The so-called barefoot shoes are currently experiencing an ascending trend. The term initially sounds like a contradiction in itself, because walking is known only with or without shoes. This type of shoe closes the gap between the two types of running shoes, because the shoes promise a running similar to barefoot running.
Special features of the shoes are the missing side supports, the absent cushioning, as well as a thin and flexible sole. But why do you need such a shoe?
According to HarvardSHOES, the explanation is obvious: almost all shoes support movements of the foot and the musculature is thus only partially claimed. A barefoot shoe, on the other hand, does not provide support, ie the muscles are required more, which promotes muscle build-up on ligaments, tendons and joints and also prevents injuries. This is extremely important especially when walking barefoot, because you first get on with the football and the rolling movement requires well-trained feet. In the front area, the barefoot shoes are wider than the classic running shoes, which is closer to the natural running style and stabilizes the running movement.
Anyone who has ever walked barefoot on asphalt knows how to appreciate protection on the feet. The barefoot shoe protects the foot from injuries and weather influences and therefore also enjoys great popularity in the city.
As the first barefoot shoe is the Nike Free of 2004, now they are available in many variations, even shoes with their own toe boxes are available. As a beginner, however, caution is advised, because they initially entail a high risk of injury until the muscles have adapted to the barefoot running accordingly. So there is nothing to overthrow.
Especially for body-conscious people barefoot shoes should be interesting, but also for the runners among you, this trend is just right.