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07. 07. 2007

Thigh Sighs: Swiss engineering in sports sneakers


If you're shoe-obsessed, you're used to sticker-shock on red-soled Louboutins and high-heeled Manolo's, but the $245+ sticker price for the ugly, awkward, and un-hippest (hip-slimming) shoes on the market might make you pause before making the investment. MBT shoe-design is based on Masai Barefoot Technology, which simulates the "rolling" experience of walking in sand.

The shoes themselves are an eyesore, they're the foot equivalent of "granny panties." But, then again so are Ugg boots and Crocs, and if our 21st century culture has taught us anything, it's that beauty can come in the form of a beast. MBTs are a unique experience. Touted by Bliss Spa and others as inch-reducing footwear they're nearly an urban shoe myth shared among curious and disbelieving women.

There are seven major styles of the shoes ranging from sport to sandal. Colors on most styles are basic white, grey, and black, while the less sport-intense models appear in pink, blue, and even red. Prepare to be sore after walking in these shoes. You're thigh and butt muscles will feel the difference, but so will your feet. The greatest fatigue occurs in the feet themselves, because the walking, running, and hiking patterns are dramatically different. I found that I needed to rotate out of these shoes in between workouts.

No one shoe will tighten your tummy, sear off cellulite, or slim down your calves. Paired with exercise and good diet, these shoes will give you a lift, and maybe reduce the number of thigh sighs you exhale while squeezing into that pair of too-tight-but-hip "skinny jeans."

To purchase these shoes or put them on your wish list, visit Zappos.com.

Posted by chrissie    Category: body | wearables
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I have had a pair of these shows for a couple of years. Cannot attest to the slimming effects, since I do not wear them daily - But they sure helped my sore ankle (from a bad break years ago) and tight lower back.

Be sure gradually start wearing them - like it says in the instructions that come in the box. You really have to train your legs and feet to wear them.

MBTs are fabulous! I always have 2 pairs, one sandal and one sport style.

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