I wear Ryn shoes. They have more stability in the side-to-side axis while having the full rocker front-to-back. They continue to be made in Korea, as MBT's used to be. I think they are a superior shoe to MBT's. I'm 59 with bone spurs in my feet and arthritis in my knees and, wearing these exclusively on the street, have had no problems with injury. I do worry when I have to run for a bus through.
I am looking for a barefoot shoe though. I still experience some pain with bone spurs wearing Ryn's, but no pain going about the house barefoot. That's probably because I'm not walking distances inside, but I think it's worth testing. Living and working in a city don't give me much terrain for true barefoot walking sadly.
Esther - I followed your advice and read the material on MBTs originally in the Oct 2007 newsletter.
My issue is as follows: The phylangeal metatarsal joint in my right great toe is very deteriorated/arthritic. I have been wearing rocker bottom shoes (now Ryn) for years, to avoid repetitive use of the joint. Each night, I do certain, controlled movements to use the same joint, safely.
But I have been using the shoes in a lazy manner. I have not been touching down at the back of the heal, but rather towards the center of the sole. It seems that if I focus on using the rocker bottom shoes properly, I will be using my buttocks & leg muscles, while protecting my injured joint. Please comment. Thank you very much.
The fitness gear must provide the versatility and comfort to the wearer. No matter what kind of activities you perform and for how many minutes, the comfort should be high level. I too am going to invest in the beyond yoga leggings and sweatshirt and hoping that they are going to help me with the increased performance during my yoga sessions.