Foot Health

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

  • 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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  • GoPro Go Play GIVEAWAY: Win a GoPro and $500 in Soft Star Shoes!

    Posted on December 29, 2016 by Elf Jana

    Had your fill of cookies, carols, and couch-surfing with the relatives? Ready to tackle those New Year's wellness resolutions, but not sure how to start? Getting active after the holidays is great, but you don't need to shell out for a gym membership when you've got the whole big, wide world... [click title to read more]


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  • Resilience: A Functional Movement Expert on Staying Stronger, Longer

    Posted on December 28, 2016 by Elf Jana

    Softstar is proud to feature this guest essay by Jennifer Gwirtz, Mind/Body Professional, Facilitator and Teacher (Pilates, GYROKINESIS®, performance and therapeutic movement). Over her 15+ years of experience, Jennifer has delighted in exploring the relationship between mental and physical balance, particularly at the origin of stability: the foot. 
    Understanding Resilience: Follow the... [click title to read more]


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  • New Study Shows Minimal Shoes Increase Leg and Foot Muscles

    Posted on October 13, 2016 by Elf Martin

    A New Study From Harvard and PolyU Reveals Minimalist Shoes Make Your Legs and Feet Stronger, Decrease Chance of Injury
    The public debate over minimalist shoes has been on a roller coaster for several years now, but perhaps not for much longer.
    Although minimalist shoes for kids have been popular for several decades (we've made a... [click title to read more]


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  • 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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