When designing Barefoot shoes, the primary goal was to imitate barefoot walking while still ensuring shoe functionality.
The nose of Barefoot shoes follows the natural shape of the feet, allowing the toes to spread freely. They have thin, both transverse and longitudinally flexible soles, allowing the foot to better sense the ground below us, thereby improving gait, stronger leg muscles, and enhanced sensory feedback.
What’s the difference between traditional and Barefoot shoes?
- Heel: traditional shoes are usually made with a heel lift, which forces our whole body to counterbalance this lift and lean backward, which affects our whole posture. Barefoot shoes are perfectly straight between the heel and the toe, with no difference in level.
- Cushioning: wearing parched shoes can cause us to keep our heels too high as we walk and run. This is not the right position for the leg. Barefoot shoes are made with minimal padding.
- Sole: the thin sole helps the sole to better detect the soil. Our feet have basically the same complex perception as our palms. The thick soles of the shoes prevent us from properly detecting the earth beneath our feet.
- The toe of the shoe: In traditional shoes, the toe is often narrow/tight, squeezing the toes, which can be a problem for the healthy development of the toes after a long time. In wide-toed Barefoot shoes, the toes can be spread out comfortably. In wide-toed Barefoot shoes, the toes can be spread out comfortably.
With these in mind, how can wearing Barefoot shoes help us?
The most important thing is that it helps to develop the right gait, it can improve the posture, thereby preventing possible spinal problems.