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nimbleToes Trail Addict

Run, Hike and Walk Pain-Free*

MORE stability + MORE protection + MORE toefreedom® = LESS pain!**

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The skill of trailrunning

Common injuries in trail running like knee-, metatarsal- and lower back-pain are due to a lack of skill in switching between gears. The combined benefits of the toefreedom® concept and the Flexitec® insole have never been offered before in a trail running shoe and we believe this unique combination can be an essential part of the solution to pain-free* trail running.

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Lee Saxbys Erfahrung beeinflusst maßgeblich die Entwicklung des


Lee is one of the most recognised coaches for running technique on an international level. His knowledge and experience in running biomechanics and foot function has benefited injured runners, both recreational and elite around the globe and led him to develop the Functional FootMap assessment system.

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Protective FLEXITEC® insole

The 4mm thin spring-steel insole is modelled on the anatomy of the foot. Its unique construction promotes an even weight and pressure distribution throughout the foot and ads an extra layer of protection from sharp, irregular objects on the trail. Experience a new level of confidence and performance during your run, after inserting this simple but brilliant piece of innovation.

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Sebastian Bär - CEO of Joe Nimble


Sebastian´s family has been making shoes with toefreedom® for over three decades. His experience of helping people all around the world to improve their foot function through the benefits of toefreedom® and his passion for running has led him to create the Functional Footwear Design Concept.



Soles by Michelin Technology

Michelin has been forging a better way forward for over 100 years. They have spanned millions of miles on the mission to develop groundbreaking multi-surface contact for vehicles operating in the most challenging environments all over the world.

We decided to partner with Soles by Michelin because of their unrivalled expertise in rubber and tread design to equip our nimbleToes Trail Addict with the perfect outsole for Functional Footwear to meet the unique demands of trailrunning.

nimbleToes Trail Addict: Soles by Michelin

nimbleToes Trail Addict: Soles by Michelin



nimbleToes Trail Addict compared to conventional shoes



Badwater Ultra – the world´s toughest footrace

When crewing at the worlds toughest footrace, the Badwater Ultramarathon, a few years ago, Sebastian observed that a lot of the elite athletes cut open the front of their running shoe to have more freedom for their toes and reduce the risk of injury. His unique know-how in making casual shoes with toefreedom® inspired him to introduce this design philosophy to the running shoe industry.

Badwater Ultra



noun; an activity that is natural to or the purpose of a person or thing. (Oxford English Dictionary)

The purpose of the foot is to provide a stable base of support to control the direction of the body weight during the stance phase of locomotion [1-3]. Newtonian physics dictates that a wider base of support is more stable than a narrow base. Width and stability of the forefoot is crucial in this regard as the highest forces during mid stance occur at the forefoot [4, 5]. A greater spread of the toes, the great toe in particular, reduces forefoot peak pressures, distributes force more evenly, and stabilises the foot and ankle [6-8]. Toes squashed together by years of wearing narrow shoes that do not respect the natural fan shape of the human foot [9] are common [10] and are linked to instability and movement-related pain [11, 12]. Natural function can be restored by regular loading of the feet in footwear that respect natural design of the foot [13] and permit freedom for the toes to spread and stabilise the foot.

Pain-free movement begins with a stable base of support. A stable foot requires Toe freedom, only functional footwear provides toe freedom. Joe Nimble ‘functional footwear’ is based on this science.

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Dr. Mick Wilkinson, Northumbria University


Dr Wilkinson´s research area is the biology of human health and performance. His work has included the biomechanics and performance determinants of distance running and the link between plantar sensation and regulation of bipedal gait. He has a particular interest in the influence of footwear on foot structure, function and joint loading during running.



nimbleToes Trail Addict: Katharina Blank, Jennifer Asp, Hannes Wolpert

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References 1: Running related pain and injury

* Most running related injuries (RRIs) can be classified as ‘overuse’ injuries which occur from the accumulative loading of the musculoskeletal system beyond it’s capacity to recover and adapt (1). Approximately 60% of RRIs are caused by training errors which result from doing TOO much, TOO soon with TOO little rest in between training sessions (2,3). The remaining 40% of RRIs are caused by anatomical factors, running shoes and training surfaces which independentlyand in combination affect the biomechanical behavior of the foot and the loading of the ankle, knee, hip and lumbopelvis (2,3,4). The interaction of the foot-shoe-surface and it’s effect on running biomechanics can therefore be considered to bethe most important influence on RRIs after ‘training errors’ and the selection of the most appropriate shoe based on the runner’s level of foot function, age, weight and chosen running surface should be considered fundamental to the prevention of injury and pain-free running (2,3,5,6).

For more information and to see a full list of common running related pain and injuries please see the sources attached:

  1. Hreljac A. (2005) Etiology, Prevention and Early Intervention of Overuse Injuries in Runners: A Biomechanical Perspective. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am (online aufrufen)
  2. James, S. L., Bates, B. T., & Osternig, L. R. (1978). Injuries to runners. The American journal of sports medicine, 6(2), 40-50. (online aufrufen)
  3. Clement C., D. B., Taunton, J. E., Smart, G. W., & McNicol, K. L. (1981). A survey of overuse running injuries. The Physician and Sportsmedicine, 9(5), 47-58. (online aufrufen)
  4. Dodelin D, Tourny C, L’Hermette M. (2020). The biomechanical effects of foot-function on gait. An experimental study. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. (online aufrufen)
  5. Johnston C.A.M, Taunton J.E, Lloyd-Smith D.R, McKenzie D.C. (2003) Preventing Running Injuries: Practical approach for family doctors. Canadian Family Physician. (online aufrufen)
  6. Bates, B. T., Dufek J. S., & Stergiou, N. (2020). Advanced biomechanics. In: Stergiou, N. (2020) Biomechanics and Gait Analysis, 65-80. (online aufrufen)


Referenz 2: Die Wissenschaft

  1. Mann R and Inman VT. Phasic Activity of Intrinsic Muscles of the Foot. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 1964 46 (3): 469-481. (online aufrufen)
  2. Reeser LA, Susman RL, and Stern JT. Electromyographic Studies of the Human Foot: Experimental Approaches to Hominid Evolution. Foot and Ankle 1983 3(6): 391-407. (online aufrufen)
  3. Rolian C, et al. Walking, running and the evolution of short toes in humans. Journal of Experimental Biology 2009 212: 713-721. (online aufrufen)
  4. Wilkinson M and Saxby L. Form determines function: Forgotten application to the human foot? Foot and Ankle Online Journal 2016 9(2): 5-8. (online aufrufen)
  5. Wilkinson M, Stoneham R, and Saxby L. Feet and footwear: Applying biological design and mismatch theory to running injuries. International Journal of Sports and Exercise Medicine. 2018 4(2). (online aufrufen)
  6. D'Aout K, et al. The effects of habitual footwear use: foot shape and function in native barefoot walkers. Footwear Science 2009 1(2): 81-94. (online aufrufen)
  7. Mei Q, et al. A comparative biomechanical analysis of habitually unshod and shod runners based on foot morphological difference. Human Movement Science 2015 42: 38-53. (online aufrufen)
  8. Shu Y, et al. Dynamic loading and kinematics analysis of vertical jump based on different forefoot morphology. SpringerPlus 2016 5: 1999. (online aufrufen)
  9. Munteanu SE, et al. Hallux valgus, by nature or nurture? A twin study. Arthritis Care and Research 2017. (online aufrufen)
  10. Nix S, Smith M, and Vicenzino B. Prevalence of hallux valgus in the general population: a systematic review and meta analysis. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research 2010 3: 21. (online aufrufen)
  11. Vorobiev G. Evolution of injuries in athletics. New Studies in Athletics 1999 4: 23-26.
  12. Travell J and Simons D, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. 1993: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  13. Shu Y, et al. Dynamic loading and kinematics analysis of vertical jump based on different forefoot morphology. SpringerPlus 2016 5: 1999. (online aufrufen)
  14. Knowles FW. Effects of shoes on foot form: An anatomical experiment. The Medical Journal of Australia 1953 1(17): 579-581. (online aufrufen)