You were born barefoot, and an increasing number of the evidence suggests you should have stayed that way. Modern shoe technology and padding protect your feet, but protection isn’t always what you want. The feet were made to stretch, flex, roll and bend, and let them do what they evolved to do can reduce impact injuries and offer a host of other benefits.
Having said that, don’t buy a pair of these shoes just there and start walking or running like you always have. It will not work and it may lead to injury. You need to familiarize yourself with all things barefoot, and to some extent relearn how to walk and run. In this guide, we’ve got tips on transitioning from padded shoes to “barefoot shoes” (also known as minimalist or zero drop shoes), and we’ve rounded up our favorite shoes. They’re as close as possible to achieving that barefoot feeling without bumping into the “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service” signs.