MBT saves my feet, part the first

in Fam/Gadgets/me, Me, ME!

I have horrible feet and ankles. I don’t mean that they’re particularly ugly — but even when I was in shape, I’ve always suffered from foot and ankle pain and a tendency to sprains and twists.
I saw ads in a couple issues of Wired for MBT Shoes, and on asking April about them learned that her mom is a huge fan.

The secret behind the effects of MBT physiological footwear lies within the unique structure of the sole—specifically the core of the technology, the Masai Sensor, and the curvilinear shape of the bottom of the footwear. This creates natural instability underfoot, which stimulates and exercises the body’s supporting muscular system and triggers the positive effect of Masai Barefoot Technology on the entire body.

I tried some earlier this week and was impressed with the comfort on the feet. There is thick cushion with a bounce that made me think of moonwalk footage. The flip side, which is also a plus, is that they work your leg and ab muscles much more than regular shoes. I know, because I went back and bought a pair of the Chapa Gore-Tex Pumpkin Waterproofs last night, with April getting a matched pair (the first time in almost ten years together we’ve ever done anything so couple-cutesy, intentionally or not).
Just wearing them to dinner gave me a little workout for the calves and butt. I’m afraid to wear them for a long walk yet, but I’ll wear them to work tomorrow and build up slowly as the propaganda recommends. If my first impression holds, a dressier pair is in the works.