Cyclist health, flat pedals or clipless? We’ve been hearing recently that flat pedals, is healthier for many cyclists. The move back to flat pedals with ‘barefoot’ shoes is a trend we are hearing about more often than ever. In our shoe world, we believe that less shoe is better for you, so we become all ears when another industry is saying the same thing.
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.
This is the first in a series of posts throughout the year that are meant to help provide you with information to help you care for your feet. We are starting with the basics and will go more in-depth as the year moves along. Future posts will address topics such as muscle care, common foot problems and how to deal with them, how to properly fit shoes, and so much more.