Foot Health

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

  • These Shoes Are Killing Me! (Repost from Freakonomics)

    Posted on August 14, 2017 by Elf Martin

    We were thrilled this week to come across a recent podcast by Freakonomics that pretty much nailed our philosophy on footwear.
    The episode explores the history of shoes and how they evolved into modern foot casings with heavy padding, tight toe boxes and motion control technology. It also asks how these... [click title to read more]


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  • What Causes Foot Calluses and Corns? Tips for Prevention and Treatment

    Posted on August 3, 2017 by Elf Shelley

    We’ve all dealt with pesky patches of thick skin on our feet--but what causes them to form? And what are they actually made of?
    Calluses and corns on the feet are caused over time by repeated friction on one area of the skin. This friction and pressure causes the outer layer... [click title to read more]


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  • Comfortable Summer Shoes to Suit Your Style

    Posted on June 30, 2017 by Elf Martin

    Summer is finally here! And that means we have visions of gorgeous hikes, bountiful farmers markets, breezy beach days, relaxing vacations and warm strolls dancing in our heads. Whatever sunny adventures lie ahead for you this year, one thing is for certain: you’ll need some comfortable summer shoes to take... [click title to read more]


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  • Best Weightlifting Shoes? A Seasoned Pro Recommends Minimal Footwear

    Posted on May 4, 2017 by Elf Shelley

    John Margolis first began weightlifting as a teenager and has had his finger on the pulse of the professional weightlifting world for decades. He is a co-founder and head coach at the Concordia-International Weightlifting Club, a training site dedicated to Olympic-style weightlifting based in Montreal, Quebec. He is also active... [click title to read more]


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  • What Are the Best Shoes for Gout Flare-Ups?

    Posted on April 26, 2017 by Elf Shelley

    If you’ve ever suffered from gout—or you’ve seen a close friend or family member deal with a gout flare-up—you know it’s an incredibly painful condition. While many factors contribute to gout, the immediate cause is a high concentration of uric acid in the blood, which leads to urate crystals accumulating... [click title to read more]


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  • Work Slippers: A Growing Trend in Workplace Comfort

    Posted on April 3, 2017 by Elf Shelley

    At most modern offices, professional clothes and dressy shoes are the norm for employees. Conventional wisdom says this stiff formal attire reflects the seriousness with which workers regard their jobs... but what’s the first thing a person does after getting home from a long day at the office? Answer: enthusiastically shed the... [click title to read more]


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  • How Minimalist Walking Shoes Improve Strength and Balance

    Posted on March 7, 2017 by Elf Shelley

    To boost your foot strength and improve your balance and posture, adopt a routine of barefoot walking in minimalist walking shoes.

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