Have you noticed this one important thing about your shoes?

Have you ever stopped to think about how your footwear impacts the rest of your body?

The majority of modern shoes have an unnecessary heel built into them—and I’m not just talking about ladies high heels. Just look at these emojis, for example 👞 👟 👠—they all have heels!

Heels have no functional purpose, but most people have grown accustomed to them and their bodies have become shaped by them.

These moccasins have no heel and super pliable soles. I can actually (comfortably) feel the rocks underneath my feet in this picture.

These moccasins have no heel and super pliable soles. I can actually (comfortably) feel the rocks underneath my feet in this picture.

Awareness exercise:

Just take a moment to stand flat on your bare feet, then maybe put one of your shoes on and balance from left to right, feeling the difference in your body through your ankles, knees, hips, back and neck. Notice how everything shifts to adapt to that heel.

Now that you have a sense of how that feels in your body, how do you think these changes are affecting how your body functions and feels on a daily basis?

I switched to 100% minimal footwear over the course of two years (it’s not cheap). It was an easy task for me physically, because even though I had an awesome heel collection, I often took them off and went barefoot for comfort reasons. So my body was accustomed to being barefoot all the time, because that shit hurt! Hahaha

Making the switch

When switching to minimal shoes, however, it’s something that most people need to take in stages, because as I said, their feet and bodies have adapted to heeled footwear.

I plan on diving into this more, but I feel like the awareness piece is always the most important first step in making a change.

So take some time to test it out and let me know in the comments what you discover and how you feel!

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Who is Kristen Stephen?

Kristen Stephen is a bodyworker, practicing integrative manual therapy, in Nederland, Colorado. Her mission is to help people live lives with less pain and more joy.

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