There Are Several Reasons For Selecting To Get Barefeet Shoes
Thus is an increasingly popular alternative to the trainers of old. These strange looking designs are now being seen more often than ever before. They are a relief from the old jarring running methods and make use of the feet and legs' natural shock absorbing capabilities.
A typical barefoot shoe looks just like a glove for the foot and the idea is to provide the bare minimum of protection from hazards on the ground. Most barefoot models will have no cushioning in the heel pad and a very thin layer (3-4mm) between your foot and the ground. While more traditional running models feature a drop of 10-12mm from heel to toe, barefoot running models have none, encouraging a more natural midfoot or forefoot strike. Sole thickness can vary, and thicker soles are available for high impact sports like road running.
Another shoe on the market is the minimalist running shoe. With a small heel and a tiny amount of padding, they allow for a natural running style while still providing comfort for those used to a more usual trainer. These are recommended as a transitional shoe for those moving towards barefoot running.
Excess space is not desirable in the toe section of a minimalist shoe. This is a marked difference to traditional running footwear. The heel and toes will ideally be snug with no room for slippage. Barefoot footwear is commonly suitable for machine washing, making them easy to care for.
There are many positive points to barefoot and minimalist models. The muscles, and joints of the foot and leg will become stronger leading to a more natural and better running style. Balance and coordination can be improved drastically as the bones and muscles in the foot become stronger. By adopting a forefoot strike as opposed to a heel strike you will allow the arches of the foot and the musculature of the leg to act as natural shock absorbers.
It is worthwhile to remember that this will be a radically different way of running and as such, care should be taken. Do not rush into it without first properly preparing yourself. It is highly likely that your feet will need to be toughened up before your first big run. The best way to do this is by wearing them about the house and garden for a while first, just until you are used to landing on your mid or forefoot rather than your heel. Your first run should only be for a short distance and on a soft surface.
Talk to your doctor before trying minimalist or Barefeet shoes for running. Remember the importance of warming up before you run. It's vital to get a feel for the shoes before you try them outside for the first time, so jog around inside your home first until you feel confident.