Toning shoes are currently enjoying a massive growth in popularity, with men and women attracted by the exceptionally comfortable design and outstanding underfoot padding. Yet another class of sneakers is also becoming highly sought after, and concerning padding, they are at the opposite end of the scale. Barefoot shoes remove all the cushioning for which toning shoes, and really modern sneakers, are famous and return the body to a much more natural way of moving.
Modern sneakers intention to cushion and protect the toes, but in doing so they often restrict movement, promoting a heavier heel strike and reducing the flexibility and motion. Toning shoes go a way to fix this, promoting a natural and healthy roster, akin to walking barefoot in soft sand; a much more natural way of walking to which individuals were designed.
But with Barfußschuhe, all of these EVA cushioning is removed, and what’s left is little more than the protective rubber outsole for traction and protection from stones and spikes. Whilst this may seem like a painful way of walking, with no heel cushioning and little defense, the contrary is the case. When walking barefoot, the posture changes, together with the ball of the foot getting the significant weight bearing part of the foot. The flatter landing reduces the pressures and forces acting on the bones and feet for a highly comfortable exercise session. The shockwaves are much better absorbed, and the landing is less forceful, and is actually highly comfortable once your toes become conditioned into the new means of walking.
So natural and comfy is the fit, that many men and women forget they have them in their toes.
The major manufacturers are Vivo Barefoot and Vibram FiveFingers, the latter featuring shoes using another compartment for every toe. These five fingered shoes aid to provide the most traction, making them ideal for water sports, and so are great for a more natural and healthier run. For off road running over soft ground, there are few better shoes to give the feet a thorough workout.
Whilst not strictly talking toning shoes, the shoes can help tone the body, by increasing the range of muscles used when walking but they are more of a wholesome lifestyle option than out and out fat burning shoes. If you would like to improve your posture, foot health and gain more flexibility back to the feet they offer you a far more protective and comfortable style compared to jogging barefoot, yet they retain the full benefits of barefoot walking and walking. They just add what nature has failed to produce.