I've had so many calls, e-mails and friendly stops out in public that I thought I should take the time to pass along additional information about the walking shoes I had on during Kelly's 2-cents last week.
As you know we are in the midst of a pedometer competition (our team the 10,000 Maniacs is in SECOND now by the way) and in order to amp up my walking I decided to purchase these MBT shoes.
It stands for Masai Barefoot Technology. Basically these shoes help activate the entire body, engaging your core muscles (stomach) to help you stand up straighter while taking the pressure off of your key joints.
The design of the shoe, which is an arched shape, gives your hamstrings (the upper back portion of the legs) and quadriceps (muscles on the upper front portion of the thighs) an additional workout becoming more sculpted and tone.
Below is what the owner of the The Athlete's Foot said when I interviewed him about the MBT shoes for my story that recently aired.
Randy Pearn, Owner of The Athletes Foot said;
"It has a very soft in the heel which takes a lot of pressure off the knees and the back, but then it rolls forward so that you're pivoting off the toe and your using the larger muscles in your back and in your legs. So, it helps your posture, your blood circulation and at the same time takes a lot of pressure away from your body to make it comfortable."
I found a couple of places that carry them locally:
The Athletes Foot-7431 N. May Avenue
Linda's Birkenstock- 2311 Nw 36th St
Westies Shoes- 2150 W Memorial Rd.
You may also want to look on-line. A friend of mine found hers on-line and was able to get a local store to match the price she found on the web. Some on-line stores will also let you ship them back for free, if you are not satisfied with the shoes.
It's a good idea to research them for yourself to determine if it's a good fit for you. If you google "MBT shoes" you can find all sorts of comments and MBT's official website.