Important 2013 Update: Please take the time to check out this additional information and reader comments on MBT shoes.
I've had a lot of shoes in my time, but I can honestly say MBT outlet shoes are the first that have come with an instruction manual. What's to know about wearing shoes?
1) Put shoes on. 2) Stand, walk or sit in the shoes. 3) Repeat as necessary.
That might well be the case with ordinary shoes, but then MBT sale shoes are anything but ordinary. Below is a bit of background information on the company, my own experience with the shoes, and links to shopping and a review of MBT shoes.
Masai Barefoot Technology
MBT stands for "Masai Barefoot Technology," and the shoes are designed to simulate walking in sand. It's a multi-layered, curved sole that accomplishes this by creating a natural but uneven walking surface. This technology is meant to make the core strengthening muscles more active, creating better posture and increasing shock absorbtion for all of the joints. It also makes wearing the shoes quite a unique experience, and a bit of a workout.
Benefits of MBT Shoes - What's Real and What's Hype
MBT shoes have been billed as "the world's smallest gym." Since they increase muscle activity, strengthening and toning of the leg, buttock, stomach and back muscles takes place during everyday activities like walking and standing.
They've received a lot of press since celebrities like Cher, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Heidi Klum have reportedly added them to their shoe collection. Their unique design has supposedly help wearer's tone up, lose weight, and even smooth cellulite, which has garnered the brand a lot of attention as well.
While no such claims are made on the manufacturer's web site, MBT shoes have been used in training by olympic medalists, and other top athletes. And according to Swiss Masai Inc., other benefits of the shoes include: Increased muscle activity Increased circulation Encourages upright posture and relaxed stride