Lately, I have been obsessed with feet. After my toe injury, I started researching about what shoes we should be wearing. I’ve been wearing the wrong shoes my whole life. I miss the blissful ignorance of wearing high heeled shoes and flip flops. No bueno for me now. I’ve been asked over the years about why I wear my “Sasquatch” shoes.
So, here’s why…
The foundation of our bodies are in the feet. So, why do we pay so little attention to them? Why do we scrunch them in cushioned shoes or keep them up in those heeled shoes? Wonder why so many of us get bunions, plantar fasciitis and corns?
For the last 5 years I have been wearing barefoot shoes. My body feels better. I don’t get the nagging pain that I use to get in my knee and hip. They’re the only shoes that feel right to me. The balance you feel when sqautting, stepping, pylometrics…etc. Not to mention, all the neurons firing down to your toes with each movement. Those signals from the brain is what will keep us from falling down and breaking a hip some day!
Our body is a connective chain and if our toes have no freedom to move, then how do you think your muscles will respond to them. Imbalances are created and injuries typically follow. Knee pain and hip pain are common injuries. That’s why buying a shoe with a wide toe box is key.
It’s important that if you want to try out barefoot shoes, that you do in a minimal time frame. Start at 10 minutes the 1st day, then add more time. Also, I don’t run in barefoot shoes. I only run once or twice a week and haven’t spent the time to adapt my body to it. Still, my running shoes have a wide toe box. This is not for everyone, but it’s worked for me and it may work for you.
My shoe recommendations:
Xero HFS ($ just bought; working out/lifting)
Vivobarefoot ($$ sleek and sexy-low inventory; working out/hiking/everyday wear)
Brooks Ghost ($ running/wide toe box; too much insole for lifting)
Vibrams ($ Sasquatch shoes; working out/lifting)