Popular Q&A: Footwear: Solutions

Can Removing Shoe Liners Be Helpful?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Can removing shoe liners be helpful?

Most modern footwear comes with a removable liner or insole that sits in the bed of the shoe. Many people try on shoes and wear them for most of their lives without considering how the liner affects the overall fit and function of the shoe. It’s worth asking: If the liner was never meant to be removed, wouldn’t it... Read more

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,... Read more

What Are the Best Shoes for Bunions?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

What are the best shoes for bunions?

While footwear alone is not likely to fully correct or heal a bunion, it can certainly have a massive impact on any bunion-related discomfort you experience as well as whether or not your bunion progresses and becomes more severe. The right footwear can also give you the best possible shot at rehabilitating your toes and restoring optimal foot... 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 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

What Is the Shoe Liner Test? How Do I Interpret It?

Posted By Marty Hughes, DC

What is the shoe liner test? How do I interpret it?

The Shoe Liner Test is an important measure of how foot-healthy a shoe is and whether or not the shoe will accommodate natural toe splay (ideally enabled by Correct Toes). One of the most common questions we receive pertaining to the Shoe Liner Test is the following: “My toes spill over the shoe's liner... 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

Will My Feet Hurt if I Don’t Use a Shoe Liner or Insole?

Posted By Robyn Hughes, ND

Will my feet hurt if I don’t use a shoe liner or insole?

Most people never consider removing their shoe liner or insole, assuming that it’s a necessary inclusion in footwear, but we’ve found this to be an excellent way to enhance the fit and feel of almost any shoe. Removing the liner provides additional space to allow your toes to spread out naturally and—with... Read more