Walking Shoes Technology

Lose weight and sculpt the body while walking, it is the promise of these “revolutionary” shoes. To check, we have tested five. Balance of races.

No results without a minimum of physical activity

Always dreamed to beef up your gams by passing the gym and sweat for hours? So these shoes called active or dynamic may be for you. Their principle? Put the body in constant imbalance to work the muscles. Indeed, several academic studies, put forward by them, claim that “wearing these shoes promotes muscle activation buttocks, thighs and calves, relieves foot pain by absorbing shock, reduces back stress and joint and substantially straightened posture while strengthening the tendons. ”

 
No results without a minimum of physical activity
And it makes you lose weight? “Cause a body imbalance actually promotes muscle activity,” says Jean-Michel Samper, podiatrist. But do not imagine that it is enough to put these shoes to see melt your excess weight. Without a minimum of physical activity, at least one hour of walking a day at a brisk pace, you will see no difference with traditional boots.
In summary, be well in his sneakers while sculpting his body … A promise that prompted us to test five models under the impartial eyes of a podiatrist. Verdict.

Women: the white Cold MBT

What is technology?
The principle “Masai Sensor”, one of the oldest, was designed to mimic walking barefoot on uneven floors, natural and soft, like sand. The shoe sole, slightly curved and well reinforced in the heel, causes instability in all axes of the body.
The opinion of the chiropodist
“The imbalance is quite soft and works well in all axes. These shoes can also be interesting to accompany the work of a physiotherapist to help, for example, rehabilitation and strengthening of the joint after a sprain. ”
We felt
good, for sand, it takes imagination. But they are as comfortable as slippers, and the effect is as destabilizing a physiotherapy rehabilitation plateau. First, it sways slightly to the right, left, front and back. But eventually you get used to this constant imbalance that forces our muscles to work smoothly. Finally, we like these shoes, especially that
look side, they have a nice line.
Its price
€ 198. Many models in all specialty shops and MBT among health specialists ( http://fr.mbt.com ).

Girly: the Scholl Starlit

What is technology?
A sole shaped like a rocker or rocking chair, absorbs shock and creates a natural instability from front to back. To tone the legs and exercise the muscles.
The opinion of the chiropodist
“A little stiff, these shoes work the legs in a single axis of imbalance, back and forth. This can be problematic for some people because it can accentuate imbalances and therefore pain.”
Our feeling
First impression is very strange. In the bus, you feel like a kangaroo, with heavy springs underfoot. The model is not very stable and not very glamorous for the approach. It takes quite in the calves, especially when
you climb the stairs. One thing is certain: the leg muscles working, but we do not really see yourself going with all day!
Its price
€ 154, in pharmacies or on www.boutique-scholl.fr Also available in leather.

The summer: Taiga Sano

What is technology?
A Multi-Vibration system at the front of the foot to stimulate muscles normally neglected. And a shock absorber in the heel that returns like a spring, the energy of walking to make it more effective.
The opinion of the chiropodist
“The slightly raised foot forward calls to flex the toes to get the soil in place. They therefore allow for more work certain muscles. And the foot, not stuck in one axis remains well free. A good point! ”
Our experienced
toes back slightly in the shoe, but it is stable and foot roll is nice. We feel so little that the muscles are solicited more than the good we would go for long walks, abandoning our old walking sandals.
Its price
€ 190. Also available in red, beige, white and black v. In boutiquesv Mephisto or other outlets in France.