Minimalist shoes are often thought of as a category of running shoes. But casual shoes can be minimalist, too.
Modern minimalist shoes are lighter, have less cushioning, are more flexible, and have less heel lift (or “drop”) than a typical shoe. They’re actually like the shoes we wore prior to the invention of thick, stiff, padded, motion-control shoes back in the early 70s.
A truly minimalist shoe has other important characteristics that support natural movement
- A wide toe box to let your toes spread
- No unnecessary cushioning
- An extremely flexible sole that gives you protection but is thin enough so you can safely FEEL the ground.
All Xero Shoes products — casual and performance sandals, boots, and shoes for men, women, and kids — are “true minimalist shoes.”
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