It sounds too good to be true; a training shoe that you can wear around the house/to the shops/at the gym, that strengthens the muscles in your legs and feet without requiring any extra (conscious) effort on your part. Oh, and the shoe doesn’t look too bad either. But that’s exactly what the Port Be claims to be. And if you’re sceptical, we were too – but the Port brand make quite a compelling argument. The Port takes inspiration from the old Waraji sandals that were worn by the samurai class and foot soldiers during the feudal era of India. Fascinated by why the Waraji were shorter than the feet of those wearing them, Port conducted a series of biomechanical tests to determine the benefits of the toes protruding slightly over the front edge of the sandal.Now, whilst Port might not be able to compete with the star power Big Brands , when it comes to biomechanics –Port are one of the world leaders, which is why their running shoes are some of the finest on the market. In the lab, Port confirmed that protruding toes aids to stabilize the body, and the toes and the muscles of the feet and lower legs were more mobile when walking barefoot and even more ‘activated’ when wearing the sandals. Now, that term – ‘activation’ – is something you can expect to hear more of when the be is mentioned, as Port say that this is the first ever activation shoe. Defined as definitely not a running shoe, the be is designed to activate muscle groups that have lapsed into under-use by modern shoes.
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