Comfortable footwear for women with a biomechanical design
A single principle for all styles:
Comfortable footwear for women with toefreedom® are exceptionally comfortably and are scientifically proven to offer a host of health benefits. They prevent foot pain, back problems and poor posture caused by overly tight footwear. The asymmetrical last used for our functional footwear plays a pivotal role here. This means that the shoes are foot-shaped: wide at the front and narrow at the back.
This design corresponds to the anatomy of the foot, allowing your toes to spread in a biomechanically correct fashion. Our comfortable women’s shoes allow them to fulfil their natural function as an anchor and stabiliser for the whole body.
Bunions – where the big toe points towards the other toes – are a very common problem. Conventional, tight-fitting shoes which alter the foot’s shape cause this dysfunction. Luckily, our bodies are very adaptable. If you wear comfortable women’s shoes long-term and do toega exercises regularly, you can correct existing misalignments.
High heels and peep-toes are extreme examples of shoes which have a very detrimental effect on the foot’s shape. Their pointed toes squash the feet, while the heel changes the whole posture for the worse. Walking or standing for any length of time becomes very painful. It is no wonder that many women carry an extra pair of loafers or ballerina pumps with them. Read on to find out why comfortable footwear for women should have zero drop.
Running Coach Lee Saxby talks about the toefreedom® in our functional footwear:
Comfy shoes for women with zero drop
The zero drop prevents misalignments throughout the body:
Comfy shoes for women with zero drop promote your natural posture. In our functional footwear, the ball of the foot and the heel are level with one another. Nature shows us how things should be: no one is born wearing heels and even hundreds of years ago, people got through life without any shoes or with the most basic of footwear. All of Joe Nimble’s comfy shoes for women have this important, elementary feature.
However, almost all conventional shoes (from simple sports shoes to high heels) have a raised heel. This is bad news because it means the heel is higher than the ball of the foot. You can see a comparison in the diagram. This difference causes poor posture. Before you put your shoes on, pay close attention to how it feels to go barefoot and how different it feels as soon as you slip your shoes on.
Here is an explanation: the heel makes the body tilt, throwing it off balance and having a compressing effect. The body has to permanently compensate for these changes. It is a bit like forgetting how to stand correctly. Without making compensatory movements, you would keel forwards. The enforced dysfunctional compensatory movements damage the spine, hip, knee, ankle and muscles.
Our comfy shoes for women prevent this ‘misinformation’ and provide a flat surface under foot. They make walking pain-free and provide relief in the case of pre-existing damage.
Comfortable shoes for women promote proprioception
Proprioception and sensorimotor awareness of terrain:
There are countless nerve cells in the soles of our feet which constantly send information about the terrain underfoot to our brains. The brain then rapidly sends movement instructions to compensate for slopes, prevent stumbling, make progress on sand or carefully walk over sharp stones. Sensory feedback occurs during any activity and is very important. The right amount is crucial: too much or too little is problematic as both of these extremes change the body’s natural movement and can result in pain.
Joe Nimble’s comfortable shoes for women have a range of sole thicknesses in order to optimise the level of sensory feedback. They offer just the right proprioception for your feet. Which sole is right for you depends on factors such as your chosen activity, age and physical fitness. Choosing the right shoe and sole significantly reduces the risk of sensory overload, which can be painful.
Thin = good? NO! Beware of misleading advertising:
Your feet are as unique as the rest of you. Toefreedom® is good for everyone, but an overly thin sole can be problematic and make existing dysfunctions worse. Depending on your age, existing symptoms and specific anatomy, a medium or even thick sole might be important for your health and well-being. For that reason, it is wrong to claim that a thin sole is a crucial medical feature of comfortable shoes for women.