatever, in the heel had already broken. They were great for the two months they lasted, but $135 is a lot for two months of use!

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mare May 10, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I bought these shoes in great hope. What they actually did was throw my feet forward in the shoes, so that my toes after a few steps were jammed into the toebox. Not springy, not anti-gravity at all, more like having my feet on a tilt table with a cover. I offered them to 2 people who wear my size shoe, free.
After trying them on, neither of them chose to take them. No great love story here for the Gravity Defyers.

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Ken May 12, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I have read Sean’s post twice and I have no idea either what his point is other than calling someone a “dud.” He obvoiusly didn’t attend any English classes in school.

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bww719 June 7, 2013 at 3:04 pm

I’m not sure that what you posted could be called an actual review. I haven’t learned anything from your “review” that I didn’t already know from reading the company’s literature–no trial, no assessment, no recommendation other than buy them and see if they work for you. I think that’s pretty much where I was before I read this site’s “review.”

Elizabeth’s, however, was very helpful! Providing information that it helped her with her flat feet associated pain was most helpful. Thanks, Elizabeth.

Jon’s experience sounds unfortunate. Hopefully, it’s a fluke. Good of him to share it as well. Thanks, Jon. At least we know to watch for that and are aware that customer service may not be stellar.

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Laura June 25, 2013 at 7:37 pm

They run large I ordered a 10 buy 1/2 size smaller.

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Jose Bach September 6, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I ordered two pairs of these “wonder” shoes and when I got them and open the boxes alas theyre the UGLIEST THING I ve ever seen. Too stiff, too big and bulky, third world country standards and the springs dont ever work. What a waste of money! I was going to return them but Im sure the customer service would be stiff as well. Who would want to stand by the manufacturers claim that theyre the best shoes around. Total rip off!

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Ber January 23, 2014 at 9:56 am

I’ve had mine for about 7 months. They were a nice alternative to the Z-Coils I was wearing at work. The Gravity Defy shoes are certainly more stylish than Z-Coils. I’m on concrete floors nearly 60 hours a week and I push and pull heavy equipment (500-1,000 pounds) throughout my day. The Gravity Defy were comparable in performance to the Z-Coils and probably 2 pounds lighter per shoe which I loved. Unfortunately the Gravity Defy shoes don’t last as long as the Z-Coils. The heels of mine are clicking after 7 months. My Z-Coils lasted nearly 3 years. I was hoping to get more use out of the Gravity Defy since the Z-Coils with heel covers, required at work, cost $300. Replacing the $129 Gravity Defy every 7 months is more expensive than replacing the $300 Z-Coil so I’ll be switching back to Z- Coils. I definitely liked the Gravity Defy and under lighter use they would have lasted much longer.

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John May 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Seriously, what kind of review was this? Reminds me of the mbx shoes and those that followed that claimed to tone your legs and butt. Well, I remember those conpanies getting fined for making false claims. Not to say they don’t feel great and are wonderful for some, but time will tell about their claims. This review offered no objective data about the claims. Come on now!

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Jack Colgan May 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

I bought my first pair of these shoes over a year ago. I like them so well that I now own 5 of them.
I would not call these running shoes but for me they are very good. I am 69 years old and I have arthritis, bad knees and diabetes. These shoes fit my needs very well. Now they are all that I buy.

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susan s. May 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I just received my first pair of Gravity Defyers and all I can say is for me they are a miracle! A couple of years wasting money on popular name brands that would help with the support and easing my knee pain , back and hip. I should have bought them sooner. I now am hoping that the immense lessening of pain in my arthritic knees, I will be able to start walking again and build up my stamina and strength. All my other shoes are out the door, I plan on buying nothing but these from now on. Thay are AMAZING!!!!

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Ken Seachrist June 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm

I would like to refute one minor point in your review of the guarantee on these shoes. You stated that they have a 30 day guarantee and you wrote ” With most shoes you can’t return them once they show signs of wear, but with these you’re meant to try them out and see for yourself how they feel.” However if you go to the company website, you will see that the caveat is that the shoes can be returned 1 – if they are in like-new condition. 2- you don’t pay shipping if you paid full price 3-if you used a check, you have to wait 3-4 weeks. So take all of that into consideration.

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Does It Really Work June 3, 2014 at 7:17 pm

Hi Ken, those are great points to keep in mind. Thanks for the input.

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Julie Gale June 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm

I purchased a pair of these. They didn’t work for me causing me more pain in my lower back. The pair I ordered were too wide and they right shoe had a loud creaking noise when I walked. I returned them over three weeks ago, still waiting on my refund. I have contacted the company multiple times. The customer service is well below standards. It didn’t take them any time to confirm and accept payment, but they sure are taking their time refunding my money. Overall I think these are great shoes if they work for you, but I would never spend my money on another pair. I can go elsewhere and try on what I need. Their refund policy and the customer service that I am receiving definitely confirms that I no longer want to deal with this company if I ever get my money back. They don’t live up to their return policy standards.

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ahsan khan August 7, 2014 at 2:27 pm

When I first started reading this review, I thought that there was some research done before coming out out your boring schedule and writing this review. This is not a review but just a guess work which everybody already knows. What have you done? Did you buy a few pairs of the shoes and did some research on it? Did you meet with the people who bought these shoes and asked their experiences?
Please stop wasting people’s time and do some real work

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Shah August 15, 2014 at 12:03 am

I used two pairs. One regular and other athletic. Their durability is very limited. The athletic one start squeaking after two weeks of use. The projected heel got worn out within two months. The sewing thread got lose within two months. With a price of $155/–it should be more durable I was unable to return that because I was abroad. I couldn’t observe any difference between gravity defyer and other shoes. I have to buy a new pair of shoes, any suggestion, Please? I lead an active life and walk a bit.

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robbie spidell September 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I would like to try your shoes

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E Link October 11, 2014 at 2:15 am

My Gravity Defyer shoes are heavy, but fairly comfortable. I don’t notice any significant difference in the way they make my body feel when compared with how my other athletic shoes make me feel. The heel and arch are comfortable, but I have observed that the soles of my feet are positively burning after wearing these shoes for a few hours. If you look at the reviews of these shoes, people either love them or hate them. I fall in the middle of the range. The springs in the heels have not failed after about six months (many have had bad experiences with the springs), but the heels are rather high and leave you somewhat pitched forward. It may be a coincidence, but I have developed pain in my heels and arches of both feet in the six months that I have been wearing these shoes. They’re about to be retired, and I don’t think I will be buying another pair.
***Customer service has been less than stellar. I used a Groupon to order a pair of shoes for my husband. Several days later I received an email saying that the shoes were not in stock and that my order had been canceled. So I was credited back the amount I paid them directly, but not the Groupon cost, meaning that I had bought the Groupon and had gotten no use from it. Calls to the telephone customer service did no good, as the person on the phone told me she couldn’t do anything about it. I sent numerous emails to the customer service address listed on the company’s online catalog, and they have never answered a single email. So I am out the price of the Groupon, and I assume that they were paid their share of it anyway. Buyer beware!

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M.A. Wampleman October 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

I will never do business with Gravity Defyer again. My husband and I bought two pairs of shoes. We tried them on one evening and walked only around our living room. Due to a couple of different reasons, we decided to return them. We put them in the original packaging and following all their rules for return. Upon checking on when we could expect a return to our account, I received an e-mail that one pair of shoes was in poor condition and therefore they would not return the money. Prior to this e-mail, I was informed that they were both in good condition and we would receive money back into the account.
I really had to get angry to get the promise of my return money. NEVER DO BUSINESS WITH THEM>

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James Welch December 4, 2014 at 4:03 am

bought five pair in three years.last pair I finally put on and the heel clicked and I phoned customer service .they said I could not return them and they would credit 25 dollars on a new pair because they were outdated.I wore them twice but the noise in church was embarrassing.Customer service is not good

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C Conner December 7, 2014 at 9:39 pm

DON’T DO IT!!!
I saw the expensive full page color ad in The New Yorker…and then went to read the reviews on Amazon.
Rarely have I seen so many detailed ONE STAR reviews!
Buy these shoes at your own risk!!!

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