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Cellulite Shoes: Earth Shoes

Updated on January 30, 2008

I've done an article on MBT shoes, which are cited as reducing fat and cellulite, but today I discovered something very interesting: Earth Shoes. Also known as Negative Heel Technology shoes. These shoes, so named for a heel which slants downward, have actually been around for ages. Well, since 1966, at least.

I'm surprised I'd not heard of them before, and they are surely better to look at than the MBT shoes. I wouldn't mind owning some of these even if they didn't provide health benefits. And being Eco-friendly, I'm sure Greenies wouldn't mind having a pair either.


A Danish woman, Ann Kalso, was visiting Brazil when she noticed the particular indentations where people had walked in the sand. Being a yoga instructer, she associated it with a specific yoga position, and had an idea for a new kind of shoe. These shoes became very popular in the 60s and 70s, especially with hippies. I suppose that was mainly for their looks and natural materials, but one of the things these are supposed to do, is reduce, and perhaps even banish, cellulite. The company ended up going out of business at one point, but it has actually resurfaced and they are becoming popular all over again.

Supposed health benefits:

  • Eliminate back pain by way of naturally correcting body posture.
  • Improve your breathing
  • Tone your thighs
  • Allow you to increase your calorie-burning, thanks to continuously walking on a slight incline.
  • Simulate your muscles gently and effectively.
  • And, of couse, "walk away cellulite with every step"

Earth Shoes Profiled On the News


I'm not crazy about the sparkly stuff, but the sandal isn't bad as far as cellulite shoes go. These are much nicer looking than the MBT versions, for sure. And they don't look bizarre from the side.

Cost $129


These are very hippy looking, aren't they? I suppose they look ok with jeans, but please God don't wear these with shorts. These also happen to be Vegan certified (or whatever you call it) so the PETA peeps can wear these.

Cost $119


Believe it or not, I kind of like these. Yeah, they're a bit.. well.. you know, but they have character. I'd wear these with some sexy jeans, maybe, to try to give them a boost of sauciness. Not sure it would work, but I like them.

Cost: $129


As you can see, they make boots as well. These kind of look like they belong on Yukon Jack's girlfriend, but if you live in Iceland or somewhere, they'd probably look appropriate. They remind me a bit of Ugg boots - I could see Pamela Anderson wearing these.

Cost: $159


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      shoes luvr 9 years ago from Boston, Mass

      I'm all for burning more calories while I'm walking!

      Never heard of negative heels. Very informative article!



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      Misha 9 years ago from DC Area

      Isa, where have you been? I miss you!

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      Isabella Snow 9 years ago

      Zuz - So cute they're ugly, right? Or reverse... lol.

      Misha - I'm not surprised..

      Tbartle - So ugly they're cute? The others were worse!

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      tbartle 9 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Hmm, they're pretty ugly. Although I may wear the boots. Still, very interesting.

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      Misha 9 years ago from DC Area

      Interesting find, Isa :)

      Being your main critic, I have to admit I don't believe this. I think cellulite is as natural for women as tummy for men, and all attemts to completely eliminate it endanger your health in some way. On the posture - I've seen quite a few women on hills having correct posture, and quite a few in slippers missing it. I don't think those are directly related...

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      The Ziggy pair with jeans doesn't seem too bad. The boots are definitely not for me. I wonder how long it would take to get used to walking with the heels lower like that? interesting about the posture.

      Great HUB regards Zsuzsy