Saturday, May 23, 2009

How I greened my commute with a shoe

At the beginning of April this year I decided to buy a comfortable pair of walking shoes and start walking to and from my office - a five mile round trip trek. I had heard about MBTs (Massai Barefoot Technology to the uninitiated) over a year ago, but wondered how good they could possibly be for over $200. Now, I had heard claims of everthing from weight loss and anti-cellulite powers to back and joint mending miracles, but I was skepticle. So I tried a pair on. I walked around the store for a good half hour and had to admit, they started to feel pretty cushy. So I took the plunge.

I have been walking over 5 miles a day since then, over pavement, in the rain even, and I have to admit, these babies are a dream. My hips and knees don't hurt, I do believe my posterior has firmed up nicely, and I hate taking them off when I get to work. I don't know if my cellulite has diminished and I don't think I have lost any weight, but I do feel better every day and I actually look forward to walking everywhere now. I dropped my rarely-used gym membership so I could save for a new condo, I almost never have to refill my Metro SmarTrip card anymore since I am on foot all the time and I no longer take cabs home or to meetings in the middle of the day. DC is a pretty easy town to walk around if you have the right shoes ;-o

So in my eyes, a shoe that makes me love walking, gets me to engage in healthier activities, saves me money and reduces my carbon footprint... is a true shoe miracle.


Anonymous said...

I run for 20 mins on the treadmill everyday and for the past 2 weeks ever since it got cold my knees hurt a lot when I run.I'm 23 so wondering what is wrong.
MBT shoes

Overstock said...

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