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Why Are They Called Barefoot Shoes?

News / April 21, 2021

Walking barefoot is the most natural form of movement. When you are barefoot, your toes spread out, your feet have full range of motion and you can feel the ground beneath you. There is nothing better than the freedom to move naturally! However, being barefoot is not always practical. There are times when you are required to wear footwear (such as a restaurant) or where it is not safe to be barefoot (on hot pavement or a rocky trail). Luckily, it is possible to get that same barefoot feeling in shoe. They are called barefoot shoes! These shoes are designed to closely mimic the same movements and feelings of walking or running in bare feet. You may also hear them described as minimalist shoes.

So, what makes a shoe a barefoot shoe?

1. Wide Toe Box

A traditional running shoe tends to squish the toes together. A barefoot shoe allows the toes to spread out as they naturally would when barefoot. This not only feels fantastic but can lead to better balance and stability.

2. Thin, Flexible Sole

The sole of a barefoot shoe should be extremely flexible. It should not hold back the natural movement of the foot. All of the muscles and tendons in the feet are engaged, strengthening weak feet. The thin sole allows for better interaction and feedback from the ground. This proprioception sends signals to the brain that can improve balance, help with a more efficient stride and overall better performance.

3. No Added Support

A barefoot shoe has no artificial arch or ankle support and no cushioning. The foot is required to do all the work! This leads to stronger, more powerful feet.

4. Zero Heel to Toe Drop

Most traditional shoes have extra cushioning, especially in the heel. This raises the heel above the toes and puts the body at an unnatural angle. This can lead to poor posture and possible injuries. A barefoot shoe has a zero heel to toe drop, meaning your entire foot is on the same level to the ground, just as you are when you are barefoot. This keeps the body in proper alignment and can lead to less stress on the joints and fewer injuries.

5. Lightweight

Barefoot shoes should weigh as little as possible. They won’t weigh you down like a traditional running shoe. You’ll use less energy with each step!

If you are in the market for a true barefoot shoe, check out Leguano Barefoot Shoes. Their zero-drop sole and comfortable, flexible upper gives you the closest feeling to being barefoot while wearing a shoe. Weighing in at 4 to 5 ounces, they are one of the lightest shoes you will find. Hand-crafted in Germany, they are a premium barefoot shoe. Most styles are unisex and are great for casual or athletic wear. Check out all their styles at

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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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