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Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

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March 04, 2018
Lora Schwacke

Your comments about foot issues are the most rational and refreshing that I have read in years. I suffer from plantar fasciitis and look forward to wearing the shoes I have just ordered. I’ve always felt that the orthotics I’d been prescribed are unnatural, and they really haven’t helped remedy my situation.

March 04, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Lora,

Thank you for your comment. And thank you for your kind words! Much obliged!

We hope the new shoes work out well for you. We’d recommend checking out the following article if you’re transitioning to minimalist shoes for the first time. It offers some very helpful insights that can lead to a smoother transition:

www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17888528-how-to-transition-to-minimalist-shoes

If you have any questions moving forward, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to help out however we can!

Kind Regards,
Andrew Potter

October 19, 2018
Balla János

I hear all the time that zero drop shoes are bad for flat feet because we walk on concrete all (or at least most of) the time instead of natural, uneven surfaces like forest trails, thus shoes with a slight heel raise are better. Does this have any truth? I would also like to know if running on concrete in minimalist shoes is worse for the knees than running in regular shoes with more cushioning. Greetings from Hungary!

October 19, 2018
Natural Footgear

Thank you for your comment, Balla! We prefer zero drop footwear for flat feet because the completely flat sole serves to help stabilize the main foot arch (regardless of its height) and strengthen the foot when weight-bearing. Any degree of heel elevation built into a shoe only serves to destabilize the main foot arch and is detrimental to the overall health and function of the foot.

Also, shoes that have a relatively thin and flexible sole (i.e., more minimalist type shoes) offer better ground-feel, which allows users to be more aware of and conscientious about their footfalls and the resulting impact on the foot and other lower extremity joints. So, regardless of whether you’re running on concrete or other, softer surfaces, minimalist shoes encourage the kind of impact moderating behavior that can spare your joints the greater loads and forces they experience when you wear more cushioned athletic shoes on these same surfaces.

Here are a couple of relevant resources from our site that I think you might find interesting:

The Shoe Cushioning Myth:
www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/34226629-the-shoe-cushioning-myth

Footwear & Knee Osteoarthritis:
www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17883016-footwear-knee-osteoarthritis

Please do let us know if you have any additional questions!

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

October 22, 2018
Ana Cristina Prem

I’d like to know if you are located in Los Angeles, California?

October 22, 2018
Natural Footgear

Hi, Ana Cristina,

Thank you for your question. We’re an online-only store, and so therefore we do not have any physical locations throughout the US, including in Los Angeles. We are, however, happy to ship any of the items we offer in our store directly to your doorstep!

Please do let us know if you have any additional questions.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

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