What should we look for in our Footwear

Your foot has more nerve endings per square centimetre than in any other area of the body. Our feet are responsible for sending information to our brains about the surfaces below, so that the muscles, connective tissues above can adapt. When we walk, run, skip or jump the biofeedback comes form exteroceptors in the sole of the foot.

A average training or walking shoe has a rubber cushioning sole and a soft cushioned inner sole, plus we almost always wear socks with them.  Wearing shoes like this interrupts the biofeedback from exteroceptors in the foot, so the brain receives no useful information.   They are now calling the lack of sensory feedback “neuropathy” which is pathological and dangerous. When we also look at the average shoe, it has a narrow forefoot, which does not allow room for the toe’s to splay apart to create a stable base for the body above.  Having a highly cushioned shoe also creates poor posture and mechanics as you will tend to be more quadricep dominate and your achilles will be shortened.

So what should we be looking for:  A shoe that has a zero drop meaning the same height from the front tot the back and a wide forefoot that do not squish your toes together. Jump into your local Merrell store and try on some of the 8ml, 4ml, or 2ml (my preferred choice) shoes, These shoes are designed to allow the ankle and foot to move and the 2ml allows you to feel all the stimulus from the ground.