Popular Q&A: Curiosities

How Do I Put on Vibram Fivefingers?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

How do I put on Vibram Fivefingers?
Vibram FiveFingers are, for many, the ultimate minimalist shoe. Designed to fit your foot like a glove, these flexible-soled toe shoes enable a high degree of tactile feedback as you move about on varied terrain, and they allow your foot to act like a healthy bare foot inside your shoe. They meet our criteria for foot-healthy footwear—they are, in... Read more

Is the Little Toe a Vestigial Structure? Why or Why Not?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Is the little toe a vestigial structure? Why or why not?
A vestigial structure is an organ or physical attribute that has lost some, most, or all of its original or ancestral function but yet is still retained by members of a given species. An example of a vestigial structure in humans is the appendix (at least, to the best of our knowledge). Suggesting that the... Read more

Why Do Some People Have a Longer Second Toe Than Big Toe?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Why do some people have a longer second toe than big toe?
Every set of feet is unique! Among the many possible foot characteristics that vary from person to person are: arch height, foot and toe width, and foot and toe length. Some people (probably somewhere between 20-30 percent of the population) possess an index toe (i.e., second toe) that is longer than the big toe.... Read more

Why Has My Shoe Size Increased Since Switching to Wide Toe Box Minimalist Footwear?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Why has my shoe size increased since switching to wide toe box minimalist footwear?
This is a question that we commonly receive from customers and site visitors! The truth is, most folks who adopt foot-healthy footwear (i.e., shoes that stay out of the way of your feet) in combination with other helpful footgear (e.g., toe spacers, toe socks, metatarsal pads, sole-stimulating insoles, etc.) experience a lengthening... Read more