I havent noticed a change in my rearEND.
While he claims he has no qualifications as a running “expert” or coach of any kind—-methinks that’s precisely the kind of (fingerquote) expert (unFQ) our Bumbling Band of MizFits desires, yes?
at least I know that *Im* all about the non-expert expert who hath learned by DOing!
(not a regular reader of his blog? Even if you lean more toward the RunsIfChased end of the spectrum (waves hand in air) I urge you to drop by. I promise you’ll burn off at least 100 calories in sheer laughter)
Next? Im adoring my MBTs & wanted to answer a few of your questions about them. I know that I had a bazillion before Renaissance Man was kind enough to get the sandals for me & I could find the answers out for myself.
What on earth are they?! MBT stands for Masai Barefoot Technology. The shoes are inspired by the African Masai tribesmen (whom MizFit has seen in person but that’s apost for another day).
Swiss engineer Karl Müller had his AH HA! moment regarding the shoes when on a trip to Korea. After strolling barefoot in paddy fields he realized his chronic back pain had been lessened. Upon returning home he set out to create a shoe which would mimic the feeling he had when walking through the fields.
Are they fitness shoes? KIND OF. They are supposed to improve your posture, tighten your glutes and rear thigh, improve your balance, & reduce stress on our joints. Eh, after typing all that I change my answer to YES.
Are they comfy? TOTALLY. they do recommend that you slowly build up the time you wear them (starting with an hour or so a day I guess) but that’s not how I roll.
I wore em all day the first day I had them and they were comfortable as can be! no rubbing and no soreness anywhere the next day.
What did they feel like? in one word: rolly. I didnt feel as though I was about to lose my balance—-but as I walked it felt as though I were merely rolling along (I know. It’s tough to describe though!).
Good G-d woman they are heinous! (ok , that’s not a question) As a long time fan of the Birkenstock (and of the Nike Air Rift) Im both drawn to the ugly shoes & to what a shoe can do for me beyond look pretty or dainty. No, you wont see me out at a 5 star restaurant in them. No, I dont get out to places more upscale than Chik-Fil-A as of late. You do the math.
Your butt? Have you noticed changes in your butt? is it higher?! I must know! (Im not joking. I really did receive that email. you know who you are (*wink*))
In a word: no. In a few words: Ive only had them for a week. In MORE than a few words: Please to wait. Ill check with the Husband when he returns from his business trip, see if he begs to differ & get back to you.
(Just by way of clarification, however, I didnt long for these for the buttliftingproperties—I was more sucked in by the improved posture & gait benefits)
In summation, I love em.
I love how they feel.
I love how they look.
I love that Renaissance Man surprised me with something Id never ever buy for myself.
Oh, and speaking of which, tomorrow’s post is filled with love as well.
And it’s all coming YOUR way.