MBT Shoes

Wondering if you can believe all the hype on the MBT shoes?  The simple answer is YES.  They actually do what they say they will.

With their unique sole construction the MBT’s create a feeling that reminds you of walking natural, soft, unstable ground.  The natural instabililty underfoot stimulates otherwise neglected muscle groups to make automatic compensating movements, exactly as nature intended.  You may feel some muscle soreness for the first few days but this soon dicipates and the benefits become more noticeable as each day goes by.

I know they may not be the most attractive looking shoes but believe me your whole body will feel and look better because of them.

Earth Vegan Shoes: Waiting to INHALE

If they’re called Earth shoes, why wouldn’t they be loved by the stars? Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, even both Posh and Becks have been seen sporting them around town.

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So why the big celebrity draw? Not only does every shoe in the Earth line sport the “negative heel” technology to help you burn calories with every step, they also offer vegan options. And the vegan Inhale shoe offers a funky and sporty spin on the classic Mary Jane while being totally animal-friendly. They’re also available in a variety of colors. I’m such a girly-girl and can never turn down a pink shoe, but I also think the Forest Green looks really cute with khakis.

And here’s what’s crazy… since the Earth shoes tone your calves and thighs, I’m finding excuses to walk more in them. Coming from someone who drives over to the grocery store that’s only two blocks away, that is a BIG step for me. Literally.

PLUS, I just had the greatest experience with my Inhales when I wore them to take my nephew to Disneyland a few weeks ago. They were amazing to be in while on my feet all day, plus the heavy-duty microfiber fabric shielded my toes as they were constantly getting run over by strollers. But the best part is how they helped me feel less guilty as I walked around eating my funnel cake, because I knew I was counteracting those calories with each step I took toward Tomorrowland.

Now that’s the wave of the future.

Naot Ashley Epitomizes Comfort with Style

Naot shoes are known for their comfort and simple elegance and if you have yet to take a close look at a pair, I strongly recommend trying a pair of Naot Ashley.

One customer wrote, “These sandals are just wonderful. I have an arch problem and these sandals fit so well that I hardly know I am wearing shoes. The cork insole molds to the shape of my foot and makes every day walking a pleasure, as well as being stylish.”
Buzzillions.com reviewers give this Naot shoe a 4.7 out of 5 star rating. It’s worthwhile reading the overwhelming praise shared on this site. But if you’re the type that goes for professional input, look no further than TV Guide’s April 14 – 20 issue in which the costume designer of Desperate Housewives, Cate Adair, picks Naot Ashley as the perfect sandal for a “mom on the go” like Lynette, played by Felicity Huffman.

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Health Touts Merrell Siren Ventilator

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Health Magazine recently shared “America’s Healthiest Fitness Buys 2008: Shoes” and chose Merrell Shoes Siren Ventilator in the category of walking.

The magazine’s reviewer writes: “Perfect for a quick jaunt or a calorie-blasting power walk, these shoes have a rubber sole that comfortably supports your arch, and the beveled heel allows you to pick up the pace without shortening your stride.”

What they don’t mention is the nicely ventilated design that lets the air flow through while the mesh lining wicks away moisture.

Can’t tell from the cover if the Sex in the City girls wear Merrell shoes, but it’s safe to bet the Walk in the City girls do.

MBT shoes and Ankle Fusion

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We frequently hear our customers sing the praises of MBT shoes — “I am truly amazed at the difference the MBT’s have made in just a month. I am walking better, my posture has improved, I can work a double shift without my legs or knees hurting, I am more relaxed when walking and I am sleeping better than I have in years!” — but recently we received feedback regarding a medical condition that stood out:

“I have an ankle fusion and hate shopping for shoes. However, Footwear etc. carries the MBT shoes – the only shoes I can wear — in many styles, and I receive them quickly with no extra fees. I love the free socks they sent with my last order!” – Lauren B.
Curious to learn more about “ankle fusion,” I turned to Google and found MBT shoes mentioned often in connection with this surgical technique. It is a challenge to fathom that doctors utilize surgery to get the bones around the ankle to grow together, but it seems to reduce the pain caused by ankle arthritis.

I imagine mobility is severely limited by having one’s ankle bones fused, yet I find that walking and even running is an active part of post surgical recovery. So how do MBT shoes help? With the range of motion limited by the fusion, shoes with proper support and rolling motion appear to assist in comfortable movement.

If you have experience with ankle fusion surgery and MBTs, we’d love to hear from you. Attach a comment below.