What is Natural Footwear?

Natural footwear respects the foot's natural shape and does not impede its function with "support" or "technologies" that make unfounded claims about injury prevention. You may have heard other terms used to describe this type of footwear such as "barefoot," minimalist, or zero-drop. This sector of the footwear market is exploding, and for good reason. People want something better, more natural, and more freeing than the stiff traditional shoes we're used to. The adaptive abilities of the human body are remarkable, and there's no reason to believe your feet can't learn to support themselves like they were designed to.

 

Unfortunately, we're adapted to a fast-food-office-chair-television-from-the-couch-big-bulky-shoe-existence that we know we weren't meant for. Do you wear work boots to the beach? Of course not, we want to feel free! And just like barefoot carefree youngsters playing tag in the park, we deserve to be free also. We have some work to do to reclaim strong healthy feet, but the first logical step would be to gain an understanding of what typical footwear is really doing to us.

 

Every Step Counts reviews just some of the evidence as it relates to this topic from the perspective of a physical therapist and runner. But remember: however excited you may become about reclaiming strong and able feet, you must walk before you run. This book is dedicated to the indigenous peoples around the world to whom we are forever indebted. Thank you for your wisdom and a reminder of what it means to be a human being. Without the preservation of traditions within
these communities, the barefoot movement would not be possible. Consider making a direct donation to one of the non-profits below that help to support these communities in an ever rapidly changing world.

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Barefoot Shoes and barefeet hiking on rocks

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*Remember it is important to select shoes that are appropriate for you based upon the strength and function of your feet. Consultation with a medical professional and natural footwear advocate can help you make an informed decision based upon your specific needs.

 

thin running shoes

These shoes are designed to go the distance, hit the gym, for running errands, or any situation at all. Ultraminimal in design, as such only seasoned minimalist runners should be logging any considerable mileage in these. A novice minimalist runner could wear shoes like these in their off time for walking in nature on varied surfaces in order to improve mobility and strength of the feet. 

 

Medium (thickness) running shoes

These shoes are designed to go the distance, hit the gym, for running errands, or any situation at all. Ultraminimal in design, as such only seasoned minimalist runners should be logging any considerable mileage in these. A novice minimalist runner could wear shoes like these in their off time for walking in nature on varied surfaces in order to improve mobility and strength of the feet. 

 

Thick running shoes

These shoes are designed to go the distance, hit the gym, for running errands, or any situation at all. Ultraminimal in design, as such only seasoned minimalist runners should be logging any considerable mileage in these. A novice minimalist runner could wear shoes like these in their off time for walking in nature on varied surfaces in order to improve mobility and strength of the feet. 

 

Trail running shoes

Depending on the strength and preferences of the runner, even thin minimalist shoes can be used for trail running. However, the following shoes offer slightly more protection than the thin running shoes above, and they have been optimized specifically to handle rugged terrain.

 

Running sandals

These shoes are designed to go the distance, hit the gym, for running errands, or any situation at all. Ultraminimal in design, as such only seasoned minimalist runners should be logging any considerable mileage in these. A novice minimalist runner could wear shoes like these in their off time for walking in nature on varied surfaces in order to improve mobility and strength of the feet. 

 
Thin Running Sandals
Medium (Thickness) Running Sandals
 
Thick Running Sandals
 

Casual Shoes & sandals

These shoes are designed to go the distance, hit the gym, for running errands, or any situation at all. Ultraminimal in design, as such only seasoned minimalist runners should be logging any considerable mileage in these. A novice minimalist runner could wear shoes like these in their off time for walking in nature on varied surfaces in order to improve mobility and strength of the feet. 

 

Boots

These shoes are designed to go the distance, hit the gym, for running errands, or any situation at all. Ultraminimal in design, as such only seasoned minimalist runners should be logging any considerable mileage in these. A novice minimalist runner could wear shoes like these in their off time for walking in nature on varied surfaces in order to improve mobility and strength of the feet. 

 

Women's professional
& formal Shoes

These shoes are designed to go the distance, hit the gym, for running errands, or any situation at all. Ultraminimal in design, as such only seasoned minimalist runners should be logging any considerable mileage in these. A novice minimalist runner could wear shoes like these in their off time for walking in nature on varied surfaces in order to improve mobility and strength of the feet. 

 

Men's professional
& formal shoes

These shoes are designed to go the distance, hit the gym, for running errands, or any situation at all. Ultraminimal in design, as such only seasoned minimalist runners should be logging any considerable mileage in these. A novice minimalist runner could wear shoes like these in their off time for walking in nature on varied surfaces in order to improve mobility and strength of the feet. 

 

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