Questions and Answers

  • Where can I find my nearest retailer?

    Please click on the link “Stores” .

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  • Can I buy MBT® shoes online?

    No, currently we don´t offer this service for various reasons: it is very important that you are fitted correctly and that you are shown how to stand and walk properly in MBT® shoes. The well trained staff in the retail stores will be happy to do so and help you to get the full benefits from MBT® footwear

     

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  • What is the right size of MBT® shoes?

    Closed models are worn tight on the heel, snug on the instep, and comfortable on the toe. Sandals are worn with the heel as far back as possible, the toes reaching the very front end of the sandal, and the straps tight, but comfortable. The footbed should mirror the foot as closely as possible.
    Unlike conventional footwear that causes the foot to slide forward with each step, the rolling motion of MBT® shoes drives the heel back.

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  • What sizes do MBT® shoes come in?

    MBT® shoes start from a size 35 to 42 1/3 & 43 2/3 (US 5.5 to US 12 & 13) in the women’s range and 40 1/3 to 49 (US 7.5 to US 14) in the men’s range. MBT® shoes sizing is different therefore your size will vary depending on the style. Please visit your nearest MBT® footwear retailer for further advice.

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  • How do MBT® shoes work?

    The unique sole of MBT® shoes changes a hard flat surface into a soft rolling one. Which creates a natural instability. Some research suggests that this instability may be a factor in improving one's health.
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  • What is the rocker-bottom sole?

    The sole of the MBT® footwear is curvilinear. The negative heel creates minimal heel strike and lessens the impact to your joints and skeletal system. The curve also minimizes plantar flexion by creating a rolling motion rather than a stop-and-go motion common when wearing ordinary shoes.

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  • Will MBT® shoes help me?

    MBT® wants to help people all over the world to live healthier and better lives. Wearing your MBT® shoes increases muscle activity in multiple parts of the body. MBT® footwear strengthen core muscles, tighten and tone the feet and ankles, calves, hamstrings, upper and inner thighs, buttocks, stomach, and back.
    The bottom line: You will become stronger and more resilient just by wearing MBT® shoes to perform your everyday activities.

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  • Where will I see the difference?

    The most important thing is the difference you will feel. Just by standing and walking in your MBT® shoes you will be increasing muscle activity; improving your circulation, posture and balance; toning your legs, hips, abs and glutes; and reducing stress and pressure on your back, feet and joints.

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  • Is there a functional difference between the multiple MBT® footwear styles?

    The technology of the MBT® shoes is in the sole, and that remains the same in every style. The uppers vary to accommodate different style needs and preferences, allowing MBT® shoes to be worn morning, noon, and night.

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  • What is the difference between MBT® footwear classic and dual board (aka lower) soles?

    The new Dual Board (lower) sole provides the wearer with the same benefits as the classic one – the only difference between the two sole constructions lies in the feeling for the wearer. While still curved, the Dual Board construction reduces the heights of the sole by approximately 8mm, offering a new slender look and additional style choice to customers.

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  • Why are MBT® shoes as expensive as they are?

    It’s because MBT® shoes are physiological footwear—making them much more than just a regular shoe. They are built specifically to strengthen and tone your body, help prevent injuries, shorten healing and rehabilitation time for injuries, as well as promote natural healing for some minor injuries. More than 10 years of research have gone into making the MBT® footwear of today, allowing you to stand or walk your way into a better body.

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  • Is there research supporting how MBT® shoes work?

    Yes, there are 10 years of intensive study and research on MBT® footwear. Research guides our product development and provides proof of the benefits of wearing MBT® shoes. We’ve done research to direct the evolution and quantify the effectiveness of MBT® footwear, and the scientifically proven physiological benefits are impressive and desirable to anybody ready for a more healthful and energetic life.

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  • Do you have children’s shoes?

    No, not at this time.

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  • Are children allowed to wear MBT® footwear?

    The size range of MBT® shoes defines the target group. (Size 35 – 49). Each age group can benefit from the technology of physiological footwear.

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  • What kind of activities are MBT® shoes meant for?

    MBT® shoes are meant to be an everyday walking, fitness walking, and general lifestyle footwear.

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  • Can I wear MBT® shoes every day?

    You may walk and stand in your MBT® shoes as long as you feel comfortable. Try to wear your MBT® shoes as regularly and as often as possible. Note: If MBT® shoes are being used as a secondary therapy for existing basic health conditions, wear should be supervised by a physician.

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  • Can I wear MBT® shoes while participating in sports that require lateral movement (i.e. tennis, basketball, aerobics)?

    MBT® shoes are not recommended for lateral and stop-and-go movements. Instead, you should choose shoes specifically designed for your desired sport.

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  • Can I use MBT® shoes in the gym?

    MBT® shoes should be used solely as a walking shoe for the first 8 to 12 weeks (depending upon your fitness level).  Once you have gotten used to this then you can start to expand your use into other areas such as training in the gym on the treadmill or eliptical walker. 

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  • Can I jog in MBT® shoes?

    Yes, but make sure that:

    • you run very slowly.(Slow running)
    • you have an upright posture.
    • you increase the speed with the frequency of your steps and not with a larger step.
    • you roll from heel to toe (do not run on forefoot).
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  • What is slow running?

    Slow running can also be referred to as trotting or “floating.” It is essentially how to comfortably and safely move faster than walking and slower than all-out running. It uses the entire leg all the way up through the hip joint to move. The first action is stepping down on the middle of the Masai Sensor and then rolling through the mid-foot and off the toes without pressure. You should feel relaxed.
    Light jogging in MBT® shoes is for relaxation purposes and recovery. The end result is a feeling of active massage. Ultimately, you should feel a full leg swing and low heel recovery as you float.

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  • How can MBT® footwear help me in my sport?

    MBT® shoes offer recovery, regeneration, and cross training to help you be fit and ready for your next training session.

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  • Can I use my MBT® shoes for Nordic Walking?

    We have a different philosophy:

    • Keep your steps close to the center of gravity in MBT® footwear. Nordic walking involves a larger step.
    • Walking in MBT® shoes provides naturally upright posture. In Nordic walking, the trunk leans forward.
    • MBT® shoes provide a rotation of the upper body. In Nordic walking, poles prevent the upper body from rotating.

    We recommend to use small waterbottles or trainings devices like heavy hands for walking in MBT® shoes.

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  • Are MBT® shoes good for standing all day?

    MBT® shoes are absolutely great for typically healthy people who stand all day. They are designed to decrease pressure to the skeletal system. A regular shoe’s impact enters directly through your heel, traveling into your joints and skeletal system. In comparison, MBTs transfer the shock behind the heel and body. We suggest rocking back and forth in your MBT® shoes while you stand.
    This activity increases circulation, reduces shock to the body, and helps you to stand for longer periods of time — without discomfort and pain.

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  • How long will my MBT® shoes last?

    It is our experience that MBT® shoes last two to three times longer than conventional shoes based on normal wear.

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  • Can my MBT® shoes be treated with stain and waterproof applications?

    Yes, you may treat the MBT® footwear upper like you would any other high-end footwear purchase. However, do make sure that you protect the sole construction by not allowing any foreign materials to come in contact with the Masai Sensor.

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  • My MBT® shoes are dirty. What can I do?

    Wash and dry your MBT® shoes as soon as possible if they become muddy and dirty. Incorrect care or use can cause the Masai Sensor to deteriorate and the layers to separate. The leather styles should be polished prior to wearing them and the suede/nubuck styles should be protected with a spray prior to the first wear to help prevent wear and tear.

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  • Can I get my MBT® shoes wet?

    Yes, however it is important to let them dry thoroughly before wearing them again. For best results lay them on their sides and let them air dry. Using heat could damage the Masai Sensor.

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  • Can I resole my MBT® shoes?

    MBT® cares for you after the sale. And we go the extra distance to help you protect your investment in our fine footwear.

    That’s why we’ve partnered with Resole America to offer MBT® Product Maintenance Service. After miles and mile of adventure, your shoes may need to be resoled and refurbished. And the only way they will feel like MBT®’s is to resole them with original MBT® soles, heel sensors, insoles, and laces.

    We know you’re busy. So Resole America makes it easy to order. We will return your repaired MBT®’s in approximately two weeks.

    www.resole.com
    888-FIX-SHOE (349-7463)

     

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  • Warranty of MBT® footwear?

    If damaged, the MBT® shoes will be refunded only if treated in accordance with our published care instructions. The customer should take the MBT® shoes back to the MBT® retailer he purchased them from, together with proof of purchase. No warranty can be given for consequential damage resulting from a delayed initial damage report or from repairs carried out by unqualified persons.

     

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