Minimalist shoes are anatomically configured, barefoot-inspired footwear comprised of lightweight materials that move seamlessly relative to every sector of the foot. Another functional signature of minimalist shoes is they’re completely free of any kind of rigid structure that impedes the growth of a stronger, more enduring foot. All of this is critical for the formation of functionally stronger and tolerant feet that are less prone to pain and injury. Because the overall shape is a complete complement to the human foot, is the reason I always like to say that most minimalist shoes have a design that works for everyone, that may also help prevent some common foot ailments, too. But minimalist shoes do more than just strengthen the feet. Their thin outsole also allows the sensory input for good forefoot strike control during running and for functional improvements in overall stride mechanics, helping you consistently improve upon moving more efficiently and safely. Bottom line, traditional running shoes have never led to any great breakthroughs in injury prevention which is why I believe functional footwear is always the right answer! Read more here about my work regarding the health and performance benefits of minimalist footwear and being barefoot.
BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
Latest posts by Bretta Riches (see all)
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- Forefoot Strike Running May Prevent IT Band Injury - 18/10/2019