Shoes that are good for your feet
Here are some things to look for in a shoe that allows your feet to function as they were designed to do.
- A toe box that allows your toes to comfortably spread - most shoes have a toe box that is narrower than the rest of the shoe.
- A sole that is not too stiff. You should be able to easily flex and bend the shoe as a whole.
- A truly neutral heel.
- Low toe spring - most athletic shoes have an upward slant towards the toes.
- A back - wearing slip-on shoes or thongs causes your feet to have to grip all day long.
Rolfer™ Karin Wagner in Portland Oregon has put together a very good 2 page article on healthy shoe choices. You can read it here ➤
SOME INTERESTING OPTIONS (in the minimalist category) IF YOU HAVE WIDE FEET:
My all time favorite. A very popular shoe. These are minimal/barefoot. If you are not used to minimal shoes, you may need a period of time to get used to them as your legs will work very differently then they will in shoes with heels, arch support and a toe spring. Your feet will appreciate them especially if you have wide feet! You can visit their website here ➤ Lems
For those who really want to feel the ground as they are walking, Xero sandals are the ultimate. There are several styles and even a do-it-yourself model with the possibility for infinite customization. I started out with the Z-Trek which has slightly thicker soles than some of the other models. I appreciate that when walking on pavement. I wore them all summer and the more I wore them the more I enjoyed them. Two years ago a new style was added - the Z-Trail which has a 3 layer sole. Increased protection with excellent flexibility and connection to the ground. Even better! Check them out here ➤ Xero Shoes