I think you're reading far too much into it
Hey, that wouldn't be unlike me
They also make you less quad dominant if you walk in them correctly, when you straighten up it changes the stride slightly so you don't stride out as far but your trailing leg pushes you further.
This confuses me. Natural stride length is one of many indicators of someones imbalances. A short stride length indicates a lack of hip extension during walking.
But that's just an 'indication'.
I just find that coupling them with BOSU Balls is unfair and creates a bias to them! BOSU Balls have dramatic movement in their unstable surface, MBT's have a soft heel that creates small imbalances. It also provides a better landing suface that stops jarring, I can walk down hill at full pace again which I've not done in about 10 years.
It's because of the shape of the sole that I compare them to other unstable surface tools. If the soles are soft then it would make more sense in that context.
The soft heel makes sense for someone that does a lot of walking.
Also, are you telling me that we are born in shoes?
Erm, no. Which is exactly why I don't like MBT's. I like shoes that are light, flexible, and enhance your contact with the ground, like Frees. But if you do a lot of walking, shoes like Frees will just fall apart - you DO need something with a little more protection.
That roads were here before people?
Well, roads were here before I was.
So why would walking barefoot in soft surfaces be unnatural?
Because most places have solid ground now?
If you wear MBT's then you do get the benefit of walking around in a sand like substance all day!
That's great. If that's what you want.
It's a bit of a bummer when you've had success with something but someone else's opinion of it is in disagreement straight away. I just hope that other's have the chance to at least go to a store and put some on before they automatically damn them becasue someone with a better reputation for assistance than myself put them down on here!
Not much can argue with results. You've had results from them.
I can't try every health product I come across. I questioned the value of these and stated my reasons, that's all. It's not like I just said "ach, they look crap!". But you can be assured that if I happen to be in a shop that has them, then I will try them on and post back.
You need to understand that I believe in doing a lot of your training bare foot. And it's not even because it's 'more natural', it's because it helps us recruit the right muscles, at the right times. Through wearing shoes all our lifes we lose sensitivity in our feet, and that can effects way up the rest of the body. I do most of my warm ups bare foot, I sometimes deadlift bare foot. I always wear Nike Frees because they're the closest thing to bare foot without actually being barefoot.
I'm not trying to convince you that Nike Frees are better. Just trying to show what perspective i'm coming from so you can maybe understand why the MBT's seem a little backwards to me with how they sell them. I struggle to see how such a big shoe can be deemed natural, too.
Again I apologise for the way in which I defended them, hope it doesn't taint further discusisons in which we take part!
No need to apologise. I understand you believe in them and therefore you're passionate about them - there's nothing wrong with that at all! I was just saying what I think, and I would expect the same from you if I ever posted anything that you didn't agree with or understand. That's what a good forum is all about.