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THE SHOE CONSPIRACY (EXPLAINED)

What the shoe industry doesn't want you to know...taking a deep dive into the history of shoes. A constricted foot leads to poor movement patterns, and poor movement patterns are a big reason for pain and injury. Give your feet--and the rest of your body--a chance to function and move to their full capacity rather than keep them in the cages created by the popular shoe industry. The Bearfoot Ursus is the solution to the "shoe conspiracy."

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Footwear and Postural Control

Footwear and Postural Control

Footwear plays a pivotal role in athletic performance and injury prevention, a significance often overlooked. While style and comfort are commonly prioritized, the impact of athletic shoe soles and materials on postural control and balance requires more attention. This article delves into how different athletic shoe so...
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Barefoot Shoes 101

Barefoot shoes, also known as minimalist shoes, are designed to closely mimic the experience of walking barefoot while still providing some level of protection for the feet. These shoes typically feature a design that allows for natural foot movement, supporting the foot’s natural biomechanics. This type of footwear en...
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You Hurt Your Foot or Ankle: Tips for a Better Recovery

You Hurt Your Foot or Ankle: Tips for a Better Recovery

We know how important your foot health is to not only your longevity, but your performance in the gym and in your life. Yet, we’ve all bumped or bruised or sprained our feet and ankles. It’s easy to do, especially with the lack of foot awareness many of us inherited from a lifetime in bulky shoes. Have you ever wondere...

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Foot Rolling for Stronger Feet

Foot Rolling for Stronger Feet

Our feet are the foundation of our bodies, and yet they often don't receive the attention and care they deserve. This neglect can lead to various foot problems and impact our overall well-being, performance and resiliency. In this article, we will explore the world of foot health and introduce you to all the variabilit...

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Can Your Footwear Affect Your Jaw Pain?

Can Your Footwear Affect Your Jaw Pain?

We probably all know someone who has jaw pain. Many of these people will say (me included before getting my doctorate in body stuff, no shame), “I live with TMJ!” Which, is funny, in a nerdy way albeit, because we all have TMJs! TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, and trust me, if you’re chewing enough food to refu...

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Best Reasons For Hiking In Barefoot Shoes and Boots

Best Reasons For Hiking In Barefoot Shoes and Boots

Hiking is becoming one of the most popular activities that people are getting into, and many people now consider themselves a hiking enthusiast everyday. We totally get it, as we at Bearfoot are big outdoors people as well. Hiking combines elements of exercise with  elements of getting out into the great outdoors, and...

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Best Exercises To Do Daily for Better Foot Health

Best Exercises To Do Daily for Better Foot Health

In case you weren't aware, we're pretty big into foot health and foot health exercises over here at Bearfoot Shoes! In fact, we're so confident that good foot health will change your life that we even wrote a blog about it, which you can check out here. Today, we are going to take it one step further and provide you wi...
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Your Kids Should Be Barefoot and The Science of Why

Your Kids Should Be Barefoot and The Science of Why

We know that spending more time with bare feet is advantageous for almost all adults, but what about our young children? Read on for the principals and science underlying why barefoot shoes, or no shoes, are the best shoes for our kids. At the end we have some fun foot moves to play with as a family to work on everybod...

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Exercises for How to Spread and Stretch Your Toes Out

Exercises for How to Spread and Stretch Your Toes Out

What is Toe Spread? ‘Toe spread’ is a term used to describe the natural alignment and position of the toes in relation to each other and the rest of the foot. Our toes are meant to be extensions of our metatarsal bones (the long bones in the feet that make up a good portion of the length of the foot), which if you look...
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A Better Way to Lace your Barefoot Shoes for High Arches

A Better Way to Lace your Barefoot Shoes for High Arches

A high instep is when there is an increase in the height of the medial longitudinal arch of the foot. This gives a characteristic high-arch resting position in which you can slide your fingers under the inside (medial side) of your feet further than normal. To visualize what this really means, think about if you dipped...

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High-Top vs Low-Top Shoes: Which Is Best For You

High-Top vs Low-Top Shoes: Which Is Best For You

Wearing footwear these days is pretty unavoidable -- we know because we've been kicked out of many places for attempting to go barefoot! We hopefully have already convinced you that you need barefoot style shoes, but today we are going to focus specifically on the next big choice — high tops vs low tops, which is the b...

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Your Pelvic Floor Health and Your Feet

Your Pelvic Floor Health and Your Feet

What is the Pelvic Floor? The Pelvic Floor is a group of muscles, ligaments and connective tissue that provide a sling for our internal organs like our bladder, uterus/ prostate and gut. Hung from our pelvic bones, these muscles play a vital role in pelvic pain, core strength, the flow of urine (the fancy doctor word f...

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Benefits to Running and Sprinting Barefoot or in Minimalist Shoes

Benefits to Running and Sprinting Barefoot or in Minimalist Shoes

What's the Difference Between Sprinting and Running? When asking, “are my minimalist shoes (hopefully they're Bearfoot!) good for sprinting?'' It is important to define what sprinting really is, and what separates it from running before looking at some research between traditional running shoes, bare feet, and minimali...

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Treating Bunions (Without Surgery)

Treating Bunions (Without Surgery)

What are Bunions? Bunions, aka ‘Hallux Valgus,’ is the structural change of a lifetime of shoes that squeeze our toes together. They appear as a first ray (where the base of your big toe meets the inside of the foot) that appears stuck, as if in pointed-toe, even with shoes off. This deformity and inflammation make the...

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How Your Feet Affect Overall Health

How Your Feet Affect Overall Health

It’s easy to forget about your feet, but it’s incredibly difficult to avoid our feet. They’re literally stuck to us and follow us everywhere we go, whether we use them (or appreciate what they do for us) or not. Maintaining proper foot health and function can be a fickle game, but the days of assuming that your feet ha...

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    How to Transition to Barefoot Shoes: A Research-Based Guide

    How to Transition to Barefoot Shoes: A Research-Based Guide

    Going Barefoot Doesn't Have to be Hard: If you’ve been following us or are reading this, you are probably at least somewhat aware of the many benefits of barefoot shoes and the side effects that conventional shoes can cause for your whole body. Transitioning to barefoot shoes can be intimidating… you’ve invested money...

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    How to Tame High Arches: Train Your Pain Away

    How to Tame High Arches: Train Your Pain Away

    What is a High Arch? A 'high arch' is when the medial longitudinal arch of the foot pulls up away from the floor. Sometimes higher arches are caused by neurological pathologies/conditions that disrupt the central nervous system's ability to regulate the dynamic rhythm between the ankle and foot (think muscle alignment...

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    Fix Your Flat Feet: Best Exercises for Fallen Arches

    Fix Your Flat Feet: Best Exercises for Fallen Arches

    Dive into the intriguing world of flat feet! Discover the critical differences between rigid and flexible types, unravel the complexities of our foot anatomy, and learn effective at-home exercises to elevate your arches. This comprehensive guide is your first step towards understanding and improving your foot health.
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    Flat Feet vs. High Arch

    Flat Feet vs. High Arch

    Have you ever heard of the arches of your foot and have yet to really know exactly what they are? Well, this will be a lot of great info for you! If you have ever thought about the role of your feet, it has probably led you to think about ‘the arch’ of your foot. The truth is, there are three arches per foot, which are...
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    5 Reasons to Put your Fingers Between your Toes

    5 Reasons to Put your Fingers Between your Toes

    If you’ve been following along, you now know more foot biomechanics than you ever thought you wanted to know, and you’ve probably switched to barefoot shoes (if not, don’t worry, we will keep trying). But is there more you could be doing to restore the wide, stable, and simultaneously mobile natural feet you had as a c...

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    How Your Shoes Can Shape You

    How Your Shoes Can Shape You

    You might think, “How much are my shoes affecting the posture of the other joints in my body?” Well, to be honest, we don’t know. We are all at least slightly different, and as a result, we will all react differently to the same shoe. Despite this, certain patterns are easier to predict. Imagine the body as a series of...
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    Shoe Construction, or Body Destruction?

    Shoe Construction, or Body Destruction?

    If you’re like us then you make apparel choices primarily based on function, fashion isn’t the biggest factor. Now, we understand that there are situations where fashion reins king, but function should always dictate form in most situations we find ourselves in. That is to say, the desired outcome should dictate materi...
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    How Did Society Get Shoes So Wrong?

    How Did Society Get Shoes So Wrong?

    We ponder that question almost daily. How did society get shoes so wrong? The human foot looks a certain way…so just make something like it and call it a day. It should have been simple, but people are going to people, making decisions that snowball until you get the above catastrophe. So let’s peel back this odorous o...
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    Does Training Barefoot Make You Stronger?

    Does Training Barefoot Make You Stronger?

    Sometimes it bums us out to correct an issue we were essentially forced into. We look around at peoples’ feet and see these shoes that resemble a mannequin more than an actual foot. We don’t blame the big shoe companies, though. They did their best. People have said their feet hurt, and the shoemakers gave them an abun...
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    Why Aren't You Going Barefoot?

    Why Aren't You Going Barefoot?

    You may be perusing this article as the biggest barefoot promoter in the world or a skeptic. To the skeptic I ask, why are you not already going barefoot? Is it because you’ve heard that you have flat feet and there’s nothing to be done about it? Have you been led to believe that modern footwear has been designed to be...
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