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What does everyone think of bearfoot shoes? Has anyone tried them? What are people’s experiences? Also do people think that being barefoot a lot during training causes flat feet or fights it? Is having flat feet a bad or good thing?

 

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Flat feet are barefoot shoes are good and healthy for your foot, there are loads of ligaments, tendons and muscles in your foot and if you always use shoes with comfy fat soles the foot doesn't have 2work anymore. In a human biomechanical way you're in disadvantage because you're out of your alignment, you can develop loads of injuries just because your roots are bad, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain can come just from having flat feet, that being said iv'e seen plenty of fighters with flat feet and plenty of Thai's, so it's not as big a deal for a fighter, just overall health. I also have flat feet but seem to be doing ok, have injuries tho. That's my 2cents .  😉

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10 hours ago, RB Coop said:

Flat feet are barefoot shoes are good and healthy for your foot, there are loads of ligaments, tendons and muscles in your foot and if you always use shoes with comfy fat soles the foot doesn't have 2work anymore. In a human biomechanical way you're in disadvantage because you're out of your alignment, you can develop loads of injuries just because your roots are bad, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain can come just from having flat feet, that being said iv'e seen plenty of fighters with flat feet and plenty of Thai's, so it's not as big a deal for a fighter, just overall health. I also have flat feet but seem to be doing ok, have injuries tho. That's my 2cents .  😉

So do you think that being barefooted a lot can help to reduce flat feet by strengthening the muscles? Or do you think it increases flat footedness. I no knee valgus can be caused by flat feet. I’ve heard mixed things on whether or not being barefoot helps strengthen your arches. It seems a high % of people at the gym have flat feet.

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10 hours ago, Sunbab said:

So do you think that being barefooted a lot can help to reduce flat feet by strengthening the muscles? Or do you think it increases flat footedness. I no knee valgus can be caused by flat feet. I’ve heard mixed things on whether or not being barefoot helps strengthen your arches. It seems a high % of people at the gym have flat feet.

Yup. Try to read a book: Whole Body Barefoot: Transitioning Well to Minimal Footwear 😉

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On 3/4/2022 at 10:56 AM, Zentro said:

Barefoot shoes strengthen your foot muscles because they don’t give you the support that regular footwear does.

I'm at the same Opinion!! 

For six months, wearing minimalist footwear will boost foot strength by 60% and make you more stable on your feet. The outcomes of a recent study done by the University of Liverpool were as follows.

The researchers wanted to see how wearing minimalist shoes for regular activities affected foot strength. They used 46 healthy people to perform a foot strength test, which measured toe-flexion strength.

Half of the group was then required to wear these types of shoes. Stealth II minimalist footwear for at least 70% of the time while shod, for at least six days each week. The other half were told to adhere to the same basic criteria by wearing their most often used regular footwear.

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So I very recently discovered WHITIN barefoot sneakers from here. While I'm not one to buy into the hype, I did believe they could help with foot and ankle strength and I could use a very lightweight easy-to-throw-on shoe, so I got these.

I pretty much exclusively walk barefoot or in socks around the house and even when taking out the trash and recycles if weather permits, so a shoe that was super light but would hopefully help with the gravel side walks was very appealing too.

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