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Cyclist Health - Flat Pedals or Clipless?

Cyclist Health - Flat Pedals or Clipless?

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.

Zero Drop Shoes and Their Benefits

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.

2019 The Year Of The Foot: Get To Know Your Feet

2019 The Year Of The Foot: Get To Know Your Feet

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.
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.
Year Round Value vs. Discounts and Coupons

Year Round Value vs. Discounts and Coupons

We believe that providing our customers with consistent value makes more sense than coupons, flash sales, and discount codes.
Backpacking in Lightweight, Barefoot-Inspired Shoes

Backpacking in Lightweight, Barefoot-Inspired Shoes

If you are looking for footwear that you can wear to work, on the trail AND for a night out, SOMs might be just what you’re looking for...
Volunteering - A Simple Act of Kindness

Volunteering - A Simple Act of Kindness

Recently our team was asked if we would be interested in volunteering locally as a group. All of us said we would definitely pitch in. Hence the id...
Recycling - A Little Effort Goes a Long Way!

Recycling - A Little Effort Goes a Long Way!

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone came together to recycle or if recycling was made easy? Read on to find out tips on recycling and how you can make...
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...