Sole foundation to better health

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 01 Mar 2019

Muller displaying a range of the Kybun shoes. — KEVIN TAN/The Star

KNOWN for its springiness and cushioned soles, Kybun shoes are dubbed “trampoline shoes” by the brand’s founder, Karl Muller.

In describing Kybun’s brand of footwear and products, Muller said, “We don’t sell shoes, we want to make people healthy.”

Kybun is a Swiss footwear brand that uses health and fitness technology to make comfortable shoes.

It is Muller’s brainchild, who is also the inventor of the Masai Barefoot Technology (MBT) that revolutionised the technique of walking some 16 years ago.

“I sold MBT in 2006 because

I knew there was something better. That was when I started Kybun, a next generation of MBTs,” he said during an interview at Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa.

Kybun shoes have distinctive thick soles and provide a “walk-on-air” sensation with many

benefits for the person’s overall physique.

The soft, elastic, springy soles give users a bouncy feeling.

“In our civilisation, we walk on hard, flat surfaces and sit too much which is not good for our body.

“The feet are the foundation of the body and they must stay strong during our lifetime. Strong feet makes healthy people.

“Most seniors nowadays cannot walk properly anymore because the hard surface damages the function of the feet.

“Kybun shoes activate the function of the feet and this makes them stronger, keeps them flexible and improves

the coordination of the feet,” he said.

Muller reiterated that walking on hard surfaces would send

millions of shocks to the knee.

“When you walk on the elastic material of Kybun shoes, there is no more shock. Instead, you train the feet every day.

“Normal shoes destroy the feet and knee with every step as it wears out the cartilage, but this can be rebuilt.

“I do not believe in operations, should that problem arise, but in the right footwear,” he said.

Muller also said Kybun shoes have the springy rebound effect that their competitors don’t have.

“No other shoemaker does this as they want their shoes to be light.

“At the most, they have shock absorption,” he said.

The philosophy behind Kybun is about lifelong, pain-free walking. It is not about the shoes, but giving users a medical solution; physiotherapists are stationed at Kybun stores in Malaysia to help our clients.

“The shoes are meant for everyone, especially users who carry heavy loads daily.

“The weight will burden the posture into an asymmetrical position, but with Kybun shoes, it helps to adjust the alignment of the posture,” he said.

This year will be the 10th anniversary for Kybun shoes.

It continues to innovate and improve the soles in terms of design and its soles.

Throughout his journey, there have been more than 100 prototypes with thousands of tests done to get its combination right.

Moving forward, Muller wants Kybun to reach as many people as possible.

“There are so many people in need of these shoes in Malaysia and if they could try it, they will know the difference.

“We rented out shoes last year in other countries and it was a huge success as seven out of 10 who rented came back and bought them.

“For hygiene purposes, we sanitise the shoes all the time,” he said.

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