MBT shoes are designed to feel as if you are walking on sand. According to Carolyn Varndell, they have no support, allowing you to wobble from side to side, helping to build strength and improve your balance and posture.
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MBT stands for Masai Barefoot Technology. It comes from the barefoot tribes of Africa, the Masai tribes. And they are so used to walking on dirt, ground, sand, soft surfaces and as a society; we are the cement society in the US. So their feet are accommodative and their feet can handle the softness of the material they walk on but we can never get used to that cement that’s under our feet. So the MBT will have a cushion, they call it a Sensor that is very soft so when you wear this, you feel like you’re walking on sand. It has no support so it let’s you wobble side to side. And that helps you to then maintain and build strength to hold your arch in a better position. The other thing this does is it holds your arch so that you’re resting over the middle part of your foot. Without this, we tend either sit back on our heels or lean forward under the ball of our foot. When that happens, our balance and our posture totally changes from head to toe or actually toe to head. From here, you have to sit under the middle of the shoe or what happens is you lean forward on to your toe and you fall forward or you lean back on your heel and you fall back on your back. So this helps you to maintain that neutral position. Plus, gives us that soft cushion feel like we’re walking on dirt or sand. It improves our posture, which should be aligned from your ear to your shoulder to your hip, the knee and the ankle. Putting this on almost immediately corrects your posture without you even thinking about it.

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