MBT stands for “Masai Barefoot Technology.” Their innovative design includes a multi-layered, curved sole which makes for a unique and rewarding walking experience. The key to MBT is its patented sole structure. The shank, PU midsole with Pivot and the Masai Sensor create a soft surface that is akin to walking barefoot on springy moss or on a sandy beach. This creates a natural instability underfoot, which activates the supporting muscle system and has positive effects on the entire body. Wearing MBT shoes can also be a therapeutic tool for back, hip, leg and foot problems. At MBT they don’t believe in shoes. They believe in footwear that makes you better from the ground up.
According to MBT, wearing their footwear improves your gait and posture and relieves pressure on your joints and back. It also exercises a large number of muscles, whether you’re walking or standing. Why would this matter? This can give firming effects to muscles and burn extra calories.
I chose the MBT Women’s Pia Sandal because I simply loved the look. This casual black sandal has a velcro upper strap and a padded hook and loop ankle strap. Because of this I feel extremely secure walking in these sandals. No worries about my foot slipping out or around while I’m wearing them and they are very comfortable.
The only downside (besides price) to these sandals is one of my favorite features. While I love the straps, they aren’t the type of sandal that you can just slip on for a quick run out the door. That being said, I love the security of them and look past this slight inconvenience.
And while these sandals are a bit of a splurge at almost $200 (yes, you read that right), there are currently many sandal designs on the MBT website on sale for under $100 so you can pick up a pair at a steal! And if you are someone like me who lives in a cold weather climate, perhaps a dress, athletic shoe or even tall boot would make a better investment than a sandal.