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How to Transition to Minimalist Shoes

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

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April 16, 2015
DFP

Thanks! Excellent presentation. Good to learn about thicker-soled Altra and Luna shoes; and answered my question on metatarsal pads. Also learned how to determine an appropriate wide toe box.

April 16, 2015
Natural Footgear

It’s our pleasure! We’re glad that you enjoyed the article, and we really appreciate your kind words. If you have any additional questions about the content in this article (or about natural foot health approaches in general), please do let us know!

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

April 16, 2015
Albert Posthumus

Thanks for all the information about transition to the best way of using our feet and toes. Since december last year I started to forefoot strike, and its going better and better. Excellent website!!!!!

Albert Posthumus
The Netherlands

April 16, 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Albert,

Thank you for your message and your kind words! We are thrilled that you’ve been enjoying our site. It’s our pleasure to be able to offer helpful info and products that support natural foot health. If you have any additional thoughts or questions, please do send them our way.

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

April 16, 2015
Albert Posthumus

What’s your opinion on the B2R shoes with split toe and the training methods of Eric Orton? Running is jumping. What’s the best position of your toes with forefoot strike?

April 16, 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Albert,

Thank you for your question. I haven’t personally inspected the B2R shoes, but it does appear that they include some foot health-positive features (flat, flexible soles, for example) and other features that are less favorable (tapering toe boxes). I really can’t offer more of an opinion on these shoes without seeing them firsthand. I’m also not familiar with Eric Orton’s training method, so I can’t offer any thoughts here. I’m of the opinion that the best position of the toes for a forefoot strike is splayed (to create a broad landing platform).

Cheers,
Marty Hughes, DC

April 16, 2015
Tyler Vincent

This is an absolutely brilliant article and so very helpful for those looking to make the best of what took nature billions of years of evolution and testing to achieve. Thank you so very much.

April 16, 2015
Natural Footgear

Thank you SO MUCH for your incredibly thoughtful comment, Tyler! I’m thrilled that you found the post helpful, and I really appreciate your kind words. The pleasure is all mine.

Cheers,
Robyn Hughes, ND

April 16, 2015
Josephine Helsabeck

Can a lift (approximately 1/2 inch) be worn in a minimalist shoe? The tibia of one of my legs is that much shorter than the other leg. I am currently using Correct Toes to help correct arthritic toes with bunions and toe overlap. Thank you.

April 16, 2015
Natural Footgear

Hi, Josephine,

Thank you for your question. We always prefer a full foot-length lift as opposed to a heel lift (I’m not sure which one you’re used to using), as this keeps your heel and forefoot on a level plane and encourages natural arch support (www.naturalfootgear.com/blogs/education/17920972-what-is-natural-arch-support). You might consider seeking out a cobbler in your area to see if he or she might be able to add material to the sole of your minimalist shoes to balance out your limb length discrepancy (this would render the shoe less minimalist, but it would preserve your foot health).

Kind regards,
Marty Hughes, DC

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