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]
Articles relating to minimal shoes, barefoot running, barefoot walking, barefoot hiking, and overall health and development of the foot.
Posted on December 29, 2016 by Elf Jana
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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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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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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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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.
So what's going on when feet swell? Technically... [click title to read more]
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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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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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