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Do toe shoes really deliver what they promise?

Hildi Harrington
Toe shoes are frequently marketed as healthy choices for your feet.

Consider the complexity of our feet—a conglomeration of  26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These intricate structures support our entire body weight, facilitating movement and balance. 

Toe shoes, commonly marketed as foot health shoes, have garnered attention recently. Toe shoes have individual toe pockets and are designed to mimic barefoot conditions. Are they truly beneficial for your feet or merely a marketing ploy? 

Foot health is not just about comfort, and certainly not aesthetic. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), healthy feet are a crucial indicator of overall well-being. The APMA suggests that the condition of our feet can offer insights into various health issues like arthritis, diabetes and nerve and circulatory disorders. Our feet play a pivotal role in our daily life, yet are often overlooked. 

Junior Owen Hendren says his feet hurt after wearing footwear like Nike or Adidas. 

“They lack support; if you leap, your feet will ache afterward,” said Hendren.

Despite this discomfort with traditional shoes, Hendren doesn’t wear toe shoes.

I’d rather wear clogs,” he said.

Despite the significance of shoes in our overall health, they’re often overlooked in health and wellness discussions. Junior Liv Hasek thinks traditional footwear isn’t good for her feet.

“I feel like shoes these days are forcing our feet into boxes that they shouldn’t be in,” said Hasek.

 In addition to viewing them as a potential remedy for foot discomfort, Hasek also thinks they are a unique accessory. 

“I feel like they are a very interesting fashion statement,” said Hasek 

Finding the right shoe is essential. According to the APMA when shopping for shoes be sure to try on both shoes and walk around, don’t get shoes that need to get “broken in” and always measure your feet when getting a new pair of shoes instead of relying on your past size. 

While toe shoes boast a unique design aimed at promoting foot health, their attempt lacks efficacy, with issues of discomfort and instability stemming from inadequate cushioning. These aspects raise doubts about their suitability for everyday or adventure footwear. Shoes with minimal support place additional strains on certain muscles, joints, and tendons. Rather than succumbing to the allure of marketing hype or fleeting fashion trends, it is imperative to prioritize the well-being of our feet.

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Hildi Harrington
Hildi Harrington, Reporter
Hildi is a senior this year. She is excited to learn more about communications, and loves opinion articles!
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