Is it beneficial to adopt minimalist shoes or go barefoot?

This discussion will focus on the potential health benefits of barefoot and minimalist practices. We'll also discuss their impact on overall foot mechanics. In my role as a nutritionist and dietician, I am often asked to comment on lifestyles and their impact on health. Although footwear may seem an odd topic for a dietician, we must remember that many factors influence our health, and this includes the shoes we choose to wear. Now let's get started.

Barefoot and minimalist footwear practices: The importance of minimalism

In recent years, the movement toward minimalist footwear or even going barefoot is gaining momentum. There's more to it than just fashion. These practices may improve proprioception, or our sense of position in space (our feet), as well as reduce injury.

In a 2016 British Journal of Sports Medicine study , people wearing minimalist shoes suffered fewer injuries such as stress fractures and plantar fasciitis compared with those who wore traditional running footwear. The transition must be made gradually to prevent initial pain or discomfort.

Get Started With Minimalist Shoes or Barefoot

It's important to make the transition gradually if you are considering minimalist shoes or more frequent barefoot walking. Wear minimalist footwear for a short time each day and gradually increase the length of your wear. It will allow your body and feet to adapt to the new movement style.

Pay attention to your surfaces when you walk or run. If the surface is rough or uneven, you may need to take it slower or continue wearing protective shoes. Listen to your body, and seek medical advice if necessary.

Minimalist Footwear and Going Barefoot: Benefits

Other Tips

It's important to take into consideration the overall health of your feet when considering minimalist shoes or barefoot practices. Foot exercises will help prepare your feet for the transition. Remember that your individual comfort is important. What works for someone else might not be right for you. Prioritize comfort and fitness.


The adoption of minimalist shoes or the practice of going barefoot has several health benefits, such as improved balance, reduced injury risk, natural foot alignment, and better foot strength. It's important to listen to the signals of your body and make a gradual transition. If you are concerned or have questions, always consult a medical professional. Every step you take towards better health is important!