MBT Shoes and
Proper Fitting of
If you have never owned a pair of MBTs, Happy Feet Plus strongly recommends
that you visit an MBT retailer for proper fitting and a 10-minute Test Walk.
For closed models: the MBT has to fit the foot
perfectly. MBTs don’t let your foot slide forward with every step, like normal shoes do –
they pull your heel back, instead. For this reason, MBTs should never be bought too large.
It’s alright for the tips of your toes to be almost touching the edge of the shoe. Please make sure
that the laces are tied tight enough that sliding forward is prevented, but not so tight that they
impair circulation through the instep.
For sandals: Open the heel strap, and slide as far back as
possible with your heel. Set the Velcro fastener in this position. Pull the arch strap snug so that
forward slippage is impossible, but so that the MBT is still comfortable to wear. The
toe strap prevents sideways slippage of the feet and should likewise sit snugly, but comfortably.
Your toes should not touch the front edge when walking – this prevents chafing and
If the sandal model does not have adjustable heel straps, and if
the form of your heel doesn’t allow a good heel position, you should decide in favor of the model
with an adjustable heel strap.
The Beginning - History of
In the late nineties MBT started a crusade.
They realized that the human body is simply not built to walk or
stand on hard, flat surfaces. They also discovered that conventional shoes stabilize the body in
such a way that the body’s supporting muscle system is neglected.
MBT wanted to make the
world aware that our health is significantly influenced by the way we walk. They were determined to
develop something that would continuously stimulate the postural and stabilizing muscles of the
whole body. They knew they had to be radical to be successful.
Because MBT is totally different we
refused to call it a shoe:
- Its sole is curved, not flat.
- It is unstable, not stable.
- It activates your muscles instead of undermining
- It has a positive effect on the entire body, not just the
MBT considers it their
mission to make people all over the world aware of the benefits of MBT and to help them live healthier and
MBT hopes you will join
The Benefits of
Wearing MBTs provides many pro-body benefits,
as supported by an increasing number of international studies. These studies support the numerous
health benefits of the "anti-shoe". Step. Rolling action. Step. Rolling action. This simple
movement creates tremendous benefit. It helps solve knee and back problems, relieves tension in the
neck, eases joint pains, and helps to tone and shape the buttocks and thighs. The important thing
is that every one of these claims stands up to scientific research - which is why the "anti-shoe"
is now even prescribed by doctors and recommended by fitness experts.
The positive effect of the MBT is based on the principle of
"natural instability". An effect which can, in fact, be achieved without the benefit of high-tech
footwear: by simply walking barefoot on soft, uneven, natural ground such as sand or moss. However,
in today's thoroughly modern world this is not always easy to do - but the health benefits are
significant. While wearing MBTs the body is forced to maintain its natural balance, thereby stimulating and
exercising the body's supporting muscle system which results in numerous pro-body benefits. MBTs
activate and strengthen the small supporting muscles which are the body's "natural shock
absorbers". The key to the MBT is the patented sole construction, at the heart of which is the soft Masai
Sensor. It is located directly beneath the heel and simulates walking and standing on uneven
ground. This creates a natural instability, to which the body responds with small, intuitive,
compensatory movements. The midsole, with its integrated balancing area, requires an active and
controlled rolling movement with every step.
In conjunction with the Masai Sensor, the body's entire
musculoskeletal system is activated and exercised, the muscles in the buttocks, stomach and back
are strengthened, posture and gait are kept relaxed and upright and stress on the joints and back
is relieved. Not only does the anti-shoe increase the fitness levels of its wearer with every step,
it also has sustainable health benefits.
MBT is the ONLY footwear
that features revolutionary and worldwide patented technology designed to limit harmful impact to
joints, improve posture and tone muscles—including saving the back, lifting the butt, toning the
thighs, and flattening abs.
Wearing MBTs mimics walking barefoot in sand
and engages core muscles - just by standing. Despite attempts by other products to claim similar
results, no other footwear offers MBT's comprehensive
- Improve posture by 10°
- Increase buttock muscle activity by 9%
- Decrease stress on hips and knee joints by
- Increase thigh muscle activity when standing by
- Increase lower limb activity when standing by
- Supported by hundreds of past and ongoing independent,
- Function first: Designed by scientists and doctors as a
product to alleviate the painful impact of shoes on the body
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