- What are barefoot shoes anyway?
- How healthy are barefoot shoes?
- Which foot problems do they help with?
- Which barefoot shoes are the best?
Our aim is to inform you in detail about the advantages of barefoot shoes for various foot problems. In doing so, we will explain in an easy-to-understand way important aspects such as the interplay of posture, stability and anatomy, which plays a decisive role in the production of our shoes. With this knowledge base, we would like to offer you a decision-making aid if you want to buy barefoot shoes. Learn more now about high quality handmade footwear that is healthy, comfortable and stylish.
WHAT ARE BAREFOOT SHOES
"Barefoot shoes" are first of all something that cannot exist in terms of terminology: The term is in fact an oxymoron in linguistic terms - a rhetorical stylistic device composed of two contradictory or mutually exclusive terms.
How should it even be possible to wear a shoe and go barefoot at the same time?
So the short answer to the question "What are barefoot shoes?" is: They are a contradiction in terms. Well, that starts off well... but no need to worry: the term simply expresses the claim of barefoot shoes and their function with reference to evolutionary, biologically determined basics of locomotion. These special shoes are characterised centrally by the complete freedom of the toes and the anatomically correct shape of the foot.
WHAT DO BAREFOOT SHOES LOOK LIKE ?
Well-designed "barefoot shoes" already look different from conventional shoes. This is due to the different last shapes:
Real barefoot shoes are made using asymmetrical lasts that correspond to the natural shape of the foot.
That is why they are wide at the front and narrow at the back.
You get the maximum toe freedom when you buy barefoot shoes and thereby promote your innate, natural foot function.
Maximum toe freedom in barefoot shoes promotes the function of the big toe as an anchor and stabiliser. Only in this way is the natural and efficient course of movement possible. As soon as this position is even minimally restricted, the big toe loses this function with every millimetre of constriction. This in turn has a negative influence on the entire posture of the body.
If the freedom of movement of the toes is restricted, foot diseases such as Hallux valgus and others.
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The misalignment caused by the sloping contact surface ultimately leads to the joints no longer being in line and to all the muscle chains and fascial structures no longer being able to transmit the forces efficiently. In addition, the natural elastic properties are severely restricted and altered. As a result, tension, overload, injuries and pain occur. These problems can be prevented and corrected by zero heel.
ANATOMICALLY CORRECT FOOT SHAPE
Barefoot shoes do not constrict the foot and offer a comfortable wearing sensation. Buy barefoot shoes now and strengthen your foot health!
The "barefoot" human foot (a foot that has never worn shoes) usually has a wide, flat forefoot and toes that are splayed and in line with the metatarsals, making the foot "fan-shaped".
A shoe-shaped foot has a relatively narrow forefoot, the metatarsals are no longer horizontally aligned and the toes are squashed together, twisted and no longer in contact with the ground. You will learn about the negative effects of such footwear in the next section.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE WRONG FOOTWEAR?
More than half of the people in industrialised countries suffer from various foot diseases, back problems and posture problems - often caused by the wrong footwear. Yet 98% of babies are born with healthy feet. However, since two thirds of people complain of foot problems in adulthood, it seems that a lot of things affect the feet over the years.
HOW HEALTHY ARE BAREFOOT SHOES?
If you suffer from foot diseases or would like to prevent them, the question of all questions is: What are the medical benefits of barefoot shoes? Barefoot shoes have been proven to help with the following health problems:
✔ Hallux valgus (bunion)
✔ Flat feet, fallen arches, splay feet
✔ Heel spur
✔ Balance disorders
✔ Gait disorders
✔ Inflammation of the Achilles tendon
✔ Irritation of the meniscus
✔ Blockages and pain in the sacroiliac joint (ISG)
✔ Tired and swollen feet
✔ Morton's neuroma (swelling of the plantar nerve in the forefoot)
✔ Hallux rigidus (arthritis of the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe)
✔ Shin splint syndrome
✔ Patellar irritation / irritation of the patellar tendon
BAREFOOT SHOES FOR ARTHROSIS
Barefoot shoes relieve the joints because they prevent a functional shift caused by incorrect footwear. Your joints do not need to perform "wrong" tasks.
BAREFOOT SHOES FOR FALLEN ARCHES
Drop foot describes a weaker form of acquired flat foot. The longitudinal arch of the foot is only pushed through towards the ground when the foot is loaded.
Barefoot shoes help with fallen arches because wearing them strengthens the foot muscles, tendons and ligaments: protected but natural walking.
BAREFOOT SHOES FOR HALLUX VALGUS
Hallux valgus describes the crooked position of the big toe from which almost six million Germans suffer. It is not a hereditary disease. When the toe is not free, the foot has to adapt to a shoe that is too tight. This adaptation triggers a change in the toe and the attached structures: Hallux valgus - also known as bunions or crooked big toe - develops.
Barefoot shoes give your feet and toes back their natural freedom - and thus their original function.
BAREFOOT SHOES FOR FLAT FEET
A flat foot is a congenital or acquired foot deformity in which the longitudinal arch of the foot appears sunken. This can cause the heel and forefoot to tilt towards the outer edge of the foot. In extreme cases, the entire surface of the foot rests on the ground.
In cases of flat feet where surgery is not necessary, strengthening the feet by walking barefoot can work wonders: Barefoot shoes from BÄR strengthen the foot muscles.