What are MBT shoes?
MBT stands for Masai Barefoot Technology.
MBT has also become almost a generic term for
rocker sole shoes. A rocker sole shoe or rocker bottom
shoe is a shoe which has a thicker-than-normal sole with rounded
heel. Such shoes ensure the wearer does not have flat footing along the
proximal-distal axis of the foot. The shoes are generically known by a
variety of names including round bottom shoes, round/ed sole shoes, and
Branded generic rocker sole shoes were popularized
for the mass market in the late 1990s and 00s by the Swiss Masai company
as Masai Barefoot Technology or
The shoes were invented by a Swiss engineer called
Karl Müller in the early 1990s. He noticed, on a visit to Korea,
that walking barefoot over some soft paddy fields alleviated his back,
knee and Achilles tendon problems. He also discovered that the Kenyan
Masai tribesmen don't suffer from back pain and are famous for their
perfect posture. Putting these two pieces of information together,
Muller reasoned that this was because they walk across ground that
yields underneath their feet. Walking on hard surfaces, such as
pavements, that don't have any "give", he concluded, has not been good
for our backs, knees, and ankles.
Muller decided that the answer was a shoe with a
curved sole, effectively with no heel, which mimics the
rocking motion of a foot walking on soft sand or grass.
The first prototype of the MBT trainer was
constructed in 1996 and by 2000 approximately 20,000 pairs were sold in
Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
What is Masai Barefoot Technology?
In essence MBT is a redesign of shoes to cause the
user to have to balance while they walk. MBT shoes create natural
balanced walking posture.
Claims to Improved Health:
Proponents of modern heel-to-toe rocker sole
shoes claim that because the foot of the wearer is slightly
destabilized, certain lesser-worked muscle groups in the leg, such as
the core and gluteus, are challenged more than they are normally. As
such they are purported to derive health benefits for the wearer, such
as improved posture and tighter muscles
In regard to the MBT brand shoes from Masai
Barefoot Technology, “Due to MBT's unique curved layered sole, it
lengthens the body into a tall, upright posture and encourages use of
neglected muscle groups. When walking or jogging users engage untrained
muscles and burn more calories, helping people to tone and to lose
weight efficiently. Even while standing the muscles continue working to
maintain a center of balance. With every step taken, MBT is therapeutic
and simultaneously preventative."
MBT shoes can change the way most of us use our
muscles as well as reduce shock forces to the entire skeletal system. Masai
Barefoot Technology makes all surfaces like walking in sand. Unlike
most conventional training shoes that only support and cushion your
feet, the unique lever spring action of MBT's challenge the core
strengthening muscles to be more active. According to the company that
invented the shoe, this helps create good posture and increases shock
absorption for all the joints.
Apparel Search does not know if the shoes truly
provide benefit or not. Please conduct your own research and
investigate all medical benefit claims.
Authorized MBT shoe retailers:
If you are looking specifically for MBT brand shoes
and not just any heel-to-toe rocker, you can visit their website to
learn more about authorized retailers.
MBT®, the Swiss engineered and original
Physiological Footwear brand, has adopted an advanced system of
traceability that will effectively tackle the problem of counterfeit
products and protect their brands’ patented technologies. This
innovative solution is developed in cooperation with Certilogo, based in
Milan, Italy, which provides a user friendly system which allows their
consumers to assess if a product is authentic or not, via a platform
which collects specific data. It is their desire to provide their
consumer with confidence that they are purchasing an authentic MBT®
Product. Certilogo helps ensures their consumer can reliably buy a real
MBT® and enjoy the experience of their footwear knowing it’s an
original. The Certilogo process provides each individual pair of shoes
with a unique identification code which allows consumers to verify the
authenticity of the product as an original MBT®. See more at:
Their Sole purpose:
The natural instability of the unique MBT® sole
imitates walking on soft, uneven surfaces. The technology in the sole
has been patented worldwide to provide the greatest comfort possible, as
it allows you to enjoy the natural benefits of walking every day.
The patented MBT® SensorTechnology™ produces what
has been described as a pleasant and natural feeling, reminiscent of
walking on a sandy beach. The Pivot Axis promotes a rolling movement,
which in turn may help increase lower limb muscle activation in your
Designed for you:
With sleek and stylish silhouettes, bright color
pops, as well as the popular blacks and browns, there are designs for
all occasions, overall the range is more lightweight, more durable and
more comfortable than ever, ensuring our consumers can find the perfect
pair for their unique journey.
MBT - The Original Physiological Footwear since
1996. Learn more about Masai International Pte Ltd at http://www.mbt.com/