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Articles relating to minimal shoes, barefoot running, barefoot walking, barefoot hiking, and overall health and development of the foot.

  • How to Transition to Minimal Shoes (or Barefoot Running)

    Posted on September 15, 2016 by Elf Martin

    Switching to minimal shoes can be very liberating... if you do it safely.
    Although people may still debate over the benefits of minimal shoes and barefoot running, we remain strong advocates for both. So many customers have told us their foot pain disappeared and their cushy orthotics became unnecessary after switching to our barefoot-like shoes... [click title to read more]


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  • Dealing with Swelling Feet as You Get Older? Learn the Causes and Natural Treatments

    Posted on August 30, 2016 by Elf Martin

    Have you noticed that your feet and ankles tend to swell more often as the years go by? If so, then you're not alone. While anybody can develop a swollen foot or two, regardless of age, it tends to happen more frequently with older adults.
    Causes
    So what's going on when feet swell? Technically... [click title to read more]


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  • Chukkas on Trails! Emily and Will Put Their Soft Stars to the Test

    Posted on August 19, 2016 by Elf Martin

    If you're an outdoor enthusiast, like many of our shoemaking elves, then western Oregon is a giant playground. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be within easy reach of mountains, oceans, rivers and moss-ridden forests that look like they belong in Middle Earth. Our location offers us a wealth of outdoor activities... [click title to read more]


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  • Walking 101: How to Walk Barefoot (or in Minimal Shoes)

    Posted on July 12, 2016 by Elf Martin

    I know, the title of this post may sound condescending. After all, you probably have a lot of experience walking—several decades, even. But bear with me, because even though I’ve been walking since the late 1970s I recently learned I wasn’t pulling it off as well as I thought.
    I had the honor... [click title to read more]


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  • How to Treat and Cure Foot Cramps

    Posted on March 29, 2016 by Elf Martin

    Do you suffer from foot cramps? If so, then you’re not alone. Cramping feet and toes are extremely common, especially in our modern culture (for reasons stated below). It can be a painful condition that may interfere with your ability to relax, sleep or exercise.
    Fortunately, there’s hope.
    Our favorite podiatrist, Dr... [click title to read more]


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  • Study: Shoe Orthotics Do NOT Prevent Back Pain, But Exercise Does!

    Posted on February 1, 2016 by Elf Martin

    Want to Stay Out of the Chiropractor's Office? It May Be Easier Than You Think...
    Like many people, I've had my share of lower back pain. For me, it started way back in high school. I threw my back out playing lacrosse and spent most of my senior summer lying on... [click title to read more]


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  • Stand Up for Your Health! 4 Tips You Should Know About Standing Desks

    Posted on January 6, 2016 by Elf Jana

    Soft Star's Marketing Team Dishes on the Highs and Lows of Standing Desks

    I love my job. I'm fortunate enough to come to work every day in a fun, passionate workspace and dream-up creative ways to get the word out about a company that I truly believe improves lives. Even more... [click title to read more]


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