M is for MBT Shoes

November 3, 2012

MBT’s are toning shoes that are supposed to tone the butt and treat cellulite. They removed the cellulite claims from their website a few years ago.


MBT (Masai Barefoot Technology) shoes are known for their unique design and features that aim to simulate walking on uneven surfaces, like walking barefoot on soft ground. Here are some characteristics that set MBT shoes apart:

  1. Rocker Sole: MBT shoes have a curved or rocker sole design. The sole is thicker and rounded, creating a rolling motion as you walk. This design is intended to engage the muscles and joints more actively, promoting a more natural and dynamic walking experience.
  2. Instability and Activation: MBT shoes incorporate an element of instability. The curved sole and unique design challenge your balance and require more muscle activation and engagement to maintain stability while walking. This is believed to promote improved posture, core strength, and muscle activation.
  3. Core Activation: By stimulating a slightly unstable walking surface, MBT shoes encourage the activation of the core muscles, including the abdominals, back, and pelvic muscles. This activation aims to enhance core strength, stability, and overall body alignment.
  4. Cushioning and Support: MBT shoes typically feature cushioning materials and support in the midsole and heel to provide shock absorption and comfort during walking.
  5. Kinetic Benefits: MBT shoes claim to offer several potential benefits, including improved posture, reduced joint stress, enhanced circulation, increased muscle activation, and improved muscle tone.

It’s important to note that while MBT shoes have a distinct design and aim to promote certain benefits, their effectiveness and individual experience may vary. Some individuals may find them comfortable and beneficial for their walking experience, while others may not experience the same benefits or may find them less suitable for their needs or preferences. As with any footwear, it’s recommended to try them on, walk in them, and consult with a healthcare professional or footwear specialist to determine if they are suitable for your specific needs.


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