The more time you spend walking, running or working-out barefoot or in minimalist shoes, the more balanced you’ll be when you run in cushier shoes. This is because the more your feet can feel the ground, the stronger the electrical outputs in our neuromotor circuits become, the better your reflexes will be at keeping you more stable in cushioned shoes!
Barefoot running shoes are more than good for you because they deliver a stronger sense of the ground which was found to prompt mechanical corrections that are more energy efficient. Not only that, the unrestricted fit and heightened ground-feedback is the best way to sustainably strengthen the arch and intrinsic muscles deep within the foot.
Zero drop running shoes are more than good for running! They’re actually safer than cushioned heeled running shoes because zero drop running shoes engage the mechanical features that significantly improves the function of the Achilles tendon.
Minimalist running shoes prevent injury by encouraging mechanical engagements, such as increased arch mobility and compression, which makes the foot better at holding your stride mechanics more stable and prevents increases in impacts from spreading out onto the rest of the leg!
One of the many functional assets of minimalist running shoes is a wide toe-box because it enables the toes to spread, flex, bend, extend and relax which is incredibly effective in improving both static and dynamic balance, but also helps disperse the little shock that’s produced in forefoot running as compared with narrow running shoes.