“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
Everything we've learned
about shoes is wrong.
Modern athletic shoes bind and alter one of the most complex motor functions in the human body.
Over time, this contributes to weakening the structure of the arches, toes, and ankles. This significantly increases the risk of developing injuries in the lower body.
Meyers Line Test
past big toe
Shoe Shaped Foot
of the heel
The Meyers line is a simple axis-line used to assess the anatomical and functional alignment of the great toe in relation to the rest of the foot. Follow the steps below to perform this test:
1) Outline your foot on a piece of paper (make sure you are standing on that foot)
2) Mark the mid-point of the heel.
3) Mark the mid-point of the big toe joint.
4) Draw a straight line from the mid-point of the heel to and through the mid-point of the big toe joint as shown in the image.
Functional: Your big toe is aligned with the Meyers line.
Dysfunctional: Your big toe is not fully aligned with the Meyers line
Benefits of training
in minimalist footwear
Increased muscle activation
Quicker gains in strength
Corrected movement mechanics of the lower body
Improving overall mobility
Barefoot exercise isn’t new. We’ve been running and hunting barefoot since the dawn of man.
Barefooted, Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Olympic Marathon. Zola Budd shattered world records by running barefoot. And, the Tarahumara tribe continues their long-standing tradition of running long distance in minimalist footwear