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How To Transition To Barefoot Shoes

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News / April 14, 2020

Choosing the proper shoe can be a daunting task. There are so many to choose from and how do you know what is right for you? Running shoe technology has changed over the years, mostly to provide more cushioning and protection to our feet.

The problem with traditional running shoes is that they put feet in what most would concede is an unnatural position.  This forces you to run with a jarring heel strike that can cause strain to the foot, calf, knee and back. Traditional running shoes offer so much protection that for many of us, our feet lose strength because we aren’t using the muscles and tendons as much.

Barefoot shoes allow our feet to remain in what most would consider a natural position. A zero-drop means the ball of the foot and heel are the same distance from the ground. This puts our body into a more natural alignment which can lead to better posture. Wearing a barefoot shoe can lead to a more natural toe strike, which can lead to less strain on joints.

However, transitioning from a traditional shoe to a barefoot shoe will require some patience and practice. Your feet will need an adjustment period to build up strength from lack of use. You’ll need to listen to your body and feet to gradually make the switch.

9 Tips For Transitioning To Barefoot Shoes

  1. Be cautious to avoid overuse injuries. Switching to a barefoot shoe will affect all the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your foot and calf. Your Achilles tendons will need time to stretch.
  2. Wear your barefoot shoes a little each day, just around the house to start. A little will go a long way in the long run. Gradually increase the time you wear the shoes as you get more comfortable and stronger.
  3. Practice walking with a toe strike instead of a heel strike. This usually happens naturally when you switch to a barefoot shoe but can still take some time getting used to.
  4. Monitor the changes that are happening to your feet and body.
  5. Pay attention to the way your feet are feeling when you are walking. If it hurts, adjust your stride. Practice on a hard surface that will give your feet immediate feedback on your form.
  6. After you start to feel stronger and more comfortable, wear your shoes for a short dog walk or grocery run.
  7. Avoid hills for a while. Allow your Achilles to slowly lengthen.
  8. Perform exercises and stretches that will relax any soreness. Gently roll a tennis or lacrosse ball under each foot a few times a day.
  9. Spend a few months walking in your shoes before you attempt to go for a run. Keep it short to start.

Take your time and your feet will thank you. There is nothing like feeling the sensation of the ground beneath your feet.

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Our feet are our foundation. We rely on them to carry us throughout each day. Therefore, it is essential that we keep them as healthy and happy as possible!! Going barefoot allows your feet to move freely and gives your foot muscles much needed exercise for a strong and sturdy base of support. By wearing leguanos you get the ultimate protection of shoes with the flexible, breathable, and lightweight comfort of being barefoot! Free your feet with German-made leguano barefoot shoes. Learn More

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Leguano specializes in manufacturing the highest quality barefoot shoes money can buy. We make barefoot shoes for men and women of all ages including children. Gain from the positive benefits of walking barefoot all the time. Leguanos are great to wear outdoors and indoors, they provide great comfort, are light and flexible yet provide excellent protection. Barefoot shoes are also known as zero drop shoes or minimalist shoesZero drop running shoes or minimalist running shoes refers to the natural flatness of the design. Whether you are looking for barefoot training shoes, running shoes, trail running shoes or even barefoot boots be sure that Leguano has the best zero drop shoes for women and zero drop shoes for men that money can buy. Disclaimer: Statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Statements regarding medical benefits of wearing Leguano shoes are the opinion of Leguano Inc. and are based on individual experiences and results, your results may vary. The opinions expressed are solely for educational and informational purposes and are in no way intended to be medical advice. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is not intended to be a substitute or replacement for any medical treatment. Please seek the advice of a healthcare professional for your specific health concerns.
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