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Tips for Walking in MBT Shoes

You Asked: Do I Need an MBT Class?

You're asking and I'm answering . . .
Hey Fit,
I ordered some MBTs, love the extra discount. Thanks! O love the shoes too. But the info packet that came with the shoes says I need to take a class. Is that for real?
MBT Mary

Good question. While I am usually all for checking out classes, finding MBT classes can be difficult outside of NYC, LA and San Francisco. Plus they are not all that necessary. You do, however, need to acclimate the shoes.

To see what discount Mary is talking about and to see what I usually do when clients come to a Pilates session with a new pair or MBTs,

  • Find the roll bar that makes the shoe so unique. Rock back and forth on it until you become familiar with the sensation of being slightly unstable and where the roll bar is on your foot.
  • Step forward onto the roll bar of your front foot while staying on the roll bar on the back foot. Look down and you should notice that your stance is not that wide. This is a good thing; walking on the MBTs teaches you to take smaller strides so your torso can stay over your pelvis.
  • Now walk around stepping onto the roll bar with a bent knee and pushing off the back leg with a straight knee. Feel the back of the leg pushing your pelvis forward through space.
  • One helpful image is to imagine you are walking on a treadmill. To move forward you need to pull the conveyor belt behind you using the back of your leg. This image helps to engage the back of the leg!
  • If you don’t have MBTs but now your curiosity is piqued check out this post: Why I Heart My MBTs. If you are looking to buy a pair you can get an extra $20 off any discontinued pair. For more details check out Discontinued, Discounted MBTs Even Less With FitSugar Coupon.

    Happy walking!


Join The Conversation
dogfeast dogfeast 9 years
I have been wearing mbt shoes for several years now and think they are great. I feel better and my posture has really improved.
spacebear spacebear 9 years
my sister got my dad a pair (he has bad knees) and he loves them. they made quite a difference.
maya622 maya622 9 years
When I first saw these shows I couldn't get over how unfashionable they were, but now I'm really considering buying a pair. Lots of shops here in Chicago are starting to carry them, so it's only a matter of time before a class or two pops up here. I know they're totaly different, but I think if I was going to splurge on "workout shoes," I'd totally go for Kangoos!
secrethoughts secrethoughts 9 years
Great tip, Fit! I've always wanted to buy a pair, but I couldn't justify the steep price. Today I orderd my first pair for a total of about $150, including shipping! What a deal! I can't wait to try these on my walks.
latent latent 9 years
Vibram 5Fingers are definitely my favorite 'barefoot' shoes ever. The MBTs look really interesting, but I love my 5fingers.
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 9 years
Watch the DVD a few times; it's kind of hard to visualize those written instructions. I started getting pain in my left shin after wearing mine for awhile...I'm sure I was walking incorrectly. They're great shoes, but you can hurt yourself if you don't do it right.
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