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Problem with disintegration MBT soles
Posted by Dollar Bill
Last Reply February 19, 2014 at 19:00
Started March 13, 2012 at 13:49
I have worn MBT shoes for a long time and really love them. However, I
am finding that the material betwen the sole and the shoe begins to
disintegrate about two years after I buy them. Out of warranty by that
time. The rest of the shoe is fine.

I had this happen with a second pair just recently. Thought there
might be a defect in the first pair, but now am wondering if there is
a design flaw?

As the material disintegrates, the shoe tends to collapse to one side
and makes walking uncomfortable. I threw away the first pair, but at
close to $300 I don't want to throw away another pair.

I filled the cavity in the first pair with Shoe Goo, but it did not
work out. The balance was off. Anyone else have this problem. I could
post pictures
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Anyone had any problems?
Posted by Zoe
Last Reply February 19, 2014 at 17:05
Started November 22, 2007 at 15:41
I wonder, has anybody experienced any problems with their MBTs? I bought a pair 2 1/2 years ago and started using them on a daily basis. In fact I was so enthusiastic I started briskly walking part of the way to work every day (appx 2 miles). However, it wasn't long before I started experiencing pain in between the 3rd and 4th metatarsal bones while in the 'toeing off position' (ie. just as my toes leave the floor in a normal stepping movement). I decided to 'walk through' the pain as I was determined to make the most of my new shoes, but the pain was really bad and I realise now I should've seen a doctor sooner. It was a sharp pain, but also at times was like an electrical pain, like the feeling you get when you bang your funny bone, plus numbness around the area. I saw my GP and then a foot specialist, and it was thought to be a morton's neuroma, but I had it operated on and it appears to have been a build of scar tissue around the tendons/ligaments caused either by a direct in... read more
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Posted by Bridget
Last Reply February 15, 2014 at 10:27
Started January 5, 2010 at 01:10
Is anyone aware of a class action lawsuit against MBT? I know many people have been injured while wearing them.
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Ankle Fusion and running/skiing
Posted by Eric
Last Reply January 29, 2014 at 07:48
Started January 16, 2009 at 20:51
Hi All

I was wondering if anyone with ankle fusion had used MBTs to get back into any form of running? I have one fused ankle and just bought a pair. I will try some light running on a treadmill to see how it goes.

I'm also interested in anyone's skiing experiences after an ankle fusion - particularly with getting ski boots modified etc.


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Plantar Fasciitis & MBT
Posted by Terry
Last Reply January 24, 2014 at 19:30
Started April 28, 2008 at 15:45
I was just curious if anyone here has plantar fasciitis
and if MBT shoes helped them with the condition. I have tried the inserts with gel and walkfit inserts from TV and
still am plagued with the pain. Do you have a particular
MBT shoes model that you'd recommend for this?

Thanks, Terry
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Squeaking noise insole
Posted by Robin
Last Reply January 10, 2014
Started January 10, 2014
Has anybody had problems with a squeaking noise coming from the soles of these shoes. I have a pair and shortly after receiving them, they started making a noise with every step.

I tried to contact them while they were still under warranty with no luck.

Now they are so back, I can't wear them.

Now I have paper weights.
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benefits of running with MBTs
Posted by cc cris
Last Reply December 2, 2013
Started August 23, 2007 at 14:29
Hi all! If any of you can please share your opinion about the benefits/advantages of running with a pair of MBTs instead of a pair of asics or adidas shoes please reply! I am keen of learning more about this new shoes tech!!

best regds,
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resole! disappointment
Posted by trish
Last Reply October 30, 2013 at 16:51
Started October 26, 2010 at 19:37
after 4 yrears happy use and 4 pairs being re soled to mitigate the very high initial cost I have now been told that for the latest MBTs you cannot get a re soleing service !! I will be trying Reebok Toneing shoes ...at half the price!
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Posted by eustt
Last Reply October 20, 2013 at 20:34
Started October 20, 2013 at 20:34
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MBT Corporate office / fakes
Posted by bettyk
Last Reply October 18, 2013 at 13:50
Started April 1, 2010 at 17:36
How do you get in touch with the MBT Corporate office?
I have purchased two pair of MBT shoes that are fakes'
Local MBT retailer says they are fakes but will not give me a written statement to confirm it. Credit card company says without a written statement they cannot get my money back. hoping to contact MBT to ask
them to confirm my shoes are fakes. any suggestions ?
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Posted by Bob brennan
Last Reply September 19, 2013 at 12:46
Started September 11, 2013 at 18:45
Have a pair of MBT shoes purchased from TX store that specializes in fitting
shoes properly. They are at least 5 yrs old and maybe up to 19 yrs old but rarely
worn as they hurt the back of my heels. Today I noticed the heel cushion material
is falling out as I walk and it has deteriorated and offers little cushion. For
expensive shoes rarely worn, this is a real quality control issue
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Guess MBT Are No Longer Being Produced
Posted by Sydneysider
Last Reply September 16, 2013 at 05:06
Started April 7, 2013 at 08:30
We've just returned from the MBT shop in north Sydney. Very few items for sale, even though we've been told in the past that a close relative of the man who invented MBT shoes owns the shop in question and is the importer of MBT shoes into Australia

We left empty-handed and disappointed. We've bought a dozen or more pairs of MBTs there in the past. Shop was busy so we didn't get the opportunity to ask if MBTs are still being produced. However, there were no new designs and few items for sale

MBT were in the news in mid 2012 as having declared bankruptcy. And there's been no news since of anyone taking over production

Which brings me to the next question: who is producing the newer styles we see for sale on Ebay ? The sellers are in Italy, US and UK. Should we suspect fake MBTs are now being produced (in China and other SE Asian factories) and being sold online as the genuine article?

If they're clever enough to make fake MBTs, it wouldn't be difficult for them to also m... read more
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RYN shoes forum
Posted by Rob
Last Reply July 28, 2013 at 13:30
Started March 13, 2009 at 19:06
This forum thread has been started for any discussions about RYN shoes which are similar to MBTs.
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100% pain free wearing MBT Shoes
Posted by Elizabeth
Last Reply June 3, 2013 at 07:45
Started September 27, 2011
Female: age near 86. extreme pain for about 6 months. Thought Arthritis. Not so. After Xrays, showed a great amount of cartlidge gone from my foot bones. Also Arches had fallen flat. Referred to a Podiatrist who suggested Rocker Bottom shoes. The minute I put them on 100% pain relief. I keep them on all day, with total pain relief. Learning to walk in them, first in the house for a week, as suggested. Now I can manage anywhere. The minute I take them off the pain returns. As an ageing elder, can expect feet to be just plain worn out! I wear MBT Sport 2 model. Always took my shoes off in the house, which was not a good idea I realize now.
The salesman inserted stretchable shoelaces,(only have to be laced up once!) and also suggested a knee high shoe horn. I no longer have to bend over, which is a plus also. I am so grateful for the pain relief, and wish the same for others.
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Shoes available
Posted by Gary
Last Reply May 12, 2013 at 21:01
Started May 12, 2013 at 21:01
I have 3 pairs of new shoes, docksider,tennis shoes, chuck boots and 1 pair of
open toed sandals. I was mislead by the salesperson as my doctor told me they
are bad for my sciatica. It is even on there printed info. They are size 11.5 or 12
US and I want to sell them. Send me an email address or phone number and I will
send a picture.
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Dizzy feeling
Posted by Chris
Last Reply May 5, 2013 at 01:38
Started November 5, 2009 at 19:48
I tried on my first pair of MBTs today and after about 15 mins of walking around the store I started to feel dizzy. After I took them off the feeling passed.

I do suffer from motion sickness quite badly so it may be just be me but I wonder if anyone else has experienced this and will it pass as I get used to them. I am really quite keen to get a pair as my posture is bad, I get backache, and I would like to tone my calf muscle after an Achilles tendon operation last year.
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why no recent postings?
Posted by flowerpowerful
Last Reply April 20, 2013 at 13:47
Started April 20, 2013 at 13:47
the last posting I saw was for Feb 2013, a few from 2012, but most around
2009. I have learned that rocker bottom shoes were the rage & now all
these people have had serious probs from them & suing & stores no longer
carrying. Then, Sketchers (getting sued), has done a huge ad campaign &
taken over the market, I guess? I tried some Sketchers Shapeups (their
"rockers") on & feel in love-no cushion shoe EVER, but I hear all this bad
stuff & those are only rockers still in biz now? Saw a YouTube comparing
MBT/Sketchers to Ryn-they said the different is "unstable" vs "stable"
(Ryn).Diff is Ryn only rocks forward & back & prevents side to side with
more stability vs the other 2 roll you all around & have to make your body
do much much more. I am torn about this. I did talk to Ryn US distributer,
who said if I give my foot(custom orthotic-new ones) measurement to the
nearest 16th inch he would search the US for ones that fit of the type I want
if they are out th... read more
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MBT vs. TheraShoe vs Sketcher Shape Up
Posted by anon
Last Reply April 4, 2013 at 17:31
Started June 5, 2009 at 05:07
Out of the MBT, TheraShoe and Sketcher Shape UP, who wins?

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MBT Shoes - Masai Barefoot Technology
Posted by Rob
Last Reply February 14, 2013 at 16:06
Started February 17, 2007 at 10:02
I saw a member of my surgeons team yesterday after having my latest x-ray on my recently fused ankle. He mentioned that having a rocker fitted to my shoes might help allow my walking to be more smoother. He also told me about MBT Shoes (Masai Barefoot Technology) that may do the trick too, having the rocker idea built into fashionable shoes. They are usually used for muscle toning. They are not cheap at about 129 pounds but if they make a difference then it could be money well spent. Found a shop yesterday but they were moving location!

Hope to try some out soon and will report back here now I get on.
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dangers of mbts
Posted by Jude 123
Last Reply December 18, 2012 at 22:01
Started December 18, 2012 at 22:01
one of the main problems with mbts apart from the expense is that if you wear them on a tubeline escalator, they are highly dangerous if you suddenly wobble - could seriously cause your death or a very serious injury if fell from enough of a height!!! P;us why do the sandles weigh so much they are painful on the upper part of the foot - really serious design errors on some of them!!!!
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