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Minimal Footwear Episode

You may have noticed from previous posts (and if you come to my classes) that I’m a big proponent of foot care. Our feet are our foundation and have a huge impact on the rest of our body structure and how we move. Here’s one of my previous posts about the feet.

Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about minimal footwear so I decided to do an entire episode on the topic. I’m talking to a few experts to get their opinions and I’ve arranged for some great giveaways for you – FREE minimal shoes from brands like Vivobarefoot and Skora and some FREE foot care products that I like (and my clients love too). Winners will be chosen at random from my facebook page so be sure to keep an eye out there when the podcast comes out.

I personally am a fan of minimal footwear and mostly wear shoes that have wider toe boxes, flexible soles and minimal heels. I also do a lot of barefoot exercises and stretches to try to keep my feet in shape. I don’t run in minimal shoes (I’m just not a runner), but I do walk and train in them (actually I train barefoot when possible). Minimal shoes aren’t necessarily right for everyone though! It’s best to consult with a pro to learn if they’re right for you and how best to gradually transition into them.

I’m curious – do you have any questions about the feet and minimal footwear? If you do, post your questions here or send me an email to ariana@arianayoga.com and I’ll do my best to get you an answer.


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4 Responses to Minimal Footwear Episode

  1. Lisa March 28, 2015 at 6:50 PM #

    Do minimalist shoes (like the skoras) accommodate for over pronating and have ample arch support?

    • admin March 30, 2015 at 11:24 PM #

      Hi Lisa, minimalist shoes do not have ample arch support nor do they prevent overpronation. It’s best to get assessed by a pro and learn if minimal shoes are right for you (or even a more minimal shoe than what you have). I think the most important things are to have a flexible sole, wide toe box and as minimal a heel as possible. This is what I use for general use – especially walking. There are also exercises that are necessary to strengthen the intrinsic foot muscles and to make sure that the joints move properly. There’s more to it than this but those are my thoughts off the top of my head.

  2. GJones March 31, 2015 at 1:29 PM #

    Not everyone is on Facebook, will you have another way to enter your giveaways?

    Thank you

    • admin March 31, 2015 at 1:36 PM #

      You’re right, not everyone is on Facebook. But logistically it’s the easiest way for me to manage the process of selecting the winners. I will think about other ways I can do it to include people not on Facebook. thanks for your question!

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