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The research shared below supports the beliefs that are expressed in the Shoespiracy documentary that modern footwear developed over the last 50 or so years is ruining our feet, and our overall health. Our feet are biomechanical masterpieces, millions of years in the making, it seems a shame not to use them. When left to their own devices, they can cope with everything from walking and running to jumping and dancing. But by cramming them into a modern shoe, you negate their natural function. A thick sole restricts flexibility. A narrow toe box compromises natural movement. A shoe heel & cushioning robs you of your natural spring. There’s no shortage of evidence that your feet can cope pretty well without unnecessary padding, support or orthotics and that foot pain is attributable to modern footwear. You can read the studies, research, opinions of experts and journalists below. To learn more about transitioning to minimal barefoot shoes, and healthier, stronger, natural feet visit VIVOBAREFOOT & find out more about how to transition safely. 77% (of North Americans) adults suffer foot problems. New Survey Reveals Majority of Americans Suffer from Foot Pain Source: American Podiatric Medical Association Conclusions drawn from a comparative study of the feet of barefooted and shoe-wearing peoples Author: Phillip Hoffman Walking in Minimalist Shoes Is Effective for Strengthening Foot Muscles Authors: Ridge ST, Olsen MT, Bruening DA, Jurgensmeier K, Griffin D, Davis IS, Johnson AW Ticking Time Bomb: Childrens shoes cause health problems later in life for Adults Source: Dr. Phil Maffetone
Ticking Time Bomb: Children’s Shoes Cause Health Problems Later in Life for Adults.
Foot Strike Patterns Differ Between Children and Adolescents Growing up Barefoot vs. Shod. Authors: Hollander K, de Villiers JE, Venter R, Sehner S, Wegscheider K, Braumann KM, Zech A. Foot strength and stiffness are related to footwear use in a comparison of minimally- vs. conventionally-shod populations Source: Nicholas B. Holowka, Ian J. Wallace & Daniel E. Lieberman How going Barefoot affects your Brain Author: Dr Sam Oltman, ND
How Going Barefoot Affects Your Brain | By Dr. Sam Oltman, ND
Athletic footwear affects balance in men Author: S Robbins, E Waked, G J Gouw, J McClaran Motor Skills of Children and Adolescents Are Influenced by Growing up Barefoot or Shod Author: Astrid Zech, Ranel Venter, Johanna E de Villiers, Susanne Sehner, Karl Wegscheider, Karsten Hollander Barefoot is better for kids‚ new study shows Author: Naledi Shange Children with no shoes on ‘do better in classroom’, major study finds Author: Rachael Pells Source: Studies show kids who grow up barefoot have better motor skills. Author: Karsten Hollander, Babette C. van der Zwaard, Johanna Elsabe de Villiers, Klaus-Michael Brauman, Ranel Venter, Astrid Zech Effects of footwear on treadmill running biomechanics in preadolescent children. Author: Hollander K, Riebe D, Campe S, Brauman KM, Zech A Being barefoot. Prevalence at home, in school and during sport: a cross-sectional survey of 714 New Zealand secondary school boys. Author: Francis P, Schofield G, Mackay L The influence of footwear on the prevalence of flat foot. A survey of 2300 children. Author: Rao UB, Joseph B Athletic footwear: unsafe due to perceptual illusions Author: Steven E Robbins and Gerard J. Gouw Hazard of deceptive advertising of athletic footwear. Author: S Robbins, E Waked The plantar sole is a ‘dynamometric map’ for human balance control. Author: Kavounoudias A, Roll R, Roll JP A comparative biomechanical analysis of habitually unshod and shod runners based on a foot morphological difference. Author: Mei Q, Fernandez J, Fu W, Feng N, Gu Y The effects of habitual footwear use: foot shape and function in native barefoot walkers Author: K D’AoUt, T.C Pataky, D. De Clercq, P. Aerts Is your prescription of distance running shoes evidence-based? Author: C E Richards P J Magin, R Callister The effect of three different levels of footwear stability on pain outcomes in women runners: a randomised control trial Author: Michael B Ryan, Gordon A Valiant, Kymberly McDonald, Jack E Taunton

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