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Barefoot shoes are shoes with no drop (the heel is on the same level as the toes), minimal to no cushioning, a wide toe-box, and no arch support. The most iconic barefoot shoes being the Vibram FiveFingers.
These shoes meet all the requirements of being barefoot shoes, while also being the most goofy looking barefoot shoes on the market. For barefoot geeks and enthusiasts that don't want weird shoes there are plenty of other companies to choose from. The two most popular ones being
The Big Lie
If you've read or watched anything about barefoot shoes, you'll know that they're supposed to come with a ton of benefits. Toes don't get crammed, your feet can feel what you're stepping on, you gain a balance boost. That's how I got bought in to the whole barefoot thing a year ago. I bought myself a pair of
Over time as my shoes got worn, I started noticing some changes. My toes have slightly spread out. I can't fit into my old shoes. No seriously, I can cram my feet into my old shoes, but it's so uncomfortable. It's not just my toes. It's almost as though my entire feet have relaxed into a more grounded state make them wider. Whenever I do put my old shoes on, for yard work (I don't have any barefoot dedicated yard work shoes), the elevated heel feels really weird, and it feels as though my feet are being squeezed into a small space.
Yay or Nay?
I think everyone should switch to barefoot shoes at their own pace. The CEO of Xero Shoes actually says in this
Now by no means am I telling you to go and buy barefoot shoes right now. If you're home, you can go to a clean area and just take off your shoes if you have them on. See how it feels to be barefoot. Walk, jump, break into a run if you have the space. If you're feeling adventurous and live a fairly clean neighborhood you can go outside barefoot. Feel the pavement, the asphalt, the grass. It's a whole new world to be explored and you don't have to pay anything for it. If you like it and want to go barefoot to places where shoes are expected of you, or where you might want some protection on your feet. Then you can look into buying yourself some barefoot shoes. If you do, here are my recommendations:
|The Prios lasted me a year before the outer soles started to peel off. Though that could've been because of the washing machine.
|Should be good?
(Ordered some recently, will update when I get them)
|According to this
|Very nice, though they do have the thinnest soles of them all.
|Can't really say.