MBT – A Shoe That Sucks
In January, my mom got me a pair of MBT walking shoes. I asked for them, making this essay on their utility not her fault. Regretfully, I must report that the MBT has to be one of the biggest rip-off’s in the history of footwear. Allow me to explain.
MBT is a shoe that looks like geriatric wear. The sole is rounded, with most of the padding under the middle of the foot, causing a rocking motion from back-to-front when walking. On average, they cost $250, though they can be had for less on Amazon and other sites around the internet.
After hearing about the awesomeness of these shoes from several people, I used holiday funds from my mom to buy my own. I threw myself into my workouts, walking the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge from Charleston to Mt. Pleasant and back several days a week, a five-mile round trip. The walking bed is concrete, an extension off of one side of the bridge for pedestrians and bikers to utilize.
By April, my MBT soles were worn down to the under sole on the front toe. June saw them further worn on the outer edges of the heels. Given that I was gone for most of June and didn’t wear them much in July due to the hellacious temperatures in Charleston, August finally found them completely worn out.
Yes, I could tell that they worked my hamstrings and bottom differently than regular walkings shoes. Absolutely, they changed my gait and increased the strenuousness of my walks.
In the end, though, for the amount of money invested, that these shoes wore out in less than four months is unacceptable. I made them go for eight, but that was through sheer laziness on my part. I will not buy another MBT shoe if the quality is going to be this inferior. Today, I purchased a pair of Adidas sneakers with fun pink stripes. They were cheap, but I suspect they will last more than four months.