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TOP 10 Reasons to Choose SOM Footwear (One for Every Toe)

TOP 10 Reasons to Choose SOM Footwear (One for Every Toe)

You can count on your toes the number of reasons to choose SOM Footwear. From how our shoes are made to how they treat your feet to the value they ...
walk barefoot and feel what its like to be in a pair of barefoot-feel SOM shoes

The 24-Hour Barefoot Challenge

Fads and trends clog our social media feeds with the latest and greatest tips and products for shrinking bellies and increasing muscle. New diets c...
Barefoot footwear is different than traditional shoes, but will improve foot strength and health with every step

New to barefoot shoes? Making the switch from traditional footwear to SOMs.

Are you new to barefoot-inspired footwear? If you have been wearing traditional shoes your entire life and are eager to experience a stronger, more...
Trust Your Feet: Why Traditional Footwear Thinks the Foot Is Poorly Designed

Trust Your Feet: Why Traditional Footwear Thinks the Foot Is Poorly Designed

By Olie Marchal, SOM Footwear Shoemaker Based on the over-fabrication of traditional footwear, you’d think the human foot was poorly designed. When...
Newbie to SOM Footwear Company

Newbie to SOM Footwear Company

My experience as a new team member of SOM Footwear: I have to tell you this is my first experience working in this industry. I’ve worked for a larg...
How SOM shoes became my favorite hiking shoes.

How SOM shoes became my favorite hiking shoes.

Disclaimer: Shirley Miller has been a long-time customer. She joined the team later by becoming SOM Super Editor. There is no one like her to give ...
zero drop shoes and their benefits for foot health

Zero Drop Shoes and Their Benefits

When referring to a shoe’s “drop”, it indicates the difference in thickness of the sole under the toes versus under the heel. Most traditional running shoes have a drop of between 6 and 12 millimeters. The result of this difference is that the heel is raised by the amount of drop indicated. As we have discussed in previous blog posts, raising the heel when walking or running greatly increases the impact and stress placed on the forefoot and toes.

By contrast, zero drop shoes have the same thickness of sole under the forefoot and the heel. This results in your foot being kept level while standing or moving. This encourages a more natural mid-foot or forefoot strike and engagement of the foot.

Can Wide Toe Box Zero Drop Shoes Help Plantar Fasciitis?

Can Wide Toe Box Zero Drop Shoes Help Plantar Fasciitis?

We’d like to investigate if a wide toe box, minimalist shoe can help plantar fasciitis. What is plantar fascia and how does your footwear affect it? Read on to find out!
How Wide Toe Box Shoes Can Help or Prevent Bunions

How Wide Toe Box Shoes Can Help or Prevent Bunions

Take a look at our foot health blog about bunions where we explore causes and treatments of bunions including the health benefits of wide toe box shoes.
Foot Health Benefits of Barefoot Inspired Minimalist Shoes

Foot Health Benefits of Barefoot Inspired Minimalist Shoes

Info about how the proper barefoot-style minimalist shoe with a wide toe box can increase foot health and keep your toes happy.