Gone are the days when healthy shoes were old-fashioned and frumpy! The Joe Nimble range of functional footwear is packed with modern, comfortable and high-quality shoes for everyday wear, work and sport.
In many categories, we have been combining high levels of functionality with an attractive design and the health benefits of functional footwear for over 35 years. Discover the full range of functional footwear for women and be inspired!
Mental and physical energy in harmony
So-called ‘barefoot shoes’ are supposed to successfully help prevent a number of back problems, poor posture and foot disorders. We completely agree with this, provided the last design (the ‘mould’ of the shoe) is naturally asymmetrical, allowing uncompromising toefreedom. For us, this shape is neither a passing fad nor esoteric nonsense. However, over the years, the term ‘barefoot shoe’ has been severely distorted.
There are four essential differences between functional footwear and the conventional shoes made by famous brands:
Uncompromising (!) toefreedom
2.1 Uncompromising toefreedom for flexibility, power and stability
The uncompromising toefreedom in functional footwear by Joe Nimble allows the big toe to act as an anchor and stabiliser. Humans can only move naturally and efficiently with toefreedom. As soon as this position is compromised – even slightly – the big toe loses its ability to fulfil this role with every millimetre more restriction imposed on it. This in turn has a negative effect on the person’s whole posture.
Carefully designed functional footwear also looks different from conventional shoes. This is due to the different lasts: they are made using asymmetrical lasts which reflect the natural shape of the foot. That means they are uncompromisingly wide at the front and narrow at the back.
By contrast, the widespread models designed by the fashionable footwear industry and bogus ‘barefoot shoe’ manufacturers are generally based on symmetrical lasts and restrict toefreedom. So why does a whole industry churn out something which is detrimental to health? It all centres on efficiency, because it is much simpler and cheaper to produce shoes using a symmetrical last. This phenomenon can be traced back to the industrial revolution, when manufacturing technology of all kinds was made more efficient and geared towards mass production. This was not done with consumers’ interests in mind.
People got used to symmetrical shoes and accepted this footwear, coming to see the varying degrees of restriction it placed on toefreedom as ‘normal’. We are not just talking about trendy, pointed shoes here: equally at fault are manufacturers who purport to produce barefoot shoes and really should know better!
Feet are as individual as people, and we all know that humans are complex:
With this in mind, there can never be a standard solution when it comes to toefreedom, nor should there be. Conventional, standardised shoes do not adequately cater for the anatomical variations in all the people who wear shoes. However, functional footwear with uncompromising toefreedom offers every wearer pleasant, healthy and unlimited comfort. On top of this, functional footwear relieves pressure on the spine. Be light on your feet and rediscover the joy of moving: it is a cornerstone of our evolution and gives us the freedom to achieve all manner of things – in day-to-day life, in sport and at work.
2.2 The zero heel promotes a natural posture
Functional footwear has zero heel, meaning that the ball of the foot and the heel are level with one another. This corresponds to humans’ natural posture. No one is born wearing heels and even thousands of years ago, people got through life without any shoes or with the most basic of footwear.
By contrast, conventional shoes these days have a raised heel. This means that the heel is higher than the ball of the foot, which often damages the wearer’s posture!
Raised heels create a misalignment which impairs the wearer’s balance and constantly has to be compensated for. To some extent, the wearer forgets how to stand correctly and would actually fall over if the whole body’s statics were not maintained by means of compensatory movements in the ankle, knee, hip and spine.
Ultimately, the misinformation conveyed by keeping the feet at this angle means that the joints are no longer in line and all of the muscle chains and fascial structures can no longer transfer energy efficiently. In addition to this, their natural elasticity is severely restricted and altered. Tenseness, strain, injuries and pain are the result.
Anatomical foot shape
2.3 Anatomical foot shape
Usually, people who are used to walking barefoot and have never worn shoes have a broad, flat forefoot and splayed toes which are in line with the metatarsals. This makes for a ‘fan-shaped’ foot.
By contrast, a shoe-shaped foot has a relatively narrow forefoot, the metatarsals are no longer aligned horizontally, and the toes are squashed, twisted and no longer in contact with the ground.
The prime characteristics of a ‘shoe-shaped’ foot are a compromised forefoot and toe anatomy and impaired function. In both cases, the feet are shoe-shaped and the metatarsals are misaligned in the horizontal view, which means that the ball of the foot no longer rolls using five metatarsal bones – instead, it generally uses just three. As less of the ball of the foot makes contact with the ground, there is additional pressure on the forefoot because the toes cannot function as ‘stabilisers’ if they are squashed together, raised and unable to splay flat on the ground. Increased pressure on the forefoot, instability resulting from the ball of the foot being unable to roll properly, and the associated impairment of the toes’ functionality are without doubt the greatest problems arising from ‘shoe-shaped’ feet and key risk factors for motion-related pain.
Proprioception and the sensorimotor system:
2.4 Functional Footwear for womens and the 'Goldilocks principle' of sensory feedback
Sensory feedback from the foot is important during activity but too much input can be just as problematic as too littleinput, causing changes in natural technique that can lead to injury. With the ´goldilocks principle´ at the forefront of our minds we have engeneered various thicknesses of soles to provide an amount of sensory feedback that is ´just right´, depending on e.g. activity, age, physical constitution; allowing an appropriate amount of sensory feedback to the foot but at the same time significantly reducing the risk of any potential painful input.
Find out all about footwear with toefreedom.
Joe Nimble has a range of functional footwear for every occasion, every aspect of life and every season. Explore our collection of functional footwear for women:
Our all-rounders are a comfortable option for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for shoes to wear to the office, at a party or when you’re exercising, you’re bound to find the perfect pair in our collection, which includes a wide range of styles, colours and features.
Do you love working out, exploring the natural world or pursuing all kinds of sports? Our women’s functional sport shoes offer a secure grip on any terrain and the sensory awareness your feet need. Be free and exercise without limitations!
With their cool appearance, maximum flexibility and elastic lacing, these functional boots for women are very special indeed. Enjoy that barefoot feeling all day long with our range of comfortable boots.
Remain light-footed and pain-free in the office, at trade shows and on business trips. Comfortable shoes make long days much more manageable. Our women’s functional business shoes will help you to breeze through even stressful days at work.
Our sandals will help you to enjoy spring and summer to the full, offering you comfort, a free feeling and the range of healthy features at the heart of all our functional footwear.
With Joe Nimble, you can protect your feet while enjoying a natural feeling. Explore natural – even rough terrain – and overcome rocky hurdles with our stylish, high-quality hiking shoes.
Being sustainable and environmentally friendly is of prime importance to us, so we also make vegan functional footwear which is completely free from leather. You can find vegan styles for women in a number of categories. They are even machine washable at 30°!
From airy sandals for spring to warm, waterproof boots for winter, our women’s range includes the perfect functional footwear for every season, every challenge and every occasion. You will find comfortable, weather-resistant, fashionable and healthy footwear which is perfect for leisure, work and sport, whatever the time of year. The high-quality material won’t let you down in inclement weather. Would you like to know which shoe is best for you? Just tell us what you’re planning and we’ll recommend suitable styles!
All of the functional footwear in our varied women’s collection is based on the same healthy principle of uncompromising toefreedom, zero heel and a flexible sole at the base of the toes.
Experience the carefree barefoot feeling and promote good health: we design shoes that conform to the foot’s anatomy, instead of expecting your feet to conform to the shape of our shoes. In this way, we do our bit to help you prevent poor posture, back problems and foot disorders.
Our motto is be nimble! Find out how by watching our women’s functional footwear in action on our YouTube channel – which is also packed with interesting information about Joe Nimble’s functional footwear.
Are you new to functional footwear? Would you like more information or are you looking for specific advice on our various styles?
With over 35 years’ experience of making healthy, innovative and comfortable functional footwear for women, we are here to answer any questions you may have about functional footwear and foot health.
We are always happy to help! A one-to-one conversation is the best way for us to help you. You can call us free of charge on +49 (0)7142 95 66 10 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org