Shoes for Minimalists | Barefoot Zero Drop Footwear
I started wearing barefoot shoes because I wanted to invite more natural movement. All the other shoes I've been wearing were not allowing me to strengthen my foundations. My foot was rigid and there was no movement, freedom, or space. I used to walk in a stomping motion but now heel to toe walking and I can work out my foot by moving it freely. Feel free to watch my video for more insights.
I realized that a barefoot shoe is only a part of the solution I was seeking. I also had to be mindful of my walking. So I try my best not to stomp, drag, or walk unevenly. I also practice natural and organic movement through hiking, long-distance walking, gardening, and other activities.
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My Nutritious Movement routine
Yoga & gentle stretching
1 - 2 hour morning walk
Active sitting & squatting
Benefits I have experienced from wearing barefoot shoes
Natural foot massage
Spacious toe box
Lessen knee pain
Easy to carry and compact
Downsides to wearing barefoot shoes
Sole wears quickly
Difficult to find Vegan waterproof shoes
May take some time to transition
May cause pain if one does not use proper walking techniques
My Minimalist footwear recommendations
I understand that everyone's need and place of residence are different so feel free to buy what is suitable for your own unique lifestyle. If you need snowshoes or fancy shoes, do what's comfortable for you. And I do not force anyone to downsize their shoe collection in order to label themselves as extreme minimalists.
Xero Shoes Canvas Sneakers | Thicker sole, has removable padding, and not water repellent
Xero Shoes Huaraches Sandals | Easy to slip-on but may take some time to get used to
Vivobarefoot Sandals | Have not tried these but seems very comfortable and I have heard good reviews
Ahinsa Bare Ankle Lifo+ Vegan Boots | The only Vegan friendly and affordable winter option that I found
How to walk mindfully
Be fully aware of the in and out breathe
Walk from heel to toe
Stay in the present moment
Focus on the practice of walking instead of using the phone or listening to music
Learn more about mindful walking through Thich Nhat Hanh and his book Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life