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Why walking barefoot and barefoot shoes are so healthy

We are born without shoes, can walk perfectly barefoot and thus develop a natural gait that is gentle on the joints. However, our lives today are not designed for walking barefoot all day long.


Why we no longer walk barefoot

Anyone who walks barefoot, not just on the beach or in the meadow, but for all activities, is looked at obliquely and often labelled as a weirdo, dropout or hippie. Walking barefoot is simply not socially acceptable. The ground we walk on is rarely natural. Instead, we mostly walk on asphalt and therefore have to protect our feet from shards, sharp edges or heated stones with the help of shoes.

On hard asphalt, a sharp stone or a small stick digs into our skin much more easily than on natural forest or meadow ground, which always gives way a little. So we need sufficient protection for our feet!

Wearing barefoot shoes is the closest you can get to walking barefoot. Once you've tried barefoot shoes, you won't want to do without them again. Wearing barefoot shoes has enormous advantages!


What does it change to wear barefoot shoes?

Just take off your running shoes and jog barefoot. You'll soon realise that you never land on your heels. We subconsciously know that it will hurt! Our gait is designed to land on the ball of the foot first. This is exactly what we do automatically when we run if we leave our shoes off - a kind of primal instinct that protects us from injury.

Toddlers who are not given shoes when learning to walk do exactly that. They first step on the ball of their foot before rolling their foot down to the heel. Unfortunately, this natural movement is trained away by our modern shoes. We no longer land on the ball of the foot, but predominantly on the heel. This is exacerbated if you wear heels. Many people literally stamp their heels into the ground.


This unnatural gait for us humans uses significantly fewer muscles. You can take significantly longer steps if you put your foot on your heel first. As a result, you have to take significantly fewer steps for the same distance than with the natural ball gait. Thanks to the shock-absorbing properties of modern shoes, the joints and spine can sometimes cope well with the hard rolling over the heel - but sometimes not! At a young age, most people have no problems with this. As we get older, however, an enormous number of people suffer from joint pain.

Many people don't realize that this pain can be linked to an unnatural gait. This is caused by the loss of important supporting muscles that protect our joints and the increased strain caused by insufficient cushioning.





Back to a natural gait with barefoot shoes

Barefoot shoes are often referred to as minimal shoes. They have a very thin and above all flexible sole. They are designed to ensure that your foot uses all the muscles that are used when walking barefoot. Unfortunately, many people have lost precisely these muscles or did not develop them at all in childhood due to wearing shoes. That's why you should slowly get used to barefoot shoes.

Give your foot and leg muscles time to develop. After the changeover, you will certainly notice changes in your body. Walking barefoot or walking correctly in barefoot shoes is easy on our joints in the feet, ankles, knees, hips and spine.

Our body has built-in natural shock absorption. If we go back to running naturally, expensive high-tech shoes with sophisticated cushioning are absolutely unnecessary and even counterproductive! It is very important that you take shorter steps so that you can step on the ball of your foot. If your steps are too long, this is no longer possible and you will inevitably end up on your heels.



It's like all other routines that you want to train yourself to do. You have to stay consistent and keep practicing your natural gait, preferably every day. Then at some point you will automatically switch over and no longer have to consciously pay attention to walking correctly. The ball gait will become your new routine.

You can prepare your feet particularly well for barefoot shoes by actually walking barefoot as often as possible, preferably on a variety of surfaces. In the beginning, a soft meadow or a sandy beach is suitable. Once you have gotten used to it, you can always try out new surfaces.


Suddenly more pain when wearing barefoot shoes

You may experience muscle and joint pain in the first few days. The first is a positive sign, because you are building up muscles that were atrophied by the unnatural gait. Joint pain, however, is a warning signal!

Many people make the mistake of walking in barefoot shoes in exactly the same way as before, i.e. landing hard on their heels. As many barefoot shoes have no cushioning, there is no shock absorption and the strain on the joints increases enormously.

Our ZAQQ barefoot shoes are perfect for the transition.

Our soles are super thin and flexible, but still have very light cushioning. This makes it easier for you to switch from heel to ball walking. It's completely normal to land on your heel again and again at the beginning, after all, you've been doing it that way for years. It takes time to break this habit.

With our minimal cushioning, you can still protect your joints if you don't get the hang of heel walking at first. In our ZAQQ barefoot shoes, walking takes on a whole new quality. You can feel the ground and perceive your surroundings in a completely different way. You protect your joints and spine and develop the muscles that our entire musculoskeletal system needs to stay agile and healthy.

There's no turning back now, so browse through our range right now. We not only have the right barefoot shoe for you for sports and outdoor activities, but also for business, going out and all everyday activities.

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