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Feet & Footwear Myths

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


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June 17, 2016

Thanks for all the great info. Do you know of any wide toe box cycling shoes? They seem to be even more narrow than walking shoes.

June 17, 2016
Natural Footgear

Ahh, the wide toe box cycling shoe! Rarer than a unicorn. This has been quite a hot topic amongst the Natural Footgear team and customers for quite some time. As of yet (Summer 2016), there is not a foot-healthy cycling shoe on the market. However, Dr. Robyn Hughes, co-founder of Natural Footgear, wrote a great article, entitled Cycling Shoe Surgery, that may be of some help to you:

Kind regards,
Laura Trentman

July 21, 2016


I have been reading all the articles on your website. I also am going to order the toe spacers and Lems shoes for work (I work 12-hour days mostly on my feet and it is brutal!). I just wanted to ask, if arch support is not important, rather giving toes room to stretch and be in their natural state, would flip flops be considered “healthy” for my feet to wear during the summers?

July 21, 2016
Natural Footgear

Hi, San,

Thank you for your comment. I think an important point here is that arch support is indeed important, but not arch support as it is usually sold (i.e., a prop or a bump that’s placed underneath the arch). I’m talking about natural arch support—a situation in which the foot is allowed to function exactly how nature intended.

This article discusses the concept of natural arch support in more depth:

I think you’ll also appreciate this article, which discusses flip flops and foot health:

I hope this info helps! Please feel free to reach out to us again if you have any additional questions.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

February 22, 2021
Carl Elleard

I am 66. I had bunion surgery on one foot 10 years ago. It helped immeasurably. Am I too old for natural spacers to realign my other foot, which is very crooked?

February 22, 2021
Natural Footgear

Hi, Carl,

Thank you for posting your comment and question. We have found that folks of all ages can benefit (at least to some degree) from natural approaches to feet and foot health. As long as you retain some measure of flexibility/range of motion in your toes, then you will most likely get value from the toe spacers. A full and complete correction (in terms of toe alignment) is harder to achieve in older folks who may have worn conventional footwear for many decades, but it’s certainly possible to achieve foot health gains and prevent pain or discomfort at almost any age.

I hope this info helps!

All the best,
Robyn Hughes, ND

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