What’s the Deal with Shape-Up Shoes?
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Recently, Siouxsie spied one of her non-goth female attorney friends who was on her way to the office sporting the Mary Janes pictured above. This is so confusing. What are these shoes?
So, Siouxsie investigated. Maybe this is a sign that attorneys are getting edgier. Or maybe her friend had a secret dark side?
Nope. Siouxsie casually questioned her friend about the shoes. She stated that they are not funky shoes; they are “shape up” shoes made by MBT (Massai Barefoot Technology):
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, Müller 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 done our backs in. Not to mention our knees and ankles. Müller 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. [source]
The manufacturers promise that if you wear these shoes, you will have a firm butt and toned calves. The theory, in short, is that the shoe’s unstable sole keeps you off balance and so you have to use smaller, little-used muscles. And this somehow is said to burn more calories, improve posture and tone legs.
Blech. This whole concept is ridiculous. The shoes are named after Masai tribesmen. But they DO NOT wear any shoes. At all.
The most important thing about a shoe should be how awesome it looks, and then how comfortable it is. And perhaps, you should consider what the shoe is made from and how it is made. But don’t think for a minute that a shoe can magically make you become more fit. That is beyond silly.
There is no way these shoes will firm up your butt. Not to worry. These shoes are terrific for a different reason. They will make you a little more goth.
And if more women start wearing these MBT shoes at (or even on their way to) the office, it might just make it okay for folks like Siouxsie to take it one tiny-platform step farther.
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And then maybe one day, this will possible.
*Disclaimer: Siouxsie has never tried MBT shoes. Nor does she plan to. She has pretty amazing posture, which she owes all to yoga, not some shoe (although now that she thinks of it, maybe her propensity to collect difficult-to-balance-in platform shoes hasn’t hurt).