MBT Shoe Review


MBT – A Rocker Of A Shoe

MBT JamboI recently attended an Expo here in Austin called “The Running Event”.  During the event I got to meet the fine folks at MBT (http://us.mbt.com).  MBT or Masai Barefoot Technology is a really funky shoe line that feels totally different when worn and looks totally different when viewing the side profile.

MBT sent me a set of the Jambos, which look like a classic canvas Van shoe.  Once on, the shoes make you feel like your walking in sand.  Your leg and foot muscles are constantly adjusting to stabilize and balance your body as you walk.  I was able to walk in the shoes right away for many hours, although there is a recommended break in period to get used to using them.  When standing, you will often find yourself rocking back and forth for fun.  This is because the shoe doesn’t have a flat surface on the bottom, but rather a curved sole, which allows for the rocking motion.

Core Development
The MBTs allow for sensory awareness and subtle core development.  The same thing could be applied to trail running vs running on the road or doing situps on a ball vs doing them on the floor.  You simply are engaging more of your body and brain why walking in them.

Plantar Fasciitis
Many people who have had or do have problems with plantar fasciitis are finding the MBTs help alleviate the pain associated with the issue.  Heel striking is certainly less painful and much more enjoyable.

The first time I ever saw MBTs was when I was talking with an Ultra Runner who had a pair of the Sandals.  He really liked how they felt and would wear them after his runs.

I found the shoes to be true to size, which for me is a 10.5 or 43.  I have had plenty of time MBT - Wia High Coffee Bootsto test the Jambos out and they feel great on and look great too.  In fact no one even realizes that they are different unless I point it out.  The Jambos come in a variety of colors and the ones I received were black.  Perfect for just about any casual occasion.

MBT has a huge selection of shoes to choose from and should have a shoe that will fit the needs of most people.


MBT KisumuMBT (Masai Barefoot Technology) was born in 1996 when the folks at MBT discovered that natural instability can have positive effect on the human body. The discovery was made by by observing the wonderfully agile Masai people walking barefoot on natural, uneven ground. By observing these people in action, it was made quite apparent that the human body is simply not designed to walk or stand on the hard, flat surfaces of modern society.

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.


  • Reduces Shock
  • Longer Shoe Lifespan (2 to 3 times longer than a normal shoe)
  • Engages More Muscles
  • Puts The Body In Proper Alignment


  • Not Designed For Running or Jumping Laterally
  • Not Recommended For Someone Who Over Pronates or Supinates
  • Requires A Break In Period

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About Author

Tom Crandall

Totally into multi-sports including triathlon, swimming, cycling, running skating and movement in general. Love to trail run and hang outdoors.

1 Comment

  1. A few years ago I bought a pair of MBT shoes from MBT Malaysia. The patented Masai soles were sort of worn out and I wrote to MBT Malaysia asking them to recommend me a place to replace them. When I bought them they said that it could be replaced. But now they said that it cannot be replaced and ask me to get a street cobbler to replace them! Now MBT Malaysia is not even talking to me anymore. Is this the kind of service to be expected from MBT Malaysia? I just want to know where I can replace the worn out soles (mind you its patented) and he ask me to go see a street cobbler. And I paid something like RM850 for that pair of shoes! This is a real rip-off. People had advice me to file a complain with the consumer association and I’m thinking if I should do that. I’m really piss off with MBT Malaysia for being so nasty.

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