Andrew & I discuss our thoughts on orthotics, shoes, heel lifts, and what it has to to the back and hip! Throughout 16 years of being in this profession I’ve been exposed to just about every product out there, and I have actively sought to find alternatives.
Where do I stand, today? For long term health, I don’t recommend any thing other than barefoot shoes. No orthotics, no lifts, no shape-u shoes, nada! The human is designed to have his barefoot connected to the earth.
I also understand that everything is a process. If you are flat footed, wear orthotics and massively cushioned and supportive shoes, you can not just slap on some barefoot shoes and you are good to go. No. Your feet muscles have been asleep for years and years and making a drastic change would result in foot, knee, or back pain.
I would estimate that a transition like that would take 1-2 years, but what the hell else are you going to do?