Here we list the answers to the questions that our customers have asked us over the years, hoping that they will be useful to clarify some of your concerns.
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These shoes have been designed by various manufacturers with features designed to ensure the regular movement that our feet should do both when walking and running. In fact, compared to traditional sports shoes that protect and therefore block our feet making them lose strength and stability over time, barefoot shoes leave the foot free to strengthen with every step. Their job is to let us free to learn and improve. We also need our commitment and patience initially, especially if we are far from the normality of common support.
Barefoot shoes do nothing but dress our feet by finally letting them move in a spontaneous and natural way every moment we use them.
Moving correctly and free helps, step by step, to finally reactivate our muscles, tendons and joints, to do their right job so as to strengthen and stabilize our whole body.
Each individual will have his or her more or less long and more or less intense path depending on how far you are from normal movement. it takes the right patience and willpower.
We have to learn to guide our bodies correctly. This is what barefoot shoes allow you to do.
If you have never tried rehabilitating your feet, then why not try it? this in ordinary shoes will never happen ..
Barefoot shoes, to be barefoot, must ensure that our feet do not lose their natural movement during walking and running motor patterns. In fact, recent scientific studies have shown that the characteristics of these products must be:
- Absolute flexibility (which can be held in one hand like a piece of tissue)
- Sole not thicker than 9mm. Above the foot it cannot maintain the correct mode of movement because the sensory sensors are deactivated and to do this we must continually correct ourselves.
- Zero drop or no difference in height from the forefoot and heel, this is because even a minimal difference between heel and toe shortens our tendons and accelerates the rolling phase of the foot.
- Wide fit in the forefoot. The shoe must not condition the foot but must adapt to its morphology. Improving the surface of use of the forefoot guarantees more stability and strength.
All of these features must be present in a barefoot shoe to ensure the right foot work. Tests carried out in our laboratories show that the products we offer on this site do not affect natural movement in any way. They leave our feet free to learn ..
Of course yes and it will also be a pleasure to hear them. We were born barefoot like all animals on earth and hearing what we are stepping on activates all our perceptual sensors of the feet, which are essential to make the brain feel the right signals and act accordingly, to ensure the right stability and strength. Unfortunately, since we have been abused for years with conventional shoes, our sensors have never worked properly and when they now receive a signal in our brain it does not know how to interpret them except as a danger.
Just get used to it and be patient and you will see that as soon as you activate your feet you will no longer be able to be without the sensation of perceiving what you are stepping on. You will activate a new sense and what you saw as danger becomes a resource.
There is nothing more false .. we were born without shoes and we were created to support our heavy body as well as the ability to carry weights and if our lower limbs are strong and work as they should we will not feel any kind of impact.
Obviously we have to see how we walk and run, because unfortunately traditional shoes have led us over time to take the habit of an increasingly saving posture that prevents us from cushioning ourselves at every step with the necessary muscles.
Continuously feeling unpleasant blows on the bones, we immediately seek the hasty solution by buying products without thinking that we have chosen the anti-pain path, without going to act on the real cause. Remember that there are no miraculous shoes but only us who can activate and strengthen ourselves. This you can only do with barefoot shoes that leave all sensors, muscles and tendons free to learn.
We recommend for those who have never been used to barefoot shoes to initially use them for a few hours a day, alternating them with other traditional ones. Day by day, listen to your body to feel the change taking place. With each passing day, wear them more and more, gradually eliminating the traditional ones.
If you have foot problems especially plantar fascia and tendons it will be completely normal because it will mean that you are finally activating your feet which are gradually strengthening. You will see that the evil will disappear and you will no longer be able to put on other shoes.
We recommend adding some proprioceptive exercises to your feet to help speed up the process.
For those who want to use them for running it is essential to have the foot activated from the first while walking otherwise the traumas will be around the corner.
The motor pattern of running is completely different from walking, and therefore after learning the walking phase (which will always be a basis for running too), the running phase will also be learned, always with the same gradual activation methods day by day.
Barefoot shoes are not magical products, if you have always run incorrectly, (for example landing with the heel) because traditional shoes allowed it, now with barefoot you will realize when and how much you are wrong because your body will activate an alarm ( pain) that will make you realize that something needs to be changed or reactivated.
We are the ones who must understand how to run and the shoe will make your brain perceive when there is a mistake and / or when you need to train more. How to be barefoot. It will take the right time because now you are no longer cushioning with rubber but with your muscles that have been placed in the right place to cushion the impact during the race.
Forget the training tables, rhythms, km you did before, now you have to do much less but it will be more constructive.
if you have already activated the walking phase and you can run barefoot without any problem all day then you can start by trying to alternate walking and running with small repetitions (e.g. I run 1 minute slowly, I walk 1 minute) listening to your body every day . Slowly (without increasing speed it decreases with the walking phase, coming to be able to run (slowly) at least half an hour.
If you succeed you will have passed phase 1 to learn to run then you will need to check other factors.
We remember that in running there are 5 factors that must all be there, the lack of even 1 of these leads to an incorrect and unhealthy movement:
Some of these phases can also be trained by walking in everyday life with barefoot shoes. You will have to work to understand what you need to improve on the other aspects.
Barefoot footwear must have space for the foot to move.
We have been too used to constricting, closed shoes and obviously the foot inside could not move and if it did it was forced to make wrong movements. This is why we always bought shoes that fit the right way to avoid the risk of blisters.
However, when the foot is no longer locked, it can finally open and adapt to different demands and conditions of movement. The fingers must be spread out, so it is recommended to use socks with fingers, or wide non-elastic socks.
All these shoes can also be used without socks.
Each brand and model has its own fit, we recommend that you carefully read the technical data sheet of each model and understand the most appropriate for your foot.
We have identified with a symbol the width from 1 to 5 of the forefoot part of the shoes where 5 stands for the wider ones to 1 those models that always fall into the barefoot category but are narrower. This is to give the possibility to those who already have a very wide foot to choose the most suitable products.