I hate MBT shoes

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MBT shoe

Have you seen these grotesque eyesores? I am guessing you must have. It’s pretty much impossible to miss a pair of these monster trucks roaring around on the tootsies of every Ally McBeal, Bridget Jones or Dear Deirdre reader across the land between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM. What are these women thinking? I mean, these things are the footwear equivalent of Anne Widdecombe (especially the open toe sandal variety).

OK, so I am more than aware that when you get to a certain age you need to put in a little more effort. You know, a few more hours go into perfecting your own unique little (or not so little) package. You’ve got to learn to “work with what you’ve got”, as the fat one from Trinny and Susannah might say. I get all of that and I’m into the idea. So with that in mind, it’s obvious why women want to look after their body. This is where these little pairs of rubber-soled miracles come in. Known as MBT (Masai Barefoot Technology) shoes, these new age clogs help you to “mimic the walking stride of the Masai tribe” giving you results that will “transform your body beyond recognition”. Quite how sticking on a pair of oversized trainers is supposed to turn you from Michelle McManus into Madonna I do not know. Anyone I’ve seen with them seems to be a little on the weebly side, just waddling around with what resembles a couple of meat pies strapped to their feet. Maybe that’s some type of subliminal analogy for stamping out junk food, which these clever Masai people have come up with. You spend all day squidging the pies under your hooves and then you can’t bring yourself to stuff any in your mouth when you get home. That’s the only way I could see these things working.

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105 Responses to “I hate MBT shoes”

  1. Fashion Sensei Says:

    Clever writing and funny post! :)

  2. Maryann Bray Says:

    These shoes are not what they used to be. Having just been informed that this company was sold and that the new owners have previous business experience with discount shoes I now understand what the problem is with the shoes. They are not made with the same quality materials that their reputation was built on. Many folks, myself included, are unhappy with the wear of the new shoes. The soles on mine only lasted about 2 months before they were worn down in places. These are sport shoes–I only wore mine indoors and occasionally I wore them out on errands. I weigh 135 lbs, so I don’t think that excessive weight contributed to the wear. Please, don’t buy these shoes thinking that they
    are the original quality that made these shoes such a great success. It’s alot of money-$235 for mine-to pay for such a short lifespan.

    • Ann Says:

      I am disapointed hearing of the quality of the original MBT`s,that I won`t be able to ever own a pair. I do however own the new MBT`s and I must say I love them! I wear them everyday and they have not worn that much at all. I agree with the price being high,so I purchased my 3 pair on ebay. I paid under 130.00 for each pair, and they were all new in original box.

    • Deron Says:

      You should try the RYN Footwear, Quality of the RYN is the BEST!! email me at rynusasoutheast@cfl.rr.com

  3. Feet First Says:

    Last year our personal friend and inventor of the MBT, Karl Mueller, departed from his MBT kingdom in order to pursue other inventions and creations. At first we felt that this would not at all have an impact on the MBT product, which seemed to be at such a high quality and outstanding level. Nor did we feel it would impact the company’s business units as Karl had partnered his brand with many excellent people worldwide.

    On the business side we were wrong: immediately MBT’s US subsidiary in Idaho (our direct business partner for the brand) was completely reorganized and new managers were hired, most of whom had made their previous careers in the low end and discount shoe businesses.

    Their first move was to completely change the MBT product line: out with the old and in with the new. And as a consequence at the end of 2007 we ran an amazing sale on the dropped MBTs and we thank many of our customers for their enthusiastic participation and business in this sale of our existing inventory.

    Even more significantly, on the product side we were unfortunately also wrong: having recommended, fitted and sold over 5,000 pairs of the entire MBT product line since 2004 from both our brick & mortar and our online virtual stores, it quickly became apparent to ourselves and to our customers that most of the MBTs produced after Karl’s departure were not even close to what we had become accustom to…

    In particular, starting in November 2007 we began receiving a plethora of complaints from customers that their MBTs were wearing out — of the outsoles and collapsing Masai sensors — already after only three weeks of usage (attached is a picture study of the outsole of the MBT Sport comparing the older and the newer product executions).

    Since then we have also wear-tested many of the new Spring 2008 MBTs and, also unfortunately, the results have been extremely poor: POOR FIT, COLLAPSING MASAI SENSOR, PREMATURE & COMPLETE OUTSOLE WEAR, LACK OF STABILITY, EXTREMELY HEAVY… And as a result somewhat reluctantly, we have now decided to no longer sell the MBT in our store until (hopefully) the former quality of this once-great-product has one day been completely restored.

    Just as we had been so enthusiastic in communicating and promoting the MBT brand when it was in its prime, we hope you understand our decision that we can not support any of our former efforts, convictions and recommendations based on the poor product quality issues present in almost all of the current MBT products. Quite frankly, there is no way we could recommend & sell the MBT in its current execution FOR OVER US$ 200!!! and expect our customers at all to continue to take our advice and recommendation seriously.

    To conclude, it appears that even more significantly than driving the MBT creation and innovation, Karl Mueller, during his time at the company, was successful in maintaining the MBT shoe’s high execution standard of quality production. With him no longer involved, we are convinced that the MBT is no longer what it once was… and that anyone who has been as involved with the MBT as closely, as thoroughly and as long as ourselves is similarly in complete agreement with our position.

    • judy Says:

      so how do you tell the difference between a quality pair and a
      a newer less quality pair if you find them on eBay? Is there
      a code that will distinguish between them?

  4. Tina Says:

    I have had the same wear problems with my new MBTS and am glad I still have two pairs of the originals.

  5. listmaker Says:

    I’m glad I came across your site….I was thinking about buying this shoes. Cool site.

  6. Becky S Says:

    I own 28 pair of the original MBTs and just purchased one pair of the new staka sandals. Bummer! The change is observed instantly. They don’t have the wonderful “cush” and fit that the originals do. Admittedly they are really cute, but so are non MBTs. Glad I bought a lifetime supply of the originals. You can’t wear them out and they stay wonderfully comfortable.

  7. new to MBT's Says:

    Bought my first pair and love them but wondering what I missed with the old style. Does anyone know if there are any originals left to buy somewhere in US ?

  8. almost bought them Says:

    I too am glad I saw this website in time – on my budget, $270 for everyday shoes is a lot of money, but I work on my feet all day and realize that quality is worth the investment. I was about to invest in a pair of MBTs, until I saw these reviews. Thanks for the heads-up!

  9. joanie Says:

    I have spinal problems and was in extreme pain at all times…and MBT’s were a wonderful relief when I bought my first pair about 1 yr. ago. Then a few weeks later bought the second. But when I purchased number 3, (wanted something that would go with khaki’s), noticed they were wider (I have a narrow foot) and they weren’t as confortable as the first 2 pair. Now, after reading all of these messages, am beginning to understand why. Don’t kinow what I am going to do. Plus…they are hard to clean. Was in process of purchasing another pair like the very first ones I bought, since I know they fit. But now wonder…. I do know shoes wear out on the inside before they wear out on the outside. so am not surprised by the outer wear, even tho’ mine have worn very well. and I have to wear one pair or the other every day because of my back problems. The pair I am unhappy with are the Chapas. (pr #3) Thanks for all the info.

  10. joanie Says:

    to FEET FIRST….
    Do you have any alternative info to the MBT’s for someone like me who was helped by the MBT’S

  11. The RYN Footwear Spa Says:

    Once we got rid of all our MBTs, we then shifted our virtual store over entirely to SpringBoost, which we feel is the “Earth Shoe of the 21st Century” and an ideal footwear solution for athletic consumers seeking sports performance enhancement, body alignment, strengthening, toning and stabilizing the core.

    However, as many of our customers reminded us, we were still missing a high quality technical footwear product committed primarily to active walking, active standing and active motion. So we ventured back to the roots in Pusan, Korea where the original MBTs were developed and produced (but are now outsourced) and found RYN Footwear.

    We are convinced that RYN Shoes are without comparison in the footwear industry, operationally outstanding, committed to unmatched quality production and serious consumer responsive research, development and design. RYN Footwear is a novelty in that it runs its brand operations, its R&D and its production all out of two fully owned factories from within the berm of footwear’s global development hub in Pusan, Korea.

    Now the obvious question that many of our customers quite understandably have been asking: “So RYN walking shoes are a knock-off of the MBT right? It looks like a knock-off.” Well actually, with all due repsect, that happens to be very far from the reality: Developed in Pusan, Korea in the 1990s parallel with MBT, RYN shoes were ready to go to the market in Korea at the same time MBT (originally mBT by Swiss Masai) went to market in Switzerland, but opted to spend a couple years more at the R&D stage and to complete building their own R&D facility and factory. The difference is that RYN was never sold outside of the Korean peninsula until last year when it was exported to Japan and earlier this year when RYN started selling in Europe. More accurately, we actually feel that one could claim that MBT was developed within the growing RYN R&D infrastructure at that time and then eventually left the development hub for anywhere that offered the least expensive production.

    Quite frankly, now that we have gotten to know both brands, we firmly believe that the notion of RYN being a knock-off of MBT would be as ridiculous as saying that Audi is a knock-off of Volkswagen in the automotive industry. Moreover, recent consumer wear-testing studies, in the UK and now in the US, are starting to show that about 9 in 10 MBT owners prefer the RYN Footwear they are testing to their MBTs.

    Successfully launched here in the US in late July in Las Vegas, RYN Footwear has already had an incredibly positive response in the UK, Germany and Japan. Globally RYN shoes, RYN sandals and RYN dress shoes are very quickly becoming the new brand of choice within the active walking category (what MBT calls “masai walking” and Chung Shi calls “balance walking”). For active walking, active standing and active motion… simultaneously fulfilling both the product needs of consumers seeking comfort & physiological relief as well as those seeking a workout & physical results.

    SO WHY IS RYN FOOTWEAR THE PRODUCT LEADER AMONG BRANDS IN THE ACTIVE WALKING CATEGORY IN 2009?

    1. The RYN AIR TUNNEL and seven layer structure promotes energy return & stability… in addition to strengthening, toning and aligning.

    2. The RYN AIR TUNNEL lightens the footwear weight as well as enhances its durability, cushioning and footstrike/stability management effectiveness.

    3. RYN Footwear can get wet and can withstand all sorts of exposure.

    4. RYN Footwear has outstanding quality as each shoe is hand made and goes through a vigorous quality control procedure.

    5. The RYN Exercise Shoe SPORT HIGH SERIES offers maximum strengthening and toning for those consumers seeking to get the most workout out of their footwear purchase; executed on a stable, highly technical, supportive and non-eroding seven layer sandwich midsole/outsole platform with integrated RYN AIR TUNNEL technology.

    RYN’s styles can already be spotted on the high street in London, the Ku’damm in Berlin, the Roppongi district in Tokyo — and now also on South Beach in Miami — and are just starting to receive excellent media exposure.

    The product line is also amazingly multifaceted and offers products for all consumers – attractive formal dress shoes for businesspeople, working shoes for professionals, comfort shoes for seniors, maximum workout RYN SPORT HIGH shoes (for those seeking immediate physical results), sandals & slides for warmer climates/seasons, athletic fashion shoes, casual wear, children’s shoes and much more.

    We are now the first store to sell RYN Footwear in North America and currently have a limited inventory for those who are interested and want to buy RYN online or at our store location. As they arrive, the different RYN styles and sizes will be made available through our virtual store on a first come first served basis.

    For further information on RYN shoes, please also view http://www.rynshoes.co.uk/video-wmv/ from the RYN UK website. This is the 2007 RYN corporate film. In the near future we will be also be broadcasting RYN’s more recent film, which is just stunning!

    Although we endeavor to constantly improve our online product presentation, online fitting and service operations… admittedly we will never quite be able to offer the equal services of a professional local brick & mortar store. Therefore, as we are so optimistic about the quality, performance and the future of RYN Footwear (as well as SpringBoost), we strongly encourage our customers/readers to approach their appropriate local stores and hopefully help persuade them to carry RYN Footwear (and SpringBoost) themselves. In essence we feel strongly enough about the incredible potential (physiological and physical) benefits for all consumers, that we will strive to encourage and support a formidable grass roots local presence at stores that know how to introduce, consult and fit this type of high-end brand technical comfort and fitness footwear.

    “Mambu Baddu”

    Swahili proverb for “The best is yet to come”

  12. Jan Says:

    I purchased a pair of MBT shoes in September 2008 from a small shoe store chain in Kirkland, WA. I was excited about the concept.
    I wore the shoes as instructed, for short periods of time giving my muscles time to adjust. Call it timing – after two and a half months I developed Plantar Fasciitis (extreme pain in the heel of foot). Wow what pain! I have never experienced such discomfort. Despite the pain I continued to wear my MBT shoes for few more weeks. I decided to stop wearing my MBT shoes. Three months later with lots of icing and physical therapy my heel is getting better.
    After returning to the shoe store I explained my situation to the salesperson. She would be talking to the owner that afternoon and would get back to me. Two weeks later I stopped by again. She remembered me and said the owner was working with MBT to see what they could do for me.
    There has been NO communication to date. I was not asking for a refund ($235), a store credit would have been fine. My husband purchased a pair of MBT at the same time. He has been happy with his shoes, however, the reputations of MBT and the shoe store are in doubt.
    Please do your research before considering MBT!!! One note; my husband does not recommend these shoes while walking on a treadmill. His feet and legs were so fatigued after 20 min.
    I enjoyed working with the salesperson, love the line of shoes the store carries but at this point I cannot recommend them.

  13. Dianne Says:

    I would love to try out a pair of RYN shoes. I would love to so much that I ordered a pair online from Feet First.com – the first sponsored link when I googled “RYN”. I paid $240 to them online on 2/18/09, and never received any acknowledgement of the order, although the money was immediately charged to my Visa card. I wrote them on 2/24 and asked them for a tracking number. They replied the next day that although their website had indicated the shoes were available in my size, they were in fact not available, and they would be issuing a refund. Waited several days; no refund. I called and emailed – they responded on 3/03 that the refund had been issued but it would take a few days. Waited 7 more days; no refund. I emailed and called, and now they no longer respond at all. I have reported the fraudulent transaction to Visa, and strongly urge anyone considering buying RYN shoes to stay away from these scammers. You will never see the shoes or your money again.

  14. jan Says:

    Update to my Feb 25, 2009 posting regarding the purchase my MBT shoes from a shoe store in Kirkland, WA. After visiting the shoe store again in early March I spoke to a new sales person. He was delightful, within 3 days he offered a solution to my MBT shoes. They offered a store credit minus 15% restocking fee (I did not have the original shoe box). With all things considered I felt this was an acceptable solution. I am now wearing a pair of comfortable Wolky walking shoes. I will not purchase another pair of MBT especially after researching the new company behind the shoe and the changes they have made. As for the shoe store, they have restored my confidence in their business.

  15. Florida Girl In Sydney Says:

    I love, love, love my MBT sapatu’s, that I bought from a podiatrist/shoe store- I have a foot injury and they are the only comfortable shoes for me until I have surgery– that being said, I recently bought a couple more styles and they are no where near as well made as the first two pairs I have. The footbed feels weird, like everything is irregular or just out of place. They don’t feel as cushioned– I am so disappointed.

    The good news is that I was able to dig up a couple of pairs of the old ones– there are still plenty out there and they are so comfortable, I’m thrilled. Beware, the new versions of old styles (same style name but with small changes to the shoes) are terrible.

    I really hope MBT will decide it’s worth spending the money to produce the quality shoes they once made– before it’s too late.

  16. Florida Girl In Sydney Says:

    And by the way, I recently bought a pair of Chung Shi’s (MBTesque shoes), they totally suck and feel as crappy as the new MBTs or worse.

  17. Dear Dianne, Says:

    For the last five years we have successfully advised, consulted & fitted thousands of exceedingly satisfied customers worldwide for RYN and other natural foot strike technologies.

    We very much value your passion for RYN and we share that; however you have no right to slander our business in the manner you have chosen.

    Although we endeavor to constantly improve our online product presentation, online fitting and service operations, admittedly we will never quite be able to offer the equal services of a professional local brick & mortar store. Dealing with the imperfection of thousands of miles and the massive demand for RYN Footwear it so happened that in your case unfortunately your order was unfulfilled. As you know you have been refunded in full and have received a store credit for your inconvenience.

    We also understand that you were able to fulfill your original objective and get fitted with a pair of RYN shoes elsewhere and we are glad to hear that.

    Sincerely,
    http://www.FeetFirstFitness.com

  18. Mike Cohn Says:

    Well, “Dear Diane”, I notice that even though you accuse Dianne of “slander” regarding your business (FeetFirstFitness), I notice you don’t deny the truth of anything she says. If the facts as stated in her post are true, it is certainly not slander.
    I am glad you refunded her as of April 5, 2009, but her post was made on March 16th, 2009 regarding an order placed on February 18th, 2009, not fulfilled, and unrefunded as of March 16th assuming her version of the facts is true.
    Why did it take until subsequent to March 16th to get her a refund? Why was she not already refunded as of the date of her post, almost a month after her order was placed? I run a small business and if I need to get someone a credit card refund it’s as simple as one click of the mouse. I appreciate the fact that you could not fill her order and recognize that it happens sometimes (particularly in the shoe business where you are dealing with hundreds of products due to the various sizes). However, there is no excuse for your lack of a prompt refund IMMEDIATELY upon realizing that the order could not be promptly filled. None at all, and I notice you offer no excuse or reason for the long delay.
    I had seen your website before and was thinking of trying out a pair of RYN shoes from you. I will not be doing so.

  19. Renee Simao Says:

    Dear Juliette:
    Many people do not wear MBT’s to offset stuffing our mouths with junk food. Believe or not some SLENDER people wear MBT’s. Why? Because if you read your newspaper once in a while, you might notice that there is such a phenomenom as automobile accidents, boating accidents, airplane accidents, etc. And guess what? Some people get injured. And in case you are still wondering, some people have injured backs, spinal columns and legs. So we wear MBT’s. For some of us, it is the difference between walking and using a wheelchair or being on crutches. And can you believe, we would rather look unfashionable than use crutches, a cane, or a wheelchair if we don’t have to? I understand you might have difficulty believing this.Tell me, do you also hate wheelchair users? Do you hate people who have to use crutches and canes? Do you think such people should be done away with as Hitler did during the Holocaust? And for myself, I am not overweight and I never patronize fast food places. I am a healthy eater. However, I have a back injury. MBT’s are the difference between my walking 30 feet and 3 miles. With MBT’s I can walk 3 to 7 miles a day and that keeps me healthy and slender.
    Renee S.

  20. Shay Crawley Says:

    I had my MBTs resoled less then six months ago and they need to be done again.

    Shay

  21. Allison Says:

    Marilyn,

    I’m very concerned in researching RYN online seeing the obsessive, ongoing spam they fill every blog with. You see the same thing time and again; employees of feetfirst and US RYN representatives posing as RYN customers to explain their new found love of the shoe. And when they do honestly post as “feetfirst” they bash MBT to no end. I will not be buying from RYN for this reason.

  22. Allison Says:

    If you read through the blogs, you will even see instances of feetfirst staging questions as customers then posting to answer their own question.

    I.e., feetfirst will submit a post under one name asking “Where can I find these amazing shoes” then the same employee of feetfist posts again under a different name to say “Oh, hi thank you for your support of this wonderful shoe they can be bought at.. etc.

    You can witness feetfirst pulling this tired tactic on every-single-blog you can find on the subject of either MBT or RYN. Buyer beware.

  23. RYN SHOES Says:

    You can view next season’s Ryn Shoes Collections by joining http://www.facebook.com/Ryn.Shoes

  24. Florida Girl In Sydney Says:

    Update: I just bought a pair of the new MBT boots– I think they’re called the Tambo– they are awesome, fit and feel beautiful. Just like my original Zapatus!

    I also (at the same MBT store visit) bought the Chapa sneaker– but in the mens version because it seemed to fit better. They also feel great. Seems like the issues I had a year ago trying on MBTs has greatly been improved– I wonder if they’ve made a change (for the better)?

  25. Florida Girl In Sydney Says:

    Oh and btw, in Australia your health insurance may cover the cost of MBT’s if you have a doctor’s note about back, foot, knee, or hip problems– all of which the MBT help alleviate pain from– my insurance is paying for them.

    • Another Girl in Sydney Says:

      Hi Florida Girl,
      Thanks for the tip. I’ve had several foot ops. Just checked, yes I can get my next ones with my health fund. They’ll be number 11 pair BTW!. Could say MBTs have been a sensation for me. Not only my long suffering feet, that, I was resigned and used to. No it was my physical strength and the massive changes to my body. Um… yes actually Juliette, I did change into a more Madonna like shape. Whadyaknow.
      Gee, call me weird, but I’d rather have ugly shoes than an ugly body, how bout you?

    • Deron Says:

      You should try the RYN if you would like to learn more email me rynusasoutheast@cfl.rr.com

      • Steven Says:

        Oh, stop with the RYN spam already. Not to mention that RYN shoes are about the ugliest shoes on the market.

  26. RYN SHOES Says:

    Allison beware.

    Ryn shoes coming soon to http://www.blissworld.com/category/fitness+footwear.do

  27. Michael Kaye Says:

    Ryn sound a bit dodgy to me. UK website has been under going maintenance since July.

    Guess old RYN here thinks he is viral marketing and not spamming. Either way his behaviour here means I will never buy a pair of RYN shoes…

  28. Hilda Says:

    I bought a pair of MBT shoes about a month and a half ago. I was glad that they relieved some back pain. However, I have only been wearing them about 3 or 4 days a week for six weeks and the right shoe has decompressed in the middle. After reading the above comments I realize that it is faulty and negligent manufacturing of this very expensive item which caused it to destruct so fast. What can we do about this? Denounce them to the Better Business Bureau? If you send them back, you will only receive another pair of faulty shoes. Where can the original MBT’ s made by the original company be purchased?

  29. RYN SHOES Says:

    Sorry if this is misunderstood; this by no means is a threat.

    Allison tells the buyer to beware. That’s all.

    • Alfred Says:

      If it wasn’t a threat, please explain your comment. I can’t make any sense of your first post (“Allison beware”) and your second post, which says “Sorry if this is misunderstood; this by no means is a threat”. I understand Allison was telling the buyer to beware. Why do you tell Allison to beware?

  30. RYN SHOES Says:

    Allison is a long-time employee of MBT and is trying to purport a highly creative conspiracy theory, that any negative reviews on their products could in no way be genuine but, if negative, must certainly have stemmed from Ryn or from a Ryn shoes retailer.

    • Alfred Says:

      Almost a believable answer. Saying that Allison is trying to talk badly about Ryn shoes because she is from MBT makes us all wonder what the truth is. The only thing I still wonder is, how you know that Allison is an employee of MBT since here any person can post a reply under any name. She has not identified herself by providing a website, how did you identify her as MBT employee?

    • Alfred Says:

      Oh, and another thing… your reply did not my original question. I asked you to explain in which way your comment (“Allison beware”) could be interpreted so as to understand it not as a threat.

      You said that “this [was] by no means a threat”. Being asked to explain how the comment “Allison beware” could not be a threat, all you do is give a reason why it would be sensible for you to threaten her (namely, because she is an MBT employee talking badly about Ryn shoes).

      I’m interested to hear your comment to both my replies.

  31. Happy Ryn Customer/Unhappy FeetFirst Customer Says:

    I did purchase a pair of Ryn shoes from Feet First on-line on August 13. The Ryn product is fantastic, well made, and has resolved my on-going knee pain – essentially it lives up to the hype. Unfortunately, Feet First’s customer service leaves quite a bit to be desired. Ultimately, the product was delivered approximately 6-7 weeks after ordering with absolutely NO communication from the seller. Feet First’s website states free 3-day delivery in the continental US. I emailed and called attempting to get some information without any response – nothing – not a peep for weeks on end. I fully understand back-order situations, owner illness, short-staffing and the like, but keeping your customers informed makes for return customers. I will buy the Ryn product again, but not from Feet First – and if you are reading this Feet First and want to counter with a “you were unaware of the problem” excuse, then that would be a false statement. I did let you know my complaints directly via email. I order 80% of my purchases from on-line merchants (everything from treadmills to prescription eyeglasses) and informed you in writing that Feet First was the worst on-line vendor I have ever encountered. Perhaps if you would spend more time keeping your paying customers informed of the status of their orders and less time blogging, the product and your store would speak for themselves.

    • Feet First Says:

      Feet First was the first store in the US to sell Ryn. This at a time when a major competitor was trying to ban its market entry into the US.

      Feet First then co-founded the North & South American distribution of Ryn. In this transition period there were very poor delivery consequences and we appreciate your comments as well as apologize sincerely.

      We are gald you like your Ryn, we brought them here as an alternative to MBT (as we could no longer sell MBT — perhaps you have also read our comments above from about two years ago). We encourage you to purchase Ryn shoes anywhere you wish — usually a local store where you can try the shoes on and get correctly fitted and consulted is always the best.

  32. Beth Says:

    I personally don’t “hate” MBT at all (worn them for the last three years) but this is a nice piece I found on Ryn shoes -

    http://www.thebalancingact.com/BA_video_player_embed_2009.swf?v=XZJL27ATY01254

  33. Carol Says:

    I bought my first pair of MBT’s in 2006 called Shadow. I walked them over a 1000 miles before they needed a re-sole. The only reason I wear MBT’s is because at 5′ I love the extra height these shoes give me. They haven’t lost me any weight or built any extra muscle or any of the other things claimed.

    They are very comfortable and certainly I never suffer with aching or hot sweaty feet. I also thought the quality excellent. I have since bought seven more pairs but I don’t know if they are the new or old style. Some of the latest shoes are not so high and I would never buy these as they would totally defeat all my reasons for wanting them.

  34. Joe Matthews Says:

    MBT shoes are the best!! I am a 24 year old male who now has four pairs since October 2009. After trying many different pairs of shoe’s MBT is the most comfortable shoe ever. The Goretex models seem to have a more robust sensor. I have 3x chapa models and 1x shuguli gtx.
    RYN’s UK website has been down for a good year now as I was interested in comparing but compared to MBT’s operation its childs play.
    MBT may have had issues but I can say they are on the up! You see so many people, mostly women but some men wearning mbt’s in London so they are deffinatley increasing in popularity. My advice is go try some, you will never look back. They are expensive but I feel its worth it.

  35. Cam White Says:

    As a footwear retailer in Austin that has been selling MBT shoes and now RYNs, I have to say I like both brands equally, but for entirely different reasons. So, to cut through all of the noise, I wrote a review comparing both brands:
    http://www.totalrelieffootwear.com/ryn-vs-mbt-comparison

    No shoe works for everyone. Our goal is to match the shoe that works best for the individual, whether it’s MBT, RYN, Z-CoiL, Aetrex, Finn Comfort, Alegria, fitflop, EMU Australian or other fine pain relief and comfort brands.

    We don’t sell online, we fit people in person – so we have nothing to financially gain from this post

  36. Jenny Says:

    You article is wonderful!Hold it.MBT Shoes is so fantastic.Everyone worth to have a pair of MBT Shoes.I really love it.

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  39. Jen Says:

    Is anyone familiar with this site: http://www.mbt-shoes-discount.com/ ?

    I’m thinking about ordering a pair of GTX Chapa MBT’s for $99, but I am concerned that this is a knock-off site. However, is it possible that this is legitimate – direct from the manufacturer in China ? How do I tell if this is legit? How do you tell if the MBTs are real or fake?

  40. Cam Says:

    Jen,

    Go to http://us.mbt.com for a list of official MBT dealers. If an online retailer is not listed on that site, there is a very good chance that you will be buying a poor quality, counterfeit MBT shoe being illegally manufactured in China.

    MBT is aggressively working with Chinese legal teams to shut down production of counterfeit MBTs and the “discount” MBT sites using MBT’s trademarks, logos and branding to sell cheap “knock-offs”.

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    Buyer beware. sites like mbt4life and martorder are just “fronts” for cheap MBT counterfeits sold out of China. They are horrible quality, cheap imitations be sold as authentic MBTs. If you buy from these counterfeiters, prepare yourself to be disappointed.

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  48. Mark Says:

    I know posts on sites like these tend to go a bit to the negative side as orders that go as expected don’t get posted as often as orders with an issue. Just for the record I called feetfirstfitness.com last Friday, talked to them about 15 minutes about the Ryn shoes I wanted to order, learned they fit like my Mizuno Wave Runner 12, (which they did), I placed the order over the phone and received them in Dallas Wednesday morning. I have no complains. They were shipped the same day as ordered. I received an email when they were shipped with the tracking number. I have emailed them twice since my order and have received a very knowledgeable and prompt reply each time. I plan to order a pair of Ryn sandals soon from them as there is no store in the Dallas area that carries Ryns and besides with free shipping and no 8.25% sales tax it’s cheaper and more convenient. I know boring post and no one got hosed, but my experience worked out just fine with feetfirstfitness

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  50. Happy Ryn Customer/ Happy Feet First Customer Says:

    I agree here with Mark. Also just for the record I got such good service from http://www.FeetFirstFitness.com that I as well wanted to share my experience on this rather odd string of comments, opinions etc.

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  51. Nathalia FL Says:

    I learned about MBTs about 4yrs ago. I searched only and got my 1st pair for only 179$. 8 months after loving my 1st purchase I got a 2nd pair.
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  52. Nathalia FL Says:

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  71. SAMI Says:

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  72. Joy911 Says:

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  73. peggy Says:

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