Popular Q&A: Footwear: Problems

Are Maximalist Shoes Good for the Feet?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Are maximalist shoes good for the feet?

One question that we receive from readers from time to time is the following: “Are maximalist shoes good for the feet?” Though there doesn’t appear to be a set definition for what constitutes a maximalist shoe, we at Natural Footgear would categorize any athletic or casual shoe with significant padding or material under the foot’s sole as maximalist.... Read more

What Are the Different Types of Toe Spring Built Into Shoes?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

What are the different types of toe spring built into shoes?

Toe spring is a design inclusion or element present in most conventional footwear, including athletic shoes. It’s touted as a positive feature (it’s said to assist in the toe-off phase of walking and running), but in reality, it is neither helpful nor necessary, and is, in fact, problematic for the foot and toes. Defined... Read more


What Are the Worst Types of Footwear?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

What are the worst types of footwear?

In a world filled with generally atrocious and injurious shoes, there are many possible contenders for “worst type of footwear.” In reality, though, there exists a continuum of footwear, ranging from models that are practically unwearable to models that let you realize your full foot potential. Still, some shoes ignominiously rise above the rest when it comes to... Read more

What if My New Shoes Aren’t Correct Toes Compatible?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

What if my new shoes aren’t Correct Toes compatible?

This is a situation we encounter from time to time in those who have made footwear purchases based on our recommendations, and there is a surprising amount of nuance packed into the question and the answer that goes with it. First off, it’s always disappointing to hear that somebody may have had a suboptimal experience with... Read more


Why Do My Shoes Always Wear Out in the Same Spot?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

Why do my shoes always wear out in the same spot?

The wear pattern you see on the soles of your shoes provides important clues about your gait and how your feet are interacting with the world. The specific wear pattern mentioned above (outside, or “lateral,” heel) is typical among pretty much all wearers of conventional footwear that incorporates heel elevation, rigid soles, and substantial... Read more