Now that the spring weather is here to stay finally in the NYC and tri-state area, you’re probably looking forward to exercising more, or at least being outdoors more often enjoying the warm weather. You’re probably thinking – “It’s time to finally dust off my flip-flops and flip-flop all around town again!” “I can’t wait to start using my old running shoes again and get more exercise in.” But in reality, your feet are really saying, “Noooo! It’s that season to be grimy, dirty, and cramp and hurt again. I hope the knees, legs, and heck, the entire body, doesn’t hate us for causing so much discomfort.” If only our bodies would be so vocal with us and say it wants healthy shoes….
You’re all aware that your feet are vital to maintaining healthy posture, but no, those high-heels, stilettos, and flip-flops are way too stylish to leave alone and collect dust in your closets. Clients often reject their Structural Integrators’ advice to slowly shorten the amount of time spent in those foreign objects called shoes over time, especially if he/she cherish their fashionable shoes so much. Because we live in the modern age and cannot traipse around barefoot, I feel clients’ mentalities are so that it’s worth ‘looking trendy,’ while bearing the discomfort, and eventually neutralize the adverse effects on the body by periodically taking care of their feet and going in for bodywork from time-to-time (read more on self foot-care here).
You see, unfashionable, impractical, and healthy shoes were an easy scapegoat for my clients to use and rationalize why they do not invest in healthier shoes, even though they experience first-hand that their stylish heels, flats, flip-flops, pointy boots, and etc., cause so much foot trouble, postural strain, and stress. I’m not here to preach or wag my finger at anyone. I wouldn’t appreciate anyone telling me how to live my life, and as a health care practitioner I can only make strong suggestions. These recommendations, however, are backed by many other practitioners and especially other everyday people (peers), who really rave about this shoe. Besides, if it means a few out of many clients understand and are willing to prolong their health and well-being, it’s worth pontificating.
I always suggest to my clients to walk barefoot as much as possible in order to remind the body that we should rely on the natural architecture of the feet and allow freedom of movement in the foot, ankle, legs, and the whole body. The creation of the shoe has been the bane of healthy posture and movement. Once a person puts on a shoe, it stunts the free movement of the feet and the entire leg altering the way we walk, and leads to physical stress and strain throughout the body. In other words, shoes obstruct the graceful form of walking and effortless ease of movement of the body.
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There is an awesome sneaker that I can stand behind and advocate strongly for your running, training, and everyday wear. You’ve probably seen people wearing them already in public – the Nike Free shoe. It is the closest thing to being barefoot offering minimal cushion and support by design. This sneaker is super light-weight, the deep grooves throughout the sole allow full range of motion of the foot and ankle, facilitates the natural grace and form of walking, and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Gone are the days that ‘healthier footwear’ such as Crocs and Chaco sandals were too unsightly or tacky to be seen wearing in public.
1.Strengthen your feet, legs, and lower body thereby improving overall postural health
2. Permits natural flexibility of toes, feet, and ankles by anatomical, architectural design.
3. Raises body awareness and improves balance
4. Prevents workout-related injuries, stress, and strain throughout the entire body, especially the lower half
5. Awakens sensations and engages underused areas of the foot.
6. Extremely light and comfortable, with a spacious toe-box, which replicates being barefoot.
The Nike Free line has a ton of versions for you to choose from. On a scale of 1 – 10, the number indicates the amount of sole support the shoe is made with. For example, a Nike Free 1.0 shoe has the most minimal amount of support replicating barefoot training, and a 10.0 shoe represents the most traditional type of running shoe with plenty of sole support. Also, as a sneaker enthusiast, they are produced in many colorways to represent your style and personality.
Just as its name implies, this sneaker frees your feet up to move the way they were architecturally designed to be – more barefoot-like, free, and flexible. These sneakers are produced with the intention of the customer having more control of which type of shoe to wear, not the shoe controlling the foot.
Do you own a pair of Nike Frees? What is your opinion? I would love to hear your review.