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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...
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 ...
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.
SOM - Versatile Minimalist Shoes

SOM - Versatile Minimalist Shoes

The team at SOM have always had the idea that our shoes are a versatile minimalist shoe that can be worn for numerous activities. We found out that...
What Makes SOM Footwear Unique?

What Makes SOM Footwear Unique?

SOM Footwear is a unique company located in Montrose, CO. Besides making shoes made in the USA, there are also some amazing qualities that make S...
Why Wear Flexible, Thin-Soled Shoes?

Why Wear Flexible, Thin-Soled Shoes?

In a recent survey we conducted, our customers provided valuable feedback on our soles. One thing was to keep our soles flexible and thin. Our cust...
Shoes are too small for these feet

Wide Toe Box Shoes vs. Wide Shoes: What Keeps Feet Comfortable?

A couple of years ago, we wrote a blog asking if wide shoes are always the answer, or if a wide toe box is really the solution.  This question stil...
Arch Support: Do You Really Need It?

Arch Support: Do You Really Need It?

“Do your shoes have arch support?  And do I even need arch support?”  This question comes to us often, especially from those customers who are look...

Minimalist Footwear to Maximize Your Workout

As resolutions have petered out and summer approaches, it’s a good time to visit a gym… and look at shoes.  Gym shoes for years have been your clas...

4 Tips for Strengthening Your Feet

If you've worn conventional footwear all your life, chances are your feet are weak. Conventional shoes act like a cast- they restrict the natural m...