After 18 full marathons and several half ones, I recently had to quit running because of pain in the lower back and the legs. The medical diagnosis was Spinal Stenosis. But I never stopped moving. Thanks to the combination of kybun shoes and Pilates, I am able to make long walking-tours and hiking in the wonderful Finnish nature.
Juhani Turunen from Finnland
If I need to stand for a long time or spend a lot of time on my feet, then I put them on. I even go on mountain runs while wearing my kybun shoes. They’re suitable for light exercise. But I really do need them for exercising.
Franz Heinzer, World Champion and Swiss Ski Junior Coach
I do mostly wear them for walking, for long days at work. I wear them if I have to walk or stand for long periods. I think these are the best shoes and I have no pain in my back or knees. Without fail, I always wear the green and white shoes when I go to a St Gallen football match.
Stefan Burkhalter, Alpine wrestler from Switzerland
The impact to my ankle was cushioned. This gave my ankle more protection, which improved my recovery.
Stefan Burkhalter, Alpine wrestler from Switzerland
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your help! kybun shoes have been a tremendous help to me on my path to recovery and I am extremely grateful for your support.
Tatjana Stiffler Swiss cross-country skiing
What was the best thing about the Production Experience tour? I liked everything about it really. Especially the treadmill and this piece of equipment, the SensoPro. It’s amazing. It’s the perfect way to train for skiing. How long have you been wearing kybun shoes? I had two hip operations. That was two or three years ago and I’ve been wearing kybun shoes ever since. I’m absolutely delighted with them. They are fantastic. I have six pairs. Would you recommend the Production Experience tour to others? Definitely! It really is something special. I also learned to be more mindful of how I walk. I had been neglecting it. I do it when I’m out Nordic walking but I hadn’t really thought about it when walking normally. I suppose I just lost the ability to do it. But it’s what I learned here today and it’s something I really value.
Ursula Glauser from Switzerland
I used to play very intensive football but had to stop when I was 20 as I started having knee problems, and from then on I’ve been very restricted in the amount of sport I do or have to play less vigorous sports. I’ve always been aware of the fact that I have to be careful of my knee. So when I came across the kybun shoes, it was a solution that allowed me to walk more and do sport for longer periods without getting knee trouble. Obviously I really appreciated that.
Kandid Hofstetter lives in Russia
The best way to describe them is to imagine what it is like to walk on moss. There is a nice rolling motion, even when playing fast sport, which is very pleasant. At first I wondered if the soft effect would make it difficult to play a fast sport, but that wasn't the case at all.
Hansruedi Widmer from Switzerland
The kybun shoe is still important to my life as a professional athlete. I mainly wear it day-to-day, that is, between my training sessions when I am walking around my flat or if I know that I will have to stand somewhere for a long time. I have definitely noticed than my foot muscles have become a lot stronger on both sides. The shoe is just so comfy to wear; it is almost like walking around on cloud when I wear my kybun shoes. I would like to say a huge thank you to kybun for the amazing support and for all their help! I can wholeheartedly recommend the kybun shoe to anyone, no matter whether you are an athlete or just want an everyday shoe. You will definitely notice the difference!
Tatjana Stiffler Swiss cross-country skiing
I too discovered the awesome kybun shoes – after years of searching for good shoes. I found them through Mr Jürgen Zeller. In 2009 I underwent a knee disarticulation on my right leg. Since then, I’ve been doing lots of sports, and I have to say that the kybun shoe has been a real ASSET to my (Genium) prosthesis!
Udo Wiedenhöft from Germany
It helps a lot, as we have seen in recent years in rehabilitation with physiotherapy, and as Simon Storm explained. It also does a great deal in terms of prevention and treatment for worn-out joints. So I find it areally good idea, one which certainly has a future, and which has already been confirmed and no longer has to prove itself.
Andreas Bischof from Switzerland
We use similar products at the sports hall to encourage muscle stability. But I have to say, we haven’t had anything like this before. Either they were too wobbly or they didn’t make any real difference. I think this mat could really be a good surface for us to try out at our sports hall.
Christoph Kempter CEO of SOPAC AG in St. Gallen, Switzerland
I got a heel spur about six months ago. At first, my mum gave me some soothing creams after the matches, but none of it helped. I put on my mum’s kybun shoes just for fun. Then I wore the shoes at a match and it became a lot better.
Tobias Sturzenegger, Switzerland
Anyone who would like to have that soft feeling when they walk, people who need to take care of their joints and anyone who has hip, knee or back problems. I highly recommend trying out these shoes.
Hansruedi Widmer from Switzerland
I train my body as a dancer wearing kybun shoes. I have extremely strong feet and my body tension has improved considerably.
Tamara Langel, Dancer from Switzerland
Doing targeted exercises on the kybun mat allowed me to regain stability in my knee after I had an operation on my cruciate ligament.
- 2012 WFF Universe 2012: First place in the mixed pair category
- 2012 W.A.B.B.A. World Champion 2012: First place in the mixed pair category
- 2012 W.A.B.B.A. Swiss Champion 2012: First place
- 2011 WFF Universe 2011: First place in ‘Athletic over 35’ category and overall winner in the athletic category
- 2010 Fitness World Championships: Vice World Champion in the mixed pair category and sixth place in the solo category
- 2009 WFF Universe 2009: Fourth place
- 2008 World Champion in strength, endurance and flexibility (Strenflex)
- 2008 World Fitness Championships: Vice World Champion in the solo and mixed pair categories
- 2007 World Fitness Championships: World Champion in the mixed pair category
- 2006 Strenflex World Fitness Champion and European Fitness Champion
- 2003 Strenflex World Fitness Champion
- 1999 International Mr. Fitness winner in Stuttgart, Germany
- Swiss gymnast, many-time artistic gymnastics champion in the canton of Obwalden
Ivan Bucher, Mister Universum Athletic 2011, Kerns, Switzerland
Last autumn after a half-marathon I developed severe muscle stiffness and also tendonitis. I was in quite a lot of pain when I walked. The amount of pain was significantly reduced and that’s largely down to the kybun shoe. If I ever had to wear normal shoes it was very uncomfortable. I was desperate for my kybun shoes. You really have to try them out and feel it for yourself to know what I’m talking about. It never ceases to amaze me how you can offset and reduce pain in the musculoskeletal system.
Hans-Peter Schmid from Zurich, Switzerland
I’ve already noticed an improvement when I’m out jogging after wearing kyBoot shoes for just one week. I’ve always had knee pain when I was jogging and always had to wear a bandage. After wearing kybun shoes for a week, I noticed that my knee wasn’t causing me any pain anymore. It’s great!
Hotel guest Paladina Ticino, Switzerland
I walk up to 15 kilometres a day and it’s comfortable and enjoyable. These shoes are like training devices for me.
Michael Schöpf from Switzerland
I’m a marathon runner and very thankful for kybun shoes. I often had pain in my Achilles tendon after running. The pain has completely vanished since I started wearing kybun shoes. Thank God for inventors and the people that support them.
Joachim Schmid, marathon runner from Filderstadt, Germany
Since I started to use the kybun shoe two years ago, I have much less pain in my feet, quicker recuperation after working out and less stiffness in my backside. Considering that I work out 7-8 times a week the shoes offers a good complement for recovering. According to me, a good shoe for shop staff.
Jonas Wåhlander, staff members at the Elgiganten Megastore in Helsingborg, Sweden
In the beginning, I tried doing exercises in the morning. Sometimes strengthening exercises, stretching exercises or movement exercises. Then I thought of going jogging because that’s something I used to do a lot. But I was unable to incorporate it into my daily routine. It took up too much time. Then I came across kybun and stood on the kybun mat, stood on a soft surface and went walking in kybun shoes. That’s when it became possible to incorporate exercise into my daily routine, above all into my daily routine at work. I no longer need to take painkillers. I wouldn’t start taking them now either. There’s no need. I feel like my back is really healthy, and I don’t have any pain. I can lift things and travel between 40,000 and 45,000 kilometres every year. I know this isn’t good for me. I also need to lift a lot at work, but I don’t have any problems anymore.
Toni Geser from Switzerland
I bought my first pair of kybun shoes last autumn, as I was still struggling with the consequences of the accident I had in the summer of 2013. The torn muscle fibres in my right calf were very persistent. I underwent six months of physiotherapy and had an ultrasound (showing a 15 cm haematoma between fibres), X-rays and an MRI. After that, I had another round of physio with shockwave therapy. I also received acupuncture treatments and intense massages. Things seemed to be getting better in the short term, but the breakthrough result appeared to be just out of reach. I had severe pain in my right foot every time I stood up, and this mystified my doctors. Why am I experiencing pain in my foot when it was my calf muscles that were damaged? I decided to try out kybun shoes in October 2014. The staff members in the shop were friendly and provided very good advice, and I left with a pair of shoes. I’ve been wearing the shoes all day since then, when I’m on the go as well as at the office. I’ve even gone on a few gentle hiking wearing them. Despite the pain and against the advice of my GP, I have continued to take part in my favourite sport – partner dance (mostly disco swing and jive or in other words, the types of dance that involve a lot of movement). Alongside that I’ve been doing weekly strength training and stretching exercises, among other things. My GP organised an appointment for me in the Etzel clinic in the autumn and called in a sports doctor especially to handle my case. I got an appointment for 22 January 2015. However, my pain was gradually decreasing, and when it came to the time of the appointment, I had no pain at all. My GP still advised me to go to the appointment. The doctors at the clinic were amazed. They took X-rays and asked a lot of questions. How is it possible? They could no longer see any symptoms. The two specialists could only agree on the fact that the X-rays no longer showed any abnormalities. One of them thought that a minor insole could counteract the mild inward bend of my foot (why?). The sports medicine specialist believed I had done everything correctly. STAY MOBILE! He praised the work I had put in and my choice of physiotherapy methods (shockwave therapy and acupuncture). He emphasized how he believed that the constant mobilisation relieved the pain in my foot. This is all thanks to my kybun shoes. He advised me to continue doing what I have been doing – wearing kybun shoe shows, taking part in sport, and dancing. He was firmly against the insoles! The pain was the result of the relieving posture I had been using from the time of my accident, which I continued to use for a long time after the accident. Continuously freely moving my foot allowed me to get out from the pattern I was stuck in almost unnoticed. Well, all I can say is: Thank you so much.
F. T. from Jona, Switzerland
These are the most comfortable and supportive shoes I have ever worn. As a somatic psychologist, I am well aware of the importance of having your feet support the rest of your body. The kybun shoes provide great support for my lumbar spine. I am 72 years old and play a lot of golf, so every once in a while my back is sore. All I have to do is take a walk in my kybun shoe and my back feels completely relieved. Moreover, they make me feel as if I am walking on air. In the past the first thing I did when I came home from the office is to remove my shoes. Now, I am reluctant to take them off; they are more comfortable than my slippers. So for comfort and support, I can no longer wear any other shoes. My second pair will be arriving soon, and I am already thinking about my third pair. They are worth every penny.
Don St John, Ph.D., Somatic Psychologist from Salt Lake City, Utah - USA
I’m always hearing older people saying that they no longer play on hard courts. It’s just too hard and you need to compensate a lot as a result.
Hansruedi Widmer from Switzerland
I have suffered from upper and lower back pain for a long time now. Due to the nature of my work, you could say I’m ‘chained’ to the dental chair for more than eight hours a day. I have to bend over the patients I’m treating, meaning my back muscles are always tense. I came to a turning point at age 60, when a physiatrist friend of mine advised me to wear kybun shoes. It was the solution to almost all of my postural problems. Taking a walk in my new kybun shoes is worth more to me than a session with an osteopath or an hour of Pilates! Aside from the wonderful feeling of walking on a cloud, my posture instantly rebalances and my back pain slowly disappears. I’m so happy with them that I bought one pair for the hospital where I work, another for my private practice, a sportier pair for spring and a winter pair for rainy days. Now I can’t get along without them. I also wanted to give a pair to my brother, who is an officer in the Carabinieri. He has had several operations for badly herniated vertebral discs. He was also very happy and satisfied with this new approach, after having tried many alternative therapies. But all these words are a waste of time ... you need to try them to understand the comfort, quality and therapeutic properties! You have to try them to believe it! Thank you, kybun. I will always be grateful to you. I will only buy kybun shoes!
Roberto Rendo, dentist, La Spezia, Italy
I always wear the shoe at home or when I’m travelling with the team. I wear the kybun shoe in my leisure time as well. Since I started wearing the shoe, I have far less back pain.
Oscar Scarione, Argentinian football player
I can't recommend kybun shoes highly enough. I am now 76 and have been a long distance walker and country dancer for many years. In that time I have tried so many shoes and my kybun shoes are quite the best. They are so comfortable that I wear them all the time for walking, gardening, zumba dancing and housework. They are as comfortable as the softest slippers and yet tough enough for a 10mile cross country walk. I also have a physiotherapist friend who is very impressed by the shoes shock absorbing properties and the supportive fit which makes them ideal for ageing joints.
Margaret from England
I've already had two slipped discs. And on top of that I have trouble with my knees: I have split kneecaps, which actually isn't that unusual. Lots of people round the world have them. But it has given me a lot of gyp. I used to work in an opera house, and that was physical work. That's why I was forced to give up that job to go back into education or retrain to return to my old job. Since then, I've managed a couple of months without pain. That is, I still get exercise. I strengthen my stomach and back muscles. At first I was quite sceptical about kybun shoes, as I didn't like the way they looked. But I told myself that if they might be of benefit, I should at least try them out. Now I never want to be without them again. The feeling I have when I walk and my general wellbeing are quite different.
René Keusen, deputy head of logistics for the Cantonal Court of Zurich, Switzerland
It's a very special feeling. You feel very light,almost floating. Compared with the normal walking shoes I usually wear to walk this route, I haven't a single complaint. People just look at me a bit oddly, but otherwise it's tip-top. I've already walked a few kilometres in kybun shoes, including uphill walks. They are extremely comfortable shoes.
Michael Götte, member of parliament for SVP in the canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland
These shoes are very suitable for me, personally, for my problem, which is a severe flat feet, according to the doctors. Nothing had helped me until I found the shoes by kybun. Lately I have bought a second pair. I cannot take them off my feet; I work only with them, I walk in them. On my trips abroad I used them too. I got through the days with pleasure, no pains in my legs, and I am very content.
Herman Kreples, Automobile Mechanic, Rishon Lezion, Israel
It was a skiing accident. I was skiing off-piste and had an accident. I jumped over a ridge and landed badly in a small ditch. The accident almost tore apart my whole knee. I was in a very serious situation. The experts thought long and hard about whether or not to operate, as they didn’t know if it would ever get better. That’s why I was very thankful that I had these shoes.
Doris Blum from Bern, Switzerland
I often suffered from pain under my right shoulder. I would say after maybe one hour of practising. I tried everything. Gymnastics, physiotherapy, relaxation exercises while practising and afterwards too. All of this still led to unsatisfactory results. But since I’ve been practising on the kyBounder, I always stand on it and then get off and walk around a little bit. I don’t suffer from the pain any more. It’s incredible.
Cetin Köksal, professional musician, Switzerland
I do a lot of sport and have a good feel for what is going on in my body, so I notice when my shoes are giving me too much stress. With these shoes I'm far less overtaxed. On the other hand, it feels like I'm constantly exercising, as I'm never fully at rest.
Pascal Wieser, CEO of Vögele Reisen AG, Switzerland
When I take off my ski boots in the winter, after wearing them for six or seven hours, it is extremely important to make sure to keep the feet moving. Before I knew about a kybun shoe, I noticed that in the spring I was always making so many missteps. Back then, I clearly had much weaker muscles in my feet. I have things better under control now that I’ve started putting on my kybun shoes after skiing. Now I don’t usually notice a difference in the spring. As soon as I put on my trainers again, I can be sure that my feet will hold and not make any missteps.
Doris Blum from Bern, Switzerland
I wear these shoes every day and they simply go on and on and on – and it's amazing how they don't get worn out, these kybun shoes. They are comfortable, not like hard shoes. Your feet aren't tired out in the evening: you feel rested and can go out jogging again in the evening. Simply a great product! Watch the video
Josias Noll, community service-providing, Uster, Switzerland
I think that it is basically important to develop a firm basis; to try to get in a lot of training using various forms of exercise. And with kybun shoes you can focus on more specific points and strengthen the muscles in your feet – your deep muscles – so I can do a lot to prevent problems. Watch the video
Franz Heinzer, downhill world champion and Swiss ski coach, Brunnen, Switzerland
When I tried the kybun shoe for the first time I could not believe how comfortable these shoes were. After a few weeks of wearing them I knew they were not only comfortable but they really worked too! They relieved my backpain which is almost a constant companion of a professional athlete. I can't take them off my feet!
Josef Marha, ice hockey player, Davos, Switzerland
Working as a sports doctor for the Canadian bob team gave me the chance to test out the kybun shoe in everyday use and during light sports activities. I was very impressed by the kybun shoe concept. Walking is very pleasant, and above all it very much activates the body. You can feel that the sole is a very good shock absorber and moves in all directions, but it never feels unstable or unpleasant. I myself suffer from foot problems, as I have very high arches, with the ball of the foot often having to bear a very heavy load. The shoe suited my foot shape and needs from the very start, and I have been able to wear shoes without insoles for the first time in many years.
Dr Andreas Gösele-Koppenburg, head of the Swiss Olympic Medical Center, Medical Director of Crossklinik Basel, Switzerland
I think they are just as important here as they are outside. I also have hard floor surfaces in the house, making a soft insole very comfortable. Beyond that, I’m also thinking about my fitness. I want to do something for my health every day. Ideally, I’d do gymnastics or go jogging every day, but that isn’t always possible. When I wear these shoes, my legs feel like they’ve had a workout.