Dr. Rossi, a podiatrist with over 400 published articles, explains the details of how footwear design affects the health of our feet. Main points:
- Elevated heels create a "domino effect" of bones
- Shortened achilles tendons in shoe-wearing countries
- Nearly all shoes neglect the weight-bearing function of the mid-foot & toes
- Lacing shoes is nothing more than "foot corseting"
- "The less a shoe does TO a foot, the better FOR the foot"
- The Myth of Support
- The Myth of Pronation
- The Myth of Ankle Support
"...the reality, the shoe market is driven by what “looks good” on the shelf and will therefore sell. This is as true of athletic shoes as it is of fashion shoes...Indeed, even when shoe designers are presented with findings that flat, wide shoes are optimal for foot function and health, they do not utilize this information, because such a style is not congruous with the fashionable look. Additionally, considerably more money can be charged for a shoe that boasts “arch support” or “motion control” than for a simple flat shoe. So ultimately, the very shoes that are supposed to enhance performance actually hinder it by altering natural foot shape and gait."
quoted by Dr. Ray McClanahan