How to start wearing barefoot shoes?Wearing barefoot shoes should start little by little so that your feet get used to it. Wear shoes for an hour or two at a time, extending the wear time each day. Otherwise, your foot may be sore. This is because the muscles are not used to do work. The same feeling after you go to the gym for a long time.
If you have some injuries, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, or have other doubts, be in touch with healthcare professional to find best option for you.
Measure your feet:It is important to measure your feet length and width to find the right size! It is recommended to measure feet in the evening, when the foot is at its highest. Gravity and body weight make the foot bigger during the day. Measuring children's feet is especially important because the child is not able to decide the suitability of the shoes due to the development of the nervous system.
Draw the shape of the foot on the paper
1. Take paper and a pen. Place the paper on the ground against the wall.
2. Stand on the paper heels against the wall.
3. Draw the shape of the foot on the paper.
4. Measure the length of the foot from the longest toe (big toe or often second toe) to the heel.
5. Measure the width of the foot from the widest point.
6. Measure also another foot because one foot is often larger than the other.
Use plus12 device
1. Place your foot on top of the device so that the red tip is a little longer than your toe.
2. Read the millimetre value on the back of the device (this is the length of the leg plus 12 mm extra space).
1. Place the plus12 inside the shoe and push it as far as it will go. If you have difficulty pushing the red toe forward, the shoe is too low!
2. Read the millimetre value on the back of the device (this is the actual size of the shoe).
Compare foot and shoe measurement values: both values should be the same to meet the requirement. This means that the foot have 12 mm space in the shoe.
Small differences are possible, depends on who is measuring.
Choose the right size:
The feet move forward in the footwear when we are walking. That's why extra space is necessary for children and adults.
1. Choose the size according to the larger leg.
2. It is recommended to leave extra space at least 12 mm for children. A couple of mm is enough for the width, but not more than 5 mm. In footwear that is too large, the foot will have to do extra work to keep the footwear on. It is time to change shoes when space inside shoe have left 0.5 cm.
3. Adults do not need so much extra space, so 1 cm is usually enough. Of course, you can leave as much as you want and feel comfortable with. The width should be also a couple of mm and not more than 5 mm.
4. Leave more space for winter shoes when you use thicker socks or an extra insole.
1. The big toe is the longest
2. The second toe is the longest
3. All toes are almost equal in length
When you have drawn the shape of your foot on the paper, you can compare it to the shape of your footwear and choosing may be easier.
Low or high arch?
1. The easiest way is to look at it from your footprint. (Look at the picture)
2. If you have had problems like shoes are too big even you have tightened the straps tightly, you have a low arch. If you usually can't fit a shoe on your foot, you have a high arch.