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How to Select Foot-Healthy Shoes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND


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April 22, 2015
Christine Asbury

I am using Correct Toes and metatarsal pads and have wide toe box shoes plus toe socks. I have noticed a wonderful difference in freedom for my feet since May of 2014. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

April 22, 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Christine,

Thank you so much for sharing your progress with us. We always love to hear about how the products we offer are helping people restore proper foot health. It sounds like you’re still early in the journey, and we hope you experience even more “ foot freedom” as you progress. Please keep us updated!

Thanks again for sharing this with us!

Kind Regards,
Andrew Potter

April 17, 2024
Sherry Oberstar

Which Natural Footgear-recommended shoe is best to start with when transitioning to minimalist shoes?

April 17, 2024
Natural Footgear

Hi, Sherry. Thank you for your question. It’s one that frequently comes up among visitors to the site who are looking to make improvements to foot form and function. In our experience, we’ve found that the best shoe to start with when transitioning to minimalist shoes depends on various factors, including your foot shape and volume, your current level of activity, and any existing foot conditions you might have (as well as how long you’ve worn conventional footwear). However, popular choices for beginners transitioning to minimalist footwear include the Lems Primal 3 (formerly Primal 2) and the Xero Kelso:

Lems Primal 3:
Xero Kelso:

Both models provide a wide toe box, flexible sole, and minimal (yet sufficient) cushioning, which can help your feet adjust gradually to the new barefoot-like experience while still offering some protection. They also work well in combination with Correct Toes and other helpful footgear. Of course, it’s essential to start slowly and then gradually increase your time wearing minimalist shoes to allow your feet and musculoskeletal system the chance to adapt properly. Additionally, consulting with a natural foot health specialist (if you have access to one) can provide further insights about your specific needs and circumstances.

We hope this info helps! Please let us know if you have any follow-up questions.

Yours in Foot Health,
Drs. Marty & Robyn Hughes

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