The Shoe Pedometer

By Jim F

shoe pedometerShoe Pedometers can be a great way for you to track your steps and exercise progress.

They are especially helpful for those that are goal oriented and who are motivated by achievement.

Pedometers come in all shapes and sizes. Some attach to the shoe, some fit inside the shoe and others are now placed on the body to track a lot more than just steps.

Here are just some of the many shoe pedometers to choose from.

Top 6 Shoe Pedometers

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Nike Stand Alone Sensor

  • This device fits inside Nike walking and running shoes.
  • Tracks pace, distance, time elapsed, and calories burned.
  • Transmits data wirelessly.
  • Needs a nike device or iPhone/iPad to display data.

Price: $19 on Amazon here.

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Garmin Foot Pod

  • This device attaches to shoelaces.
  • Tracks speed, distance, steps, time.
  • Transmits wirelessly.
  • Garmin Watch also needed.

Price: $45.88 on Amazon here.

oregon-pedometer

Oregon Scientific Marathon Pedometer

  • This device can be clipped to shoe.
  • Tracks steps, distance, calories.
  • Stand alone device.

Price: $34 on Amazon here.

lifesource

LifeSource Activity Monitor

  • Attaches to shoe.
  • Tracks steps, calories burned, activity time, distance.
  • Needs computer to show data.

Price: 49.95 on Amazon Here.

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Body Media FIT

  • Worn on upper arm.
  • Tracks steps, activity, heart rate, calories, sleep and more.
  • Needs smartphone app to function.
  • We reviewed this device here.

Price: $149 from BodyMedia here.

Do These Devices Work?

People who try these devices generally like them and say they help motivate. The complaints that I’ve read usually revolve around technical issues.

Therefore, people will need to be a little tech savvy when using these devices. Some have to be calibrated and others have to be linked to other devices, which can be challenging for some.

Shoe pedometers are becoming somewhat obsolete since smartphones can do most of this with various apps like Pedometer Free.

In any event, shoe pedometers are an excellent way to motivate dieters to increase their activity levels.

46 Comments

  1. Smartphysicalworkout

    Wearing a pedometer is a great way to monitor how much activity you do everyday. Include an idea of the calories you are potentially burning on a daily basis and you have a fairly accurate measurement of what you have to do to get extra weight off even perhaps keep weight on. The good news is that wearing an pedometer is never an inconvenience. Conveniently you can have one of these devices on your waist attached to your belt or you can just keep it in your pocket. However you decide to wear your pedometer, you’re good to go.

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  2. Bettie

    Will someone please tell me where I can buy one of these
    shpedometers.
    9-2-2012

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  3. Vita

    7/22/12 — Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! <—- frustrated (can you tell?) that I cannot find one of these SHPedometers ANYWHERE?!?!?!?

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  4. Vita!

    9/23/11 — It’s been a really long while since anyone’s commented on this SHPedometer thingy (shoe pedometer, to be more precise), and yet NO ONE, not even “Michelle” has contacted me regarding WHERE (or from whom) I can find and/or purchase one for myself. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! Doesn’t ANYONE out there even care or want to help those of us who are obese but serious about weight loss? Woe is me! :'( (Me = lcallc@aol.com)

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  5. Ava

    WHERE can I buy the SHPedometer you speak of? I’m desperate… aaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! :/

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  6. RanieK

    hi,

    Where can i buy the SH Pedometer in Singapore?

    Regards
    Raniek

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  7. Pedometers

    A pedometer is a tool that counts how many steps you take during a day or a particular workout. Which helps to reduce fat.

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  8. Michele

    The link for the website you attached doesn’t work. Where do I find the shoe pedometer that links with your ipod….without having to buy the Nike + shoe?

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  9. Pedometer Reviews

    Most good modern pedometers work even if they are just in your pocket or a bag – no need to clip on.

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  10. Wedding Planner

    AA If it’s more accurate than the hip pedometers, I’d try it. Those hip ones really suck sometimes…I had one tell me I’d taken 20 steps when all I had done was stand up, take two steps to get something, and sit back down. Yeah, REEAL accurate.

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  11. Heather

    where can I buy the SHPEDOMETER?

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  12. michelle

    I tried to find “stepolicious” does not exist

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  13. michelle

    Hi,

    just read your comment about shpedometer on http://www.diet-blog.com.

    We have yet to receive a refund request from any of our consumers or business clients.

    Were proud of that and continue to produce SHPEDOMETER.

    Please email me back, if you are serious about fitness and health for you or family/friends.

    see our prove on videos at http://www.shoewatches.com/shpedometer.html

    my word and integrity to you, SHPEDOMETER is the best step counter on the planet.

    michelle & staff

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    • Vita

      Ok, I’ll bite…. WHERE can I get a few (for friends and family who are SERIOUS about exercise, for fun and sport)????? Health is wealth!

      Waiting to hear from you Michelle (and staff)… Vita

      7/21/12

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  14. they really work

    hey, I am acknowledging that the SHPEDOMETERS really work!!!!

    I bought 2 for $50 and they both work amazingly. When I run, or walk they both count exact. jumping jacks are counted for me, I just go til I can’t.

    When I play tennis, these seem to be right on. I learned that I can beat my friends with less then 200,000 steps or “foot action stats” is cool to know.

    No need to search for better or more expensive pedometer!

    GOT SHPED?

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    • Vita

      Is that right? Well, puh-leeez do let me know WHERE I can buy one (two, three, four…)??? Thanx a bunch! — 7/22/12

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  15. Anne-Marie

    I need a Pedomoter that I can keep on my shoe and wear it all day. I have a drawer full of the ones you clip on they keep on falling off and it drive me crazy. where can I buy the shoe one and how much do they cost. I have loss 14 pounds in five weeks.

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  16. Nike Dunks

    You guys should checkout the shoes that came out from Nike with Ipod applications. Nike and Apple coming together is a perfect combination and if this can motivate a healthier lifestyle than more power to them.

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  17. Nike Dunks

    I think this is a very good idea, as having a pedometer on the hip seems to be rather inaccurate. I had one which clocked up a few hundred steps when I had just been sitting at a desk for a couple of hours. I think on the shoe it would probably give a better indication of actual steps taken.

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  18. Olle Polle Päron Pung!

    This seems very heavy, maaan… 😀

    I might wanna try it out! Or don’t you think?

    Or I might just buy a STEPELICOUS!

    Go buy it onlinbe on http://www.stepelicous.org.

    /Kisses to everyone! (L)

    -Hate Blogs, but does this for you-

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  19. H

    I bought the shpedometers(2) for $50.00.

    I tested them and they are amazingly accurate.

    I am always confident of the steps counted and I can’t lose or look for them because I leave them on my shoes.

    I average 8,400 steps a day. I recommend these to everyone and they make a great christmas gift that keeps on giving.

    go get em and feel good about yourself

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    • Vita

      “go get em” you say… but where, I ask — WHERE????

      7/22/12

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  20. Hid Kits

    I might buy one next spring..

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  21. Free RPG Game

    I am not sure i want to spend money on that though.

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  22. Nike SB

    You guys should checkout the shoes that came out from Nike with Ipod applications. Nike and Apple coming together is a perfect combination and if this can motivate a healthier lifestyle than more power to them.

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    • Donna

      The Nike with iPod application is great for constant movement-love mine. It isn’t as reliable for monitoring the number of steps you take in a day. The device turns itself off if it doesn’t detect movement. I tried to wear it golfing and it stopped monitoring every time I got into the cart to move to the next hole.

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  23. Lisa

    What happens if you’re wearing shoes that it won’t look quite right on? I still think the omron gives you the best value as you can wear it your pocket, some even tuck it in their bra. It doesn’t have to be on your hip. And numbers can help motivate people. I know they help me and best of all because of walking clubs with the usb pedometer that uploads your step data to the WalkingSpree.com website, we can compare our steps to each other, so it’s friendly competition. You can send buddy messages, earn prizes, a bunch of stuff, all based off everyone being on the same playing field with the usb omron pedometer.

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  24. d

    I read all your comments above.

    I bought two shpedometers and I tested it. It works great. Google the word “shpedometer” link and see the videos they really are accurate.

    A couple of friends just ordered them. When they arrive were going to compete against each other in tennis and raquetball for bragging rights on who wins with the least amount of steps.

    Oh yea. I don’t misplace my shoes, so I won’t be losing or looking for a bogus hip pedometer ever again.

    I paid $50.00 for two, free shipping ,no tax and 2 year warranty.

    If anybody finds a better deal, let me know.
    ddotdan@yahoo.com

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    • Bettie

      Where did you order them from? Please respond.

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  25. Andrea Pelin

    That`s something new: a shoe pedometer. I`d like to try it myself. As 60 in 3 said above, exercise should be fun and not something you`re hoping to get rid of as fast as you can. However, I still believe a pedometer is quite efficient for those who need to be more active and keep track of their progress.

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  26. Mark

    Yamasa makes most of the pedometers sold in Japan, and it’s all they make. They have the whole range, from super sophisticated and complex to extremely simple, and they have pedometers you can just put in your pocket or carry in a briefcase. But I like their simplest models, like the MP-100, just a step counter and a reset button, no mile or calorie estimates, no sensitivity adjustments, accurate and cheap enough you can buy a handful and lose them without worries: http://www.yamasa-tokei.co.jp/p_mp100.html

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  27. Mr and Mrs Fat

    Mr and Mrs Fat said:
    Well Gal, when your fat like me, it was a chore getting to the recommended 10,000 steps per day, but when I started hitting the 10,000 mark, I got addicted to walking and how it made me feel. It’s just something to shoot for during the day, but I certainly don’t quit when I hit 10,000 steps. Now I am jogging and am considering the half marathon.

    Mr. F.[…]

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  28. Mr and Mrs Fat

    Well Gal, when your fat like me, it was a chore getting to the recommended 10,000 steps per day, but when I started hitting the 10,000 mark, I got addicted to walking and how it made me feel. It’s just something to shoot for during the day, but I certainly don’t quit when I hit 10,000 steps. Now I am jogging and am considering the half marathon. It’s all about baby steps.

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  29. 60 in 3

    Why would you need something like this? Are you really going to stop walking when you hit some number goal? I guess I don’t understand exercises that are purely number based. Exercise should be fun, not an activity where you’re counting up to 50,000 just hoping to be done with it.

    Gal

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  30. Alan

    I think the shoe is better as the waist and arms move alot – even when your not even walking or exercising.

    FYI – I referenced an article off this blog in my “Weekly 13” (Thursday 13) and tagged you.

    http://mybigwaist.blogspot.com/2007/06/day-29-weekly-13-i.html

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  31. Katana

    I third the Omron! The HJ-112 is worth every penny. I shook it, jiggled it up and down and sideways, and in circles. No steps. That said, it does sometimes miss a few soft steps–no huge loss, and definitely within 10%. I’ve never had it be off by over 5%. You can put it in your pocket and it maintains accuracy. However, the shoe pedometer is a fantastic idea!

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  32. Housewife

    i use the ipod thingie http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/gear.html

    And you don’t have to buy the nike shoes, you can just clip it on your shoe with velcro!

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  33. Lisa

    The reason the Omron Pedometer is so much more accurate is because it uses an accelerometer with a “noise” filter. Other hip pedometers use a mechanical pendulum so they register any sort of movement. If this shoe pedometer uses a pendulum then it’s going to have accuracy problems as well.

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  34. Deirdre

    I second the plug for the Omron pedometer. I’ve found it to be quite accurate. I’ve used other hip pedometers, and the Omron, from the beginning, felt more sturdy. I’ve had a few other regular pedometer-users order one as soon as they saw mine.

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  35. Spectra

    If it’s more accurate than the hip pedometers, I’d try it. Those hip ones really suck sometimes…I had one tell me I’d taken 20 steps when all I had done was stand up, take two steps to get something, and sit back down. Yeah, REEAL accurate.

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  36. Mr and Mrs Fat

    I use the Omron brand pedometer which tends to be fairly accurate (you can adjust the sensitivity), within 10 percent, but most of the hip ones I found are not very good. If I hadn’t found the Omron brand, I would seriously look into this.

    Mr. F

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  37. Lose Weight With Me

    Hey,this is kinda cool. I may have to give this a try.

    Brian

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  38. Croc

    I think this is a very good idea, as having a pedometer on the hip seems to be rather inaccurate. I had one which clocked up a few hundred steps when I had just been sitting at a desk for a couple of hours. I think on the shoe it would probably give a better indication of actual steps taken.

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