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 is a growing sector of the footwear market despite bad press and a fading fad. The adaptive abilities of the human body are remarkable, and there's no reason to believe a foot can't learn to support itself once again.
Unfortunately, we've 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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*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. To see an exhaustive list of "barefoot" shoe brands to match all needs, download our e-book!