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    yenners
    MBT shoes - half price in John Lewis from £145 to £72
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    • 30th Jun 08, 9:56 AM
    MBT shoes - half price in John Lewis from £145 to £72 30th Jun 08 at 9:56 AM
    MBT = Masai barefoot technology. Info from their website http://www.swissmasai.co.uk/:

    "Masai Barefoot Technology in everyday use: train muscles, burn calories, protect joints ... all while you're doing something else. Shopping, in the office, at home. MBTs act as training equipment, every step of the way. "

    I've been wanting a pair of these for a while now, they are supposed to improve your posture as well, but at £145 a pair, I didn't think they were worth the money.

    Selected models are now half price at John lewis. I bought a grey pair yesterday for £72 and they were also reduced in 2 other styles - one white and another grey.
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    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 30th Jun 08, 10:05 AM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 10:05 AM
    I have 2 pairs of these and would say they are great.
    Have had confirmation from dance teacher that posture is greatly improved.
    They are worth it at full price IMO.

    The only downside to them for ladies is that they are very chunky so it's difficult to find styles that would look good with formal office wear.

    Personally I wear nice (uncomfortable) shoes in the office and wear chunky ones that don't look very stylish when outside.
  • 4evershopping
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    • 30th Jun 08, 10:53 AM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 10:53 AM
    yes local sports shop have these been tryin to find a pair in my size, is this offer on line?
    • marvin
    • By marvin 30th Jun 08, 11:19 AM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 11:19 AM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 11:19 AM
    yes local sports shop have these been tryin to find a pair in my size, is this offer on line?
    Originally posted by 4evershopping
    No, website says not stocked online.

    Bad for the knees these things in my view.
    I started with nothing and I am proud to say I still have most of it left.
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 30th Jun 08, 11:23 AM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 11:23 AM
    Bad for the knees these things in my view.
    They are intended to take the stress OFF your joints.

    Why do you think they are bad?
    What are your qualifications? (as it's useful for people to know).

    I have no medical training but I have minor back issues and anecotally I would say they are good. My husband would say the same and so would our dance teacher.
    • iamcornholio
    • By iamcornholio 30th Jun 08, 12:33 PM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 12:33 PM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 12:33 PM
    Placebo effect?

    The problems with joints are not solved or caused by footwear
    • marvin
    • By marvin 30th Jun 08, 1:30 PM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 1:30 PM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 1:30 PM
    They are intended to take the stress OFF your joints.

    Why do you think they are bad?
    What are your qualifications? (as it's useful for people to know).

    I have no medical training but I have minor back issues and anecotally I would say they are good. My husband would say the same and so would our dance teacher.
    Originally posted by lisyloo

    Neither do I but I do know people who have damaged their knees (backs of tendon's what ever they are not the joints themselves) using these things especially when going down hill in them.
    I started with nothing and I am proud to say I still have most of it left.
    • MiM
    • By MiM 30th Jun 08, 1:38 PM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 1:38 PM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 1:38 PM
    I thought problems COULD be caused by bad footwear.

    What about the specially-made insoles that podiatrists prescribe? Surely they work on a similar principle?

    And they definitely do work.
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 30th Jun 08, 2:08 PM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 2:08 PM
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    • 30th Jun 08, 2:08 PM
    Placebo effect?
    I would be very suprised if my dance teacher (who does NOT sell MBTs BTW) would be affected in a placebo way by the shoes on my feet :confused:

    I can well believe they are not suitable for everyone and they probably have the usual disclaimers about consulting your doctor or a qualified professional.

    I can also believe that some people do not read the instructions or watch the video/DVD to see how you are meant to walk on them. So it could maybe be a case of improper use (jsut a suggestion).

    I thought problems COULD be caused by bad footwear.
    I think the person was talking specifically about joint problems.

    OK - so may be we have to say - buyer beware - do you own research - whilst the jury is out.
    Fairy snuff.
    Last edited by lisyloo; 30-06-2008 at 2:18 PM.
  • footman1972
    I thought problems COULD be caused by bad footwear.

    What about the specially-made insoles that podiatrists prescribe? Surely they work on a similar principle?

    And they definitely do work.
    Originally posted by MiM
    Hi everyone,

    MBT's are shoes designed with a negative heel and a rocker sole, which are meant to improve posture and make the muscles work harder when you walk (according to the manufacturer). Foot orthoses ( specialist insoles) are designed to improve the mechanics of the foot and lower limb, reducing stress on injured areas and helping them heal, and work in a completely different way (I'm a registered Podiatrist!).

    Shoes can be a cause of foot problems, especially if they don't fit well. MBT's are designed as an exercise shoe, not to cure specific foot problems, which is where your foot orthoses come in.
    • richdeniro
    • By richdeniro 1st Jul 08, 2:08 PM
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    Are these shoes just for women?

    I just went to have a look in the John Lewis on Oxford Street and they were in the womens section with the words 'MBT Walking Shoes for Women' written underneith.
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 1st Jul 08, 4:11 PM
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    lisyloo
    No there are mens as well.

    The products are here (no connection except satisfied user)
    http://www.swissmasai.co.uk/Products.aspx

    If you look under available sizes it will show either a female symbol, or a male symbol or both.

    I suspect John Lewis do not necessarily stock all the products, but then neither will shoe shops that sell them, but they might be able to order them in.
    • Guapa1
    • By Guapa1 2nd Jul 08, 6:05 AM
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    Harrods has them on sale too for £40!! You need to be fitted though as I came up as a 36.5 (I'm usually a 38) and they didn't have my size. These were the basic black ones, the nicest I've seen. I was gutted as my physio has told me in a while I'll be able to try them for my back. That is all she ever wears.
    Getting there... A deal at a time.
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 2nd Jul 08, 9:36 AM
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    lisyloo
    You need to be fitted though
    Yep I'll second that. The sizes may not match your normal size.

    Also thought I'd mention that I was having cramp in my toes at exercise classes, so I started wearing my MBTs and I've not had cramp since.
    I also find the negative heel works well for calf stretches etc. as you can get that extra bit of stretch as your heel can go further.

    DON'T exercise in them until you've watched the DVD and practised walking in them first. They take a bit of getting used to, so be careful.
    As with any exercise, you can get injured if you don't pay attention to safety.
  • yenners
    wow, £40 is a great price and I'd buy another one in black for that price. I have a day off tomorrow, might check to see if they have my size. I'm a 37
    • scurr
    • By scurr 2nd Jul 08, 9:22 PM
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    FWIW, I have a pair of MBTs I've worn for work for 2 years now - ok they don't look great with a suit but I'm making a statement wearing them - and now lots of other people arewearing trainers for work - RESULT! Anyway, I found last summer when I switched to flipflops (am a teacher, long hol & the MBTs just looked strange with shorts!) my back started causing problems within days - and I'm so thick I didn't make the connection - until when the weather changed & I was back in the MBTs my back started improving. I'm convinced - hope this info helps anyone who's not sure.
  • hamzramz
    For that price there isn't much shoe. They do not look attractive to wear and the price, it should be condemned on MSE!
    • lisyloo
    • By lisyloo 3rd Jul 08, 9:49 AM
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    lisyloo
    For that price there isn't much shoe.
    But there is a hell of a lot of sole (no pun intended).
    They are very robust and will last for ages.
    When my husbands laces broke I asked the shoe shop to order some more and they were provided free of charge.

    and the price, it should be condemned on MSE!
    Has saved me a fotune on physio and painkillers.
    Ask people who have had back problems every day for years whether they'd be prepared to pay the money to get rid of their back problems.
    I had back problems for a number of years and had become quite depressed about the pain as I never thought it would go away.

    If you are perfectly healthy then perhaps it's not worthwhile, but for some people these can be a godsend.

    As already stated you need to use them properly and follow the instructions.
  • hamzramz
    But there is a hell of a lot of sole (no pun intended).
    They are very robust and will last for ages.
    When my husbands laces broke I asked the shoe shop to order some more and they were provided free of charge.

    Has saved me a fotune on physio and painkillers.
    Ask people who have had back problems every day for years whether they'd be prepared to pay the money to get rid of their back problems.
    I had back problems for a number of years and had become quite depressed about the pain as I never thought it would go away.

    If you are perfectly healthy then perhaps it's not worthwhile, but for some people these can be a godsend.

    As already stated you need to use them properly and follow the instructions.
    Originally posted by lisyloo
    I suppose some people find them useful, but I can't see myself spending over 70quid for these.
  • Wiggynut
    Harrods has them on sale too for £40!! You need to be fitted though as I came up as a 36.5 (I'm usually a 38) and they didn't have my size. These were the basic black ones, the nicest I've seen. I was gutted as my physio has told me in a while I'll be able to try them for my back. That is all she ever wears.
    Originally posted by Guapa1
    I would like to get some of these shoes as I have back pain and tendonlitist (sorry for spelling )
    I walk for miles so this sort of thing would be great... I tried my friends pair and they are so comfy and they make you walk faster too.

    I just couldn't pay £145 for new... they sell on ebay but they can still cost £70+ and not in the colour you would want... might have to check out Harrods and John Lewis!
    thanks
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