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Awake Your Feet
Awake Your Feet

Benefits of barefoot shoes

Benefits of barefoot shoes
Comfort
with wide toe box
Barefoot shoes follow the natural anatomy
of the feet. This does not limit its flexibility
and anatomical structure.
Grateful back
for the lack of heels
Without heels, the weight of the body is evenly distributed on the foot. It stimulates correct
and safe for joints biomechanics of steps.
Strengthened feet
as there are no artificial arch support
The design of barefoot shoes considers
anatomical structure of the foot. Supporting
and stabilizing muscles of the feet are activated
when walking.
Improved balance
due to thin soles
Walking in barefoot shoes provides additional sensory effects on the feet as when walking barefoot. This has a positive effect on coordination and overall tone. The soles do not deform during wear.
No fatigue
out of light weight and flexibility
Legs and feet are not loaded by the weight of barefoot shoes. The lightness of barefoot shoes improves endurance, and its flexibility does not limit the natural amplitude of foot movement.


Learn more about barefoot shoes
By nature, our feet are wide and flexible, with many nerve endings. Information from the nerve endings of the feet is analyzed by the brain for proper movement biomechanics.

When walking and running, body weight * is naturally absorbed by the arches of the feet and calf muscles. Modern footwear, due to heels, has taught us to start every step from the heel. Because of this, the body weight load is transferred to the knees and hips. Barefoot shoes help to walk and run with anatomically natural biomechanics. The flexibility and strength of the big toe, which is often compressed in traditional footwear, is extremely important for proper movement biomechanics. The big toe and the pad of the foot should naturally produce a repulsive force when walking and running.

* Stolwijk NM, Duysens J, Louwerens JW, van de Ven YH, Keijsers NL.
Flat feet, happy feet? Comparison of the dynamic plantar pressure distribution and static medial foot geometry between Malawian and Dutch adults (The Netherlands, 2013).


What does Wikipedia say?

Barefoot shoes or minimalist shoes are shoes intended to closely approximate barefoot running or walking conditions in comparison to traditional shoes.

They have reduced cushioning, thin soles, a wide toe box, and are of lighter weight than other running shoes, allowing for more sensory contact for the foot on the ground while simultaneously providing the feet with some protection from ground hazards and conditions (such as pebbles and dirt). Research shows that wearing a minimalist shoe can help improve foot strength and arch function.
Studies on feet health and barefoot shoes
1. McKeon PO, Hertel J, Bramble D, Davis I. The foot core system: a new paradigm for understanding intrinsic foot muscle function (USA, 2015).

Conclusion: A new paradigm for understanding the functionality of the musculoskeletal system of the foot is considered. The stabilizing properties of the feet are compared with the abdominal press. The study calls for awareness of the importance of foot strength.


2.
Wolf S, Simon J, Patikas D, Schuster W, Armbrust P, Döderlein L. Foot motion in children shoes: a comparison of barefoot walking with shod walking in conventional and flexible shoes (Germany, 2008).


Conclusion: Flexible children's shoes with thin soles do not harm the biomechanics of the feet. Barefoot shoes are recommended for healthy children.


3.
Chou SW, Cheng HY, Chen JH, Ju YY, Lin YC, Wong MK. The role of the great toe in balance performance (China, 2009).


Conclusion: Restriction of the big toe movement impairs the balance of the body.


4.
Stolwijk NM, Duysens J, Louwerens JW, van de Ven YH, Keijsers NL. Flat feet, happy feet? Comparison of the dynamic plantar pressure distribution and static medial foot geometry between Malawian and Dutch adults (The Netherlands, 2013).


Conclusion: Even distribution of bodyweight over the entire foot is vital for feet health.


5.
Eils E, Nolte S, Tewes M, Thorwesten L, Völker K, Rosenbaum D. Modified pressure distribution patterns in walking following reduction of plantar sensation (Germany, 2002).


Conclusion: Sensory communication from the feet is important for proper step biomechanics.


6.
Meyer PF, Oddsson LI, De Luca CJ. The role of plantar cutaneous sensation in unperturbed stance (USA, 2004).

Conclusion: Sensory communication from the feet and ankles is important for the balance in a standing position.


7.
Elizabeth E. Miller, Katherine K. Whitcome, Daniel E. Lieberman, Heather L. Norton, Rachael E. Dyerc. The effect of minimal shoes on arch structure and intrinsic foot muscle strength (USA, 2014).


Conclusion: Running and walking in barefoot shoes strengthens the foot muscles and significantly improves the condition of the arch of the foot.


8.
Joel T. Fuller, Dominic Thewlis, Margarita D. Tsiros, Nicholas A. T. Brown, Joseph Hamill & Jonathan D. Buckley. Longer-term effects of minimalist shoes on running performance, strength and bone density: A 20-week follow-up study (Germany, Australia, 2018).


Conclusion: A group of athletes who trained in barefoot shoes for 6 weeks showed increased running performance and reduced energy expenditure. Those who continued training in barefoot shoes for up to 20 weeks have increased strength of calf muscles.


9.
Karen Weintraub. Going Barefoot Is Good for the Sole (USA, 2019).


Conclusion: Walking barefoot is more beneficial for the body than walking in shoes with a thick soles. It is important for the feet to feel the ground beneath it. This improves coordination and balance. The best shoes are those shoes that "complement the body's natural abilities, not undermine them."


10.
Altman AR, Davis IS. Barefoot running: biomechanics and implications for running injuries (USA, 2012).

Conclusion: Despite the technologies of running shoes, up to 79% of runners are injured during the training year. Mankind has developed barefoot – so it is advisable to study this type of running. Running barefoot promotes steps from the forefoot. Such biomechanics is associated with a reduction in the load on the body from the impact of the foot on the ground, a shorter stride length. Studies have shown a reduction in the number of injuries in runners who used forefoot running technique. In addition to improving the biomechanics of movement, running barefoot gives the runner increased sensory feedback to the foot from the ground. This improves body's balance and stability.


11.
Russell RM, Simmons S. The effects of barefoot running on overpronation in runners (USA, 2016).

Conclusion: Running barefoot significantly reduces excessive pronation of the feet.


12.
Rao UB, Joseph B. The influence of footwear on the prevalence of flat foot. A survey of 2300 children (UK, 1992).

Conclusion: To determine the effect of wearing shoes on the prevalence of flat feet, scientists analyzed the feet of 2,300 children in India aged 4 to 13 years. The incidence among children who used shoes was 8.6%. Among children who walked barefoot – 2.8%. Flat feet were most common in children who wore shoes with a narrow toe box. Less often – in those who wore sandals or slippers. Even less often – in those who walked barefoot. The results of this study show that wearing shoes in early childhood is detrimental to the development of a normal longitudinal arch of the feet.
Learn more about barefoot shoes
By nature, our feet are wide and flexible, with many nerve endings. Information from the nerve endings of the feet is analyzed by the brain for proper movement biomechanics.

When walking and running, body weight * is naturally absorbed by the arches of the feet and calf muscles. Modern footwear, due to heels, has taught us to start every step from the heel. Because of this, the body weight load is transferred to the knees and hips. Barefoot shoes help to walk and run with anatomically natural biomechanics. The flexibility and strength of the big toe, which is often compressed in traditional footwear, is extremely important for proper movement biomechanics. The big toe and the pad of the foot should naturally produce a repulsive force when walking and running.

* Stolwijk NM, Duysens J, Louwerens JW, van de Ven YH, Keijsers NL.
Flat feet, happy feet? Comparison of the dynamic plantar pressure distribution and static medial foot geometry between Malawian and Dutch adults (The Netherlands, 2013).


What does Wikipedia say?

Barefoot shoes or minimalist shoes are shoes intended to closely approximate barefoot running or walking conditions in comparison to traditional shoes.

They have reduced cushioning, thin soles, a wide toe box, and are of lighter weight than other running shoes, allowing for more sensory contact for the foot on the ground while simultaneously providing the feet with some protection from ground hazards and conditions (such as pebbles and dirt). Research shows that wearing a minimalist shoe can help improve foot strength and arch function.
Studies on feet health and barefoot shoes
1. McKeon PO, Hertel J, Bramble D, Davis I. The foot core system: a new paradigm for understanding intrinsic foot muscle function (USA, 2015).

Conclusion: A new paradigm for understanding the functionality of the musculoskeletal system of the foot is considered. The stabilizing properties of the feet are compared with the abdominal press. The study calls for awareness of the importance of foot strength.


2.
Wolf S, Simon J, Patikas D, Schuster W, Armbrust P, Döderlein L. Foot motion in children shoes: a comparison of barefoot walking with shod walking in conventional and flexible shoes (Germany, 2008).

Conclusion: Flexible children's shoes with thin soles do not harm the biomechanics of the feet. Barefoot shoes are recommended for healthy children.


3.
Chou SW, Cheng HY, Chen JH, Ju YY, Lin YC, Wong MK. The role of the great toe in balance performance (China, 2009).


Conclusion: Restriction of the big toe movement impairs the balance of the body.


4.
Stolwijk NM, Duysens J, Louwerens JW, van de Ven YH, Keijsers NL. Flat feet, happy feet? Comparison of the dynamic plantar pressure distribution and static medial foot geometry between Malawian and Dutch adults (The Netherlands, 2013).


Conclusion: Even distribution of bodyweight over the entire foot is vital for feet health.


5.
Eils E, Nolte S, Tewes M, Thorwesten L, Völker K, Rosenbaum D. Modified pressure distribution patterns in walking following reduction of plantar sensation (Germany, 2002).


Conclusion: Sensory communication from the feet is important for proper step biomechanics.


6.
Meyer PF, Oddsson LI, De Luca CJ. The role of plantar cutaneous sensation in unperturbed stance (USA, 2004).

Conclusion: Sensory communication from the feet and ankles is important for the balance in a standing position.


7.
Elizabeth E. Miller, Katherine K. Whitcome, Daniel E. Lieberman, Heather L. Norton, Rachael E. Dyerc. The effect of minimal shoes on arch structure and intrinsic foot muscle strength (USA, 2014).


Conclusion: Running and walking in barefoot shoes strengthens the foot muscles and significantly improves the condition of the arch of the foot.


8.
Joel T. Fuller, Dominic Thewlis, Margarita D. Tsiros, Nicholas A. T. Brown, Joseph Hamill & Jonathan D. Buckley. Longer-term effects of minimalist shoes on running performance, strength and bone density: A 20-week follow-up study (Germany, Australia, 2018).


Conclusion: A group of athletes who trained in barefoot shoes for 6 weeks showed increased running performance and reduced energy expenditure. Those who continued training in barefoot shoes for up to 20 weeks have increased strength of calf muscles.


9.
Karen Weintraub. Going Barefoot Is Good for the Sole (USA, 2019).


Conclusion: Walking barefoot is more beneficial for the body than walking in shoes with a thick soles. It is important for the feet to feel the ground beneath it. This improves coordination and balance. The best shoes are those shoes that "complement the body's natural abilities, not undermine them."


10.
Altman AR, Davis IS. Barefoot running: biomechanics and implications for running injuries (USA, 2012).

Conclusion: Despite the technologies of running shoes, up to 79% of runners are injured during the training year. Mankind has developed barefoot – so it is advisable to study this type of running. Running barefoot promotes steps from the forefoot. Such biomechanics is associated with a reduction in the load on the body from the impact of the foot on the ground, a shorter stride length. Studies have shown a reduction in the number of injuries in runners who used forefoot running technique. In addition to improving the biomechanics of movement, running barefoot gives the runner increased sensory feedback to the foot from the ground. This improves body's balance and stability.


11.
Russell RM, Simmons S. The effects of barefoot running on overpronation in runners (USA, 2016).

Conclusion: Running barefoot significantly reduces excessive pronation of the feet.


12.
Rao UB, Joseph B. The influence of footwear on the prevalence of flat foot. A survey of 2300 children (UK, 1992).

Conclusion: To determine the effect of wearing shoes on the prevalence of flat feet, scientists analyzed the feet of 2,300 children in India aged 4 to 13 years. The incidence among children who used shoes was 8.6%. Among children who walked barefoot – 2.8%. Flat feet were most common in children who wore shoes with a narrow toe box. Less often – in those who wore sandals or slippers. Even less often – in those who walked barefoot. The results of this study show that wearing shoes in early childhood is detrimental to the development of a normal longitudinal arch of the feet.
Frequently asked questions
1. What kind of shoes are these?

Barefoot shoes — is a new level of respect for your feet, soles and body. The physical well-being of a person depends on the physical condition and natural daily comfort of the feet. After trying barefoot shoes, you will understand how the feet actually work when walking and running. You will feel your feet start to get stronger and healthier. The anatomical design of barefoot shoes does not distort the natural biomechanics of the feet.

2. Where did the idea of barefoot shoes come from?

In the second half of the 20th century, various runners won competitions, including the Olympics, performing barefoot. This society paid attention to this fact, and in the early 2000s barefoot running began to be promoted in the West. Such running was regarded as a method to improve the health of the feet and reducing the incidence of running injuries. This has been confirmed by a number of studies. The popularity of barefoot running began to grow after the publication in 2009 of Christopher McDougall’s book "Born to Run". Since then, people have experienced the benefits of running and walking in barefoot shoes.

3. Why are traditional shoes not anatomical?

The design of modern (traditional) shoes with a narrow toe box and heels is connected with the fashion of the past. The sources of this fashion lead to horse riding shoes. These shoes allowed to easily put the feet into stirrups, and the heel helped to fix the seat. However, this design does not take into account the anatomy of our feet: the toes are compressed, the center of gravity is shifted to the front of the foot, many foot muscles are excluded from movement and weaken. As a result — pain, discomfort and decreased endurance, poor posture, calluses and foot pathologies. The solution to this problem is shoes in which the muscles and toes will take a natural position and will be involved in movement. Barefoot shoes offer just this.

4. How will I feel the benefits of barefoot shoes?

Once you put on barefoot shoes, you will feel how easy and comfortable your feet will feel. Nothing will compress its anatomical structure. Shoes will not interfere with flexibility and functionality of the feet. When walking and running, the joints and muscles of the feet will be naturally involved in the movement.

5. Doesn’t the price of barefoot shoes is too high?

Each pair of our barefoot shoes is made by craftsmen with more than 20 years of experience. We use proven and environmentally friendly materials to make safe and healthy shoes. BOSI barefoot shoes will serve the consumer more than one season of wearing. Investing in your own health and comfort is beneficial. Especially when it comes to feet, a pair of which we get for life.

6. I spent the day wearing barefoot shoes. Something hurts the heel and in general the legs are somehow tired. Is this normal?

This is a normal reaction to exercise to which the feet are not accustomed. Most of the muscles and joints of the feet did not work when they are put traditional shoes. Heel pain indicates that you are taking too big steps with heel strike. This is due to the habit of wearing shoes with heels and soft soles. Such walking gait is not good for the joints, because the weight of the body during the steps is not absorbed by the arches of the feet. The impact passes to the thigh joints, where inertia goes to the spine. If you continue to occasionally wear barefoot shoes, the muscle soreness from the first walks will transform to improved biomechanics of movement, strengthened feet and healthier posture.

7. I have some foot problems, which is why I wear orthopaedic insoles. Can I wear barefoot shoes?

The idea of barefoot shoes — is to give the feet the opportunity to perform its natural functions and not disturb its anatomical structure. There are no orthopaedic insoles in barefoot shoes. Because of this, the feet take natural, non-restricted position. It stimulates muscles and ligaments of the feet, strengthening it and preventing numerous feet pathologies. Our foot consists of 26 bones, 30 joints and over 100 muscles and ligaments. The foot does not need any forming surfaces. No wonder orthopedic insoles are recommended to use no more than 4 hours a day, because they weaken muscles, joints and ligaments of the feet. Orthopedic insoles are often prescribed for such foot pathologies as flat feet, or valgus or varus deformity. These pathologies occur due to the weakening of the musculoskeletal system of the foot. Such pathologies are manifested by displacement of the supporting joints of the feet. Insoles only aggravate this situation. They do not strengthen muscles and ligaments of the feet, but on the contrary — atrophy them. Doctors prescribe temporary wearing of orthopaedic insoles as a means of correcting severe cases of pathology. Insoles do not act as a means of toning the muscles of the feet and its joints. Barefoot shoes are a preventive measure to strengthen the feet and restore its anatomical structure. In the presence of pathologies of the feet — walk more barefoot.

8. After wearing barefoot shoes, traditional shoes seem compressive and uncomfortable. What do I do?

You have experienced the benefits of barefoot shoes. In turn, we try to increase the range of our models and collections. Stay with us!
Frequently asked questions
1. What kind of shoes are these?

Barefoot shoes — is a new level of respect for your feet, soles and body. The physical well-being of a person depends on the physical condition and natural daily comfort of the feet. After trying barefoot shoes, you will understand how the feet actually work when walking and running. You will feel your feet start to get stronger and healthier. The anatomical design of barefoot shoes does not distort the natural biomechanics of the feet.

2. Where did the idea of barefoot shoes come from?

In the second half of the 20th century, various runners won competitions, including the Olympics, performing barefoot. This society paid attention to this fact, and in the early 2000s barefoot running began to be promoted in the West. Such running was regarded as a method to improve the health of the feet and reducing the incidence of running injuries. This has been confirmed by a number of studies. The popularity of barefoot running began to grow after the publication in 2009 of Christopher McDougall's book "Born to Run". Since then, people have experienced the benefits of running and walking in barefoot shoes.

3. Why are traditional shoes not anatomical?

The design of modern (traditional) shoes with a narrow toe box and heels is connected with the fashion of the past. The sources of this fashion lead to horse riding shoes. These shoes allowed to easily put the feet into stirrups, and the heel helped to fix the seat. However, this design does not take into account the anatomy of our feet: the toes are compressed, the center of gravity is shifted to the front of the foot, many foot muscles are excluded from movement and weaken. As a result — pain, discomfort and decreased endurance, poor posture, calluses and foot pathologies. The solution to this problem is shoes in which the muscles and toes will take a natural position and will be involved in movement. Barefoot shoes offer just this.

4. How will I feel the benefits of barefoot shoes?

Once you put on barefoot shoes, you will feel how easy and comfortable your feet will feel. Nothing will compress its anatomical structure. Shoes will not interfere with flexibility and functionality of the feet. When walking and running, the joints and muscles of the feet will be naturally involved in the movement.

5. Doesn't the price of barefoot shoes is too high?

Each pair of our barefoot shoes is made by craftsmen with more than 20 years of experience. We use proven and environmentally friendly materials to make safe and healthy shoes. BOSI barefoot shoes will serve the consumer more than one season of wearing. Investing in your own health and comfort is beneficial. Especially when it comes to feet, a pair of which we get for life.

6. I spent the day wearing barefoot shoes. Something hurts the heel and in general the legs are somehow tired. Is this normal?

This is a normal reaction to exercise to which the feet are not accustomed. Most of the muscles and joints of the feet did not work when they are put traditional shoes. Heel pain indicates that you are taking too big steps with heel strike. This is due to the habit of wearing shoes with heels and soft soles. Such walking gait is not good for the joints, because the weight of the body during the steps is not absorbed by the arches of the feet. The impact passes to the thigh joints, where inertia goes to the spine. If you continue to occasionally wear barefoot shoes, the muscle soreness from the first walks will transform to improved biomechanics of movement, strengthened feet and healthier posture.

7. I have some foot problems, which is why I wear orthopaedic insoles. Can I wear barefoot shoes?

The idea of barefoot shoes — is to give the feet the opportunity to perform its natural functions and not disturb its anatomical structure. There are no orthopaedic insoles in barefoot shoes. Because of this, the feet take natural, non-restricted position. It stimulates muscles and ligaments of the feet, strengthening it and preventing numerous feet pathologies. Our foot consists of 26 bones, 30 joints and over 100 muscles and ligaments. The foot does not need any forming surfaces. No wonder orthopedic insoles are recommended to use no more than 4 hours a day, because they weaken muscles, joints and ligaments of the feet. Orthopedic insoles are often prescribed for such foot pathologies as flat feet, or valgus or varus deformity. These pathologies occur due to the weakening of the musculoskeletal system of the foot. Such pathologies are manifested by displacement of the supporting joints of the feet. Insoles only aggravate this situation. They do not strengthen muscles and ligaments of the feet, but on the contrary — atrophy them. Doctors prescribe temporary wearing of orthopaedic insoles as a means of correcting severe cases of pathology. Insoles do not act as a means of toning the muscles of the feet and its joints. Barefoot shoes are a preventive measure to strengthen the feet and restore its anatomical structure. In the presence of pathologies of the feet — walk more barefoot.

8. After wearing barefoot shoes, traditional shoes seem compressive and uncomfortable. What do I do?

You have experienced the benefits of barefoot shoes. In turn, we try to increase the range of our models and collections. Stay with us!
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If barefoot shoes do not suit you — feel free to return them to us within 20 days of receipt
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