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Less Shoe, More you

How To Adjust To Barefoot Shoes Safely & Easily

The first step in successfully transitioning to a minimalist running shoe is building a foundation of strength and balance in your feet, lower legs and hips. Think of this phase as pouring the foundation for your home. The stronger and larger you can build your foundation, the more resilient and sturdy your house will ultimately be.

If your foundation is weak or has cracks, you're in for a difficult and expensive remodel down the road. So, take the time now to ensure you have the proper foundation before you begin your transition.

If you've been accustomed to wearing traditional running shoes with lots of support, cushioning and a higher heel-toe drop, this process of reeducation and strengthening can take 8 to 10 weeks. Be patient. It will pay off in the long term.

Step 1: Developing flexibility

When transitioning to a more minimal shoe, it is critical that you have proper mobility and range of motion in both the ankle and the big toe, which can be weakened due to the "rocker effect" elicited by traditional running shoes. An excellent reason to try ZEMgear Split Toe shoes! Without this flexibility in the ankle and big toe, your foot will roll excessively to the inside (overpronation) or the outside (underpronation, or supination), often causing a myriad of injury issues.

Step 2: Strengthening your support muscles

Strengthening your support muscles and developing a better sense of balance will help your feet, lower legs and hips prepare for and absorb the slight changes in form and foot strike that occur during the transition to minimalist running.

Step 3: Learning how to land

The last component in the minimalist transition is learning how to properly land on your feet without shoes. While landing might seem trivial, learning how to land properly helps develop your spring mechanism and movement patterns. Developing the ability to land and control your foot strike will help you land softly rather than pounding the pavement. Moreover, it's essential to helping you develop the proper movement and proprioceptive patterns that help you land on your midfoot or forefoot as opposed to heel striking.

On our website there is a wealth of information here about why the technology can have great beneficial effects for your feet when you go LESS SHOE MORE YOU! Read more about safely transitioning from a traditional shoe to minimalist.