Why wear barefoot shoes?
Our feet are the foundation of our body. Strengthening your feet by exercising and wearing minimalist shoes (or going completely barefoot wherever possible) can improve your posture and prevent pain and injuries.
For many people, barefoot shoes also provide relief and improvement for existing problems like knee pain, back pain, bunions, and more.
Wide toe box with enough space for your toes to spread
Ordinary footwear can restrict the foot in its natural posture and function and can result in pain and malalignment.
A naturally shaped toe box allows your toes enough room to splay. This way, your toes are not forced to point inwards and can act in their natural function to stabilize your whole body.
Zero drop for a natural and upright posture
When we are wearing shoes with a heel-to-toe drop, our whole body shifts out of alignment. Wearing shoes with a raised heel can chronically shorten your calf structures and may result in a reduced range of motion of your ankles and pain in your Achilles tendon.
A zero-drop shoe provides the best base for a natural and upright posture. Many people also improve their knee, hip, or back pain after transitioning to zero-drop footwear.
Thin sole for instant ground feedback
One foot alone contains 26 bones, 33 joints, 19 muscles, and thousands of nerve endings. Those nerves provide your brain with the necessary sensory feedback from the ground. Imagine taking all that input away by wearing thick and cushioned soles. Would you blindfold yourself every time you leave the house? Probably not. By choosing footwear with thick and stiff soles, you are basically blindfolding your skillful feet.
Wearing shoes with thinner soles enables you to feel the ground and adapt accordingly. This sensory feedback plays an essential role in postural stability and dynamic gait patterns. It does, for example, reduce the risk of twisting your ankle. Many people find wearing barefoot shoes to be super relaxing as it’s basically like receiving a foot massage. Sounds nice, right?