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I'm toying with the idea of getting some of these (for general walking etc) Anyone have any comments on these?
I've often wondered about MBT's -- if you buy 1 pair does that effect you ability to wear 'normal' shoes? and also does prolonged wearing change your gait/bio-mechanics?
Personally I would agree with Cougie -- they seem horrifically expensive & look ridiculous. Can't imagine running any significant distance in them
You aren't meant to run in them - the soles are very high and must be a bit clompy.
So for the girl selling them to think that she could run a marathon in them - just makes me think she's an idiot.
I've only seen one woman wearing them. Didnt seem to have done anything for her physique !!
Overpriced fad - just do proper exercise.
They can only be worn with very long trousers surely (ugly shoes).
Masai barefoot technology - the clue's in the name - they didn't wear shoes, doh!!
2 of my colleagues have worn them - one a nurse because they looked nice and she thought they did make her posture abit better - the other a Physio thought they did help with her back problems but she didnt wear them for long
probably better for you than stillettos tho !
I wear the MBT sandals for general walking e.g. to work; they are certainly not supposed to be running shoes (can't even run for a bus in them!). They were recommended by my massage therapist to help with my gait (I have collapsed arches and tend to heel strike with overstride) - they certainly do encourage you to shorten the stride and walk smoothly, lifting toes up, encourages good walking and running technique.
So I find they work for me but they are expensive and I only got them because my previous sandals literally fell apart so I would have had to buy some anyway, I just chose to spend twice the price! The sandals are incredibly comfortable too which was another factor in buying them because I struggle to find really comfortable, well fitting shoes.
I would recommend that you get good advice from someone you trust to knnow what they're talking about; they work for me because of specific issues but would not suit everyone. Also you are supposed to wear them a little bit at a time to start with because they are quite hard work and your legs need to get used to walking in a different way. My mum has sworn by scholl sandals for longer than I've been alive but I can't stand the damn things (we both have genetically terrible feet!), so just goes to show that you need to find what works for you.
I wasn't planning to run in them, just for walking, work etc.
I get on well with Birkenstocks so I am used to having to "work to walk" but if I do go ahead I'll do as you say and start a little at a time.