The kybun shoe takes a bit of getting used to at first, but after that it is the ideal shoe for walking on the sunny side of life.
Alexander Tschäppät (deceased), Swiss National Council
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
After taking just a few steps in the kybun shoe, my initial scepticism completely vanished. Walking in this shoe feels like striding across a mossy forest floor. I knew right away that I had to have it! It was love at first sight – or rather, love at first step!
Margrit Keller from Bassersdorf, Switzerland
I was sceptical at the beginning and thought I didn’t need shoes like these because I’m still young. But despite that, I think they’re great.
Anja Bissegger, Uttwil Musical Society, Switzerland
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
At first people look at your feet sceptically and ask, “What funny kind of shoes are those?” If you explain that they're comfortable shoes that cushion impacts, then you'll get the odd one who'll try on the shoes and be really keen themselves.
Peter Meier, founder of MP Garage in Au, Switzerland
When the assistant was advising me I realised that for the first time I was wearing shoes that didn't pinch. So I decided to buy a pair. When I got talking to my orthopaedist, he was very sceptical and said that lots of people came back to him disappointed by kybun shoes, complaining of even greater pain. I took the warning seriously and asked myself what that might be all about. When you feel better, you tend to get quite fussy. I thought that was probably the mistake people were making. If you wear insoles for a long time, your foot muscles are weak. So I started wearing the kybun shoe and the shoe with insoles alternately, and gradually built up the intensity. I could feel my whole body getting fitter. Today I spend one day a week out with the dogs and might walk up to five-and-a-half hours. That's already possible, even though I've only been wearing the kybun shoes a short time. At the end of the day I can feel it in my feet, but the next day it's OK again.