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Shoes for aqua exercise

With a little resistance
With a little resistance

AQx Aquatic Training Shoe: Innovative water shoe with a breakthrough technology: built-in resistance scoops.

Likes: Provides a significantly tougher workout and greater calorie burn than the other tested shoes; particularly works the hamstrings and glutes. The “gills” — six 1- to 1½-inch plastic scoops (three on each side of the shoe) — catch water and provide noticeable resistance (20% to 30% more than regular shoes, according to AQx) as your foot lifts toward your butt after push-off. Effective way to strengthen the leg-lift portion of your stride; works when running in place, so OK for small pools or deep hot tubs. There is no resistance when the foot moves forward, which AQx says helps protect the knee. A thin, highly flexible sole gives the shoe a tactile, sock-like feel that works the entire foot, much like barefoot running. The all-neoprene lining makes it the most comfortable of all the shoes tested. The quick-cinch lacing system works fast and won’t come undone. Includes mesh bag and DVD.

Dislikes: Doesn’t dry quickly, because of all-neoprene lining.

Price: $79.95. (800) 203-1276; www.aqxsports.com.

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