Is that Latest Shoe Trend Right for You? (cont.)
In our last blog we discussed rocker bottom/toning shoes. In this blog we will discuss toe shoes or five finger running shoes. I’m sure you have seen these shoes worn by various people both for walking and running. Some people hate them, while others won’t stop ranting about them. So what’s the full scoop?
These toe shoes are designed to provide minimal support to the foot in order to simulate barefoot walking and running with less risk to the individual wearing them than having completely bare feet. The shoe promotes pressure being place toward the ball of the foot versus the heel during running activities. With all of that being said, is this form of shoe actually good for you?
The argument for “barefoot” style running is that our bodies were initially designed for running barefoot versus in a ridged shoe. On the flip side, our bodies were also designed for running on dirt and grass versus asphalt and concrete. The impact that these harder surfaces provide can be damaging to the foot and can cause ligament strains or even stress fractures in the feet. Despite the fact that our bodies may have initially evolved to walk/run without footwear, not everyone is exactly the same and individuals may have foot problems right from the start. People with various foot conditions may need the extra support that more rigid footwear can provide while others may receive benefit from the minimal support that the toe shoe provides.