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🦶Take a Walk on the Minimalist Side: Exploring the Benefits of Minimalist Footwear

by Lisa Oberst 20 May 2023

If you're used to traditional shoes with arch support and cushioning, it's time to consider giving minimalist shoes a try!

Minimalist style shoes typically are pretty light. They don't have arch support, very little sole padding, minimal to no heel drop, and a wider toe box. 

Minimalist shoes have been gaining popularity for good reason. Here are four reasons why you should give them a chance:

1. Feet gotta move! 

When you wear shoes with stiff soles, your feet don't get to move and flex as much as they would if you were barefoot. Thin and bendy soles allow for a greater range of motion, which feels good and improves foot strength and flexibility.

2. Your feet enjoy a workout too

Wearing traditional shoes with arch support and cushioning can actually weaken the muscles in your feet over time. But with minimalist shoes, your feet and toes have to work some to maintain balance and stability, leading to stronger, healthier feet and muscles.

3. Reduced Pain and Injuries

Because minimalist shoes train your feet to support themselves they also promote better body alignment. Good posture, feet strength, and natural movement patterns, will help reduce pain and prevent injuries in your feet, knees, hips, and back.

4. Your soles have feelings too

When you wear shoes with thick, cushioned soles, it reduces the amount of sensory input your soles receive. The bottom of our feet are packed with nerves that help our body's self-awareness. By wearing thin, flexible shoes, you improve your foot sensitivity, allowing you to better feel the ground beneath you and improving your body's awareness.

Whether you're an athlete, a busy bee on your feet all day, or just someone looking to improve your overall health and wellbeing, minimalist shoes are worth considering.

Womads are minimalist and so comfortable:

  • Their sole is extra flexible without arch support to feel like slippers
  • They are flat but for a tiny heel drop of 0.27 inches (7 mm)
  • They are extremely light at 0.7 pounds (317 g)
  • The leather will stretch and mold to your own foot shape

Give them a try and feel the difference for yourself!

Your feet will thank you. ❤️

Note: If you have a foot condition or feet sensitivities, please consider asking your doctor if they're right for you.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Cute and Comfy!

Love love love these shoes! the golden nectar is beautiful and looks good with nearly everything. Took a minute to stretch to my wide foot but now they're so comfortable I don't feel like i'm wearing shoes at all -- and yet, my foot is supported and stable. Tempted to get one more color...or really, all of the other colors!

~ Vidula

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - What a discovery!

I love these shoes. Leather is soft as butter. They have much more support than I thought from the pics. Deciding what color my next pair will be!

~ Karren

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - Looooooove these shoes!

These shoes are so comfy, and I like how thin the leather uppers are because the edges don't cut into my skin like a lot of other shoes do. I've worn these on walks, to work, to church, slipped them on to grab the mail, shopped, etc. in these things already and they're perfect. I've never owned metallic shoes before because I was under the impression that they wouldn't match anything. They match EVERYTHING. Now I need a gold pair and I can get rid of all my other dress shoes!

~ Hannah England


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