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The Independent July 2008Walk this Way

Walk this Way

MBT shoes claim to tone your body, improve posture and ease back pain – and this summer they’re everywhere. Do they actually work?

…Laura Williams, diet and fitness expert, thinks that while wearing the shoe is better than nothing, nothing replaces learning good posture, permanently. “Of my clients who have tried MBTs, some have had to stop wearing them because they have aggravated bad backs and hips. The problem is that everyone has their own biomechanical quirks and if you wear these shoes without proper recommendation and instruction, they can make things worse. And then, what happens when you take the shoes off? I always think that if you were to go to a couple of Pilates classes then you would be able to improve your posture yourself, but some people simply aren’t going to do that. And I’ve certainly seen anecdotal evidence that they do work for some people, just not for everyone.

However, she rejects any idea that the shoes beat cellulite. “I just can’t see how they could help. Cellulite is just the way women store fat. Specific weight training and some caffeine-based creams are the only things that have been shown to do anything to the appearance of cellulite. To make any difference to your muscle tone you have to be lifting quite a lot of weight at 20 repetitions; even if the shoes do, as they claim, activate your glutes (the bottoms’ muscles) by nine per cent, I can’t see that making any difference.”

 

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