5 REASONS TO TRY BAREFOOT SHOES IN 2020
The freedom of being barefoot is one that all enjoy. The simplicity of walking, running, climbing and general play while spreading out our toes and feeling light on our feet is one most look forward to.
However these days most adults and kids always slip on a pair of shoes prior to heading outdoors. We get it, modern life often means that leaving the shoes behind isn't always practical but it's doesn't have to mean you lose the disconnect between your feet and the ground.
This is where Vivobarefoot come in. If you’ve never tried a barefoot shoe before, then this simple discovery could transform every step of your day. Natural foot freedom is something we should all strive toward, so here’s a summary of our favourite reasons to try a barefoot shoe.
1) SAY GOODBYE TO RESTRICTIVE SHOES
If you’ve been wearing ‘conventional’ shoes, you’re probably all too familiar with ‘the end of day sigh’ when you finally kick them off. Barefoot shoes are designed to be wider than the average shoe and are foot shaped, allowing your toes to spread out and alleviate that constrictive feeling. So much so, that you’ll probably forget to take your shoes off when you walk through the door!
2) NO MORE HEEL
Even a very small heel can put a big spanner in the works when it comes to your feet.
By shifting the posture forwards, we begin to alter the alignment of the whole body and interfering with this alignment can put unnatural stresses on trigger points across the body.
A barefoot shoe has zero elevation, also known as zero drop, leaving all those mechanics free to work as nature intended and paving the way for a naturally healthier posture.
3) NATURAL FOOT SHAPE
Place a bare foot on top of almost any shoe on the market, and you’ll notice something rather obvious – your foot is a different shape to the shoe!
Up to 70% of women will form a bunion during their life time and pointy shoes are a major culprit.
A barefoot shoe follows the natural shape of the foot, making sure that your toes aren’t squashed together. This leaves them free to splay apart with each step, helping create a strong foundation for movement and ensuring they don’t feel painfully cramped into the edge of the shoe.
4) MOVE WITH NATURAL SKILL
Whizzing between your feet and your brain is a huge amount of sensory information, helping your brain understand what’s happening underfoot with each step so it can guide skilful movement decisions.
Putting squishy padding or rigid heels under the foot makes this task a whole lot more difficult, as the sensory information that the brain so heavily relies on becomes muffled.
Instead, a barefoot shoe uses a minimally thin (but highly durable and puncture resistant) sole, designed to maximise the enriching sensory information available to the brain.
5) SUSTAINABLE SHOE MAKING IS BAREFOOT SHOEMAKING
Conventional shoes impact the movement of feet and often require production processes that impact the environment too. Sustainable design has to be fit for purpose and fit for the planet.
People are increasingly disconnected from the environmental impact of modern shoe-making. Wearing barefoot shoes means making as little shoe as possible between your feet and the ground, reducing the parts and processes needed to make them.