Thursday, April 16, 2009

Walking Shoe Reviews - Masia Barefoot Technology and Fit Flops

A lot of various choices of sneakers are available for this year to help with weight loss and starting a fitness routine. Even though the choices are plentiful, one theme that seems to stick out is pro-body. Consumers have begun to understand that most shoes are bad for the body and has aided in accelerating this movement. That joint and spine pain are a direct aftereffect of traditional shoes and the resulting issues associated with the fact that these types of shoes cause you to walk on flat and hard surfaces.

The walking shoe trend for 2009 of being pro-body is a result of the current situation in fitness footwear. The products available are endless, but several shoes have a design that only satisfies a cosmetic appeal. Few are constructed to make you feel better from the ground up.

A brand that has taken this into account is the Masai Barefoot Technology. These sneakers have a multi-layered pivot sole that copies walking on an uneven terrain such as on the beach. The curved sole provides several benefits while strolling along. They significantly improve the posture and help relieve pressure on the joints and back. MBT shoes also activates more muscles, whether walking or standing. This helps stimulate the metabolism, burn more calories, and helps firm the legs and abdominal muscles.

Another new class of footwear for this year is called fitflop. The main premise of the FitFlop is to induce a bit of instability as you walk. The engineers have accomplished this by creating a sole with multiple densities called micro-wobbleboard. This technology has a uniquely built mid-step and forces the legs to work harder when walking. The concept provides not only extra work for the legs, but are also constructed to have a cushioning effect for maximum comfort. The advantage of the FitFlop sole construction is that it reduces the amount of shock on the joints. As you walk, the sole absorbs more shock, which alleviates strain on the feet, the knees and the ankles.

There are a growing number of people that now realize that the traditional walking sneaker is not going to cut it anymore. The trends are moving toward alternative footwear as mentioned above. People are becoming more educated about fitness and health, realizing that most shoes work against us. That walking on flat surfaces is horrible for our overall health and well being. That's why new footwear, like those mentioned above, have become part of the Worldwide trend toward an anti-shoe solution.