The objective of minimalist sandals is to offer an experience that closely resembles moving barefoot. Thus, the end goal is thinner zero drop soles that maximize proprioception while offering a wide toe area that allows the toes to splay out naturally. As runners around the world have liberated their feet of conventional “foot-coffins,” they have developed superior lower body strength with an increased resilience to fatigue and injury.
When considering minimalist sandals it’s important to understand the remarkable physiology of the human foot and its inherent capacity to interface as a link between our body and the Earth. The sophisticated mechanics of our foot can be best understood by looking to the centerpiece of it’s design, the arch. In architecture, the arch is considered a marvel of engineering that has yet to be improved upon. The arch is the greatest weight bearing structure ever created. The beauty of any arch is the way it becomes stronger under stress. The harder you push down, the tighter its parts mesh. However, if an arch is supported from below it loses it’s strength and collapses.
To build one’s inherent foundational strength the best thing to do is go barefoot, but the next best option is minimalist sandals. Through rigorous testing we have found that a thin, zero drop, self molding sole offers the best comparison to going barefoot. This offers enough protection to expand one’s barefoot horizons while still stimulating the feet and legs into a more graceful gait pattern. Minimalist sandals have many downstream effects by offering less shock absorption and promoting efficient and effective bio-mechanics. These new locomotive patterns improve core strength, bone density, balance, and even posture.
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Minimalist Sandals vs Minimalist Shoes
The main difference between minimalist sandals and minimalist shoes is the upper enclosure or lack there of. The main benefits of an open toed shoe (sandal) in comparison to an enclosed shoe is the effect it has on the mechanics of the foot and breathability. Open toed sandals that feature a thong lacing style allow for full range of motion of the toes and splaying of the forefoot, which is ideal for natural footwear that mimics barefoot. Our minimalist sandals feature an ancient huarache design that has proven itself for centuries. Simplicity in the design makes for the ultimate minimalist footwear experience. The lacing system allows for maximum breathability while offering adequate security for nearly any application.