Foot Health

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

  • 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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  • GoPro Go Play GIVEAWAY: Win a GoPro and $500 in Softstar 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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