Rock and roll with MBTs
Reviewed by Liz Catt
Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT®) are revolutionary hi-tech trainers, based on
the techniques used by the
Masai tribe in Kenya to carry heavy weights for miles. They were developed to cure back and joint problems by recreating natural, uneven walking surfaces
through a uniquely curved and layered sole.
Wearing MBTs® can help:-
- Core stability
- Weight reduction
- Helps reduction of cellulite
- Improved posture
- Power and speed
- Improve circulation
- Increase glutt muscle action by 78% when
compared with walking at the same pace in regular trainers.
- Relief joint stress by up to 27% when compared with regular
Having had back and hip problems for a while
with increasing discomfort, I visited a physio with whom I've had treatment many times before.
This time as well as treatment and exercises, she recommended a pair of MBTs® to help reduce
the symptoms that I experience. She allowed me to try on and walk in a pair that she had
already purchased for herself!
As soon as I had put them on, I instantly became
taller - not just because they were what is called 'high profile' trainers - but because they
make you stand and walk in the correct position. They lengthen your spine, so for the
vertically challenged it's a bonus!
have to be shown how to walk properly in them. Basically it is a heel-to-toe gait. They lift
and stretch your spine and overall are very comfortable. It feels like a weight has been lifted
from your back and that they do 'what it says on the tin'!
Each pair comes with a video, showing you all about how to walk in
them lest you forget.
It was recommended that I let the physio check that I was walking
in them correctly. That said I didn't feel that they were that difficult - or different - to
walk in. I was told to introduce them gradually, increasing the time I spent wearing them over
a period of time.
At the time of writing this review, I'd had mine about three weeks
and started wearing them in between runs at shows and then wearing them to walk the dogs. I
have now worn them virtually all day at a recent agility show with excellent results - no
stiff, aching back, hips or knees. If I needed further proof that I'd made the right decision,
after working around the house all day, I then walked the dogs for an hour and a half - almost
guaranteed normally to ensure discomfort in the lower back - and experienced no discomfort
Could be improved:
I think that they look ordinary black trainers. As I've only
tried the 'high profile' trainer I can only comment on them but I find they take a minute or
two to adjust to each time you put them on to walk in, and I find that I do catch the sole if I
don't pick my feet up properly.
Rough terrain walking might also prove slightly more
difficult than an in ordinary trainer because of the rocker shape of the sole as there is no
heel to balance back on if climbing, for instance. One needs to be wary of running. After all
if you find a pot hole, it's further to fall from these!
Just one word of warning - not to wear them in slippery conditions! I did, I wore them on a
walk which got a bit muddy and ended up on my behind!
and design: There is limited choice of
style and colour, but they do both 'high profile' and 'low profile' in either black, white or
grey trainers, shoes or sandals.
As you have to be shown how to walk
properly in them, in general MBTs are not available in the usual retail outlets.* You have to
buy them from trained stockists. I bought mine from a Pilates instructor. I spent at least an
hour with her when I went to collect them. She told me about them, what they are supposed to
help you with while she checked out that I was comfortable and walking correctly in them. And
lest you forget, there's always the video!
*MBTs are available in select retail outlets including
Selfridges, Swetty Betty, Kings Road Sporting Club and Grieves of Glasgow.
They certainly come with a sting in the tail as the price per pair is £129!
Value for Money:
The price alone makes you think long and hard
before deciding. But what price do you put on your own physical well being?
10/10 If you find that at the
end of a show day, you feel that you don't know where to put yourself, can't get comfortable,
that your back is stiff or that your hips ache or your knees ache or that you can't find a
comfy position to sit in on the drive home, then it might well be worth considering investing
in a pair of MBTs®.
For find your nearest stockist, visit
masai by Fisher
Head Office, Unit 3d, Burbage House, 83 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BS
Tel: 9am - 5pm 020-7684 4633 or 020-7684 5565
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7684 5566
About the Reviewer
Liz Catt has been an agility
competitor and judge for a number of years.
MBT shoes - Interesting, their description,
purpose and pictures look just like the 'Earth shoes' which were popular in the 1970s in the
United States. (18/01/05)
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