Barefoot Shoes Review

by on April 3, 2011  •  In BareFoot Shoes Reivews
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Barefoot Shoes Review

Barefoot Shoes for Walking

 

How To Walk with Foot Gloves

 

There is a segment of the walking population that walk in shoes that look like feet.  These are shoes specially designed and manufactured to be worn with bare feet.

They go by a variety of names: foot gloves, five finger shoes, five toe shoes, guerilla shoes, barefoot shoes, and many more.

This means they are meant to be worn directly against the sole of your foot, allowing your foot to move as if barefoot.

As such there is no need to wear an orthotic as an assistive device to support your foot’s function and help you compensate for any biological aberrations.

The barefoot shoe does that for you. That is because you will need to work into wearing your  barefoot shoe gradually to allow your muscles to adapt and strengthen.

You do not need to wear orthotics of any kind. This footwear is designed to be worn directly against the sole of your foot. Putting something between the two would defeat their purpose.

Adjustment Period

An adjustment period is normal to get to know how to use and adapt to the fivefinger walking shoe.

During this adjustment period  your feet and lower legs will increase in strength and mobility.

Remember to transition slowly to build the strength in your lower legs and feet and to minimize discomfort.

Over Pronaters

For some over-pronators (people whose feet tend to flatten during full weight-bearing exercise), barefoot walking shoes will be too much of an abrupt change in biomechanics.

Always try to do a micro progression into these types of barefoot shoes.

The too-much-too-soon phenomenon can be a problem for anyone’s foot.

In the case of severe over-pronators, these shoes are not a wise choice for weight-bearing activities.

Over-pronators will definitely benefit from some focused rehabilitation and foot-specific exercises before wearing any minimalist barefoot footwear.

Transition Period and Benefits

For some, the transition period to barefoot shoes is a matter of weeks, for others months, and for a few it could be a year or more.

Much is dependent on your foot type, the activities you’re using these shoes for, and the amount of pronation you experience.

The progression to their use will ultimately be worth the time and effort, and your foot and body will be stronger and better off for it.

The answer lies in your own individual foot and body biomechcanics and the condition of your muscles.

Just remember, improving the skill of those muscles then practicing and using those muscles will increase both endurance and strength.

This will have profound beneficial effects on your body and well being.

Listen to your body.

Just remember that minor initial discomfort is not unusual for some individuals, depending on your foot type and running/walking style; but you should not continue if pain persists while transitioning to these shoes.

Transitioning slowly to build proper strength is imperative when beginning to use barefoot shoes.

So see if  barefoot shoes or foot gloves can work for you and enjoy walking pain free once you settle in with them.

 

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