At MBT it is our philosophy to keep the body in motion. We believe motion is key to helping find and maintain the right balance in life. At MBT, we can help achieve this through our unique shoe design that combines a perfect balance of function with style.
MBT (Masai Barefoot Technology) was born in 1996 when we discovered that natural instability can have positive effects on the human body. We made this discovery by observing the wonderfully agile Masai people walking barefoot on natural, uneven ground. Seeing these people in action made us realize that the human body is simply not designed to walk or stand on the hard, flat surfaces of modern society. So we set out to develop a new kind of footwear, one that would mimic walking on soft, uneven ground. The results have been dramatic and revolutionary. MBTs are now sold in more than 55 countries around the world and many enthusiastic users enjoy wearing MBTs.
It’s a question of balance
When walking in MBTs, the ground no longer feels flat and stable, so the body has to compensate and create stability. The key to the function of MBTs is the curved sole construction. Its integrated balancing area requires an active and controlled rolling movement and can help the body to improve balance and posture while standing and walking.
Science under your feet
The MBT Academy is our central R&D facility, providing a forum for our ongoing dialog with international experts and researchers in the fields of clinical medicine, physiotherapy and sports. Here we test, verify and optimize the effects of MBT footwear on the human body.
Over 40 research projects have been undertaken with universities in Europe and North America and several studies have been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals. Such peer-reviewed studies are evaluated by researchers in relevant fields, and are only recommended for publication if they meet certain expected standards of expertise.
There are unfortunately a number of companies offering consumers cheaper, lesser quality fake MBTs.
We recommend that you only purchase MBTs through approved retailers and dealers who are trained to ensure you can enjoy the unique feeling when wearing our MBT footwear.