Thread: Masai Barefoot Technology
7/12/2007 7:10am, #1
Masai Barefoot Technology
I was picking up some new running shoes yesterday when I saw some freaky looking shoes in a section all of their own called Masai Barefoot Technology or "MBT." They claim to simulate walking barefoot on a soft, uneven surface. The supposed benefits are that they will engage various stabiliser muscles that don't get used with regular shoes and by extension alleviate back pain, improve posture, reduce joint stress and a whole mess of other stuff.
Purely out of curiosity, has anyone here used these before? Is there anyone here with relevant physiology/anatomy/kinesiology qualifications who can confirm of these are a valid concept or pure snake oil?Dedicated to legs and the disrespecting thereof.
7/12/2007 11:29am, #2
I can't speak for the product itself. What I can say is that the bottom of the foot/calf muscles are an intricate, and elegant array of nerves and muscles designed to assist with balance and movement. Be placing 3cm of foam and padding on the foot, you retard some of the best reflexes your body has to offer. It is true that a great deal of recruitment and posture issues come from fucked up calf muscles, which in turn stem from the wearing of fucked up padded ****** shoes.
7/12/2007 2:22pm, #3
I'd rather just do some walking exersises.You can't make people smarter. You can expose them to information, but your responsibility stops there.
7/12/2007 2:52pm, #4
SFGoon - So i did myself a favor by buying shoes of the non-padded ****** variety? I recently scrapped a pair of new balance cross-trainers because of the inch-and-a-half foam heel which annoyed the hell out of me.
7/12/2007 3:25pm, #5
7/12/2007 4:13pm, #6
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Originally Posted by PirateJon
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7/12/2007 4:23pm, #7
I wouldn't buy anything titled after people in the third world. If it were Japanese Barefoot Technology, I might consider it. But I am definitely going to buy Cambodian Weight Loss Technology Pills. Just doesn't seem like a good idea....1 - Because Cambodians aren't small because of some pill 2- Since Cambodia is not a major producer of pharmaceuticals, it is safe to assume it is some white business men using 3rd worl exoticism to lure other white people to part with their cash.
Let me know how those 'shoes' work out for you.
7/12/2007 4:51pm, #8Let me know how those 'shoes' work out for you.Dedicated to legs and the disrespecting thereof.
7/12/2007 5:41pm, #9Originally Posted by Neildo
7/12/2007 5:56pm, #10
I've sprained my ankles several times each, almost every time i could blame it on the crap foam-soled shoes i was wearing. i'd go barefoot, but we're talking about walking on the aids-needle, broken-glass, and lava covered streets here.